Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 11.34.58 AM

David Ortiz whined about an official scorer’s ruling yesterday


During yesterday’s Red Sox-Twins game, David Ortiz hit a ball sharply which went to the right of Joe Mauer down at first. The ball bounced off Mauer’s glove and rolled a few feet away. Often times — maybe most of the time — hot shots like that are called hits. Sometimes they’re called errors. Here the official scorer called it an error.

Gordon Edes of reports that, after the inning was over, Ortiz “could be seen yelling at the press box, making a thumbs-down motion several times to indicate his displeasure with the call.” After the game, Ortiz had this to say:

“I thought people were supposed to have your back at home, and it never happens,” he said. “It’s always like that. I’ve been here for more than a decade and the scorekeepers here are always horrible. This is home, man. I always look like the bad guy, but they always end up changing it.”

They end up changing it, David, because you issue formal protests when a lot of guys of your stature would let it go. But let’s leave that aside for a moment.

Let’s instead focus of the pettiness of a guy with a Hall of Fame resume throwing a little temper tantrum over a scoring call that will matter not one iota in the course of this season let alone his career. In a game in which he came through in the clutch with a tenth inning home run which tied the game. Even if you allow for spontaneous frustration at the time of the scoring decision, you’d think that’d wash away after a game in which he played a key part in a heroic victory.

But nope. Instead he’s whining about a judgment call. Specifically, he’s whining that he didn’t get some hometown advantage on a judgment call. That’s about the weakest sauce.

Edes, in his story, notes that Ortiz is not the first guy to get mad about official scorers calls like this. Lots of guys do. Edes gives a long example of Giants first baseman Will Clark doing so back in the day. Which, yes, does show that even superstars get upset like this sometimes.

But it’s also worth noting that Clark, by the accounts of most people who played with him and covered him, was kind of a jackass.

Giants interested in John Lackey

John Lackey
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
1 Comment

Ben Cafardo of the Boston Globe speculated on Sunday that there might be a connection between the Giants and veteran free agent right-hander John Lackey, and now FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that San Francisco is indeed in pursuit.

Rosenthal says the Giants, “like most clubs seeking pitching, [are] examining [a] wide range of options” in this starter-heavy free agent market. Lackey would make a ton of sense for any contender on something like a two-year deal. His free agency is tied to draft pick compensation, but that shouldn’t be much of a deterrent.

The 37-year-old right-hander registered a career-best 2.77 ERA across 218 innings (33 starts) this past season for the National League Central-champion Cardinals and he was St. Louis’ most reliable starter during the playoffs.

It’s well known that he wants to remain in the National League.

Angels sign catcher Geovany Soto to one-year contract

Geovany Soto
AP Photo/Alex Gallardo
Leave a comment

As first reported by beat writer Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have signed free agent catcher Geovany Soto to a one-year major league contract.’s Alden Gonzalez says the deal is worth $2.8 million guaranteed.

Soto will offer some veteran presence at catcher for the Halos alongside 25-year-old Carlos Perez, who hit .250/.299/.346 as a rookie in 2015.

Soto slashed .219/.301/.406 with nine homers in 78 games this summer for the White Sox.

The 32-year-old backstop is a .246/.331/.434 career hitter at the major league level.

White Sox acquire right-hander Tommy Kahnle from Rockies

Tommy Kahnle
AP Photo/David Zalubowski
Leave a comment

According to the official Twitter account of the Chicago White Sox, the club acquired right-hander Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies on Tuesday evening in exchange for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte.

Kahnle was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week in a flurry of moves made in preparation of next month’s Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old former fifth-round pick posted an ugly 4.86 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and 39/28 K/BB ratio in 33 1/3 innings this past season for Colorado and he wasn’t much better at Triple-A Albuquerque.

Almonte, 21, had a 3.41 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 110/38 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season between Low-A Kannapolis and High-A Winston-Salem.

It’s a straight one-for-one deal of two non-prospects, and the timing of it — in the evening, with Thanksgiving approaching — has our Craig Calcaterra wondering whether an executive was just trying to get out of some family responsibilities …

Mark McGwire to become the Padres bench coach

Los Angeles Dodgers batting coach Mark McGwire roams the field during practice for the National League baseball championship series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, in St. Louis. The Dodgers are scheduled to play the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The other day Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Padres were in discussions with former Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire about their bench coach job. Today Jon Heyman reports that the deal is done and will soon be announced.

McGwire has been the hitting coach for Los Angeles for the past three seasons. When his contract was not renewed following the end of 2015 he was rumored to be up for the Diamondbacks’ hitting coach job. He likely view staying in Southern California to be a plus, as he makes his home in Irvine, which is around 90 miles from Petco Park. That’s a long commute, but Mac can afford the gas, I guess.