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Blue Jays’ unique rival on Kevin Gausman mind

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Blue Jays' unique rival on Kevin Gausman mind

Blue Jays’ unique rival on Kevin Gausman mind

During the shortened 2020 season of Major League Baseball (MLB), Kevin Gausman has embarked on a peculiar routine.

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The right-hander, then a member of the San Francisco Giants, took some advice from teammate Hunter Pence and began jotting down his thoughts with a pen and paper before each start. The whole process is about building strong trust, and repetition is key, Goldsman said.

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Going into spring training in 2021, Goldsman’s mental skills continued to develop. The words he had emphasized in his notes were now ringing in his mind. Every morning, he drives to the Giants factory in Scottsdale, Arizona, with one goal and one goal.

“I’m a 20-game winner,” Goldsman told himself. “In order to win 20 games, whatever I have to do, this is what I have to do.”

If you went to the Blue Jays clubhouse early today, you might have seen Goldsman, often in grey sweatpants, hunched over a high table near the locker. His eyes were fixed on his diary, as if he was working on a scouting report, while his right hand rhythmically swung across the paper.

Goldsman did not sign or write the first 15 pitches of the game. Before each start, the 31-year-old finds a unique way to hold on, shrink his blindfolds and adjust his focus.

Like a machine, Goldsman printed the same phrase over and over on his exercise book—”I’m the winner of 20 games”—until he repeated the phrase 50 times on a new piece of paper .

Picking a pitcher’s head is a crazy thing. They’re creatures of different sizes, attitudes, and abilities, all assigned the crazy task of throwing little white balls over a hitter’s bat.

In a game full of failures, it’s no surprise that some people are experimenting with crazy cooking methods. When pitchers like Goldsman find something to hold on to, they take it to the extreme, especially when the results are on the field.

“This game is beating you all the time,” Goldsman said. “You have to build yourself up. That’s one of the things that worked for me.”

With the best pieces in baseball, why isn’t he confident? But it turned out that it was the unbreakable ego that allowed the division to do its job. Mindset speaks, not the other way around.

With his mind-mapping and traditional scouting checks done, pitching in the game remains a daunting task. In a stadium filled with noisy and sometimes hostile fans, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by pitchers. Goldsman has a unique strategy for refocusing the bright lights on the major league stage.

“Before I threw my first pitch, I looked around the stadium and said to myself, ‘Everyone is here watching my ball,'” Goldsman said. “It got me thinking, ‘Okay, let’s put them on a show. Let’s do a show these people are coming to see me.'”

“Even though I’m at Yankee Stadium, I know they’re here to see Aaron Judge and all these guys, but in the back of my mind, I’m like, ‘No, they’re paying their money, their hard-working money, Come see me hitting these guys.

It’s not arrogance that drives the Gaussman engine. In fact, it was his otherworldly mentality on the mound that propelled him through the standard challenge of every baseball game, any brave soul who dared to dedicate his life to American pastime.

Goldsman was traded during his 10-year career, relegated to the bullpen and flagged for action. He’s been through everything. And when a player returns from a country as humble as Goldman’s, they tend to be more headstrong than ever.

Blue Jays manager John Schneider is familiar with the trip. Not from personal experience, but from those around him.

“I think great players and great competitors do have some very conscious things that they can take advantage of at any time,” Schneider said.

A receiver in the Blue Jays’ minor league system from 2003-2007, Schneider had a rare opportunity to work with the late Roy Halladay, a legendary and very confident starting pitcher.

“He’s a machine,” Schneider said of Halladay. “He’s someone everyone knows, just don’t get in his way the day he pitches.”

In one spring training, Schneider traded for starting receiver Greg Zun and caught Halladay’s bullpen.

“That’s 20 pitches or something like, ‘Hey, go for it. Get the doctor,'” he said. “I said, ‘Oh, wow, that’s great.’ It was there. It was like going to the surgeon, and it was mid-February.”

The big stories of Doc’s insatiable work ethic and no-nonsense attitude on the mountain have been around for years. Schneider watched everything up close, which is why he saw echoes of Haraday at Goldsman.

“I remember [Halladay] and I knew Kevin really saw him as someone he looked up to,” the Jays’ captain said. “So you can see certain similarities.”

Halladay won 20 games for the Blue Jays in a season, first in 2003 — the year he won AL Cy Young — and then again in 2008. Goldsman has yet to reach the 20-win record. The closest he came was with the Giants last season, when he won 14 of his 33 starts.

Goldsman, who is under contract in Toronto until 2026, will have ample opportunity to match his major success in one season over the next few seasons.

Until he succeeds, the starting pitcher will show that goal over and over every starting day.

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

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Interest from other teams could make Chris Sale wear another shirt in 2023

Although no more serious negotiations have begun, the Boston Red Sox have noted the interest of other franchises in pitcher Chris Sale and have not ruled out involving him in a possible trade.

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Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that while the Red Stockings are not thinking of trading any of their starters, they may at least listen and consider offers for the members of the rotation, due to many options in the sector.

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However, if the team decides that Ace’s time in Boston is over, Sale can veto his fate and choose where he will go, since the no-trade clause in his contract gives him this possibility.

Should any team decide to take over the pitcher’s contract this offseason, they will secure his services for at least two more years, as Chris Sale becomes a free agent only in 2025.

Known for his excellent left-handedness, the athlete has a considerable history of physical problems. In addition to missing the entire already shortened 2020 season as a result of recovery from Tommy John surgery, Sale also took the field nine times the following year in uneven performances.

This season did not start in good shape for Sale either, who missed the start due to a rib injury during Spring Training. When he was healthy, he played only twice and fractured his little finger during an away game against the New York Yankees in July in his last performance. In addition, he broke his wrist riding a bicycle.

“You can’t make that up, right?” said Chaim Bloom, head of baseball operations for the Sox Kings. “We need to send some people after whoever is with Chris Sale’s voodoo doll and get it back.”

Sale was among the top six nominees for the Cy Young award between 2012 and 2018, receiving seven All-Star Game nominations, one World Series win, recording the record for unblemished innings with three (tied with Sandy Koufax and Max Scherzer) and owns a 5.33 strikeouts-to-walk average, the best mark in league history.

Taking into account his wins, but also the medical issue, Chris Sale will have to prove himself again as an elite pitcher who has made it through the injuries. If so, he is a powerful weapon on the mound, regardless of the uniform he wears.

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

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Pirates sign veteran pitcher Rich Hill to a one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed pitcher Rich Hill finalized terms on a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday (27), reported Jeff Passan of ESPN USA.

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Hill, 42, will be entering his 19th season in the MLB. He accumulated a 4.27 ERA with 109 strikeouts in 124.1 innings for the Boston Red Sox in 2022. Including, his last stint in Boston was his fourth with the team.

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Since 2015, when the lefty had a “resurgence” period in his career, he has maintained an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, along with a good 2.91 ERA (140 ERA+) and a 1.06 WHIP in 87 total games.

The veteran pitcher has also played for the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Guardians, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, and New York Mets during his long career.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

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The Mariners acquire Wong from the Brewers in exchange for Winker and Toro.

The Mariners acquired Kolten Wong from the Brewers on Friday in exchange for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro, filling a much-needed left-handed spot in their lineup.

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DETAILS OF THE TRADE

  • 2B for the Mariners Kolten Wong
  • Brewers are awarded: LF/DH INF Jesse Winker Toro, Abraham.

The Mariners will also receive $1.75 million to help offset Wong’s $10 million salary in 2023, when he will be a free agent. Winker is due $8.25 million in his final year before free agency, effectively a money and player swap for Seattle, while Toro is in his first year of arbitration as a Super Two player and won’t be a free agent until until 2026.

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Wong has been a Mariners goal since the team came short of signing him as a free agency ahead of the 2021 season, when Seattle offered a two-year deal but Milwaukee offered a third-year club option, which was the difference at the time, according to sources. The Mariners had inquired about Wong’s availability at the Trade Deadline the previous two seasons, but the competing Brewers were uninterested in moving him.

However, with numerous arbitration-eligible players set to receive raises this offseason, many in the business anticipated that the team might be willing to move some of its higher-priced players for payroll relief, prospect capital, and/or depth. Toro, a switch-hitting infielder with glimpses of good performance, provides longevity for the Brewers’ squad, while Winker, coming off a terribly disappointing season, returns to a division where he flourished with the Reds while facing the motivation of a contract year with the Brewers.

The Brewers activated Wong’s option last month instead of paying him a $2 million buyout, opening the door for him to be traded, which sparked interest from clubs other than Seattle, according to sources.

Wong, 32, is coming off what was maybe his greatest season at the plate, hitting.251/.339/.430 (.769 OPS) with a career-high 15 homers, 24 doubles, four triples, 47 RBIs, and 116 wRC+ (league average is 100) while collecting 2.5 wins above replacement, according to FanGraphs.

Some of this was by purpose, with a more deliberate attempt to raise the ball higher. His line-drive and fly-ball rates were the best in his career the last two years (49.3% combined), but his ground-ball percentage was the lowest (43.7% for ’21-22). It’s possible that his OPS+ in each of the last two seasons – 110 in ’21 and 118 in ’22 – was the greatest of his career.

Wong is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner who is coming off a defensively bad year in which he was worth minus-9 outs above average (placing in the third percentile, per Statcast) and minus-1 defensive runs saved.

Some of that could be attributed to lower-body injuries he battled throughout the year, such as a right calf strain from a hit-by-pitch in June, which led to a stint on the injured list and persisted despite treatment and footwear experimentation. A full offseason of rest and a Spring Training with infield coaching guru Perry Hill, who has helped J.P. Crawford and Ty France among others, should be beneficial.

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