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The July 31 trade deadline swiftly approaches, and as usual we’ve rounded up the hottest rumors of the day.

The big news item of the day had the Mets acquiring Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays. On the field, Trevor Bauer had a meltdown, Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, and Albert Pujols made some history.

You can read about all that and more by checking out our nightly recap below.

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Baseball schedule/scores for Sunday, July 28
Phillies 9, Braves 4 (box score)
Rays 10, Blue Jays 9 (box score)
Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 1 (box score)
Reds 3, Rockies 2 (box score)
Mets 8, Pirates 7 (box score)
Nationals 11, Dodgers 4 (box score)
Cubs 11, Brewers 4 (box score)
Twins 11, White Sox 1 (box score)
Astros 6, Cardinals 2 (box score)
Royals 9, Indians 6 (box score)
Athletics 6, Rangers 5 (box score)
Angels 5, Orioles 4 (box score)
Mariners 3, Tigers 2 in 10 (box score)
Giants 7, Padres 6 (box score)
Yankees 9, Red Sox 6 (box score)
Yankees avoid sweep against Red Sox
The Yankees did not have a nice weekend in Boston. They entered Sunday’s finale of the four-game set having dropped the first three games by at least four runs each, including Thursday’s 19-3 whooping. Yet the Yankees did avoid the sweep.

New York’s lineup touched up Chris Sale to the tune of six runs on five hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. Didi Gregorius and Austin Romine both hit two-run homers, while Gio Urshela contributed two doubles. In fact, the Nos. 7-9 hitters in the Yankees order — Urshela, Cameron Maybin and Romine — combined for five hits and four runs batted in. That’ll play.

Domingo German, meanwhile, held the Red Sox to three runs over 5 1/3 innings. He fanned nine, throwing 57 of his 77 pitches for strikes.

The Yankees again have a nine-game lead over the Red Sox in the AL East race.

Mets acquire Marcus Stroman
In case you hadn’t seen the big news of the day, the Mets acquired starter Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays in exchange for two pitching prospects. You can read more about the deal here, more about the ramifications of the deal here, and more about the prospects here. Oh, and you can check out Stroman’s reaction to the trade here.

Schwarber hits longest slam of Statcast era (and that’s not all!)
Here’s a grand slam off the bat of Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber that probably should’ve counted for five runs:

473 feet!

(MLB x @PapaJohns) pic.twitter.com/zv4WgEvSBf

— MLB (@MLB) July 28, 2019
That pitch by Zach Davies did not perform as intended, and Schwarber made him pay dearly for the mistake. Some relevant digits:

Kyle Schwarber: 473-foot grand slam

It’s the Cubs’ longest HR this year.
And the longest grand slam in MLB since Statcast’s intro in 2015. pic.twitter.com/xJ2erWkEw8

— David Adler (@_dadler) July 28, 2019
Yes, that wasn’t a cheap one. Less authoritative but still worth three whole runs was Schwarber’s shot his next time up:

That’s two home runs and SEVEN RBI today for @kschwarb12!#EverybodyIn pic.twitter.com/7GcvG82yF2

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 28, 2019
He pretty much just flicked his hands at that one, but the lively ball of 2019 is such that it was good for an opposite-field homer. That gives Schwarber 24 home runs on the season, and he’s now got a slash line of .226/.313/.483. Schwarber is now also the first Cub to have a grand slam and a three-run shot in the same game since Derek Lee in 2009. And there’s this:

Schwarber joins David Bote (June 5 this year), Geovany Soto (Aug. 26, 2008) and Adolfo Phillips (June 11, 1967) as only Cubs players with 7+ RBI out of 8th spot. All of them had exactly 7.

Schwarber and Phillips are the only ones on that short list with 2+ HR. Phillips had 3. https://t.co/s2P7jGjI90

— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 28, 2019
The Cubs were trying to avoid a road sweep at the hands of the Brewers, so Schwarber’s early blows were important ones.

Strasburg dominates Dodgers
The Nats avoided a sweep at the hands of the Dodgers and remained in the thick of the NL wild-card race with their easy Sunday win. Anthony Rendon and Victor Robles each had three hits, and Brian Dozier and Juan Soto each homered. The big story, though, was the dominance of Stephen Strasburg:

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Mike Fiers’ no-hitter on May 7, 2019, against the Reds was the 300th no-hitter in Major League history, including the postseason (and other “major” leagues from baseball’s early years, such as the Federal League). That total has since been pushed to 303, as the Astros tossed two more no-hitters later in the season — a combined effort on Aug. 3 and Justin Verlander’s third career no-no on Sept. 1 — and the Angels threw a combined one on July 12 in their first home game after the death of Tyler Skaggs.

How long did it take to get here? Well, there were 19,288 days between the first no-hitter, by George Bradley, of the St. Louis Brown Stockings against the Hartford Dark Blues, on July 15, 1876, and the 100th by Carl Hubbell on May 8, 1929 against the Pirates. There were 17,553 days between that and the 200th by Dennis Eckersley on May 30, 1977, against the Angels. And there were 15,316 between that and the 300th on May 7, 2019.

That’s a lot of no-hitters over a lot of days. Let’s take a look at some of the notable facts and figures that accompany the sport’s no-hitter history:

The milestone no-hitters:

1st: George Bradley — July 15, 1876

100th: Carl Hubbell — May 8, 1929

200th: Dennis Eckersley — May 30, 1977

300th: Mike Fiers — May 7, 2019

Of the 303 no-hitters, 301 were in the regular season and two — Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series and Roy Halladay’s no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS — were in the postseason.

SUPERLATIVES

Which pitcher has thrown the most no-hitters? The most no-hitters by any individual is seven, by Nolan Ryan. There are six pitchers who have thrown more than two no-hitters: Ryan, Sandy Koufax (4), Bob Feller (3), Larry Corcoran (3), Cy Young (3) and Verlander (3). Fiers is one of 35 pitchers with at least two no-hitters, including the postseason. He is the only one of that group whose career complete games is the same number as his no-hitters: two.

Which month and year have seen the most? The most no-hitters in a calendar month are 65, in September (given the influx of Minor Leaguers when rosters expand on Sept. 1, this makes sense). There have been 37 in April, the fewest of any full calendar month in which regular-season baseball is played. Fiers’ no-hitter was the 49th in May, putting that month one shy of tying June at 50 for second-most no-hitters in any calendar month.

There were a Major League-record eight no-hitters in 1884. There were seven in 1990, 1991, 2012 and 2015.

Which franchise has the most no-hitters? That distinction belongs to the Dodgers, who have thrown 22 of them, four more than any other team. The Red Sox and White Sox are tied for second with 18 each.

How about the fewest? The Padres are the only team to have never thrown a no-hitter. There are five franchises with one: the Blue Jays, Brewers, Mets, Rays and Rockies.

INDIVIDUAL FEATS

Who has the most strikeouts in a no-hitter? Max Scherzer struck out 17 batters in his second no-hitter of 2015, against the Mets. That tied the record for most strikeouts by a pitcher in a no-hitter, initially set by Nolan Ryan on July 15, 1973.

The fewest strikeouts in a complete-game no-hitter? That would be none. It’s been done three times, by Earl Hamilton on Aug. 30, 1912, Sam Jones on Sept. 4, 1923 and Ken Holtzman on Aug. 19, 1969.

What about most walks? The most walks in a no-hitter is 10, by Jim Maloney on Aug. 19, 1965, for the Reds against the Cubs. But he pitched 10 innings. If we look at nine-inning no-hitters, the most is nine, by A.J. Burnett on May 12, 2001, for the Marlins against the Padres.

How many members of the 300-win club have thrown a no-hitter? There are 24 pitchers with at least 300 wins in Major League history, already a pretty short list. Of those 24 pitchers, 12 of have thrown a no-hitter, led by Ryan’s seven.

Who is the youngest pitcher to throw one? That would be Amos Rusie of the New York Giants on July 31, 1891. He was 20 years, 62 days old. On the flip side, the oldest was Ryan, who did it for the Rangers on May 1, 1991, at 44 years, 90 days old.

Who had the fewest starts to get to a first career no-hitter? There are three individuals who threw a no-hitter in their first career starts: Theodore Breitenstein on Oct. 4, 1891, Bumpus Jones on Oct. 15, 1892 and Bobo Holloman on May 6, 1953. How different was baseball when Breitenstein and Jones did this? The mound hadn’t yet been moved to its current distance — that would happen in 1893.

Warren Spahn is on the other end of the starts spectrum: He made 505 career starts before throwing his first no-hitter in his 506th start on Sept. 16, 1960. He’d go on to join the list of pitchers with multiple no-hitters, throwing another less than a year later on April 28, 1961.

How many pitchers have homered on the day they threw a no-hitter? Five pitchers have hit a home run in a no-hitter they threw: Frank Mountain in 1884, Wes Ferrell in 1931, Jim Tobin in 1944, Earl Wilson in 1962 and Rick Wise in 1971. Wise hit two in his game.

Has anyone thrown multiple no-hitters against the same team? On Sept. 1, 2019, Verlander became the third pitcher to pitch multiple no-hitters against the same team. Addie Joss no-hit the White Sox in 1908 and 1910, and Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres in 2013 and 2014. Verlander is the only pitcher with multiple no-hitters on the road against the same opponent.

Has anyone thrown consecutive no-hitters? And the rarest feat has been saved for last — throwing consecutive no-hitters. The only pitcher to do this was the Reds’ Johnny Vander Meer on June 11 and 15 in 1938, against the Boston Bees and Brooklyn Dodgers, respectively. Nobody had done it before, and nobody has done it since.

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Anda el mundo beisbolístico muy alterado desde hace cuatro semanas por el mecanismo de robo de señales que parece que los Astros llevan utilizando desde hace algún tiempo. A través de una cámara de última generación conseguían grabar las indicaciones que el catcher le hacía al lanzador. Desencriptaban luego el código que permetía la comunicación y llega ahora lo más chusco; golpeando varias veces una basura de lata le indicaban al bateador si lo que le iban a lanzar era una recta, una curva o un cambio. Mu profesional…

Los Astros no han sido los primeros ni serán los últimos. Las trampas en el deporte son tan habituales como en la vida. El béisbol no es un excepción. En su larga historia ha visto como se hacían muescas a la bola, como se rellenaban bates huecos de corcho y como se tomaban esteroides como si fueran caramelos.

De hecho el artículo de The Athletic que destapó todo lo del robo de señales de los Astros, así como otros periodistas, sostienen que muchas franquicias hacen lo mismo que los de Houston. La utilización de distintos sistemas tecnológicos para “robar” las señas que el receptor le hace al lanzador es algo bastante extendido en la liga.

Durante los treinta y los cuarenta hubo otra trampa generalizada. Era habitual que las dimensiones de los distintos campos cambiaran de un día para otro para beneficiar al equipo que jugaba en casa. Las vallas que delimitan la profundidad de los jardines se movían para facilitar o dificultar la consecución de cuadrangulares.

Por ejemplo, si los que te visitaban eran los Yankees de Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel y Tony Lazzeri intentabas hacer los jardines todo lo grandes que se pudiera para que no te destrozaran. Si los adversarios eran los débiles St. Louis Browns movías las vallas lo más cerca posible para ser quien se hinchaba a pegar home runs.

En una suerte de sabermetría primitiva se llegaba a analizar si los bates de poder del rival eran zurdos o diestros. Si los visitantes tenían a un par de zurdos peligrosos pero a ningún diestro que asustara demasiado se dejaba la valla del jardín derecho lo más profunda posible pero se acercaba la del lado izquierdo.

Esta era una práctica tan extendida que en 1949 Frank Lame, General Manager de los White Sox, decidió ir un paso más allá. Se le ocurrió que podía instalar una valla retráctil en los jardines del Comiskey Park y moverla entre entradas para explotar al máximo las fortalezas y debilidades de su equipo y el contrario respectivamente.

El plan era perfecto. Infalible. Digno del Profesor Fate en La Carrera del Siglo. Pero claro, el comisionado no lo permitió. Además empezó a controlar más los extraños movimientos de vallas que se producían de una partido para otro y acabó prohibiéndolos.

Los Astros, al igual que Frank Lane, se han pasado de listos. Por eso les han pillado y por eso van a pagar el pato. De poco sirve que lo intenten vender como una cosa aislada que llevaron a cabo un grupo de jugadores. Tampoco eso de “pero es que los demás también lo hacen”. Todo hace indicar que era un práctica auspiciada e incluso impulsada institucionalmente. Por eso van a pagar a nivel institucional.

El comisionado ya ha hablado de sanciones ejemplares que con casi total seguridad irán más allá de la simple multa económica. ¿Elecciones de draft? ¿Restricciones en la firma de agente libres internacionales? Habrá que esperar.

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MACON, Ga. — Some store owners and people in downtown Macon say they’re worried a homeless man is hurting business.

Bert Maxwell owns a furniture store in downtown Macon. He posted on Facebook saying a cart was chained to a bike rack in front of his store for four days straight.

He says the cart’s owner, David Gooden, threatened him and slashed his tires in the past.

“He’s deterred business, you know, and made people stay away and that type of thing,” said Maxwell.

Josephine Bennett commented on the Facebook post saying her husband was assaulted by Gooden and wound up with seven staples in his head when her husband asked him to not camp on private property.

“It seems like some days, they’re good with him and he’s fine with people, and other days, he snaps and goes off on everybody that goes past him,” said Maxwell.

Redemption Tattoo artist Austyn Braden says he’s noticed Gooden’s cart around town, but says it doesn’t bother him.

“He cleans up, he sweeps the sidewalks. He picks up cigarette butts and asks for nothing in return. He’s never asked me for anything. As far as I know, he’s the best bum around Macon, and we have a lot of bums,” said Braden.

Maxwell and other people say Gooden’s unpredictable behavior scares customers. Lieutenant Nicole Ard with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says deputies asked Gooden to move his cart Thursday afternoon. She says if a store owner has a concern about anyone bothering a business, he or she should report it to law enforcement right away.

“We have to do a ban order. We have to let these people know they cannot come back in this business. They sign it, you sign it, and then it’s filed,” Ard.

Maxwells post has more than 160 comments from people around town. He says for now, he does his best to just avoid Gooden.

Lietuentant Ard with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office says if someone violates the ban order, a deputy will arrest them.

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Minor League Baseball players don’t usually become famous – at least not when they’re still in the minor leagues. Between 1949 and 1962, Steve Bilko played for six Major League Baseball teams. But it was his accomplishments with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League that garnered the national attention. Bilko was so good in 1956 that that the Angels’ nickname became “The Bilko Athletic Club.” And that’s also the title of Gaylon White’s book about the season. The author joined Bill Littlefield.

Highlights from Bill’s Conversation with Gaylon White

BL: By way of background, tell us a little about how important the minor league Angels were to fans in the Los Angeles area before Major League Baseball began doing business in California in 1958.

GW: Well the closest thing we had to Major League Baseball up until 1958 was the Pacific Coast League. Mudcat Grant, the former pitcher both in the big leagues and the coast league refers to it as a minor major league. I was born in Los Angeles, so the only baseball I knew growing up was the Los Angeles Angels and the Hollywood Stars. And they were crosstown rivals, much like the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees are today.

BL: Let’s talk a little bit about Steve Bilko, the star of your book and also those Angels. No wonder he was popular as an Angel. He hit 55 home runs in 1956 and then he hit 56 in 1957. How were those achievements recognized and celebrated in LA?

GW: He was the most popular athlete in Los Angeles. In fact, he may have been the most well-known celebrity. Bob Scheffing, his manager in 1956 said, more people know about Bilko than Marilyn Monroe. Later on, what struck me was that Bilko was prominently mentioned in a Hallmark greeting card booklet featuring the Peanuts cartoon characters.

BL: The only thing Steve Bilko ever led a major league in was strikeouts. I wonder, did that make him even more lovable?

GW: Ron Shelton, the producer of Bull Durham, wrote me a note saying his family used to drive 200 miles just to see Bilko at bat. Now you never knew whether he was going to hit a home run or whether he was going to strike out. Either way there was a lot of excitement around a Bilko at bat.

Bill’s Thoughts On The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels

[sidebar title=”An Excerpt” align=”right”] Read an Excerpt from The Bilko Athletic Club [/sidebar]Some baseball players astonish their fans with the wonders they can perform. Willie Mays was one of them. So were Mickey Mantle, Henry Aaron, and Barry Bonds.

Other players endear themselves to those who watch them as much for their personalities as for what they do on the field. Steve Bilko was one of the latter. He hit over 50 homeruns in two consecutive seasons for the minor league Los Angeles Angels, but that only partly explains why the team became known as The Bilko Athletic Club. Bilko was an enormous, grinning, beer-drinking bear of a fellow who inspired young fans to eat more so they could get to be as big he was.

For some reason, Bilko never distinguished himself in the Major Leagues, though he was employed by half a dozen teams, on and off, for more than a decade. But he was the pride of Los Angeles before the Dodgers arrived, and according to his manager, in the City of Stars, he was bigger than Marilyn Monroe.

Gaylon White’s book about Steve Bilko is a pleasant look back at what a man and his excellent ball club could mean to a California community in the days when the Major League Baseball map extended only to St. Louis.

This segment aired on April 19, 2014.

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Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) Q3 2019 Earnings Conference Call November 18, 2019 3:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Steve Harris – Chief Financial Officer

Bob Watson – President & Chief Executive Officer

Peter Bommer – Vice President, Engineering

Conference Call Participants

Noel Parks – Coker Palmer

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Q3 2019 Abraxas Petroleum Corporation Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speakers’ presentation, there we will a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today Steve Harris, CFO. Thank you. Please go ahead, sir.

Steve Harris

Thank you, Gigi, and welcome to the Abraxas Petroleum third quarter 2019 earnings conference call. With me are Bob Watson, President and CEO. In addition, we have our Chief Accounting Officer and our VPs of Operations and Land available to answer any questions you may have after Bob’s overview.

As a reminder, today’s call is being taped and a webcast replay will be available immediately after the conclusion of the call. I would like to remind everyone that any statements made during this call that are not statements of historical fact are considered forward-looking statements and that actual results could vary materially from those contained in these statements.

Factors that could cause our actual results to vary are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, I would encourage everyone to review these risk factors contained in the filings and in our press releases.

So with that, I’d like to turn the call over to Bob.

Bob Watson

Thanks Steve. Good afternoon. Realizing that our commercial bank’s reserve based loan redeterminations period-to-period can be volatile for a number of reasons, and at the current time are being very conservative; and as part of our strategy to maximize shareholder value, we determined our first step needed to be balance sheet stabilization and increasing liquidity. We needed to term out some of our debt and reduce our reliance on our RBL.

After several months of delicate negotiations, we were successful in bringing in a second lien lender who cooperated with our group of commercial banks to develop a second lien loan that fits nicely under our RBL, creates a blended cost of capital of approximately 8.5% and creates approximately $41 million of current liquidity.

As we now have no debt maturities until mid-2022, we can move forward with a conservative capital program designed to stay within cash flow or actually generate free cash flow at current commodity prices and keeping oil production flat, if not grow slightly in the years ahead. This puts the Company in a much better position to review and act upon other initiatives to create shareholder value.

As previously mentioned, the Company has very few drilling obligations in both of our basins to maintain the asset base in 100% held by production status. Our board will be meeting in December to review a number of budget scenarios going forward, with the intent of maximizing our overall corporate objectives. We will report the conclusion and subsequent 2020 guidance at that time.

Our capital program for all of 2019 was essentially completed slightly ahead of schedule at the end of third quarter and [indiscernible] slightly less than our guided 2019 budget of $86 million, leaving tag-ins and minor capital expenditures for the fourth quarter. The free cash flow generated during Q4 will be used to pay down debt and grow additional liquidity.

Our year-end looks like spending approximately $89 million. We’ve closed on approximately $23 million in non-core assets sales, and we will have generated approximately $68 million in cash flow. I’ll leave you to do the math.

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The A’s announced a spate of minor-league signings this afternoon, some of which were previously reported by Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

On the pitching side, the club brought aboard left-hander Lucas Luetge and right-handers Ian Gardeck, Zach Lee, and Brian Schlitter. They confirmed the earlier-reported signing of Jaime Schultz.

Oakland also added depth on the position player side, signing catcher Carlos Pérez, and infielders Eric Campbell, Nate Orf and Ryan Goins. All nine players will receive an invitation to MLB camp in spring training.

Of those players, only Gardeck doesn’t have some MLB experience. The former Giants’ farmhand tossed 18.2 relief innings with a 2.41 ERA last season for Tampa Bay’s AA affiliate in Montgomery. Campbell and Schlitter spent last season in the A’s organization, with Schlitter pitching in six MLB games for Oakland.

Except for Schlitter, only Goins reached the game’s highest level in 2019, his seventh straight year logging MLB action. The former Blue Jay took 163 plate appearances for the White Sox and slashed .250/.333/.347. That tops the .230/.279/.335 (65 wRC+) line the infielder has accumulated over his career. He, Campbell, and Orf, a former Brewers’ prospect, could all vie for a utility role this spring.

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Sports Illustrated has a Russ Bauers feature piece on the eccentric Trevor Bauer. I’ll say this: it is not boring. Bauer is quite the unique individual, who has made it as a pitcher by obsessively doing things his own way. He also sounds like a real peach to go out on a date with.

When Bauer meets a potential romantic partner, he outlines for her the parameters of any possible relationship on their very first date. “I have three rules,” he says. “One: no feelings. As soon as I sense you’re developing feelings, I’m going to cut it off, because I’m not interested in a relationship and I’m emotionally unavailable. Two: no social media posts about me while we’re together, because private life stays private. Three: I sleep with other people. I’m going to continue to sleep with other people. If you’re not O.K. with that, we won’t sleep together, and that’s perfectly fine. We can just be perfectly polite platonic friends.”

Seems like an offer no one could possibly refuse.

The piece is littered with gems, from Bauer’s interactions with teammates (he and Gerrit Cole basically didn’t speak during their time at UCLA after Cole cursed him out for his unique training regimen) to his obsession with some key numbers.

“My new five-year goal is to be the most internationally recognizable baseball brand,” Bauer says. That is one reason why he continues to engage on social media, despite its pitfalls, and why he gets into so many online tiffs and references the numbers 69 and 420 so much, because his research has suggested that’s what audiences like.

He also is going to eschew the current fight over longterm contracts and believes he can make more by taking a one-year deal each season. He also has lofty plans to join Russ Hanneman in the Three Comma Club.

“I want to be a billionaire,” he says. “Not for any other reason than just to say I did it.”

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MANCHESTER — Logan Warmoth’s tenure with Double-A New Hampshire is just over a month old and already he’s been given a significant role in the Fisher Cats’ offense.

Through Tuesday, the No. 22 overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft had appeared in 32 games since being promoted on June 14, and 18 of those games featured him batting out of the clean up spot.

It can be pretty rare for the new guy to be thrust into such an important role so soon, but Warmoth’s track record with Class-A Dunedin led the coaches to believe it was something he could handle. In 36 games with Dunedin, he hit .292 with three home runs, seven doubles and 16 RBIs.

“I think he’s just a contact guy,” hitting coach Donnie Murphy said. “I think with the way Mordy (Mike Mordecai) works, he wants on-base guys near the top of the order and contact guys in the middle just to kind of move guys around and drive them in. I think that definitely played into it.”

Warmoth has responded by hitting .237 whenever his name is listed fourth in the batting order; all eight of his RBIs have come while hitting in that spot. His overall average sits at .217, but is dragged down by poor splits against left-handed pitching (.086 in 35 at-bats). Conversely, Warmoth is hitting .282 (20-for-71) against righties, but Murphy isn’t reading too much into that.

“I think it’s just random,” Murphy said. “I think it’s just a smaller sample size and he’s facing more righties than lefties right now. Lefties probably just seem a little more foreign to him, so it’s just getting used to seeing more lefties as he goes and I think the numbers will even out a bit.”

Right now Warmoth is just focused on making sure his swing is sound no matter who is on the mound. After hitting .247 in 21 games before the All-Star break, he’s found himself in a bit of a rut since the season reconvened, posting a .193 average over an 11-game span.

That comes with the territory. It’s a new level where the pitchers are more talented and can take better advantage of weaknesses hitters might show. Warmoth is working to iron out any issues.

“I’m learning a lot,” he said. “Just doing my best to make the adjustments that I can and being ready to be able to go out there and compete every day. Donnie’s been great. He saw some adjustments that I needed to make to be successful at this level and to be successful later on.”

Warmoth, to his credit, knows that won’t happen overnight, saying that it can take weeks for minor tweaks to a swing to take full effect. In the meantime, he’s picking up other things along the way. Just two years removed from being drafted, he’s kind of been on a fast track to the Double-A level.

“Yes and no,” he said when asked if his advancement has gone by fast. “Repeating Dunedin (to start the season) kind of slowed it down. I skipped low A and went to Dunedin and repeating it slowed it up and I think that was the right move. I don’t feel like it was a whirlwind because I feel like I’ve been ready for this, but I also had to make sure I matched up well at the High-A level before getting ahead of myself. So, I wouldn’t say it’s gone by fast, but it’s been a jump for sure.”

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The following article is part of Jay Jaffe’s ongoing look at the candidates on the BBWAA 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. Originally written for the 2017 election at SI.com, it has been updated to reflect recent voting results as well as additional research. For a detailed introduction to this year’s ballot, and other candidates in the series, use the tool above; an introduction to JAWS can be found here. All WAR figures refer to the Baseball-Reference version unless otherwise indicated.

A savant in the batter’s box, Manny Ramirez could be an idiot just about everywhere else — sometimes amusingly, sometimes much less so. The Dominican-born slugger, who grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan, stands as one of the greatest hitters of all time, a power-hitting right-handed slugger who spent the better part of his 19 seasons (1993–2011) terrorizing pitchers. A 12-time All-Star, Ramirez bashed 555 home runs and helped the Indians and the Red Sox reach two World Series apiece, adding a record 29 postseason homers along the way. He was the World Series MVP for Boston in 2004, when the club won its first championship in 86 years.

For all of his prowess with the bat, Ramirez’s lapses — Manny Being Manny — both on and off the field are legendary. There was the time in 1997 that he “stole” first base, returning to the bag after a successful steal of second because he thought Jim Thome had fouled off a pitch… the time in 2004 that he inexplicably cut off center fielder Johnny Damon’s relay throw from about 30 feet away, leading to an inside-the-park home run… the time in 2005 when he disappeared mid-inning to relieve himself inside Fenway Park’s Green Monster… the time in 2008 that he high-fived a fan mid-play between catching a fly ball and doubling a runner off first… and so much more.

Beneath those often comic lapses was an intense work ethic, apparent as far back as his high school days, that allowed Ramirez’s talent to flourish. But there was also a darker side, one that, particularly after he left the Indians, went beyond the litany of late arrivals to spring training, questionable absences due to injury (particularly for the All-Star Game), and near-annual trade requests. Most notably, there was his shoving match with 64-year-old Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick in 2008, which prefigured Ramirez’s trade to the Dodgers that summer, and a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence/battery in 2011 after his wife told an emergency operator that her husband had slapped her face, causing her to hit her head against the headboard of the bed. (That domestic violence charge was later dropped after his wife refused to testify.) Interspersed with those two incidents were a pair of suspensions for performance-enhancing drug use, the second of which ran him out of the majors.

For all of the handwringing about PED-tinged candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot over the past decade, Ramirez is the first star with actual suspensions on his record to gain eligibility since Rafael Palmeiro in 2011. Like Palmeiro, he has numbers that would otherwise make his enshrinement a lock, and he’s fared better than his predecessor, not that it’s saying much. He received 23.8% in his 2017 ballot debut, a higher share than Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa, players who were never suspended, but has dipped slightly since then, with shares of 22.0% and 22.8% since. He won’t get into Cooperstown anytime soon, but he won’t fall off the ballot anytime soon, either.

2020 BBWAA Candidate: Manny Ramirez
Player Career WAR Peak WAR JAWS
Manny Ramirez 69.3 40.0 54.7
Avg. HOF LF 65.5 41.6 53.6
H HR AVG/OBP/SLG OPS+
2,574 555 .312/.411/.585 154
SOURCE: Baseball-Reference
Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on May 30, 1972, and moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood — home of one of the city’s highest homicide rates at the time — at age 13. His mother worked as a seamstress in a dress factory and his father drove a livery cab and repaired electronics. At 14, playing for his traveling Youth Service team, he already stood out. “Manny was easy to coach because he probably had the best focus of any hitter we ever had,” said his Youth Service coach, Mel Zitter, in 2004. “He always had a plan. And if the pitcher got him out, he’d tell me why: ‘I was looking for a fastball in, but he threw me a curveball and I popped it up.’”

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Ramirez didn’t just star in baseball at George Washington High School, where the entire varsity squad was Dominican-born; he built a legend there. At 4:30 every morning, he would run up the steepest hill in the neighborhood, dragging a spare tire tied to a rope around his waist. One tale has him hitting a home run to left field with a one-handed swing. He played center field and third base, hit .650 with 14 homers and 31 steals in 22 games as a senior, and learned to hit to the opposite field because the school’s right field fence was only about 280 feet away.

Ramirez didn’t graduate from George Washington, but at 19, he was old enough for the 1991 draft. The Indians chose him with the 13th pick and signed him for a $250,00 bonus. Scout Joe DeLuca delivered him to the team’s Rookie league affiliate in Burlington, North Carolina, with one rule: “Don’t let anyone talk to you about changing your swing.” Ramirez hit .326/.426/.679 with 19 homers in 59 games that season, and vaulted onto Baseball America’s top prospects list at No. 37 the following spring. He lost two months at Class A to a right wrist contusion in 1992 but recovered to bash 31 homers and hit a combined .333/.417/.613 split between Double-A and Triple-A in ’93. Though he went just 9-for-55 in a September call-up, he enjoyed a remarkable homecoming in his second big league game on September 3, going 3-for-4 with a pair of homers against the Yankees in the Bronx, not far from where he had grown up.

The Indians finished above .500 just once between 1982 and 1993, but with a cadre of young stars — Thome, 23; second baseman Carlos Baerga, 25; outfielders Albert Belle and Kenny Lofton, both 27; and catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., 28 — they were a powerhouse in the making. On Opening Day in 1994, the 22-year-old Ramirez started in right field and doubled off the Mariners’ Randy Johnson. His .269/.357/.521 showing, with 17 homers, helped him finish second in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting behind obscurity-bound Bob Hamelin of Kansas City.

Cleveland went 66–47 in the strike-torn season, but in 1995, the club stormed to a 100–44 record and its first pennant since ’54. Ramirez broke out to earn All-Star honors, batting .308/.402/.558 with 31 homers, 107 RBIs, and a 147 OPS+ (sixth in the league). After starting the postseason in a 1-for-16 funk, he went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Mariners. Unfortunately, his World Series performance against the Braves was most notable for being picked off first base in the eighth inning of Game 2 as the tying run, with Thome at bat. Ramirez went 4-for-18 as the Indians bowed to the Braves in six games.

During the 1995 season, the legend of Manny had begun to grow. Indians manager Mike Hargrove‘s response to learning that Ramirez had left a paycheck in a pair of boots during a road trip — “That’s just Manny being Manny” — was reported by Newsday’s Jon Heyman and soon gained traction. According to ESPN’s Mike Hume, the phrase was used more than 1,600 times in print over the next 14 years, generally to describe Ramirez’s mystifying and occasionally off-putting behavior, from holding himself out of the lineup to stiffing people to whom he had promised tickets to sticking his high school coach with a $7,000 bill for new uniforms that he had agreed to buy.

In December 1995, Ramirez signed a four-year, $10.1 million extension, joining Alomar, Baerga, Thome, and shortstop Omar Vizquel among those whose arbitration years general manager John Hart bought out, enabling the team to save millions while keeping its nucleus together. Hart’s pioneering strategy helped Cleveland to six first-place finishes in the newly-created AL Central over a seven-year span (1995–2002).

Ramirez continued to rake in 1996 (144 OPS+, 4.2 WAR) and ’97 (146 OPS+, 4.6 WAR), with his value increasing via slightly better (but still subpar) defense. The Indians won 99 games in 1996, but while Ramirez went 6-for-16 with homers off David Wells and Mike Mussina, he couldn’t propel the Indians past the Orioles in the Division Series. He hit .286/.444/.619 against Baltimore in the ALCS the following season, with a pair of home runs in one-run victories, then homered twice more in the World Series against the Marlins, but he collected just two other hits in the Indians’ seven-game loss.

Ramirez raised his game to a new level in 1998, bashing 45 homers, driving in 145 runs, and slugging .599 — all good for fourth in the league — while beginning a streak of 11 straight All-Star selections. He had another monster season in 1999: .333/.442/.663, with his slugging percentage, 165 RBIs, and 174 OPS+ all leading the league; his on-base percentage ranked second, his 7.3 WAR (a career high) third, and his batting average fifth. Ramirez tied for third in a hotly contested AL MVP vote won by Ivan Rodriguez. His performance made picking up his $4.25 million club option for 2000 a no-brainer, but while he hit 38 homers and set career highs in all three slash stats (.351/.457/.697) as well as OPS+ (186), the Indians went 19-20 during his six-week absence due to a strained left hamstring and finished with 90 wins, one fewer than the Wild Card-winning Mariners and five fewer than the Central-winning White Sox. D’oh!

When Ramirez hit free agency, agent Jeff Moorad gave ESPN’s Outside the Lines unprecedented access to the negotiations as he met with executives from Boston, Cleveland, and Seattle, none of whom were told they were being taped until just before the meetings. With Alex Rodriguez having recently signed his landmark 10-year, $252 million deal with the Rangers, Moorad sought 10 years and $200 million for his client. He didn’t quite get that, but the eight-year, $160 million deal Ramirez received from the Red Sox was the second-largest contract in baseball history to that point.

Over the next 7 1/2 seasons, Ramirez would put up virtually identical numbers in Boston (.312/.411/.588, 155 OPS+) to those he did in Cleveland (.313/.407/.592, 152 OPS+), but almost always amid the heightened drama that came with residence in baseball’s fishbowl. Before he could take the field on Opening Day 2001, the first of numerous controversies ensued, as he reneged on an agreement to switch from right field to left field, where he’d never played. A hamstring strain that confined him to DH duty for the first two months of the season tabled the matter, and when he was finally able to play the field in early June, he did so in left. Although hopes were high regarding his joining Nomar Garciaparra to form one of the game’s foremost 1–2 punches, the slugging shortstop was limited to 21 games by a wrist tendon injury in 2001; Ramirez, though he hit 41 homers, drove in 125 runs, and slugged .609, couldn’t do it all alone in a lineup that had just two other above-average regulars. The Sox went 82–79, firing manager Jimy Williams late in the season; already, rumors of Ramirez’s unhappiness in Boston surfaced.

Under a new regime — owner John Henry, club president Larry Lucchino, and manager Grady Little (Theo Epstein would be promoted to GM the next year) — the Red Sox rebounded to go 93–69 in 2002. Ramirez hit .349/.450/.647, leading the league in both batting average and on-base percentage, and ranking second in both slugging percentage and OPS+ (184) and sixth in WAR (6.0), but he missed six weeks in May and June after fracturing his left index finger on a head-first slide. In a minor league rehab appearance, he lost a diamond-encrusted earring while making another head-first slide, because of course he did.

In 2003, flanked by Garciaparra and scrapheap pickup David Ortiz, Ramirez led the AL in OBP (.427) and intentional walks (28) and clouted 37 homers. Although he played in 154 games, his absences — a left hamstring injury that kept him out of the All-Star Game; an illness that kept him out of the lineup one day against the Yankees but didn’t stop him from socializing with New York infielder Enrique Wilson; a benching the day after he declared himself too weak to pinch-hit — raised eyebrows. Nonetheless, Boston won 95 games and the AL Wild Card, returning to the postseason for the first time since 1999. In the Division Series, Ramirez shook off a 3-for-18 slump with a go-ahead three-run homer off the A’s Barry Zito in the do-or-die Game 5. The Red Sox advanced, and his four-hit effort — including a homer off Mussina — helped beat the Yankees in the ALCS opener, but New York outlasted Boston in the seven-game series, won by Aaron Boone’s walk-off homer.

Though Ramirez had hit for a 167 OPS+ (tied for fourth in MLB) and produced 16.6 WAR in his three seasons in Boston, the Red Sox were already willing to consider life without him. At the end of October, they put him on irrevocable waivers, meaning that another team could claim him and assume the five years and $104 million remaining on his contract without surrendering talent in return. The Sox literally couldn’t give the 31-year-old slugger away. The Yankees and Angels, two teams that could have absorbed such a salary, instead signed Gary Sheffield and Vladimir Guerrero, respectively. When Boston attempted to acquire Rodriguez from the Rangers in December, they offered up Ramirez in a package that also included pitching prospect Jon Lester. That deal fell through over issues in restructuring Rodriguez’s contract, and eventually it was the Yankees who traded for A-Rod.

Undaunted by his team’s attempts to get rid of him, and heeding the advice of teammates Ortiz and Kevin Millar to be more accommodating with the media — which he often spurned for long stretches — Ramirez continued to mash. He hit .308/.397/.613 in 2004, leading the AL with 43 homers as the Sox, self-proclaimed “Idiots,” won 98 games and another Wild Card berth. In the postseason, Ramirez drove in eight runs during the team’s three-game Division Series sweep of the Angels, and while he wasn’t central to Boston’s unprecedented comeback from a 3–0 deficit against the Yankees in the ALCS, his 7-for-17, 1.088 OPS performance in the World Series sweep of the Cardinals earned him MVP honors as the Sox won their first championship since 1918. With at least one hit in every postseason game, Ramirez produced a record-tying 17-game hitting streak that dated back to the 2003 ALCS.

Despite the championship, the Red Sox again explored trading Ramirez over the winter, this time to the Mets, but Boston’s unwillingness to kick in enough off the $77 million remaining on his contract scuttled the deal. Money would remain an issue when the two teams revisited talks the following July, and again after Ramirez asked for a trade following the 2005 season, in what Lucchino said was his fourth request since Henry had bought the team. Being Manny, he was typically productive in both 2005 (45 homers, 153 OPS+, 4.4 WAR) and ’06 (35 homers, a league-high .439 OBP, 165 OPS+, 4.5 WAR), but the Red Sox were ousted in the first round of the postseason by the White Sox in the former year and missed the playoffs in the latter. Patellar tendonitis limited Ramirez to just six starts after August 26, 2006, which drew allegations of malingering and, again, a request for a trade.

Ramirez missed most of September 2007 due to an oblique strain, capping his least productive season since his rookie year (20 homers, 126 OPS+, 1.1 WAR). Still, he homered twice in both the Division Series against the Angels and the ALCS against the Indians, starting with a walk-off–three-run shot off Francisco Rodriguez in ALDS Game 2:

His ALCS Game 2 homer was the 23rd postseason shot of his career, surpassing Bernie Williams for the all-time record. Ramirez went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in the World Series opener against the Rockies, and while he wasn’t much of a factor the rest of the Series, the Sox swept their way to their second championship in four seasons.

On May 31, 2008, Ramirez hit the 500th home run of his career, off the Orioles’ Chad Bradford, but it was a rare highlight in his final go-around in a Red Sox uniform. June was bracketed by altercations, first with teammate Kevin Youkilis in the dugout, then with his shove of McCormick. After removing himself from the lineup against Yankees starter Joba Chamberlain in July, claiming knee pain, the Sox sent him for MRIs on both knees when he “forgot” which one ailed him.

Both sides had reached their limit. The Red Sox stepped up efforts to shop the unhappy slugger, who in turn, blasted them to ESPN Deportes:

The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me. During my years here, I’ve seen how they have mistreated other great players when they didn’t want them to try to turn the fans against them.

The Red Sox did the same with guys like Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez, and now they do the same with me. Their goal is to paint me as the bad guy. I love Boston fans, but the Red Sox don’t deserve me. I’m not talking about money. Mental peace has no price, and I don’t have peace here.

The next day, on July 31, the Red Sox sent Ramirez and $7 million to cover his remaining salary to the Dodgers in a three-way, six-player deal that brought them Pirates slugger Jason Bay. To get Ramirez to waive his 10-and-5 rights, Los Angeles agreed to decline a $20 million 2009 option, and Ramirez agreed to decline arbitration, making him a free agent at season’s end.

Donning uniform No. 99, Ramirez joined the Dodgers, who were just 54–54 but a game out of first place in the NL West. He went 13-for-23 with four homers in his first six games and never really cooled off, putting up video-game numbers (.396/.489/.743, 17 homers, 221 OPS+, 3.5 WAR) that endeared himself to stony-faced new manager Joe Torre even as he flouted orders to get a haircut. Dreadlocked wigs under Dodgers caps became the rage in Chavez Ravine, and L.A. won the division with an 84–78 record. Ramirez went 13-for-28 with four homers in a Division Series sweep against the Cubs and a six-game NLCS loss to the Phillies. He finished fourth in the MVP voting despite having played just 53 games in the National League.

A free agent at age 37, Ramirez reportedly sought a four-year deal worth about $25 million per year, but no team wanted to commit to that kind of headache. In March, he agreed to a two-year, $45 million contract with the Dodgers that included an opt-out after the first year. He even picked up where he left off, batting .348/.492/.641 through the first week of May, but just over a week after the team launched a special Mannywood section in left field, Ramirez drew a 50-game suspension for taking a banned medication, the female fertility drug human chorionic gonadotropin, which is typically used by steroid users to restore testosterone production. Less than a month after his return, The New York Times reported that both Ramirez and Ortiz were among the players who had failed the supposedly anonymous 2003 survey test, which carried no penalty but had triggered the implementation of a testing and penalty regimen.

Despite the controversies, Ramirez helped the Dodgers win the NL West and sweep the Cardinals in the Division Series before again falling to the Phillies in the NLCS. With the recent black marks against his name, he opted not to test the free-agent market again. Amid a strong half-season for the Dodgers in 2010, he made three trips to the disabled list for a variety of injuries, playing in just seven games from June 29 to August 29. Mannywood was dismantled, and on August 30, the White Sox claimed him off waivers.

Ramirez never got it going in Chicago, homering just once in 88 plate appearances. The following January, he signed a one-year deal to DH for the Rays but played in just five games before MLB announced that he had again tested positive for a banned substance. Facing a 100-game suspension, he opted to retire. While he made comeback attempts with the Triple-A affiliates of the A’s (2012), Rangers (’13), and Cubs (’14), and even played 49 games for the EDA Rhinos in the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan in ’13, he never returned to the majors.

Ramirez finished with offensive numbers that are of Cooperstown caliber. His total of 555 homers ranks 15th in baseball history, his 1,831 RBIs are 19th, and his 4,826 total bases are 30th. Among players with at least 7,000 plate appearances, his 154 OPS+ is tied with Frank Robinson for 20th all-time; his .585 slugging percentage is seventh, and his .411 on-base percentage is 21st. Among righties with at least 9,000 PA since World War II, only Frank Thomas (156), Willie Mays (156), and Hank Aaron (155) outdid him in OPS+; Ramirez’s slugging percentage is tops among that group, and his on-base percentage is second. Between his All-Star selections, league leads — once each in homers, RBIs, and OPS+, and three times apiece in on-base percentage and slugging percentage — and other accomplishments, his Hall of Fame Monitor score of 226 is tied for 34th all-time, well above the threshold of a likely inductee.

From an advanced statistical perspective, Ramirez’s 651 batting runs — the offensive component of WAR — ranks 18th all-time, but his ineptitude on the base paths (-22 runs), avoiding double plays (-27 runs), and in the field (-129 runs, using both Total Zone up through 2002 and Defensive Runs Saved thereafter) chips away at that value; the last of those is the sixth-worst total of all time. That said, it’s worth noting that defensive metrics have generally had a tough time with Boston left fielders due to the Green Monster; other systems, such as Baseball Prospectus’ Fielding Runs Above Average (-66 runs) and Michael Humphreys’ Defensive Regression Analysis (-91 runs) both paint rosier pictures of Ramirez’s glove work than the TZ/DRS combo. On the other hand, he’s even worse via UZR (-115 runs) in the 2003–11 period also covered by DRS (-90).

Even while taking the larger hit from Baseball-Reference’s choice of defensive metrics, Ramirez’s 69.4 career WAR is tied with Tim Raines for seventh all-time among left fielders, trailing only Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, and four of the 20 Hall of Famers; he’s about four wins above the standard there. His 40.0 peak WAR is 12th, 1.6 wins below the standard — the defense hurts him, particularly as he ranked in the league’s top 10 just twice — and his 54.7 JAWS is tied for ninth, 1.1 points above the standard and ahead of 13 of the 20 enshrined.

On performance alone, that’s a Hall of Famer, but Ramirez’s drug transgressions make voting for him anything but automatic. I don’t have a ballot until the 2021 cycle, but as someone who draws a distinction between allegations stemming from the “Wild West” era before testing and penalties were in place, and those that resulted in actual suspensions, I wouldn’t vote for Ramirez at this juncture, whereas I would vote for Bonds and Roger Clemens.

Not everybody agrees with that position. What’s interesting from an electorate that has used pre-testing era allegations to shun both McGwire (who debuted at 23.5% and maxed out at 23.7%) and Sosa (who peaked at 12.5% in his 2013 debut and has been below 9.0% ever since) — neither of whom ever tested positive or were suspended — is that Ramirez debuted with a higher share than either (23.8%). Whether or not Joe Morgan’s 2017 anti-PED candidate letter to voters changed anyone’s mind, he has yet to match his first-year share, though he has’t fallen off by much.

With the ballot traffic thinned out by the election of 11 players over the past three cycles, Ramirez could gain a bit of traction. Half a dozen voters whose ballots were recorded in Ryan Thibodaux’s Ballot Tracker last year said they would have voted for him if they had more than 10 slots. That’s not an overwhelming total, and the number needn’t be taken literally, but it’s a sign that portends growth:

Ultimately, while Ramirez seems to have leapfrogged most of the PED-linked candidates in terms of support, I suspect that his chances of election hinge upon Bonds and Clemens gaining entry first, which is anything but a sure thing even given that both received around 59% last year, about a five-point gain over the previous two cycles. More so than McGwire, Sosa, or Palmeiro, Ramirez sticks out as a player whose combination of elite performance and mindless transgressions may test the will of the voters to stick to a hardline stance. I’d be lying if I said I knew how that stance would age, or if I weren’t tempted to hold my nose and vote for him someday as well.