Craig Calcaterra

President Obama welcomes the Royals to the White House


The Royals, as all World Series champions do, visited the White House today. They presented the president, as all World Series champions do, with a jersey, which will likely end up in his presidential library alongside the Phillies, the Yankees, the Cardinals, the Red Sox and three San Francisco Giants jerseys. Or, I dunno, Maybe Obama wears them out to the mall while wearing gleaming white New Balance sneakers. He is a dad after all.



Yasiel Puig leaves the Dodgers-Nats game with an apparent injury

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22:  Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides home for an inside the park homerun to win the game 4-3 over the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Great timing, Yasiel.

Yasiel Puig was removed from this afternoon’s game against the Nationals with an apparent hamstring injury.

Puig was trying to leg out a grounder in the top of the seventh inning but was seen to “crow hop” as he crossed the bag and then went directly into the visitor’s tunnel. Scott Van Slyke took over in right field in the bottom of the seventh.
Puig has been subject to trade rumors of late, with the Dodgers said to both be considering moving him and looking to make a big splash of some sort at the trade deadline, possibly for a top-end starting pitcher. Obviously those two things could go together, with Puig being sent in a package for said pitcher. But not if he’s hurt again.

Rob Manfred said he’d consider limiting the number of pitching changes in a game

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16:  Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. speaks at a press conference on youth initiatives hosted by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association at Citi Field on June 16, 2016 in the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Let’s preface this with the acknowledgment that (a) Rob Manfred was likely asked this in response to that dumb “improve baseball” column Buster Olney wrote, not because anyone in power is suggesting it; and (b) that Manfred, ever the politician and consensus-builder, would say he’d consider almost anything if presented to him up to and including Jus Primae Noctis privileges for the reigning MVP.

This is mostly because the m.o. of MLB for the past decade or two has been to (a) never say yes or no to anything, no matter how dumb, until people like us have argued it to death; (b) to take the side of the victor; and (c) then claim that everyone has always agreed that its course of action was a great idea and no one ever thought differently. That’s annoying, of course, but super duper effective.

Anyway, here’s the latest of these:

I seriously doubt anyone in baseball is actually considering this. Like I said, it came up in Olney’s thing and I’m sure someone got a hold of Manfred so they could keep the content rolling. No harm, no foul.

But it’s a dumb idea, right? I hope we can all agree on that. That it’s dumb to constrict the manner in which baseball players and managers do their jobs solely because some people who are too impatient to sit through a baseball game had an idea how to make the time go by faster. It’s one thing to put a clock on guys and make them do what they were already doing a bit more quickly, but to actually take away tools players and managers use to save some time is a different proposition in my mind.

Oh well. I wish Manfred, when this stuff comes up, would say “hahaha, no one is thinking about that except some baseball columnist looking for some cross-audience synergy with his employer’s radio operation.” But I guess you don’t become the Commissioner of Baseball by speaking plain and direct sense like that.