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Didi Gregorius goes to great lengths to block Nats from stealing signs

Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius went to great lengths to try and prevent the Washington Nationals from stealing signs late in Monday night’s game.

The New York Yankees shortstop was concerned about Daniel Murphy relaying signs from second base to his batter at the plate in the 9th inning and acted accordingly. MASN showed that Gregorius was positioning himself in front of Murphy to block the Nats infielder from being able to see the signs from catcher Austin Romine to pitcher Aroldis Chapman.

With two outs, two on and two strikes on shortstop Trea Turner, Romine even came out to meet with Chapman and Gregorius to change up their signs. It worked as Turner flied out to end the game — a 4-2 win for the Yankees. Chapman was able to secure the save, thanks to a little help from Gregorius.

Maybe if MLB listened to the advice of former Yankee manager Joe Girardi, they wouldn’t have to worry about such things.

Yankees may move struggling Didi Gregorius down in lineup

Didi Gregorius

After one of the hottest starts to the season, New York Yankees shortstop has fallen into a deep slump that could see him dropped in the lineup.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave Gregorius the day off Sunday against a left-handed pitcher, and hinted that the shortstop may not return to the three hole when he does return to the lineup.

Gregorius has one hit in his last 42 at-bats after a scorching start to the year. The three hole seems to be a bit cursed for the Yankees this season, but it makes sense to go in a different direction at this point, at least temporarily.

10 players who could become first-time MLB All-Stars

Shohei Ohtani

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an extremely cool event that showcases many of baseball’s best players. One of the best storylines every summer involves those who are making it to the Midsummer Classic for the first time in their careers. Their stories often vary. Some are young guys who have long been touted for superstardom and are living up to their potential, while others are journeymen or veterans who never really expected to be in the position they’re in.

Here are ten players who could certainly find themselves in Washington, D.C. in July for their first All-Star appearances.

1) Shohei Ohtani, Angels

At the rate he’s going, the question isn’t whether Ohtani will be an All-Star, but how he gets in. Given how he’s captured the sport’s imagination, it seems eminently possible he’ll be voted in as a possible starter by the fans, though it will be very intriguing to see how the league handles his ability to both hit and pitch. Whatever the case, the guy has potential to be an All-Star as both a hitter, where he’s off to a fine start, or as a pitcher. Barring a dropoff, he’ll be in Washington.

2) Carlos Carrasco, Indians

Carrasco has been pitching at an ace level for Cleveland for several years now, and this could be the year he gets All-Star recognition for it. He’s given up just 29 hits in 38 innings, winning four of his first five starts with an ERA of 3.08 on the season. Often overshadowed by Corey Kluber, Carrasco finished fourth in AL Cy Young voting a year ago. The time has come for him to get the recognition he’s owed from the rest of the sport.

3) Javier Baez, Cubs

One of the flashiest and most fun players to watch, Baez has begun to put up star numbers to go with his awesome personality. The slick-fielding infielder is off to a very good start in 2018, hitting .304, walking more than he has in years past, and leading the NL in RBIs through the first few weeks of the season. He’s still fielding his position well, and when you combine all this, there’s a real chance he becomes an All-Star for the first time.

4) Didi Gregorius, Yankees

It’s tough to fill Derek Jeter’s shoes at shortstop for the Yankees, but Gregorius has done about as well as anyone conceivably could have. In a lineup that features Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, it is Gregorius who leads the the team — and league — with an .800 slugging percentage. He’s begun the season with eight doubles and ten home runs in 26 games. He continues to come into his own as a legitimate star at short, and there’s a real possibility he could push Carlos Correa in the fan vote this time around.

5) Tommy Pham, Cardinals

Pham took a very long time to cement himself as a Cardinals starter — much to his annoyance — but his play might have them wondering what they were waiting for. After hitting .306 and picking up MVP votes in 2017, Pham is showing that it was no fluke. He’s hitting .353 thus far in his role as the Cardinals’ starting center fielder. His .461 OBP stands out as well, and it could very easily get him a trip to D.C. later this summer.

6) Rick Porcello, Red Sox

Porcello seems like he’s been around forever, but he’s still only 29 and has really just come into his own as a pitcher. He’s won a Cy Young Award, but amazingly, he doesn’t have an All-Star appearance to his credit. That could change this year. Porcello bounced back from a down 2017 by winning his first four starts with a 1.93 ERA, striking out more batters and walking fewer than he ever has before. Porcello won’t be denied if he continues pitching at an ace level.

7) Sean Manaea, Athletics

Even before he threw the 2018 season’s first no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, Manaea was showing signs of a breakout campaign. Once the prize in the 2015 Ben Zobrist trade with the Kansas City Royals, Manaea looks like he’s developing into an ace, with a 1.03 ERA over 43.2 innings. The Athletics have a lot of young talent, but Manaea stands out among the bunch, and he looks like he’s only getting better.

8) Archie Bradley, Diamondbacks

MLB has more consistently recognized non-closers, including the game’s elite setup men — remember when Wade Davis was simply a Kansas City Royals eighth inning guy? That culture shift could benefit Bradley, who was outstanding enough to earn MVP votes in 2017. Still not Arizona’s closer, he continues to be deployed in a fireman role, sometimes pitching multiple innings to help Arizona out of jams. He has a 1.76 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 15.1 innings. All-Star recognition could well follow for one of the game’s best relievers.

9) Jose Berrios, Twins

Long touted as one of the better pitching prospects in baseball, Berrios looks like he’s finally putting it all together for the Twins and evolving into the ace they hoped he would be. Still just 23, Berrios has demonstrated unbelievable dominance so far in 2018, striking out 36 and walking just three over 31.2 outstanding innings of work. It’s impossible to expect him to keep that up, but he’s making a huge impression, and he would fit in perfectly in D.C. this summer.

10) Charlie Morton, Astros

Morton didn’t look like a big impact signing when he joined the Astros before 2017. He proceeded to get the last out of Houston’s first World Series title, and he’s following that up with one of the best starts to 2018 of any pitcher in baseball. He’s given up seven runs (six earned) in his first 29 innings of work, good for a 1.76 ERA. He’s also striking a lot of guys out, with 35 of them, good for a career-best 10.9 per nine innings. Morton looks excellent. The only thing that could cost him an All-Star bid will be that Houston will have plenty of candidates. Still, Morton is doing everything he can to not be denied.

20 standout players of the MLB playoffs

Yasiel Puig tongue

The Major League Baseball postseason always produces superstars. Some of those who emerge are expected, while some are unlikely players who go from anonymity to household name overnight. That can happen thanks to a hot streak at the right time, a dramatic home run, a surprisingly great pitching performance, or some sterling defensive play.

Here is a list of 20 players who have been the standout players so far during the 2017 MLB playoffs.

Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros

The potential AL MVP had a great regular season, and that has carried over into the postseason. Altuve, for as well-known and well-respected as he is across baseball, has never really had that signature moment or stretch of performances to really establish himself as a major star. In his only previous playoff series — the 2015 ALDS against Kansas City — he went just 3-for-22.

This year, he promptly opened his postseason with a three-homer game, and he hasn’t looked back since. He hit an astonishing .533 against Boston, and has only slightly cooled in the ALCS, hitting a mere .357. He’s a superstar now, and everyone is taking notice.

Yasiel Puig, OF Dodgers

For much of his career, Puig has been better known for bat flips, off-field antics, and on-field mental errors than for star power on the field. Sure, he has always had spectacular plays in him, but it would be fair to say he had never put it all together. Not anymore.

Puig is having an absolutely dominant postseason, hitting .429 and driving in six runs in Los Angeles’s first six games. It’s too soon to say that he’s found something permanently — Puig has had hot stretches before — but if this keeps up, he’ll evolve into a superstar he once looked destined to become.


Didi Gregorius clubs home runs in first two at-bats of Game 5

Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius did it again!

Gregorius took Corey Kluber deep for the second time in Game 5 of the ALDS on Wednesday after also touching up the ace in his first at-bat.

Gregorius got the New York Yankees on the board in the decisive game with a solo shot off Cleveland’s Kluber in the first inning. Two innings later, he took a pitch down in the zone and blasted it out to right for a two-run home run to make it 3-0 Yankees.

Here’s a look at the homer:

Gregorius also had a 3-run home run in the wild-card game, so he’s come up big with the power bat in the playoffs for the Yankees. Prior to Game 5 of the ALDS, Didi only had one hit (but six walks) prior to his two homers off Kluber.

According to FS1’s broadcast, Jason Giambi in the 2003 ALCS and Yogi Berra in the 1956 World Series are the only other Yankees to have multi-home run games during a series-deciding game. This sure is the best way to become a hero in the Bronx.

Didi Gregorius traded to Yankees


The New York Yankees have a hole at shortstop since some guy named Derek Jeter retired, and they may have filled it on Friday.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Yankees have agreed to a trade that will send Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius to the Bronx. The deal reportedly involves three teams. The D-Backs will get pitching prospect Robbie Ray from the Detroit Tigers and the Yankees will send pitching prospect Shane Greene to Detroit.

Gregorius, 24, is considered an above-average fielder. He won’t provide much at the plate, as he has hit just .243 in 191 career MLB games. That said, Jeter hit just .256 last season and was painful to watch in the field. In theory, Gregorius represents an upgrade for the 2015 Yankees when compared to the 2014 Yankees.

Plus, Gregorius is capable of making plays like this. He’s certainly never going to be Jeter, but he should provide solid defense.

Didi Gregorius makes insane backwards catch (GIF)

Didi Gregorius made an insane catch on Tuesday night that would leave Jim Edmonds impressed.

Didi GregoriusThe Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop chased down a popup to shallow center to end the top of the seventh against the San Diego Padres. Alexi Amarista hit the ball to no man’s land in the outfield, leaving Gregorius as the player closest to the ball. He ran directly backwards and made the catch over his head while moving away from the ball the entire time. It was an incredible play. The guy was doing the freaking limbo while catching a fly ball that came in from the wrong direction.

I know what all you Kevin Towers lovers are thinking: no way Derek Jeter could do that.

Here’s another angle to look at the crazy catch:


Didi Gregorius hit in head by Josh Outman (Video)

Didi Gregorius hit headDidi Gregorius was hit in the head by a pitch from Josh Outman during the seventh inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

Outman had a 2-2 count on Gregorius and let a 93 mph fastball get away from him. The Rockies were up 6-3 at the time and the bases were empty, so with a 2-2 count there is little doubt it was unintentional. Catcher Wilin Rosario was even setting up low and away for the pitch.

Gregorius left the game and was termed day-to-day with a right temple contusion. The Diamondbacks said he was undergoing a CT scan and that he could end up on the 7-day DL with a concussion.

Gregorius had been killing the ball since being called up by Arizona on April 18. He was batting .407 and had a hit in all seven games he had played.

The 23-year-old was acquired by the Diamondbacks in the 3-way offseason trade that also saw top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer sent to Cleveland and Shin-Soo Choo dealt to Cincinnati. Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said at the time that Gregorius reminded him of a young Derek Jeter. He was widely mocked at the time for the comparison, but Gregorius has looked great so far. Hopefully he’ll recover from the hit. Getting hit in the head is tough for players to comeback from.