It’s Hall of Fame Induction Sunday in Cooperstown and all-time-great pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz form three-fourths of this year’s class. Here’s the video essay you’ll be seeing on MLB Network as the ceremonies begin, written by Tom Verducci and narrated by Tom Seaver …
Coverage gets started at 12 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Anyone else wish they’d do this in primetime?
Cole Hamels put to rest any talk about fatigue or falling trade stock Saturday when he threw the first no-hitter of his career against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. You wouldn’t think one start could change the perception of a guy who’s been dominant now for over 1,900 major league innings, but this has always been a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately type of business. Just like any professional sport.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal is hearing from sources that there is “momentum building” toward a Hamels trade following Saturday’s historical performance on the north side of Chicago. Rosenthal says teams are no longer asking the Phillies to eat as much money and they’re putting forth better return packages.
Hamels, who’s under contract through 2018 at $23.5 million per season, heads into the week of the July 31 trade deadline with a cool 3.64 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 137/39 K/BB ratio in 128 2/3 innings.
The five organizations expressing the most interest in the 31-year-old, per Rosenthal, are the Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees, Giants, and the Cubs team Hamels just no-hit on Saturday.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, the Cincinnati Reds were just a step or two away from trading ace right-hander Johnny Cueto to the Royals on Saturday evening.
The deal was so close to happening that Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen began warming up for Saturday night’s game against the Rockies in anticipation of Cueto departing immediately for Kansas City. Cueto did end up starting the game and he went eight scoreless innings at Coors Field, the least pitcher-friendly park in the majors. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer says Cueto was upset that he learned from Lorenzen, instead of the Reds management, that a deal was close. Maybe it added some fuel to his dominant performance.
According to Rosenthal, the trade broke down when one of the players due to be sent from the Royals to the Reds did not check out medically. It figures that the two sides aren’t completely done talking.
Cueto, a 29-year-old impending free agent, boasts a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 120/29 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings this season. He’s also been linked to the Orioles, Blue Jays, Yankees, Dodgers, and Astros.