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Joe Kelly gets hit off Shelby Miller, wins $100 bet

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsNot too long ago, Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller were teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals. That came to an end last week when the former roommates and best friends were broken up by a trade that sent Kelly to the Boston Red Sox.

On Wednesday, the two took the mound as starting pitchers for their respective teams when the Red Sox and Cardinals met at Busch Stadium.

Since the game took place at a National League ballpark, the opportunity presented itself for the two to square off against each other in the absence of a designated hitter. So, naturally, a friendly wager was made.

“He said if he gets a hit off me, I owe him $100,” Miller said via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’m going to invite him over (Tuesday), keep him up, see how long we can play video games until the morning. See how long he can last.”

Miller drew a walk from Kelly in his first at-bat. Kelly’s first time up against Miller came in the third inning and resulted in a groundball that was fielded by Jhonny Peralta, who threw Kelly out at first base. Or, did he?

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Red Sox manager John Farrell challenged the play and the original call was overturned. Kelly was ruled safe, winning a bet in the process.

Money aside, you can be sure Joe Kelly won’t let Shelby Miller forget that anytime soon. Miller did get a little revenge by striking out Kelly in the fifth inning.

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Joe Kelly tells story of finding out he was traded on Twitter

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsAs we mentioned last week, Joe Kelly and Allen Craig learned they had been traded before the St. Louis Cardinals informed them. While it was initially reported that Kelly found out he was dealt to the Boston Red Sox thanks to a television report, the actual story is even more entertaining.

Kelly told Rob Harms of the Boston Globe that he read on Twitter that his team was getting John Lackey. Little did he know it was no longer his team. Kelly recalled chatting with AJ Pierzynski about it.

“Hey, it looks like the Cardinals are going to get Lackey,” Kelly told Pierzynski upon reading a tweet.

“Oh yeah?” Pierzynski said. “How do you know?”

“I’ve got a source on Twitter,” Kelly said.

“Yeah, ’cause everything on Twitter’s true,” Pierzynski responded.

“All right, just wait,” Kelly said.

They waited.

“Fifteen minutes later,” Kelly said Saturday at Fenway Park, after the Sox added him to the active roster, “Lackey was traded.”

But Kelly didn’t know which Cardinals players were involved in the deal.

“I just kept looking, looking, and I was like, ‘Man, I wonder who it could be?’ ” Kelly said. “Then I saw it pop up: [Allen] Craig and Kelly for Lackey.”

Kelly then got a call from his agent and saw the report on MLB Network — all before he was called into a meeting with manager Mike Matheny and GM John Mozeliak to get the official news. Welcome to 2014.

Allen Craig and Joe Kelly found out they had been traded through technology

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsThe St. Louis Cardinals traded starting pitcher Joe Kelly and utility man Allen Craig to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in exchange for John Lackey. We knew Lackey was on the block and we knew the Cardinals were looking for pitching, but apparently neither Kelly nor Craig knew that they were available. In fact, both players had to find out for themselves that they had been dealt.

According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kelly found out he had been shipped to Boston by watching TV while Craig learned he had been traded while surfing the web.

The Cardinals are fond of calling their clubhouse “family.” There’s much ado about ignoring outside “distractions” created by media, hangers-on, whatever. Yet Kelly learned he had been traded through a television report. Craig learned while surfing the net. Neither player even knew he was in play. Craig was so stunned he left the Petco Park clubhouse without comment. Family one day, disposable the next.

Stories like this have increased over the past year or so (see: Darren Sproles to Philly), which makes sense. With the amount of news that “leaks” over Twitter and other social media sites, teams have to be careful not to reveal too much information when discussing trades. That often means leaving players in the dark to decrease the risk of compromising a deal.

Having said that, we understand why Craig and Kelly would be upset. Players want to think that their teams would at least inform them of the possibility that they could be dealt. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work like that all the time in 2014.

H/T Hardball Talk

John Lackey traded to Cardinals for Allen Craig, Joe Kelly

John-Lackey-beer-drinking-reports-retardedJust nine months removed from winning a world championship, the Boston Red Sox are now selling off all of the assets that got them there. Shortly after Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were sent to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, the Red Sox traded John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals.

According to Peter Gammons, the Cardinals are sending 26-year-old starting pitcher Joe Kelly and 30-year-old outfielder Allen Craig to Boston.

On the surface, it looks like the Red Sox are having a fire sale. They have now traded Jake Peavy, Felix Doubront, Lester and Lackey — all important pieces in Boston’s improbable World Series run. But in reality the Red Sox are simply changing their approach in hopes of contending again next season.

We all know what Cespedes is capable of. While he is 28 and merely a .250 hitter with pop at this point, he could be the righthanded power hitter that the Red Sox desperately need in the middle of their lineup. His numbers could also skyrocket if he uses the Green Monster to his advantage. Cespedes is also an above-average fielder with a tremendous arm.

Craig became a full-time player for St. Louis in 2012 and hit .307 with 22 homers and 92 RBI that season. He followed it up with a .315/13/97 line in 2013 and is on pace for around 90 RBI again this season, despite a low average of .237. In Kelly, the Red Sox are getting a young starter who went 10-5 with a 2.69 ERA in 15 starts last season. Kelly is struggling a bit this year, but he has obvious potential.

If the Red Sox were looking to rebuild to contend again five years from now, they would have demanded top prospects for Lester and Lackey. Instead, they have acquired proven MLB players who could help round out their roster in 2015. On the flip side, the A’s and Cardinals have added important pieces that could help in the postseason this year. I don’t think anyone got hosed in either deal.

Joe Kelly does not wear glasses as a hitter because he sees too well with them

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Joe Kelly does something extremely unconventional when he plays. The man wears eye glasses when he’s on the mound, but not when he’s batting at the plate.

It makes very little sense that Kelly wouldn’t use glasses for both situations since glasses, you know, help you see, but his reason for not wearing the glasses as a hitter might be odder than his decision not to wear them.

According to TBS reporter Craig Sager, the reason Kelly does not wear his glasses to hit is because he sees too well with them. When Kelly wears his glasses as a hitter, he picks up the spin on the ball, gets excited and anxious, and swings at everything. I guess that’s a bad thing for him.

You have players going out and getting LASIK eye surgery so they can see better at the plate. Joe Kelly? Guy is trying to see worse. Unreal.

Cardinals P Joe Kelly wrote a hilarious essay in elementary school

Joe-Kelly-CardinalsSt. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly is exactly where he wants to be in life. We know this because the the 25-year-old wrote an essay in elementary school that predicted his future. As of now, he’s right on schedule.

Earlier this summer, Kelly shared a photo of the essay he wrote when he was just a young lad. In it, he predicted that he would be a professional baseball player in 10 years. Although he may not be the home run hitter that he envisioned, the baseball part worked out as planned. We’re praying the rest also comes to fruition. Read the letter and you’ll see why:

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I don’t know how Kelly was given a “B” for being such an incredible dreamer, but that essay looked perfect to me. Who doesn’t want to be an MLB player and then scuba dive for gold? Confidence at a young age is the key to success in adulthood.

H/T Eye on Baseball