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Atlanta Braves pitcher Dan Winkler collapses on the field after throwing against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 10, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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Braves reliever Daniel Wrinkler breaks his elbow throwing a pitch

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Jarrod Parker fractured his elbow during a spring training game last month. It was horrible, not just for its own sake, but because Parker had dealt with so many other injuries and the latest one just made it seem like the guy is snakebitten.

Maybe Daniel Winkler is the east coast version of Parker. In 2014, when he was with the Rockies he had to have Tommy John surgery. That derailed his prospect status and sent him into journeyman land. He had latched on with the Braves last year and had a nice spring, making the big club’s pen.

Then yesterday, while throwing a pitch against the Cardinals he fractured his elbow and ran off the mound in obvious pain. If you must you can watch the video here, but don’t feel obligated.

He’ll have to have surgery now and will likely miss the entire year. Such a shame.

The Cubs like their new clubhouse

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One of the many aspects of the Cubs’ Renaissance are the renovations being made to Wrigley Field.

Always a cool place in a general sense given its history and the big picture aesthetic of it, Wrigley, however, was sort of falling apart. It was also falling behind in terms of the facilities and comforts for its players, most notably its clubhouse, which was closer to an old-school locker room than it was a modern home-away-from-home which is what major league clubhouses have become.

The renovation has fixed that and tonight, for their home opener against the Reds, Cubs players are getting to enjoy the new digs:

 

David Ross is lovin’ it:

 

 

Miguel Sano got tossed after arguing a HORRIBLE strike call

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The Twins lost another demoralizing game yesterday, and at one point frustration got to their young star, Miguel Sano. That came in the seventh inning when he was called out looking by home plate umpire John Hirschbeck. You can watch the video of it here.

Watching that video makes you realize that Sano was justifiably frustrated. The ball was way outside. But don’t rely on your own eyes for it. Check out the plot of the pitch:

Horrible, horrible call.

Which, fine, horrible calls happen. But this little episode grates for a few reasons. One of which is Hirschbeck’s reaction to Sano taking issue with the strike zone. Maybe a hitter isn’t supposed to argue balls and strikes, but an umpire certainly isn’t supposed to take it personally. Ideally, the ump is stoic in such instances and ejects the player if he crosses that line but ultimately doesn’t mix it up himself. Reading the lips of the ump here and seeing his demeanor, you can tell that he’s not doing anything to lower the heat of the conversation. Which, as a judge, not a combatant, he should be doing. He doesn’t answer to Sano and doesn’t have to respond. Major League Baseball should require that umps be above that.

Also annoying is the reaction to at least one observer:

I don’t know why we should just idly accept that umps, after doing a crap job, are justified in later holding it against people who note that, hey, they did a crap job. Why the lesson here is “young player should shut up and bear it” as opposed to “umpire should do better and not react in a petty fashion when he feels his authoritah is not being respected” is beyond me.

I know what people will say. “Hey, that’s baseball. You know how that goes.” Yes, I do. But just because that’s how it has historically gone doesn’t mean it’s not stupid.