Adam Jones lobbied for a scoring change after Orioles' loss

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A
telling story from Buster Olney
regarding Adam Jones and the
Baltimore Orioles:

[A]fter the Orioles lost an early
lead on Sunday in San Diego and wound up
getting crushed 9-4, sources say that Baltimore center fielder Adam
Jones directly lobbied for his first-inning bouncer to be changed
from an error to a hit. The scoring on the play was changed,
hours after the fact, and Jones got his hit, but for a player to make a
direct appeal — especially in the aftermath of a one-sided lost —
isn’t exactly conventional.

Some of you may remember
that Adam
Jones’ mom reads this blog
. Well, at least she does when we talk
about Jones.  On the off chance that she’s Googling her son again, allow
me to make an appeal: Mrs. Bradley, please, call your son and tell him
to knock that stuff off. Thanks.

If the Jones story is at all
typical of what’s going on in the Orioles’ clubhouse, it further
convinces me that the Orioles need to hire some kickass manager in order
to change some attitudes. I’ve joked about Wally Backman in light of
the video of that tantrum he threw making the rounds, but maybe it’s
less funny than it first seemed.

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.