Potent quotables: Dusty Baker is embarrassed

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“This is embarrassing. It’s like pitiful to watch. This is terrible.”

Reds manager Dusty Baker, after rookie Mat Latos and two relievers combined for a one-hitter
against his club on Wednesday night. The slipping Reds have dropped
eight of their last 10 games and are currently nine games behind the
first-place Cardinals.

“I’ll definitely be able to sleep tonight.”

Orioles rookie pitcher Chris Tillman puts things in perspective
after allowing three runs (all on solo homers) over 4 2/3 innings in
his major league debut against the Royals on Wednesday night.

”I understand and sympathize with
the fans. But fans think in the moment. A general manager has to keep
one eye on the moment and one eye on building championship teams for
the future. If I didn’t make tough decisions like this, we wouldn’t
have guys like Cliff Lee in the first place.”

– After dealing ace Cliff Lee, Indians general manager Mark Shapiro goes the high road by reminding us all that he knows better than the fans.

“Maybe I can come off the bench and get a hit at a key point and win a game or two down the stretch.”

– The rehabbing Troy Glaus, who now sounds like a former high-school football player who wants to relive his glory days.
Yes, Glaus still wears his letterman jacket and yes, he still thinks he
can throw this football over those mountains. It just might hurt
afterwords.

“Giving up a homer with two outs to the pitcher isn’t just disappointing, it’s pathetic.”

– Kenshin Kawakami expresses his frustration (via his interpreter) after serving up a three-run homer to opposing pitcher Josh Johnson on Wednesday night.

Once again, Cy Young votes from the Tampa Bay chapter were interesting

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In 2016, Red Sox starter Rick Porcello narrowly and controversially eked ahead of then-Tigers starter Justin Verlander in Cy Young Award balloting, winning on points 137 to 132. Verlander was not included at all in the top-five of two ballots, both coincidentally belonging to writers from the Tampa Bay chapter, MLB.com’s Bill Chastain and Fred Goodall of the Associated Press. Verlander had more first-place votes than Porcello, but being left out of the top-five on two ballots was the difference maker.

In the aftermath, Verlander’s then-fiancée Kate Upton fired off some angry tweets, as did Justin’s brother Ben.

Verlander was again in the running for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award. He again finished in second place, this time behind Blake Snell of the Rays. Snell had 17 first-place votes and 169 total points to Verlander’s 13 and 154. There weren’t any ballots that made a big difference like in 2016, but there were two odd ballots from the Tampa Bay chapter again.

If a chapter doesn’t have enough eligible voters, a voter from another chapter is chosen to represent that city. This year, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News was a replacement voter along with Mark Didtler, a freelancer for the Associated Press. Both writers voted for Snell in first place, reasonably. But neither writer put Verlander second, less reasonably, putting Corey Kluber there instead. Madden actually had Verlander fourth behind Athletics reliever Blake Treinen. Didtler had Treinen in fifth place. Two other writers had Verlander in third place: George A. King III of the New York Post and Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. The other 26 had Verlander in first or second place.

Voting Kluber ahead of Verlander doesn’t make any sense, especially we finally live in a world where a pitcher’s win-loss record isn’t valued highly. Kluber had 20 wins to Verlander’s 16 and pitched one more inning. In every other area, Verlander was better. ERA? Verlander led 2.52 to 2.89. Strikeouts? Verlander led 290 to 222. Strikeout rate? Verlander led 34.8% to 26.4%. Opponent batting average? Verlander led .198 to .222. FIP and xFIP? Verlander led both 2.78 and 3.03 to 3.12 and 3.08, respectively. And while Treinen had an excellent year, Verlander pitched 134 more innings, which is significant.

Upton had another tweet for the occasion: