What they're saying about Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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The blogosphere reacts just as much to DeWayne Wise’s catch as they do Buehrle’s perfect game:

Sports by Brooks:
“Say, remember a couple days ago when White Sox fans were whipped up in
a lather about Ozzie Guillen’s decision to demote Brian Anderson
instead of DeWayne Wise in order to make room for Carlos Quentin?
Remember how people had gone so far as to claim racism in emails to
Guillen? Well, it turns out that was far more of a consequential
decision than anybody could have imagined . . . Maybe we should just
let Ozzie make the personnel decisions in peace from here on out,

On that same note, South Side Sox says: “would BA have had it?”

And the Sun Times blog too: “That’s why D. Wise is on the team. The BA lovers can now shutup.”

Rob Neyer:
“Well, Mark Buehrle has thrown two more no-hitters than Roger Clemens,
Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine. Combined. Does that mean Buehrle’s a Hall
of Famer someday, too? Hardly.”

Danny Knobler, CBS Sports:
“With a week to go before the July 31 deadline, the White Sox were
supposedly focused on starting pitching and center field. This
afternoon, sure enough, the White Sox were focused on a starting
pitcher and a center fielder. Mark Buehrle. Dewayne Wise. Who needs a

Bronx Banter: “Why baseball matters: Because on any given day something great can happen.”

Over the Monster:
“It would have been cool if Buehrle had pitched his perfect game in a
Red Sox uniform. Unfortunately, knowing our porous defense, it probably
would’ve been a 10-run rout for Tampa.”

I think the most telling thing about all of this is how
underrepresented the White Sox are in the blogosphere. If this had
happened on any number of other teams I would have had to sift through
dozens of blog posts about it. As it is this, and a whole bunch of
short “Mark Buehrle threw a perfecto; neat” posts is all there really
is this morning. Maybe that’s not a bad thing. Overanalysis can be a
drag sometimes, and what Buehrle — and DeWise — did kind of speaks
for itself, ya know?

Video: Willson Contreras blasts first postseason home run off of Kershaw

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 22:  Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 22, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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So much for Clayton Kershaw posing a threat tonight. The Cubs got their knocks in early and often against the Dodgers’ ace during Game 6 of the NLCS, racking up three runs in the first three innings before rookie catcher Willson Contreras unleashed his first postseason home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

According to MLB.com’s Phil Rogers, Contreras became the 10th Cub to homer in the 2016 playoffs, following big hits by Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, Miguel Montero, David Ross, Jake Arrieta, Kris Bryant, Travis Wood, and Javier Baez. Of the ten home run hitters, Contreras joins catchers David Ross and Miguel Montero as yet another backstop capable of driving the long ball (and, less importantly, as another player capable of a sweet, sweet bat flip).

Rizzo, whose last homer was a deep drive to right field off of Los Angeles right-hander Pedro Baez in Game 4 of the NLCS, piled on Kershaw’s five-run outing with another home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kershaw called it a night after five frames, and the Cubs currently lead the Dodgers 5-0 in the sixth inning.

Pirates’ Nick Leyva selected as senior advisor of baseball ops

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 17:  Coach Nick Leyva #16 of the Pittsburgh Pirates poses for a photo during photo day at Pirate City on February 17, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Former first base and infield coach Nick Leyva was promoted to senior advisor of baseball operations on Saturday, per a report by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pirates also fired third base coach Rick Sofield, with no named successor as of yet.

Leyva joined the Pirates’ organization in the 2011 offseason as a third base coach under manager Clint Hurdle. He shifted to his role as the first base coach and infield coach in 2014, when first base coach Rick Sofield was reassigned to third base prior to the 2015 season. According to Biertempfel, the swap was made in order to optimize the team’s baserunning strategies, all of which appeared to fall flat during the 2015 and 2016 seasons:

The results this season were awful. The Pirates ranked 13th in the National League with a minus-7.0 BsR — a FanGraphs.com metric that measures how many runs above or below league average a team gets via its baserunning.

In 2013 and 2014, the Pirates had one of the top five BsR ratings in the NL. In 2015, they were seventh with a 2.8 BsR.

This season, the Pirates made the second-most outs at third base in the league and were last in taking extra bases on singles and doubles. Their baserunners went from first to third base on hits a league-low 63 times.

Sofield, in particular, highlighted the Pirates’ poor baserunning choices in games like this one, when he sent Sean Rodriguez home too early during the last vestige of a ninth inning rally against the Phillies.

Following the announcement, Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington issued a statement elaborating on Leyva’s role within the organization:

We have great respect and appreciation for both men. We thank them for their time and effort as part of our Major League team and the Pirates organization. It was a difficult decision, but we felt it was the right time to make this change on our Major League staff. We look forward to Nick’s continued impact in his future role with the Pirates. Nick has held nearly every coaching position at the major league level and at the minor league level, including Major League manager, in his extensive career and will be a quality mentor for our minor league managers, coaches and players.