Quote of the Day: Adam Dunn on trade possibilities

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“It’s very easy for me to block it out. I understand it’s
my career, but the options are pretty good. I stay where I want to stay,
or I go and probably get a chance to play for a World Series,
definitely in a pennant race. That’s two pretty awesome options. I’m in a
win-win situation.”

Adam Dunn, talking about why he blocks out the trade chatter.

Dunn was routinely knocked when he played for the Reds for having a bad attitude and being lackadaisical.  Every time he opens his mouth, however, he sounds like a remarkably grounded and healthy person.  Maybe that just doesn’t fly with the Marty Brennamans of the world, but I can’t imagine not wanting a sensible guy like Dunn in my clubhouse.

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.