No J.D. Martinez in Home Run Derby

J.D. Martinez entered Wednesday tied for fifth in the Majors in home runs, but ended up on the outside looking in on the Home Run Derby. Major League Baseball announced the eight-man field Wednesday, and Martinez wasn’t in it.

Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Manny Machado and Josh Donaldson comprise the American League portion of the field. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Joc Pederson and Todd Frazier are going from the NL.

“I mean, I would’ve liked to do it,” Martinez said. “It would’ve been cool. But I guess I’ve gotta pay my dues, wait another year.”

Martinez said he was asked by the MLBPA earlier in the week whether he’d be interested. After mulling it over, and looking over the new rules, he said yes. He did not hear back. He was disappointed, but didn’t want to make an issue out of it.

“It’s not a big deal,” Martinez said.

Also left out of the field was Yoenis Cespedes, the two-time defending champion. He had said last month he’d be interested if he made the All-Star team. He’s currently in the Final Vote contest, though Alex Gordon’s status could impact Cespedes. Gordon, elected to a starting outfield spot by the fans, left Wednesday’s game for the Royals with a left groin injury after crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium.

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And in more news KC pummeled Archer. Today he decided to suck. Thanks for the help Tampa.

First Miggy and now Alex Gordon, both huge blows. I had just flipped the channel to the Royals game and the first thing I saw was Gordon lying there as it had just happened. That place was like a tomb.

when fans criticize management for sticking with Castellanos through his slump, I think of Gordon. came up as a 3rd baseman, struggled, demoted, looked like he’d be a high draft pick bust, and then he figured out how to perform at MLB level. Paul Konerko was the same way. am sure endless similar examples could be cited.

We are going to see a lot of Alex Avila and Marc Krause this weekend. All Twin pitchers are RHP.
May as well bat them back-to-back to get the strike outs out of the way at one time.

I’m ok with Ks if there are occasional productive ABs in the mix each game. Tigers taking same approach at 1b this season as they did when Iglesias was lost last spring. expectations should be low, despite early returns.

Gordon is out 8 weeks with a two-plus strain. Miggy is out 6 weeks with a grade 3 strain. I assume the location of the strain explains why the more serious strain will take less time to heal. Or is there some other factor(s) at play?

I own a Ramon Santiago jersey and autographed ball and photo. If I were in the market for such items today, the name on them would be Andrew Romine.
Here is an extremely well crafted article about 25th men and baseball. If you do nothing else today, read this at some point in the seven hours from now until game time.
http://twtwsports.blogspot.com/2015/07/everyday-andrew-why-romine-is-key-to.html

The Tigers and the draft: I’m not very good at understanding all those stats. What I took away from that article was that maybe the Tiger drafts of 1975 and 1976 led to the 1984 World Champs. Am I anywhere near the right idea?

Yes, Lou ,1975 Trammell Morris and Petry 1976. And the timely sale of the Tigers. the new owner locked them

Tigers need to cut their losses, before their losses cut them. We have got to trade our excess fat: D. Price, Y. Cespedes, and J. Soria. Hey if someone will take Kinsler off our hands too – god bless them!
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And to offset the tears, pick up Delmon Young and put him in RF, and trade for Don Kelly for the much needed Left bat.
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This is not a joke. The Detroit Tigers, and Dave Dombrowski, are the jokes.

If the Tigers cannot remain competitive, then by all means get something for the impending free agents- Price, Soria, Cespedes, Simon and Avila. To lose and hang on to them past the deadline is ludicrous, unless an extension can be worked out. Otherwise, the Tigers would pretty much be giving any or all of them away following the season. That said, I don’t want to throw in the towel. So, win NOW!

Soria must be extended

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