Potent quotables: Weaver brothers make history

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“Mentally and physically I am exhausted. One of the most ill-felt victories ever. It wasn’t easy for either of us.”

– Jeff Weaver, after outpitching his brother Jered
in a 6-4 win over the Angels on Saturday night. They became the first
siblings to pitch against each other since Andy and Alan Benes did it
in 2002.

“People make assumptions about what
our activity would be, which is probably not unreasonable, but at the
same time, I never thought we’re required to be the rest of the
league’s farm system.”

– Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail tells Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun
that the club is not in “salary dump mode.” A number of players,
including Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora and George Sherrill figure to draw
interest as the trade deadline approaches.

“Baseball is an expensive sport. That’s why a lot of African-Americans don’t play it. You gotta have a bat, a ball, a glove, a catching
glove, cleats — so many things. The fields. If you look at all those
commercials on TV, you never see a baseball commercial. You see LeBron
[James]. You see Terrell Owens. You don’t see that in baseball. Kids
think it’s boring. I thank my parents for that, that I had one of those
old Flintstone Wiffle ball bats. Big, fat bat. If it wasn’t for that, I
wouldn’t have played baseball.”

– Brandon Phillips, commenting on the lack of African-Americans in the majors.
The Reds fell to the White Sox 10-8 in Saturday’s third annual Civil
Rights Game. The event attracted a sold out crowd of 42.234 and names
like Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Bill Cosby, former President Bill
Clinton, and Muhammad Ali.

“It’s just a matter of competing. Do
I think he could play without embarrassing himself? Yes. But it’s best
just to play games and get acclimated. I think that’s important. He
doesn’t need to put up numbers.”

– Manager Joe Torre comments on Manny Ramirez, who agreed to start a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. He is eligible to return from his 50 game suspension on July 3 in San Diego.

“The big deal is probably that a lot
of people aren’t familiar with what he went through, how serious of a
surgery he had and the fatigue that he went through. Everything is
always (bigger) when it’s Alex.”

– Manager Joe Girardi does his best to downplay Alex Rodriguez’s two days off. A-Rod may have needed a breather, but according to the New York Post, that didn’t stop him from attending a private party with Kate Hudson in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday.

Coco Crisp traded to the Indians for a minor league reliever

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 27:  Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics rounds third base to score against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the seventh inning at AT&T Park on June 27, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: (11:36 AM EDT, Wednesday): The deal has been announced by both clubs. The A’s will be receiving left-handed pitcher Colt Hynes. Hynes is 31. He’s pitches seven games in the big leagues and has spent ten years in the minors with a 3.62 ERA in 456 games, almost all in relief.

Update (7:49 AM EDT, Wednesday): Susan Slusser hears word that, yes, the deal is official.

Update (7:20 PM EDT): John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports that Crisp has indeed been traded, but there won’t be an official announcement until Wednesday. Crisp has already left the Athletics’ clubhouse.

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Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Athletics and Indians are making progress on a trade that would send outfielder Coco Crisp to Cleveland. Jon Morosi of FOX Sports confirms Adams’ report. Crisp, who has 10-and-5 rights, has waived them in order to facilitate a deal.

Crisp, 36, is owed the remainder of his $11 million salary for the 2016 season and has a $13 million option for the 2017 season that vests if he reaches 550 plate appearances or plays in 130 games this season. He has already played in 102 games and logged 434 PA, batting .234/.299/.399 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI.

The Indians are still looking to bolster the outfield. Michael Brantley is expected to miss the rest of the season, Bradley Zimmer may not yet be ready for the majors, and Abraham Almonte is not eligible to play in the postseason after testing positive for boldenone in February.

Wow! Zach McAllister kicks a line drive into the air, catches it

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I met some guy on a hike a couple of months ago who used to be married to a close friend or a cousin or something of Indians pitcher Zach McAllister. I forget the details but it was some tenuous relationship like that. No different than a lot of brush-with-fame stories you get from Triple-A towns like Columbus, where McAllister spent some time.

Anyway, the guy met McAllister a couple of times. They didn’t really talk about much but the guy said he remembers McAllister talking about just how hard baseball was. In terms of the skills required and the mastery of it even if you are blessed with those skills. And, of course, the mental strain of it all when you’re at that place, as McAllister was at the time, when your career can either be made or broken by what the big club thinks of you. He was 22 or 23 then, and if he hadn’t been called up soon, he might’ve gone from prospect to organizational guy and that’s a lot of money left on the table.

Anyway, the point of it all was that this guy I was hiking with — not a big baseball fan — was super impressed with McAllister and said he hadn’t thought about just how hard professional sports were to even the guys who are insanely gifted at playing professional sports. I don’t think most of us think about that as much as we probably should.

Then again, sometimes players make it look easy. Like McAllister did last night when he threw a pitch to Kurt Suzuki, kicked the line drive that was hit back to him into the air and caught it on the fly: