In an earlier post today I talked about how two things can be true at the same time. Here are two things that are both true: 1. Joe Maddon and the Cubs won the World Series; and 2. Joe Maddon didn’t optimally deploy Aroldis Chapman in the World Series.
I hope people can get their head around that, because it seems pretty obvious. He was used far too long with a big lead someone else could’ve protected in Game 6 and was obviously gassed in Game 7 as a result. Was it somewhat understandable that he wanted to nail down Game 6 in no uncertain terms? Sure. Did it all work out fine? Yes, of course it did. But it was still pretty riksy, many who know what they are talking about questioned it both at the time and after the fact and Maddon continues to be asked about it. With good reason.
Today Aroldis Chapman, his deal with the Yankees official, met the New York press. And he echoed the criticism of Joe Maddon:
Despite all of the criticism Maddon has received, it’s unusual for it to actually come from a player. Typically, even if a manager is hacking a pitcher’s arm off with a rusty chainsaw (figuratively speaking), the pitcher will say “I’m just doin’ what my manager asks of me and trying to help the ballclub win.” Thats often BS — and, like I said, I agree with Chapman’s assessment here — but it is notable that he’s saying it publicly. I’m guessing this will lead to a new round of people asking Maddon for comment on it all.
Which, in keeping with the two-things-can-be-true ethos, he would be totally justified in answering via fax on “2016 World Series Champion” stationary with a cover sheet made out of press clippings of Chapman’s $86 million deal. That stuff works both ways, you know.
Did you have a bad day? It’s OK. We all do sometimes. It’s just part of life. Even ballplayers have bad days. Even the good ones.
Odubel Herrera is a good one. He’s only 25, but he’s already got two seasons of above average hitting under his belt. Dude gets on base. He could be a regular for tons of teams, so there’s no shame at all in him having a bad day. And boy howdy did he have a bad day today. He went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in the Phillies extra innings win against the Rockies.
“I feel that I am making good swings but I’m just missing the pitches,” Herrera said.
Well, that is how strikeouts work.
Four strikeouts in a game is known as a Golden Sombrero. Players don’t strike out five times in a game very often so they don’t have an agreed upon name, but I’ve seen it referred to as the “platinum sombrero,” which seems pretty solid for such a feat. Six is a titanium sombrero or a double platinum sombrero, though there are references to it as a “Horn,” for Sam Horn, who deserves something to be named in his honor. Horn is like Moe Greene — a great man, a man of vision and guts — yet there isn’t even a plaque, or a signpost or a statue of him!
But I digress.
The last time a Phillies player did it was when Pat Burrell K’d five times in September 2008. The Phillies won the World Series that year, of course, so maybe this is an omen. [looks at standings] Or maybe not.
Anyway, get a good night’s sleep tonight, Odubel. Shake it off. Tomorrow is another day.
NEW YORK (AP) Rachel Robinson will receive the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award from baseball’s Hall of Fame on July 29, the day before this year’s induction ceremony.
She’s the wife of late Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke the major league color barrier in 1947. Rachel Robinson created the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 1973, a year after he husband’s death. Rachel Robinson, who turns 95 in July 19, headed the foundation’s board until 1996.
The O’Neil award was established in 2007 to honor individuals who broaden the game’s appeal and whose character is comparable to that of O’Neil. He played in the Negro Leagues, was a scout for major league baseball teams and helped establish the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
The award was given to O’Neil in 2008, Roland Hemond in 2011 and Joe Garagiola in 2014.