Should we raise the pitcher's mound?

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The All-Star break is a good time to talk about stuff we normally don’t
have time to discuss because things like ballgames and transactions and
stuff get in the way. Things like this, which is an article advocating for a return to the pre-1968 pitchers’ mound:

If Major League Baseball is serious about trying to find ways to
escape the fallout of the steroid era, raising the pitching mound would
seem to be a no-brainer . . . It’s time to take another look. It’s time
to realize Gibson’s 1.12 was an exceptional year by an exceptional
pitcher. Those tiny ERAs? Evidence suggests they were more a mirage
than a trend — and hitters have been having far too much fun. It’s
time to give the pitchers a break. It’s time to restore at least part
of the real estate missing from the middle of baseball diamonds
everywhere. It’s time to Bring Back The Hill. Now.

I don’t believe that outrageous offense is as big a problem now as it
was a few years ago, but it strikes me that this could be a good idea
regardless of its direct effects on offense. I could totally see a
higher mound leading to fewer pitchers’ injuries as hurlers will be
able to generate a bit more velocity via gravity as opposed to muscle,
and could theoretically lower their arm slots a bit — thus reducing
shoulder strain — and still get a good angle of attack at a batter.

Just spitballin’ here.

Hey, that gives me another idea . . .

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.