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Taijuan Walker

Taijuan Walker has scrapped his cut fastball. Again.

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There are people who are very into pitching in very specific ways. Fans who spend a lot of mental energy on knowing a pitcher’s repertoire, which pitches he uses and when and all of that. I will admit that I’m not one of those guys. I love pitching — it’s my favorite part of the game — but it’s on more of a macro level. I am less interested in the execution or technique of any one pitch than I am of the sequences and the setup. Watching a guy set up a batter and then just fool him is the BEST, aesthetically speaking. Just as I don’t often think too hard about a painter’s specific technique I sort of don’t care which pitch a pitcher uses to fool the batter.

Which is why, with a few exceptions, I couldn’t tell you which pitcher throws what. I know who throws hard and who doesn’t and if a guy has a plus pitch I probably know it, but I couldn’t tell you if so-and-so uses a cutter or a slider as his second pitch and don’t even get me started on two-seamers, four-seamers, etc. I can look that stuff up if I need to. I rarely need to because we just don’t do that sort of analysis here very often.

As a result of all of that, this didn’t really register with me when I first saw it today:

 

Big whoop. Sliders/cutters from a third starter on a team I don’t see all that often isn’t going to hold my attention for long. But then my friend Jason found this tweet:

 

Not a repeat from this spring. Check the dates.

Good luck to Taijuan Walker. For whom quitting that cut fastball appears to be as hard as it is for some people to quit smoking.

Domestic violence case against Jose Reyes to be dropped

Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes, left, throws late to first base after forcing out San Diego Padres' Will Venable at second base on a bunt put down by Yangervis Solarte during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Denver. San Diego won 9-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Rockies infielder Jose Reyes was supposed to go on trial next week for domestic violence in Hawaii. Now that isn’t going to happen. The prosecutor in charge of the case said today that she’s dropping the case because Reyes’ wife, the victim in the case, isn’t cooperating.

Reyes is on paid leave from the Rockies right now under an agreement reached between him, the team and Major League Baseball. The league has not made any comments about the possible sanctions Reyes could receive under MLB’s domestic violence policy because, in all likelihood, it was waiting for his criminal case to be resolved. Now that that is fizzling, it puts Rob Manfred in the position he was with Aroldis Chapman: havingto impose discipline without there being a criminal prosecution. He managed that with well enough with Chapman. Unlike Chapman, however, there was at least enough evidence to charge Reyes.

In either event, MLB’s policy was undertaken with the implicit knowledge that many domestic violence cases don’t end up in successful prosecutions for a lot of reasons which aren’t directly related to “did the guy do it.” Often there is lack of cooperation from victims for one reason or another. Other times evidence and victim testimony is disregarded for a lot of reasons which don’t touch on their probity. This reality puts the responsibility of judging directly on Manfred’s shoulders once again.

Andrew Miller drilled on the wrist, immediately leaves game

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Update (8:13 PM EST, Bill Baer): Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that a CT scan revealed a chip fracture in Miller’s right wrist. He’ll visit a hand specialist next, which will determine where he goes from here.

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This could be bad news for the Yankees.

Andrew Miller, the Yankees closer until Aroldis Chapman comes off of his suspension, was pitching in a spring training game this afternoon when he was drilled on the right wrist by a comebacker. Reporters at the game said that Miller immediately walked off the mound and into the dugout, where he slammed his glove and cap down. Updates will obviously come, but that’s the reaction of a guy who know he hurt something.

Upside: he throws with his left, not his right. But that’s pretty cold comfort given that a broken bone, if he has one, even on his non-pitching hand could cause him to miss several weeks. Until there is word from the team, that’s about all the upside there can be at the moment.