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Swing from ‘The Caveman’ to Outman’s Historic Debut

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Swing from 'The Caveman' to Outman's Historic Debut

Swing from ‘The Caveman’ to Outman’s Historic Debut

When James Altman was drafted by Oklahoma City’s Triple-A on Saturday, the 25-year-old outfielder and potential No. 17 Dodgers player was asked to provide a series for a player about to make his major league debut. Set the ball. He was asked when he got the call, who he told right away, what the process of joining the club was like, etc.

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But he was also asked about his swing.

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“I came to the pro ball game like I was swinging like a caveman,” Altman said. “It’s just, really stiff, not much. … It’s a complete makeover.”

On Sunday afternoon at Coors Field, Altman’s swing didn’t look like a caveman’s at all in the Dodgers’ 7-3 win over the Rockies. Looks like a layman would take it – like someone hitting a baseball off the field. It’s not rigid and lacks substance. It was a smooth, quick shot that produced an instant, stunning result.

In his first major league appearance, Altman hit a home run from Rockies starter Germán Márquez, who went into Colorado’s bullpen at a Statcast-predicted 405 feet in the third inning, allowing the Dodgers The team leads 2-0. With a two-point shot, Altman became the eighth player in Homer history to set a major league record for the first time, and the first since Kebert Ruiz on August 16, 2020.

The moment was captured on video by Altman’s fiancé, who was there with his parents and five other friends and family from Northern California, where Altman grew up.

Altman said his mind went blank as he walked around the base, and when asked what was said to him when he got to the dugout, he said he didn’t remember anything that happened in the next 30 minutes .

“I just had an adrenaline rush,” Altman said. “…I think the strikeout on my second bat actually put me in a bit of a bind because my adrenaline was depleted on my first bat.”

After that strikeout in the fourth inning, Altman was on a one-way right field at 109.5 mph in the seventh. In the eighth game, he doubled the RBI into right midfield.

Returning to the visiting club after seeing the Dodgers take a three-quarter victory from the Rockies, Altman was briefed on his place in the storied franchise’s 139-year history.

How historic was the Outman’s debut? he:

• Became the first player in franchise history to have 3 hits, 1 home run, 3 RBIs and 2 hits in his MLB debut, and 3 hits and 2 hits in his major league debut Second player with 3 RBIs (also Packy Rogers on July 12, 1938).

• Became the third Dodgers player, along with Jose Offerman (1990) and Ernie Koy (’38), to hit a homer and three hits in his MLB debut.

• Is the first Dodgers team in 30 years to have three or more hits in their MLB debut — most recently by Hall of Famer Mike Piazza on September 1, 1992.

• Became the first major league player to debut with three hits, one homer and three RBIs since Joey Gallo of the Rangers on June 2, 2015.

“I don’t think anyone could have thought of that,” manager Dave Roberts said. “This is your dream.”

Altman said he’ll pick up the home run that rescuer Alex Vecia grabbed for him when the Dodgers flew to San Francisco for the series against the Giants. As it turns out, Vesia predicting home runs is part of the game the bullpen assistants play.

“I’ll be staring at it for a long time,” Altman said. “Then I’ll put it in my kid’s room and all my minor league home runs and stuff like that. … I’m 30 minutes from San Francisco [Redwood City]. So I can bring it over here .”

The Dodgers are 21-5 in July despite several key players being injured or down, and several key assists on the injured list. Rumors surrounding the club, including a possible pursuit of superstar outfielder Juan Soto, continued to circulate as the 3:00 p.m. PT trade deadline loomed on Tuesday.

But all of that, while important in the grand scheme of things for 2022, took a back seat on Sunday. As Roberts said after the game, “This is James Altman’s day.”

As for Outman’s modified swing set, first impressions are great.

“I don’t need cavemen anymore,” he said.

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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.

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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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