San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr took fly balls during batting practice before Fri Aug 6, 2021’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park in San Diego (AP News file photo)
On the MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 Larry, how deserving did you see the suspension of Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano for 80 games on Thursday night. Laureano says he didn’t dishonor the game of baseball and knows about it’s policy about illegal banned use of substances.
#2 Fernando Tatis Jr was taking fly balls before Friday’s game and some wonder if he’ll be back soon after suffering a shoulder injury. Tatis covered a lot of ground during the shag session and robbed some teammates of some home runs during batting practice.
#3 Larry, talk about the pitch that Boston Red Sox pitcher Hansel Robles threw that hit Toronto Blue Jays hitter Randal Grichuk in the elbow pad that drew warnings to both dugouts from umpires and that eventually had the Blue Jays leaving the bench to go after Robles after he gestured to them to “come out” and Sox manager Alex Cora came racing out to intercept Robles and stop what would have most certainly an ugly situation.
#4 The Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Adrian Houser tested positive for Covid 19 who became the latest Brewer to test positive. The Brewers who are hosted the San Francisco Giants on Friday night have activated outfielder Christian Yelich who said he’s feeling fine and ready to come back.
#5 Former Houston Astro JR Richard 71, who suffered a stroke in 1980 has passed away of Covid 19 he was not vaccinated. Richard pitched for the Astros for ten seasons was 107-71 with a ERA 3.15, 1493 strike outs and had a club season record of strikeouts of 313 in 1979 until the record was broken by Gerrit Cole in 2019.
The Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo who hit a two run home run against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field was dealt to the New York Yankees on Thursday night (AP News photo)
MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 Washington Nationals are dealing and pitcher Max Scherzer who pitched the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers trying to make that push to win the NL West just behind the San Francisco Giants and hope that having someone like Scherzer in the rotation help make that difference.
#2 It’s a fire sale or at least that’s what the Chicago Cubs want it to be, they were as predicted sellers trading Kris Bryant and two minor leaguers to the San Francisco Giants for right hander Calib Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario.
#3 The Minnesota Twins traded Jose Berrios to the Toronto Blue Jays for two Twins propects and are looking to deal Bryon Buxton and Josh Donaldson. In this instance these players would help a club. For the Twins this would be a fire sale as the Twins are in last place in the AL Central 17 games out of first place.
#4 The New York Mets have a 78% chance of making the post season and they are considering dealing third baseman JD Davis. He could help a could club he has 25 hits, 4 homers, and is hitting .325. As of Friday night the Mets are still trying to find a taker for Davis.
#5 The Cubs kept busy who sent Javier Baez and Trevor Williams to the New York Mets. The Mets sent first round draft pick Pete Crow-Armstrong to the Cubs.
Former Minnesota Twin Nelson Cruz joined the Tampa Bay Rays on Thu Jul 22, 2021 after he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays for three minor league pitchers. Nelson is seen here in his final game with the Twins on Wed Jul 21, 2021 running the bases against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago (AP file photo)
On the MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 The Cleveland Indians have announced today that their changing their moniker name to the Guardians after going through 1200 possible new names Cleveland settled on Guardians and decided to make the change due to the racist caricature of the smiling Chief Wahoo they used on their uniforms and hats since they adopted the name in 1915 Cleveland continues to merchandise the Chief Wahoo logo. The decision to make the change came after George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police touching off social unrest.
#2 Three minor league pitchers are headed to the Minnesota Twins after being dealt for Nelson Cruz 41 who is on his way to Tampa Bay. Cruz can help a club and he is hitting .294, 19 homers, and 50 RBIs and is tied for second with 19 home runs for a designated hitter. He will have an impact on the Rays line up as the Rays push for to make the post season.
#3 The Chicago White Sox Yermin Mercedes who said “it’s over” is back saying he’ll never give up. Mercedes who was demoted by the White Sox to triple A affiliate the Charlotte Knights said he was done with baseball had a change of heart 24 hours later and will report to the Knights. One of the reasons for Mercedes demotion was that he dropped to hitting .150 in July from hitting as high as .450 in April.
#4 Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the fans who booed reliever Kenly Jansen after he left on Wednesday and again on Thursday night were not right. Jansen has 21 saves and had been a lights out reliever for the Dodgers has now three straight blown saves. Against the Giants on Wednesday he gave up a top of the ninth inning two run homer to Wilmer Flores that gave the Giants the go ahead lead and later win. On Thursday night Jansen gave up four runs in the top of the ninth to the Giants for a Dodgers loss 5-3 loss. When Jansen left the game on Wednesday night the Dodgers fans gave him a round of boos. Roberts defended his player and said it wasn’t right that he was booed.
#5 Wednesday night the Toronto Blue Jays played their last game in Buffalo which had been their home all of last season and up to Thu Jul 22nd when they were granted permission to come back and play in Toronto. The Canadian government is opening up the Canadian border for the Jays and double vaccinated Americans will be allowed in Canada starting August 9th.
The Toronto Blue Jays are soon to return to Rogers Centre seen in photo in downtown Toronto after a two year absence they last played there in September 2019. The Canadian Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo said it was safe for the team to return to Toronto. (file photo from Grantland)
On the MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo said that the Toronto Blue Jays return back to Canada is going to happen. Dr Njoo said that talks have been going very well since Canada is 60% vaccinated and the province of Ontario has agreed to let the Blue Jays back at Rogers Centre to resume playing their home games with limited fan attendance.
#2 Three men have been charged with federal firearms crimes after a housekeeper discovered the cache in their hotel rooms at the Maven in downtown Denver. Richard Platt, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Gabriel Rodriguez were named as defendants in the US Attorney’s case. They only there to buy and sell guns. Ricardo said talked about using a weapon and putting people down. Gabriel said he was there to buy methamphetamine. Some talk shows have said that the housekeeper might have prevented a mass shooting.
#3 The Washington Nationals Starlin Castro became baseball’s second player to be put on administrative leave after the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer. Castro has been accused of sexual assault and domestic violence and child abuse. Castro was on family leave June 16th and Nationals manager Dave Martinez said if he had known about the abuse a month ago he would be having a different conversation.
#4 Speaking of the Washington Nationals they were on the opposite end of a laugher at Nationals Park in Washington on Friday night as the visiting San Diego Padres threw out the mercy rule and trounced the Nats 24-8. It was the kind of game where the Nats didn’t even have to ask Padres hitter Jake Cronenworth where he wanted his pitch Cronenworth contributed by hitting for the cycle.
#5 Larry, how sanitary was the National League clubhouse in Denver after it was discovered that four Colorado Rockies players right handed pitchers Antonio Senzatela, Yency Almonte, and Jhoulys Chacin and outfielder Yonathan Daza were tested positive for Coronavirus and Rockies manager Bud Black and first base coach Rod Gideon were out for Covid 19 contact tracing protocols.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Jimmy Cordero standing in front catcher Yasmani Grandal as Sox manager Rick Renteria talks with the umpires about Cordero’s ejection for throwing at Chicago Cubs hitter Wilson Contreas. Cordero has been suspended three games. (AP News photo)
On the MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 Larry somebody on the Chicago White Sox hates the bat flip namely pitcher Jimmy Cordero who beaned Chicago Cub hitter Wilson Contreas for holding the bat above his head and flipping it in the third inning of Saturday’s game. Cordero has been suspended three days for the beaning.
#2 Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo wouldn’t say how long manager Dave Martinez was signed for but he said it was for a “multi year deal.” Rizzo added that Martinez’s contract was private information and that Martinez’s 2021 option hasn’t been picked up yet.
#3 The Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon whose been with the Royals since 2005 has decided to retire. Gordon 37, said he misses his kids more than he’ll miss the game and at 37 Gordon feels this is the right to time to hang em up.
#4 For the second time in a week the Seattle Mariners second baseman Dylan Moore was hit by a pitch in the head and received a concussion. The pitch was thrown by Houston Astro Brandon Bielak. Moore will be out for the rest of the season and placed on the seven day concussion list.
New York Yankees pitcher AJ Happ has led the way in the Yankees success this season as the team closes in on a playoff birth. The Boston Red Sox ended the Yankees ten game win streak on Sunday (photo from nj.com)
On the MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 The New York Yankees are close to clinching a playoff spot while they trail the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the AL East. The Yankees have been getting some good pitching from AJ Happ and some bombs from Clint Fraizer.
#2 The Giants bats have fallen silent at a critical time in the first two games of the series in Oakland the Giants have been shutout by scores of 6-0.
#3 The Minnesota Twins have been getting timely hitting just in time for the home stretch of the season. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said the Twins will celebrate every victory as they are in second behind first place Chicago in the AL Central.
#4 Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said upon his retirement he was doing this because of health reasons. Gardenhire had suffered a stomach virus and missed two games in Minnesota and later told Tigers general manager Al Avila that he was not feeling well and the time had come to hang it up.
#5 The Los Angeles Dodgers will run away with the National League West once again they have a healthy five game lead on San Diego in the NL West and were on a six game win streak until it was snapped on Sunday in a loss to the Colorado Rockies 6-3. The Dodgers are counting the days for post season.
The scene outside of Arrowhead Stadium as police answer the call of an active shooter before the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Royals game over at Kaufman Stadium on Saturday (@KCStar photo)
On the MLB podcast with Larry Crino:
#1 Larry, Kansas City Police had the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals delayed on Saturday because of an active shooter in the vicinity of Arrowhead Stadium shots were fired the suspect was arrested he found with two guns and a knife. The area was on lockdown and the Pirates bus to Kaufman Stadium was delayed.
#2 The Oakland A’s Matt Chapman was such a key factor in the A’s line up but now he will miss the rest of the season due to hip surgery Chapman hit .232, 22 runs scored and 33 hits. The A’s are brining in third baseman Jake Lamb from the Arizona Diamondbacks who has five hits, no homers and is batting .116 will he be the answer for Chapman?
#3 Larry the LA Dodgers are in San Diego to open up a three game series the Padres just got done playing a doubleheader against the Giants who had a setback of a false positive test. The Padres are a force to reckon with with Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr both hitting over .300 and mighty pitcher Mike Clevinger.
#4 On Saturday Dodger fans greeted the Houston Astros arriving by bus at Dodgers Stadium beating garbage cans and calling them everything you could think of when they arrived in the parking lot. One thing the Astros can be glad about these fans were getting no where inside the stadium.
#5 Larry, What has happened to the New York Yankees they have lost five of their last 11 games, it’s the middle of September it’s getting late early their five games behind first place Tampa Bay they have won their last three games but their hoping to see post season.
(file photo from Boston Herald) Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Pillar seen here in July 19 photo at the Sox summer camp apologized for saying that taking Thursday off for racial injustice and teammate Jackie Bradley Jr was not as important as the playing the game.
MLB podcast with Larry Crino:
#1 The Oakland A’s cancelled their game with the Houston Astros Sunday due to a member of the team traveling party testing positive for Coronavirus. The A’s will isolate in their Houston hotel and they are scheduled to be in Seattle on Tuesday night to face the Mariners.
#2 The Boston Red Sox Kevin Pillar said that when the Red Sox voted not to play because of racial injustice and for shooting victim Jacob Blake he said regarding the team’s only African American player Jackie Bradley Jr on the team “Is it more important that we uplift Jackie because he’s the only one? My answer would be no.” Pillar received lots of criticism for the remarks on social media and later apologized for his choice of words and for and not supporting the social injustices that are taking place.
#3 Larry talk about how important it is for the San Diego Padres to have swung a deal with the Boston Red Sox getting Mitch Moreland in exchange for outfielder Jeisson Rosario and third baseman Hudson Potts. Also the Pads picked up pitcher Mike Clevinger from Cleveland in a nine player deal.
#4 Larry inspite of all the problems the Miami Marlins had with a Covid outbreak on the team which sidelined up to 16 players and two coaches the Marlins were really expected to go nowhere are currently two games out of first place and also had the help with call ups, free agents, and and rookies who took over and kept them in running during the outbreak.
#5 Larry talk about the season that Max Muncy is having he had four RBIs with a three run home run and helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Muncy is hitting only .198, 9 home runs, 20 RBIs but he can be clutch.
The Los Angeles Angels 2009 Topps Bowman Chrome Superfactor Mike Trout rookie card fetched for $3.93 million topping the 1909 T-206 Pittsburgh Pirates Honus Wagner card which sold for $3.12 million (photo from beckett.com)
On the MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout’s rookie grade 9, 2009 Topps Bowman Chrome Superfactor card fetched for $3.93 million during the Golden Auctions on line surpassing the T-206 Honus Wagner card which sold for $3.12 million.
#2 The Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strausburg is done for the 2020 season. Strausburg is suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome and will have surgery it was announced by Nat’s manager Dave Martinez.
#3 The New York Mets who had to cancel three games against the New York Yankees Friday through Sunday announced that their traveling party were all tested for Covid and all have come through negative. Two Mets players had tested positive during their road trip last week forcing them to cancel the series with the Yankees as the club is waiting word from MLB when they can resume .
#4 Jazhiel Morel a Washington Nationals employee threw two cups of coffee in the face of a convenience store employee in the Dominican Republic. Morel said he would turn himself into the police on Monday.
#5 How rough does it get for the Miami Marlins catcher Francisco Cervelli who will be on the injured list due to a concussion. Cevelli was concussed on Saturday and will be out for seven days.
Tough break for San Francisco Giants left fielder Hunter Pence who lost the ball in the lights to lose a no hitter for pitcher Johnny Cueto in the sixth inning Friday night at Dodgers Stadium (AP photo)
On the MLB podcast with Larry:
#1 Larry three more positive Covid tests for the St Louis Cardinals players on the Cards reportedly have gone to the Emergency Room and their weekend series with the Chicago Cubs cancelled due to the outbreak on the team how much more of this should baseball endure and should they cancel the season?
#2 At what point does MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred have to say that the game has a real pandemic issue, their not playing in a bubble, half the roster of the Miami Marlins are still out on quarantine, the Cardinals might have more than just three players out with Coronavirus.
#3 The San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence is one of the nicest people in the game you could either meet or interview, fantastic with the fans and a great clubhouse teammate but on the field he’s struggling he went 0-23 to start the season, he’s hitting .063 with just two hits in 32 at bats, and he totally lost a fly ball in left field when Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto was throwing a no hitter in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night. As hard as it is to say it about Pence, how much longer will the Giants hold onto him?
#4 The Giants lost a tough game to open the series 7-2 and edged the Dodgers in game two 4-3 outside of the Cueto game the Giants are having struggles with the their starting pitching and getting starters to keep runs down and hold leads.
#5 Giant starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is no exception, Samardzija has pitched in three games and has allowed six homers and gave up three homers on Friday night in the 7-2 loss in LA he’s on the IL with a shoulder inpingement and is expected to miss ten days at least. Samardzija reportedly could have pitched his last game as a Giant.