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Was Jake Peavy trying to quick pitch Edwin Encarnacion on Tuesday?

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Eno Sarris of FanGraphs has an interesting piece up today. He spoke to Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was adamant that the Giants’ starter on Tuesday, Jake Peavy, was trying to quick pitch Edwin Encarnacion, among others.

Donaldson said to Sarris, “Pitchers are not trying to deceive runners any more with their balks, they are trying to deceive hitters. With guys like myself, guys like Jose Bautista, guys that have leg kicks, movement in their swing, more than any other area, all that timing, this, that, hold, quick pitch, they’re all trying to do something to mess our timing up.”

Donaldson then pointed out, which Sarris captured in a .gif, Bautista talking to first base umpire Tony Randazzo about Peavy not coming set before pitching to Encarnacion. Peavy noticed this, so he came set on his next pitch and promptly gave up a homer to left field.

Sarris cites rule 5.07(a)(2), which Peavy seems to violate. He also makes a good point that it shouldn’t be up to the hitters and runners to enforce this rule; umpires should be aware of it and make an effort to keep Peavy and other pitchers in line.

While the Blue Jays wound up winning 4-0, Donaldson said, “It’s harder for me as a hitter to know when to start.” He added, “Part of the game is deceiving the batter, but it should be in the rule book.”

As usual, nice reporting and research by Sarris. Check out the FanGraphs article for the visual supplement.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.