Reds acquire Willie Bloomquist from Royals, leaving a utility man-sized hole in Dayton Moore's heart

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He won’t be eligible for the playoffs and will be a free agent in three weeks, but the Reds have acquired Willie Bloomquist from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Cincinnati is almost surely giving up basically nothing to bring in a utility man for the final 20 games, but I’m sort of shocked that Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore would let him go. Presumably he plans to re-sign Bloomquist this offseason, but I worry about Moore’s ability to live without him for even a few weeks.
Bloomquist has tons of defensive versatility and good speed, but he’s hitting his usual .265/.296/.388 in 181 plate appearances while everyone with the Royals and far too many people in the local media act as if he’s actually a good player.
Among all active players with at least 2,000 career plate appearances Bloomquist has the seventh-lowest OPS, ahead of only Juan Castro, Cesar Izturis, Adam Everett, Nick Punto, Willy Taveras, and Alex Cora.

The Braves will be serving some insane food this season

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Lots of teams have crazy concession items and lots of them will circulate photos of the more gonzo ones in the coming week leading up to the baseball season. The Braves, however, have been one of the more aggressive players in the gimmick concession item game in recent years, and they just sent around a release talking about some of the stuff they, and their concessionaire, Delaware North, will be serving at their new ballpark, Sun Trust Park, in 2017.

Among them:a blackened catfish po boy, which is a blackened 6-ounce filet of catfish cut up among three tacos, with a cajun remoulade. Some BBQ beef brisket sliders. A double burger. An ice cream bar. They’re also going to have a regionally-inspired thing called “The Taste of Braves Country,” showcasing southern cooking from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Which they’re calling “Braves Country.” Accurate enough, I guess, even if some of us are old enough to remember when they aspired to be a national team. Alas.

The big item, though, is this one:

It’s called the “Tomahawk Chop” sandwich. It’s a fried pork chop with collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce. It serves four and costs $26. I’m guessing it tastes fantastic, but I think the name is pretty cringeworthy for the same reason the cheer which gives it its name is. And, given the dynamics of the Braves move to their new stadium, the choice of BBQ sauce is . . . amusing? I dunno.

Anyway, enjoy, Braves fans.

Max Scherzer will not be ready for Opening Day

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Ten days ago Nationals ace Max Scherzer said he’d be ready for the start of the regular season. “I’m gonna do it,” Scherzer said.

[Ron Howard from “Arrested Development” voice] — No, he’s not:

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team’s opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation.

He’s still projected to make it to the opening rotation, taking the hill, most likely, on Thursday April 6 against the Marlins. At least if the schedule doesn’t slip any more.

Scherzer, as you probably know, has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, which has messed with his preparation and has caused him to alter his grip a bit. As of now Stephen Strasburg will get the Opening Day nod.