Pete Rose’s lawyer pleads with the Baseball Hall of Fame – will he have a chance of being reinstated?

Pete Rose‘s lawyer has pleaded with the Baseball Hall of Fame asking for the 74-year-old Hit King to be put on the ballot before he dies.

Rose had been much more prominent around the MLB events, such as World Series and All-Star game, in the last few years, leading to rumors that the league was studying the possibility of opening its doors to Rose.

No former player has ever received a lifetime ban, with the exception of Rose, in modern times. There are claims that this is evidence that someone somewhere has a vendetta against MLB’s all-time hit leader.

Rose continues to be banned for life from having any kind of close relationship with the game he loves, perhaps more than anyone else. Rose presented a request to the Commissioner Manfred for him to be reinstated in March.

But Rose has admitted that he still has the occasional bet on Major League Baseball games and acknowledged that he bet on the Cincinnati Reds during the time when he was Cincinnati’s manager.

“Rose initially denied betting on baseball now and only later in the interview did he ‘clarify’ his response to admit such betting,” Manfred wrote.

“Since I’ve never been on the Hall of Fame ballot (because of the lifetime ban), I don’t know why my time has ticked,” Rose said, talking about the Hall of Fame’s rules that say that a candidate can remain on the BBWAA voting for only ten years after his retirement. In the following, a player’s Cooperstown fate is to a special committee, composed in great part of the Hall of Fame.

What this means is that if the committee decides about Rose fate, he will never get in the Hall without a ticket. If the BBWAA voters have the opportunity, he may have a better shot.

Pete Rose’s lawyer pleads with the Baseball Hall of Fame – will he have a chance of being reinstated?

ALCS update: Kansas City Royals beats Houston Astros

The only scoring play from the Houston Astros against the Kansas City Royals was an infield hit by Evan Gattis, followed by a shot to Luis Valbuena to give the team a two-run lead.

“He knew the magnitude of this game”, Royals manager Ned Yost said. This year the ALCS has expanded from the current best of five game format to a best of seven game format.

The best individual performances from Kansas City Royals came courtesy of Johnny Cueto, the starting pitcher. A sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly meant an an insurance run brought Rios home, and Kendrys Morales third home run of the series in the eighth, a mamouth three-run shot off Dallas Keuchel putting the game out of reach.

“I went all or nothing,” Morales said through an interpreter.

Keuchel won that game and pitched in Houston for a victory in game 3 of the ALCS to cap off a stellar year in which he led the AL with his career-best 20-8 record and is second in the AL with his career-low 2.48 ERA. “We didn’t scratch much off him.”

But as Lorenzo Cain showed, there are several ways to score runs. Cain ran home from the first base on a single as the Astros’ center fielder accidentally slipped while fielding.

The 34-year-old Rios ended the game with two hits. This is the same amount of hits that he had all postseason in the run up Game 5.

But Kansas City officials lowered their expectations for Cueto. “There’s no way we could ever spend enough to get that type of bump,” Coronado said.

ALCS update: Kansas City Royals beats Houston Astros

Is it the end for Barry Bonds’s career in the MLB?

baseball

In a case of collusion arising from Barry Bonds’s last season in the majors, an arbitrator ruled against him, causing him to lose the case against Major League Baseball.

Reportedly, he had asked for compensation after no team had taken him after his last season with the San Francisco Giants. Back in 2007, Bonds had 28 home runs in 340 at bats and managed to hit .276 with a .480 on base average. Considering his impressive score, that’s really unusual.

Bonds is coming off a 1.045 OPS season, and he’s apparently open to playing for the minimum wage, yet he has not received any offers.

Neither MLB nor Bonds have publicly acknowledged the existence of the collusion case. It was apparently only brought to light by the media reports.

Since his playing days ended, Bonds has been working as a guest instructor for the Giants in spring training.

Bonds, at 42, has always been a formidable hitter, which is especially true in his twenty-second and final major league season. It was then that he managed to break Henry Aaron’s all time home-r score of 755, hitting .276 with 28 home runs.

The question now is: will there be hope for Bonds? Will he find a team to showcase his baseball skills? Let’s hope that it’s not too late for the formidable hitter. After all, it would be a shame if his impressive skills will not be put to use once again.

Is it the end for Barry Bonds’s career in the MLB?

Boston Red Sox gets Dipoto – but for how long?

According to Boston Globe’s Nick Carardo, the Boston Red Sox are going to see some changes. ex-Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto has been hired on an “interim basis to help with off-season moves.” This has been confirmed through other sources, as well.

And while there’s no indication just how long Dipoto will keep this role, one thing is for sure: change is afoot. Perhaps this will even be a precursor to a permanent move. Only time will tell, but for now, there’s upheaval. Some are calling the move “insignificant.” That he’s merely a “consultant” and no one knows if this will even have a long-term effect. Others are pretty sure this will morph into a longer term. Tensions are mounting with the uncertainty.

One thing is clear, though. Dipoto was publicly dissatisfied with Scioscia’s management, claiming that his methods of report-delivery were suspect.

One thing Dipoto is not, is someone to let Cherington and the rest of the Baseball Operations staff slide. So, yes, he was the squeaky wheel. The owner sided with Scioscia, basically forcing Dipoto to walk away. Without support from the top, what more could he do?

Dipoto was hired as the Angels GM at the end of 2011. Under his leadership, his team won 89 games in 2012, 78 in 2013 and 98 in 2014.

Back in 2003 and 2004, Dipoto worked alongside Cherrington, as scouts for the Red Sox.

Today, Dipoto will have his hands full. He will be out there, revving up his team, and looking to match or beat is Angels’ records. Will he succeed? Time will tell. Likewise, time will tell how long this position will last. Perhaps they go hand in hand.

Boston Red Sox gets Dipoto – but for how long?

Guess who started their MLB career in the perfect way?

San Francisco Giants

Who wouldn’t want to start their Major League Baseball career in the perfect way?

That’s what happened to former Texas Tech Red Raider shortstop Kelby Tomlinson as he made his MLB debut.

He was hitting 15 RBIs and .316 with two home runs in just 33 games in Triple-A Sacramento when he received the call, prompting him to travel all the way to Atlanta the following day.

He was called up to the San Francisco Giants on August 3, 2015, to replace the injured Joe Panik. Panik, the second baseman of the MLB team, has played 97 out of 105 games for the Giants just this season.

The 6 feet 1 Panik was removed from the line-up for 2 of the last 4 games due to a lower back discomfort. After straining his lower back, he took a break on Sunday. But then he was forced to take a leave from baseball when the extra rest he took didn’t help the injury.

The 25 year old second baseman Tomlinson, on the other hand, was previously promoted at the beginning of this season from Double-A affiliate in Richmond, Virginia, where he managed to hit 28 RBI and .324 average in his sixty-four appearances.

This is the seventh consecutive year in which a former Red Raider debuted in the big leagues, as Daniel Coulombe was named by the Los Angeles Dodgers in September. 16, 2014. Tomlinson is on the 29th of former Red Raider who made a debut in one of the 13 they have made for the series from the 2006.

“He’s a good athlete, he can run and steal a base,” Bruce Bochy, manager of the Giants said. He ended up scoring the go-ahead run, but the Giants could not hold the lead. “That was a nice piece of hitting.”

Guess who started their MLB career in the perfect way?

Watch out! MLB players ready for the next Ice Bucket Challenge

red sox ice bucket challenge

Major League Baseball stated that all 30 clubs will take part in the upcoming ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this August.

The ALS Organization, together with the prestigious MLB, will conduct the challenge for another year.

Pete Frates and Challenge co-pioneer Pat Quinn and MLB’s Red Sox re-launched the ALS Ice Bucket challenge at Fenway Park last Friday.

During the re-launching, Frates and Quinn poured ice water bucket over Red Sox players’ and personnel’s heads.

Aside from the Red Sox, the other teams will also join the challenge before the season ends to help the association spread awareness and research aid for Lou Gehrig’s disease, popularly known as ALS.

ALS Organization said that 67 percent of the proceeds from last year’s ALS event will go to study, 20 percent to patient services, 9 percent to education while the remaining four percent will be appropriated to fundraising and processing.

On the other hand, ALS Society of Quebec plans to hold the challenge every August until the organization can find a cure for the said fatal disease. The said team provides hope to many people especially to those who have ALS, and enhances the quality of their lives while eagerly searching for new treatments and medicines.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, which accumulated $220 million a year ago, is held yearly so as to broaden the public awareness regarding the ailment.

Watch out! MLB players ready for the next Ice Bucket Challenge

Chinese player makes history as the first athlete from China’s MLB development centers to sign a contract with an MLB team

mlb chinese players

On Monday the Baltimore Orioles signed their first prospect from one of the Major League Baseball development centers in China, which is something the league hopes to become a trend.

Xu “Itchy” Guiyuan is now the first athlete from China’s MLB development centers┬áto sign a contract with an MLB team. The 19-year-old will join the Baltimore Orioles on an international free agent deal.

“Itchy,” as they refer to Xu both at home and abroad, is a two-time China National Youth League Baseball Most Valuable Player (2012, 2014). He also brought home MLB Taiwan Elite Camp All-Star nods consecutively in 2013 and 2014. In addition to that, it was back in 2012 at the China National Youth League Baseball Home Run Derby that Xu displayed the power of his left hand and brought home another trophy.

The development centers of MLB in Changzhou, Wuxi and Nanjing in China have been churning out players for the Chinese university teams since 2010. Xu is to jump from the University level of play, directly to professional baseball. His contract with the Orioles will begin with a minor league affiliate and come February 2016, he will be evaluated at the spring training camp of the Orioles. Until that time comes, his training in China will continue as he finishes his high school studies.

Chinese player makes history as the first athlete from China’s MLB development centers to sign a contract with an MLB team