Quote of the Day: 'I suck. For real. I'm getting old.'

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Orlando Cabrera, after making two defensive mistakes yesterday:

I suck. I don’t even know how to describe it. I suck. For real. I’m
getting old, maybe. Maybe a day off is what I need. I’ll take it if
there’s a spot they want me to do that.

Normally I’d say that Cabrera is being overly hard on himself, but
that’s a tough argument to make for someone who’s hitting
.234/.285/.295 with 11 errors and an Ultimate Zone Rating of -5.2 runs
in 65 games.

And yes, maybe he is just getting old. Not many shortstops have
remained Gold Glove-caliber defenders in their mid-30s and he’ll be 35
years old in November. Luckily he has hugs from Jason Giambi to lighten
his mood.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.