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MLB suspends two minor leaguers for drug violations

 

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Los Angeles Angels Minor League right-handed pitcher Aaron Cox, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Burlington Bees of the Midwest League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Methylphenidate and its metabolite, a stimulant in violation of the program.

Free agent Minor League left-handed pitcher Silvestre Berroa has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone and metabolite, as well as metabolites of Stanozolol. The suspension of Berroa will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

 

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MLB, Washington Nationals unveil 2018 All-Star Game logo

Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals and officials from the District of Columbia today unveiled the official logo of the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be played at Nationals Park on Tuesday, July 17th, with the National League as the home team during the contest.

Those in attendance for this afternoon’s unveiling prior to Washington’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers included Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals; Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.; Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser; veteran Nationals All-Stars Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Max Scherzer and Ryan Zimmerman; and Nationals manager Dusty Baker, an All-Star as both a player and a manager.

The Nationals will host their first All-Star Game, while the city of Washington will become a five-time host (also 1937, 1956, 1962 [1st] and 1969) when the 89th Midsummer Classic is played next July 17th at Nationals Park, which opened in 2008. The 2018 season will mark the 14th season of play for the Nationals.

The official logo of the 2018 All-Star Game is as patriotic as its iconic setting. The focal point of the mark is the pristine white United States Capitol dome, which is crowned with the bronze Statue of Freedom. A U.S. flag proudly waves behind it, while the logo is surrounded by a ring of stars. The two stars on the red ring represent the competing leagues, and the six stars on the navy field symbolize their divisions. The ribbon proudly states the location and year of the Midsummer Classic, and to punctuate the mark, the MLB batter is in the colors of scarlet and navy honoring the host franchise.

Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is delighted to return the All-Star Game to Washington, DC for the first time in nearly 50 years in 2018. Today’s logo unveiling marks the start of an exciting year for our sport in the nation’s capital, and we look forward to showcasing our game’s brightest stars in an outstanding city and ballpark next summer.”

“I know that Washington will be one of the best host cities because nothing could be more fitting, exciting, or appropriate than hosting the All-Star Game for the national pastime in the nation’s capital,” said Mark D. Lerner, Washington Nationals Principal Owner and Vice Chairman. “The logo conveys that spirit of celebrating one of our most beloved traditions in the city that uniquely belongs to us all.”

Mayor Bowser said: “We are thrilled to host the 2018 All-Star Game here in Washington, DC. Many people already know that DC is home to one of the best baseball teams in the league, and now we have the opportunity to show baseball fans from around the nation a side of DC that not everyone knows about – local DC. From the Southwest Waterfront near Nationals Park to the U Street neighborhood where Duke Ellington had his roots, there is truly something for everyone in DC, and we look forward to showcasing our city and ensuring that all players and visitors have a tremendous experience at next year’s game.”

 

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logo courtesy of MLB

 

 

Indians bring Joe Smith ‘back home’ to further strengthen bullpen

Joe Smith pitching plateward 2017 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The Cleveland Indians re-acquired a familiar face to strengthen their bullpen with the addition of veteran right-hander Joe Smith.

Smith, 33, returns to the Indians organization after spending five seasons with the club from 2009-13, posting a combined ERA of 2.76 in 303 relief outings with the Indians (271.0IP, 219H, 83ER, 106BB, 214SO). He owns a career Major League record of 44-28 with 29 saves and a 2.95 ERA in 677 relief appearances (606.1IP, 504H, 199ER, 220BB, 527SO, .226avg) since debuting with the New York Mets in 2007. He is seventh among active Major League pitchers in appearances. Following his tenure with Cleveland he spent over two and a half seasons with the LA Angels prior to finishing the 2016 season with the Chicago Cubs.

The Dayton, Ohio native has posted a mark of 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 38 relief appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 after signing a one-year contract as a free agent in February (35.2IP, 30H, 13ER, 10BB, 51SO, 3HR, .229 AVG, 1.12WHIP, 2.31FIP). His 12.9 strikeouts per 9.0IP and 5.10 strikeout-to-walk ratio are the highest marks of his career and his 13 holds are tied for 14th in the American League despite missing a month due to right shoulder soreness (June 19-July 21). He has allowed 1 run and 2 hits in 4.0IP since being activated (2.25 ERA).

 

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With strong bullpen full of quality arms, Reds trade lefty Tony Cingrani to LA Dodgers

Tony Cingrani 2013 photo By NewJack984 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations, General Manager Dick Williams today announced the acquisitions of OF Scott Van Slyke and C Hendrik Clementina from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for LHP Tony Cingrani.

Van Slyke will join Class AAA Louisville, while Clementina will report to Rookie Billings. The 25-man roster move to fill Cingrani’s spot will be announced tomorrow.

Van Slyke, 31, has spent most of this season at Class AAA Oklahoma City, where in 55 appearances he hit .242 with 5 HR and 20 RBI. He appeared in 29 games for the Dodgers.
Selected by the Dodgers in the 14th Round of the 2005 first-year player draft out of Burroughs High School in Ladue, Missouri, in his Major League career Van Slyke has played LF (158g), RF (71g), CF (26g) and 1B (67g).

Clementina, 20, in 24 appearances this season at Rookie Ogden hit .370 with 4 HR, 25 RBI and a .994 OPS. The native of Willemstad, Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in December 2013. In 143 games over 4 minor league seasons, he has hit .275 with 12 HR, 76 RBI and a .737 OPS.

Cingrani, 28, in 25 relief appearances this season for the Reds posted a 5.40 ERA. From April 21 through June 6 he was disabled with a strained right oblique. Cingrani was selected by the Reds in the third round of the June 2011 first-year player draft.

 

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Last week’s AL Player of the Week, Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop

 

Jonathan Schoop running bases 2017 photo By Keith Allison - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending July 23rd.

Jonathan’s teammate Adam Jones (.419, 11 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI) also produced a strong week for the Orioles. With his 1,548th hit as an Oriole on Sunday afternoon against Houston, the 12-year-veteran moved into sole possession of sixth place on the Orioles’ all-time hit list. Other noteworthy performances last week included All-Star first baseman Justin Smoak (.417, 5 R, 5 XBH, 6 RBI) and starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (14.1 IP, 0.63 ERA, 12 SO) of the Toronto Blue Jays; shortstop Didi Gregorius (.462, 4 R, 12 H, 4 XBH) of the New York Yankees; and All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve (.464, 13 H, 5 RBI, 2 SB) of the Astros.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Jonathan Schoop will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Schoop batted .433 (13-for-30) with eight runs scored, two doubles, three home runs and 16 RBI over seven games played to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award. Among AL leaders, Jonathan finished the period first in RBI; tied for first in hits, home runs and total bases (24); second in runs scored; tied for third in extra-base hits (5); and fourth in slugging percentage (.800). This is Baltimore’s first weekly award of the season, and the first since Schoop’s teammate Chris Davis took home weekly honors last season on June 13th.

On Friday night against the Houston Astros at Camden Yards, the 25-year-old recorded his 20th home run on the season, reaching the 20-homer plateau for the second consecutive season.   During his breakout campaign in 2016, Schoop played in all 162 games, tallying 38 doubles, 25 home runs and 82 RBI. Schoop, who earned the first All-Star appearance of his career this season, blasted home runs in three consecutive games from July 20th-22nd, accomplishing the feat for the first time this season, and the second time in his career (also September 2-4, 2014). Having recorded an RBI in seven consecutive contests during his award-winning week, the Curaçao native enters play today tied for the third-longest streak in the Majors this season for consecutive games with an RBI (also Miami’s Christian Yelich: April 13th-19th). Gerardo Parra of the Colorado Rockies (July 7th-18th) and Marwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros (July 2nd-14th) each produced streaks of eight such games to hold the current mark. In addition, Schoop logged multi-RBI efforts in five consecutive games from July 18th-22nd, matching Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt (April 21st-26th) and Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (April 21st-25th) for the longest multi-RBI streak in the Majors this season. Entering play today, Schoop paces all AL second basemen with 21 round-trippers and 70 RBI. Prior to the 2017 campaign, Schoop, who became the 14th player to reach the Majors from Curaçao when he debuted in 2013, played for the Kingdom of the Netherlands during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, helping the team to its second consecutive trip to the Championship Round.

 

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