*Chandler Rome has five prospects who could be impacted by the potential expanded roster rule.
*Brian McTaggart caught up with Former Astros Great Bill Doran.
*2004 Roger Clemens gets the MLB.com nod for the best debut season in franchise history. Clemens went 18-4 with a 2.98 ERA / 1.16 WHIP, 218K:79BB, and won his 7th Cy Young. He got 18 outs in 28 of his 33 starts. There were six other starts in which he threw 7+ IP, allowed 0 or 1 earned runs, and got a No Decision.
*How the A's got Former Astros Great Ramon Laureano.
*If there's an 82-game season in 2020, it's worth remembering that the...
2013 Astros went 21-61 from June 28 through the end of the season.
2019 Astros went 57-25 from June 25 through the end of the season.
*FanGraphs: Snowstorms, Lies, and the Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played.
*Got dang it the Simulated 2020 Astros are 23-21 and in 4th Place.
*Yadier Molina says his "numbers are there" to be a Hall of Famer.
Let's look, because I hate Yadier Molina. In parentheses are his ranks as compared to every other catcher in MLB history.
1983 games (16th), 7655 PAs (17th), .738 OPS, 1963 hits (17th), 379 doubles, 156 HR (39th), 54.0 fWAR (12th), 99 wRC+ (134th), 98 OPS+, 366.7 defensive rating (1st).
Let's do this again, but from when Molina debuted in 2004:
1983 games (1st), 7655 PAs (3rd), .738 OPS, 1963 hits (3rd), 379 doubles, 156 HR (6th), 54.0 fWAR (3rd), 99 wRC+ (27th), 98 OPS+, 366.7 defensive rating (1st).
We're also not counting the four pennants, two World Series rings, nine Gold Gloves, nine All-Star nods. Among catchers already in the HOF, Molina is generally in the Top 10. Dammit yeah he's a Hall of Famer.
*Blake Snell says he won't play this season for reduced pay.
*Scott Boras on MLB owners:
Regarding MLB plan to seek a 50-50 revenue split, Scott Boras, noting franchise value increases and previous profits (he mentioned a $476M gain in ‘19 for Braves, the one team owned by a public company), said on @JoeandEvan “You don’t privatize the gains and socialize the losses”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 14, 2020
Which brings to mind this headline.
*Jayson Stark: The day Jean Segura stole 1st base.
*Doc Gooden appeared on Old Baseball Cards.
It's going to get worse before it gets better.