I’ve been doing a fun little thing over at the HardballTalk Twitter account for the past couple of days: counting down the top-100 free agents, with a little blurb about each.
The rankings are fueled, primarily, by Matthew Pouliot’s free agent rankings over at Rotoworld. The rankings are not absolute player rankings or ranking about inherent value or how big a bargain they may be on the market. Rather, those rankings are based, primarily, on how teams might value these guys, going from the largest expected contracts to the smallest. I’ve made a couple of changes — a few guys have signed or have had their options picked up so, in their place, I’m putting wild cards — and in some places I’m making jokes. Mostly, it’s just another way to share Matthew’s great work and to freak people out who follow the HBT Twitter feed, assuming it’s always going to be a bot.
For those of you not on Twitter — which should be all of you, really, as you’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Twitter — here is #100-81, which were posted yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll do a post with #80-61, etc. on through Friday.
The Kansas City Royals lost to the Baltimore Orioles last night. After the game they flew to Boston to play the Red Sox. They played for 12 whole minutes this afternoon, lost, and are now on their way to Cleveland to take on the Indians tomorrow. For their part the Red Sox are now heading to the airport to fly out to San Diego for a game against the Padres tomorrow.
All of this was the result of a suspended game on August 7, which was halted as the Royals and Red Sox were tied 4-4 in the top of the 10th inning. It was resumed, and concluded quite quickly, this afternoon.
When the game was suspended, Josh Taylor had just come on to pitch for Boston and Royals catcher Meibrys Viloria was ahead in the count to 2-1. It resumed at 1:05pm. Nick Dini pinch-hit for Viloria and lined out and the next two Royals batters went down in order as well.
In the bottom of the 10th Andrew Benintendi struck out, Christian Vázquez doubled, Chris Owings pinch ran for him, Sam Travis was intentionally walked and then Brock Holt singled in Owings. Game over, with the proceedings ending at 1:17 PM.
Not that it was a waste of everyone’s time. The Red Sox wisely made a fun day out of it by allowing anyone who is 18 or under to attend the game for free. All others were allowed to enter for a $5 donation to the Jimmy Fund. Concessions were dirt cheap, with sodas and hot dogs going for a buck or so. Kids were allowed to run the bases afterward and they kept the concession stands open for a good long while.
The reporters and some fans on the scene were tweeting about how great an atmosphere it was so, hey, not too bad.