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The head of the baseball players’ association expre
13.04.2019, 03:00
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The head of the baseball players’ association expre
NEW YORK (AP) — ssed concern over a second straight offseason that has seen many Bryce Harper , Manny Machado and many other free agents remain without deals less than a month before spring training.“All the dead time in the last two free-agent markets is a larger threat to our game than any supposed dead time between pitches,” Tony Clark said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.Wanting to increase the pace of games and concerned about a drop in offense, management has made proposals to the union that include a pitch clock and rules changes. The players’ association says it will respond, and unlike last year the union appears open to discuss the issues.Against this backdrop, just 58 of the 164 players who exercised the right to become free agents following the World Series had announced deals through Thursday afternoon. That is up from 45 of 166 on the same date last offseason, but this year’s free-agent class contains far more accomplished players.Those still available included Harper, Machado, pitcher Dallas Keuchel and closer Craig Kimbrel.“When they’re signing that late, it’s just how major league owners choose to do business and how the commissioner’s office has directed them to do so,” agent Scott Boras said Thursday.Major League Baseball declined to respond to Clark and Boras, spokesman Pat Courtney said.Boras Will Middlebrooks Jersey , more than most other agents, is known for negotiating late into the offseason. Last year, he reached a $110 million, five-year contract between J.D. Martinez and Boston that was announced Feb. 26 and a $75 million, three-year agreement between right-hander Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia that was announced March 12 — about a month after spring training began.“What we learned from last year, this is standard operating procedure,” Boras said. “The airplane of talent, when they’re at the airport, they may tell us when we can leave but no one’s flying anywhere without us.”Boras represents Harper and Keuchel. He says changes in club front offices have led to drawn-out negotiations for free agents.“I would imagine that in the analytic abyss, you want to explore your investment of having your staffs go out and find the gaps in trades before you explore for free agency,” he said.Boras said all the front-office hirings of analytics personnel have changed the mindset of decision-makers.“I can do more at greater value in the trade market than I can in the free-agent market because of our improved secret Jersey , special, unique science of algorithmic analytic function,” he said of their mindset. “We know the league better than others. We’ve invested millions in this. Let’s take time to use it.”Baseball used to have a rush to sign free agents after the World Series, similar to the hectic pace when the NFL, NBA and NHL offseason markets open. Because of late signings, some teams have had less time to promote acquisitions in an attempt to increase advance sale of tickets.“Damage to the marketing of the game is immense,” Boras said. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wade Miley, take two.And this time, the Milwaukee Brewers left-hander figures to seeing more than one batter in his next start in the NL Championship Series.It comes on Friday night when Miley will try to help the Brewers stave off elimination, down 3-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers.Miley goes back to the hill two days after being lifted after facing leadoff hitter Cody Bellinger in Game 5 in a designed move by manager Craig Counsell. The Dodgers are going with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu in a rematch of the Game 2 starters.“I think I’ll be fine. Just got to go out and make pitches,” Miley said at Dodger Stadium after the Brewers fell 5-2 Wednesday.The last pitcher to start back-to-back games in the same postseason series was George Earnshaw of the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1930 World Series Jake Arrieta Jersey , according to STATS. Earnshaw tossed seven shutout innings in Game 5 before pitching a complete game two days later, allowing one run in a win that took the series.Can you top that, Wade?“I started the end of an All-Star break and the other side of it,” Miley said.Not quite the same. Miley got the last start against the Dodgers, and was pulled after a five-pitch walk.Reliever Brandon Woodruff did the bulk of the Brewers’ initial “out-getting” after coming in to face the second batter, Justin Turner. Woodruff allowed three runs, two earned, along with five hits and a walk while fanning eight in taking the loss after going 5 1/3 innings.Counsell explained that the unconventional move was an effort to get the best matchups. The Dodgers led off with lefty-hitting Bellinger before going with three straight right-handers in the lineup. They had one other lefty in the starting lineup, power hitter Max Muncy.Results were mixed. Los Angeles was held scoreless until the fourth, then broke through with five runs over the next three innings to move within one win of a return trip to the World Series.This was the latest extension of the Brewers’ pitching-by-committee strategy in the postseason. Milwaukee is playing to one of its strengths, which is a deep Nick Williams Jersey , hard-throwing bullpen. More teams around the league picked up on the maneuver after the Tampa Bay Rays started using bullpen days to get through some games this season.When asked, Counsell said that he didn’t think that lifting Miley after one batter broke down baseball norms or trust between opposing manager. He pointed to teams using pinch-hitters to replace a starter after just one at-bat, similar to what Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has done with the right-handed hitting David Freese and Muncy at first base.“We’re using our roster, we’re using our full roster, I think that’s what all teams are doing in the playoffs,” Counsell said Thursday, a day off as the series shifts back to Miller Park.In Houston, Astros manager AJ Hinch said such pitching strategies are “fair game” now.“Craig has been doing it since Sept. 1. (Tampa manager) Kevin Cash has been doing it since May,” Hinch said before Game 5 of the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.Hinch noted that the Brewers used reliever Dan Jennings to start a game against the Cardinals on Sept. 24 before pulling Jennings after retiring the first batter.“You can’t be caught off guard with that stuff. (The Dodgers) weren’t caught off guard,” Hinch said.“You’re allowed to play all your players whenever you want to. So I think it’s ludicrous to think that it’s … an ethical issue when you’re playing your players how you want,” Hinch added.For the 31-year-old Miley Tyler Glasnow Jersey , the back-to-back starts are another highlight in a turnaround season with Milwaukee. Miley was 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA over 80-plus innings in 16 regular-season starts after joining the club on a minor league contract in spring training.He hasn’t given up a run in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. If it were up to him, Miley would stay in as long as possible.“Craig’s the manager, he makes the final decision,” Miley said this week, “but at the same time, you want to make it as tough on them as possible. We try to go out there and do the best we can.”
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