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Machado Throws A Fit, Rollins Sets A Record & More!

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Here we are again, and back with even more action-packed baseball news. We saw some benches-clearing brawls and some records being broken, so let’s get to it!

Machado Has Some Growing Up To Do

After making a splash in his debut season at 19 years old a couple of years ago, things seemed to be heading in the right direction for Manny Machado. He made the All-Star team at just 20 years old last year and even received a few MVP votes. Though he tore a ligament in his knee at the end of last year, he was still expected to continue his ascent towards becoming a top player in the league.

Unfortunately, things haven’t gone as well as he or the Orioles would have liked. He’s played in just 40 games this season, and when he’s had the opportunity to get in, he hasn’t looked like himself. He currently sits at 214th among position players as far as WAR, with a dismal 0.4.

Things continued to head downhill this week for him, as he made national headlines for his actions against the Oakland Athletics. First, he grossly overreacted to a tag placed on him by A’s third basemen Josh Donaldson (which led to Donaldson being beaned) and then the following game he completely went overboard.

After taking catcher Derek Norris out with two hits to the head from his backswing, Machado threw his bat at Donaldson. He couldn’t have made his intentions more blatant, and it was absolutely childish. He clearly had no respect for the safety of the people around him, and for that he was hit with a 5-game suspension. He clearly doesn’t understand the professionalism aspect of the game, which is unfortunate considering the amount of talent he has. As of this writing, where does Machado rank amongst the most disliked players in baseball?

Rollins Heads To The Record Books 

Though he may be nearing the end of his career, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins added yet another feather to his cap this week. In the 5th inning of the Phillies game against the Cubs, J-Roll became the all-time hits leader in the team’s illustrious history.

With this record, he passed one of the greatest third basemen of all-time in Mike Schmidt, and he did so in just 21 fewer at bats. This only adds to Rollins’ historic career in Philly, as his name is scattered all across the team’s record books.

He currently ranks in the top 10 in essentially every major category, ranging from home runs to stolen bases. This will be the case when you’ve put together as consistent of a career as he has, and playing 15 years for the same ball club certainly can’t hurt either.

While it’s been rumored that Rollins may be heading out of Philadelphia this season as the Phillies struggle to win games, it’s safe to say he’ll always have a place in the team’s history. If Rollins ends up getting traded, where do you think would be a good fit?

Pair Of Players Make Season Debuts

We’re already over a third of the way into the season (shocking, I know) and yet some players had yet to make their season debuts. No, these weren’t highly anticipated rookies, but rather established veterans who had been forced to sit out for one reason or another.

First was in Milwaukee, as Cincinnati Reds ace Mat Latos finally made his first appearance after missing the first few months of the season due to offseason knee surgery, as well as a strain in his elbow. He pitched incredibly well, holding the potent Brewers offense to just two hits over 6 innings, and didn’t surrender any runs.

The lesser of the two anticipated debuts was in Seattle, where the Mariners got back slugging designated hitter Jesus Montero from a 50-game PED suspension. While he certainly hasn’t lived up to expectations after coming over from New York (in a trade that somehow neither team won), his power should be able to find himself a place on a Mariners team that is just 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

While Latos may be the better player, Montero’s return will probably pay more immediate benefits, just because of the sole fact that he’ll be in the lineup every day. Though both sides have already disappointed, whom would you anoint as the winner of the Yankees/Mariners Pineda for Montero deal to this point?

This Week’s MVP: Andrew McCutchen (.483/.545/1.069, 4 HR, 13 RBI)
This Week’s Cy Young: Jordan Zimmerman (1-0, 0.53 ERA, 17 K)

  • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

    I was watching that game where Machado intentionally threw his bat. I thought he deserved more than 5 games, more like 10+. I mean what if that would have hit a player or worse yet, in his attempt to hit a player, he hit a fan?

    • Brian Rzeppa

      I thought the same. I was expecting much more than 5 games.

  • SouthKakalakiCubsFan

    I was watching that game where Machado intentionally threw his bat. I thought he deserved more than 5 games, more like 10+. I mean what if that would have hit a player or worse yet, in his attempt to hit a player, he hit a fan?

  • Doug S.

    It took 2.5 months but we got our first road series win of the year!

  • Doug S.

    It took 2.5 months but we got our first road series win of the year!

  • Dork

    I would have to say that the Yankee won that Pineda/ Montero trade. Not impressed with montero to this point. Only a DH, I think

    • Chuck

      That was, pretty much, the evaluation of him from day 1. Considering how rare legit #1 starters are, you get them any time you can.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Is Pineda a legit#1? He had 3 very good starts this year, but after missing 2 seasons, he’s been out again, since the end of April. This trade gets a “meh”

      • Dork

        Agreed, thus “the trade that noone won”

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Well..you didn’t call it that…

      • Dork

        your right, but gun to head and if you have to pick a winner, hows that?

      • Dusty_Baylor

        There you go…..that’s a way to do it!

      • PLCB3

        This. And Pineda is a grade-A dumbass.

  • Dork

    I would have to say that the Yankee won that Pineda/ Montero trade. Not impressed with montero to this point. Only a DH, I think

    • Chuck

      That was, pretty much, the evaluation of him from day 1. Considering how rare legit #1 starters are, you get them any time you can.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Is Pineda a legit#1? He had 3 very good starts this year, but after missing 2 seasons, he’s been out again, since the end of April. This trade gets a “meh”

      • Dork

        Agreed, thus “the trade that noone won”

      • Dusty_Baylor

        Well..you didn’t call it that…

      • Dork

        your right, but gun to head and if you have to pick a winner, hows that?

      • Dusty_Baylor

        There you go…..that’s a way to do it!

      • AC0000000

        This. And Pineda is a grade-A dumbass.

  • Chuck

    Congrats to Rollins. Team records for teams like the Phillies, who have been around since the stone age, mean a lot more than team records for teams like the Rockies. Does Rollins make the Hall? I say no, but I am a small-Hall guy.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      I’d be against him getting into the Hall, too. Very, very good player for quite a long stretch, but I don’t think very good should qualify you for the Hall.

  • Chuck

    Congrats to Rollins. Team records for teams like the Phillies, who have been around since the stone age, mean a lot more than team records for teams like the Rockies. Does Rollins make the Hall? I say no, but I am a small-Hall guy.

  • Doc Raker

    Manny Machado should look to play for the Baltimore Ravens, not the Orioles.

    This weeks MVP, Andrew McCutchen, raked in the 4 game Cubs series. The Cubs pitching staff should be co-MVP’s with him since they helped make him look so good.

  • Doc Raker

    Manny Machado should look to play for the Baltimore Ravens, not the Orioles.

    This weeks MVP, Andrew McCutchen, raked in the 4 game Cubs series. The Cubs pitching staff should be co-MVP’s with him since they helped make him look so good.

  • Dork

    I have had some random thoughts while on vacation. I think the cubs infield (and prospects) would fit very nicely with the Pirates outfield.

    • PLCB3

      Hopefully Pittsburgh starts sucking again and they can give us some players like they gave us Lofton, Ramirez, and Simon in 2003.

    • Eddie Von White

      Why are you going on vacation and not telling us?

  • Dork

    I have had some random thoughts while on vacation. I think the cubs infield (and prospects) would fit very nicely with the Pirates outfield.

    • AC0000000

      Hopefully Pittsburgh starts sucking again and they can give us some players like they gave us Lofton, Ramirez, and Simon in 2003.

  • Dork

    I think the cubs right now are a better team than the Phills, Mets and Padres and Diamondbacks. Unfortunatly none of those teams are in our division.

  • Dork

    I think the cubs right now are a better team than the Phills, Mets and Padres and Diamondbacks. Unfortunatly none of those teams are in our division.

  • Dork

    I saw we signed a backup catcher Torabella (SP?). Are Jedd and Theo tired of seeing Whiteside and Baker in the line-up too?

  • Dork

    I saw we signed a backup catcher Torabella (SP?). Are Jedd and Theo tired of seeing Whiteside and Baker in the line-up too?

  • Dork

    Note to Jedd and Theo… If we did not have to watch this line-up everyday, as a fan base we would not be so inclined to rush the prospects.

  • Dork

    Note to Jedd and Theo… If we did not have to watch this line-up everyday, as a fan base we would not be so inclined to rush the prospects.

  • PLCB3

    RIP Tony Gwynn. Mr. Padre died today at age 54.

    • Dork

      Very sad news! Seemed like one of the good guys in Baseball!

      • PLCB3

        I was listening to the radio today in Boston, one of the reporters said he had a hit in 75% of his games, only 34 multi-K games, and only 1 hat trick. The only season he didn’t hit .300 was his rookie year.

      • Dork

        We think that Bryant is raking, but Gwynn hit 394 one year.

      • Doc Raker

        Isn’t that something. The vagaries of the BABIP were falling his way that year.

      • PLCB3

        If not for the strike in 1994, he would have had a shot at .400.

      • AC0000000

        If not for the strike in 1994, he would have had a shot at .400.

      • Brian Rzeppa

        I think he actually had a 162-game span from 1993-1995 where he hit .400. Really unbelievable.

      • PLCB3

        He was hitting like .430 after the All-Star break that year so there’s a very good chance he would have hit over .400 had the strike not ended the season.

      • PLCB3

        He did. He had a 179 game stretch where he hit over .400

      • Brian Rzeppa

        I think he actually had a 162-game span from 1993-1995 where he hit .400. Really unbelievable.

      • AC0000000

        He was hitting like .430 after the All-Star break that year so there’s a very good chance he would have hit over .400 had the strike not ended the season.

      • AC0000000

        He did. He had a 179 game stretch where he hit over .400

    • Brian Rzeppa

      Terrible to hear that.

  • AC0000000

    RIP Tony Gwynn. Mr. Padre died today at age 54.

    • Dork

      Very sad news! Seemed like one of the good guys in Baseball!

      • AC0000000

        I was listening to the radio today in Boston, one of the reporters said he had a hit in 75% of his games, only 34 multi-K games, and only 1 hat trick. The only season he didn’t hit .300 was his rookie year.

    • Brian Rzeppa

      Terrible to hear that.

  • Dork

    Speaking of rushing prospects, Schwarber hit his second home run in 3 games. I officially declare him MLB ready.

    • Seymour Butts

      I saw the blast on the local news as he was playing my local team. It went over the batters eye in dead center. 400 to the base of the 40 ft wall. I think Jeo made a good pick.

      • cap’n obvious

        if only there was a DH in the National League. He’s an awful catcher.

      • PLCB3

        By the time him and Vogelbach are ready for the majors the NL will have adopted the DH.

      • Dork

        Would we have Wood as our DH on this team?

      • PLCB3

        He doesn’t DH in AL parks so I’m going to say no.

      • Dork

        must be poor managing then

      • PLCB3

        What about when Zambrano was never used as the DH in AL parks? When Wood is pitching, he should be batting ahead of Barney.

      • AC0000000

        What about when Zambrano was never used as the DH in AL parks? When Wood is pitching, he should be batting ahead of Barney.

      • Eddie Von White

        What? That’s your determining factor in deciding we have poor managing.

      • Eddie Von White

        What? That’s your determining factor in deciding we have poor managing.

      • I’ll buy the sandwiches if you can convince Schwarber to dine with you.

      • Doc Raker

        Rookie ball diners is right up Seymour’s ally. Seymour can upgrade Schwarber to double meat at the Stop Light Sub Stop.

      • Chips and a drink, too…I’m good for it.

      • Doc Raker

        Combo is what they call it.

      • Doc Raker

        Combo is what they call it.

      • PLCB3

        No ranch dressing on meatball subs?

      • Eddie Von White

        The yoga mats are gone too.

      • Doc Raker

        Everything is better with Ranch dressing. Just had pancakes with Ranch dressing.

      • PLCB3

        Waffles are better than pancakes because they got syrup or in your case ranch dressing traps.

      • Seymour Butts

        So if you went to dinner at the local Snooty McStuckups, you would be OK with the waiter adding a dollop of Ranch Dressing to your favorite Cabernet?

      • Doc Raker

        Funny you should ask. Last night at my local Snooty McStuckups I didn’t add Ranch dressing to my Cab but I did add some of my Cab to my chocolate soufflé with Ranch dressing.

      • cap’n obvious

        you two should get a room. or a podcast.

      • Doc Raker

        Funny you should ask. Last night at my local Snooty McStuckups I didn’t add Ranch dressing to my Cab but I did add some of my Cab to my chocolate soufflé with Ranch dressing.

      • cap’n obvious

        you two should get a room. or a podcast.

  • Dork

    Speaking of rushing prospects, Schwarber hit his second home run in 3 games. I officially declare him MLB ready.

    • Seymour Butts

      I saw the blast on the local news as he was playing my local team. It went over the batters eye in dead center. 400 to the base of the 40 ft wall. I think Jeo made a good pick.

      • cap’n obvious

        if only there was a DH in the National League. He’s an awful catcher.

      • AC0000000

        By the time him and Vogelbach are ready for the majors the NL will have adopted the DH.

      • I’ll buy the sandwiches if you can convince Schwarber to dine with you.

      • Doc Raker

        Rookie ball diners is right up Seymour’s ally. Seymour can upgrade Schwarber to double meat at the Stop Light Sub Stop.

      • AC0000000

        No ranch dressing on meatball subs?

      • Eddie Von White

        The yoga mats are gone too.

      • Doc Raker

        Everything is better with Ranch dressing. Just had pancakes with Ranch dressing.

  • Doc Raker

    Cubs win in Miami setting up a possible series win on the road for only the sec on dime this season. Can they do it?

    Can we have a moment of silence for one of the great hitters of the game, Tony Gwynn.

  • Doug S.

    Travis Wood pinch hits in the 13th and delivers.

    • Eddie Von White

      Wood got wood. Cubs win.

  • Dork

    Seems the bullpen usage tracker fell apart while I was gone. Not something I had in my spreadsheet so nice information.

    • Also of note, CAPS started filling needs by selling insurance and Joe added a link to cheap prom dresses in the Resources area on the right.

      • I think that replaced a porn link so we’re progressing. Or regressing depending on your personal preference.

      • Dusty_Baylor

        BWAAHAAHA!!! Ok..that’s funny

      • Dusty_Baylor

        BWAAHAAHA!!! Ok..that’s funny

      • Dork

        Interesting, the Prom dress link, is that for our freind Kim or trolling for more Kim’s?

      • Eddie Von White

        I didn’t realize June was prom season.

      • Dork

        Interesting, the Prom dress link, is that for our freind Kim or trolling for more Kim’s?

      • Eddie Von White

        I didn’t realize June was prom season.

      • Seymour Butts

        Wait, there is a resources link?
        And why wouldn’t prom dresses be cheap. Their sole purpose is to make everyone who sees them want to crumple them up and hastily throw them in a corner.

      • Seymour Butts

        Wait, there is a resources link?
        And why wouldn’t prom dresses be cheap. Their sole purpose is to make everyone who sees them want to crumple them up and hastily throw them in a corner.