MLBits: Yankees Make More History, Votto Hangs With the Fans, Law’s Prospect Misses, Tigers Searching for a GM, More

The New York Yankees just keep making history, and this time it didn’t have much to do with Aaron Judge and his pursuit of Roger Maris’ single-season home run record in The Bronx.

More History in The Bronx

There would be no repeat performance of a walk-off home run for the Yankees last night, but New York still made some history in a trouncing of the Pittsburgh Pirates. First, the Yankees became the first team to end a game on a walk-off grand slam and then open the next game with a first-inning grand slam.

After Oswaldo Cabrera’s grand slam, it was Gleyber Torres’ turn to make some history. Torres homered not once but twice in an eight-run, eighth-inning. Torres became the first Yankees player to hit two home runs in the same inning since Alex Rodriguez did so in 2009. Torres is the sixth Yankees player to accomplish the feat.

Prospects That Exceeded Expectations in ’22

Keith Law is one of the most respected prospect gurus and talent evaluators in the baseball world, but even he gets things wrong from time to time. Sometimes, for the better of the player. In his latest story at The Athletic, Law discusses a group of players that have outperformed his forcast this season.

Cleveland Guardians shortstop Andrés Giménez has doubled his WAR from last season with a 3.5 WAR total for the Guardians, who are poised to win the American League Central after no one picked them to do so before the season. Giménez made Law’s Top-100 prospect list just once, landing as high as No. 97 before the 2019 season.

Law also admits that he was wrong about Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen and Braves strikeout machine Spencer Strider.

Law ranked Strider – a fourth-rounder in the 2020 MLB Draft – as Atlanta’s 12th-best prospect before the start of this season. All Strider has done since is rack up double-digit strikeout performances all year long and put himself in the Rookie of the Year discussion in the National League.

Law dives deeper into the successful campaigns of his misses this year:

Joey Votto Hangs Out With Fans During Game

Joey Votto spent the evening taking in the Reds game at the ballpark despite being sidelined for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff last month. But instead of watching the game in the dugout or a suite, Votto decided to spend time hanging out with Reds fans at Great American Ballpark while sporting a throwback Barry Larkin jersey.

Dayton Moore Out in Kansas City

The Kansas City Royals have dismissed President of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore, the architect of the Royals team that won the 2015 World Series. Moore has been with the Royals since 2006, but a stalled rebuild that featured the Royals taking a plethora of college arms in the 2018 MLB Draft has spelled doom for Moore.

Moore staked his second rebuild in Kansas City on the arms of Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, and Kris Bubic. Unfortunately, things haven’t panned out for Moore and the Royals the way they envisioned.

Royals owner John Sherman thanked Moore in a statement on Wednesday:

“Dayton resurrected this franchise. It was not in a good spot,” Sherman said. “Today I want to make sure that my feeling is gratitude.

Moore expressed his disappointment in a statement to The Athletic on Wednesday:

“I’m really thankful for the opportunity,” Moore said. “I’m proud of our culture and what we accomplished in Kansas City. I’m disappointed we weren’t able to see it through. But I have confidence in John Sherman, J.J. Picollo, and the entire baseball operations department to finish it off.”

Picollo, Moore’s top lieutenant who was promoted to GM in 2021, will oversee the baseball operations department moving forward.

Moore’s latest rebuild may have been a failure in the eyes of the Royals, but his first act in Kansas City was one of the best overhauls we have ever seen. Moore revived a laughingstock franchise that hadn’t been to the Postseason since 1985 when he arrived and turned them into a World Series Champion and back-to-back AL Champion with the creation of a core that included guys like Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas.

Ken Rosenthal and Andy McCullough have more on the move:

Odds and Ends

  • Marc Carig discusses why Aaron Judge’s historical season has him ahead of Shohei Ohtani in the race for the American League MVP Award heading into the season’s final weeks:
  • Well, that’s an interesting souvenir! Mets skipper Buck Showalter asked for the ball after the Mets set the single-season record for batters hit by a pitch on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Willy Adames is on FIRE right now!
  • The Seattle Mariners have DFA’d Jake Lamb and promoted Luis Torrens:
  • The Detroit Tigers and newly minted President of Baseball Operations are searching for a GM to serve as the No. 2 in the Detroit front office:
  • Nick Senzel will miss the remainder of the season with a broken toe in his left foot, according to Reds scribe Bobby Nightengale:
  • After 16 seasons, veteran backstop Kurt Suzuki will retire at the end of the 2022 season. Suzuki has won a World Series, made an All-Star appearance, and played for five (Oakland, Washington, Minnesota, Atlanta, and Los Angeles) MLB teams throughout his career.
  • What a catch and throw by Nationals’ outfielder Victor Robles!
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    Patrick grew up in Chicago's Bridgeport and Garfield Ridge neighborhoods before moving to the Western Suburbs of Chicago before eventually relocating to the Las Vegas area with his family in 2023. He started with Bleacher Nation in 2021 and has spent time as a Staff Writer and on the Chicago Blackhawks beat. He is currently a writer and editor at Bleacher Nation covering the Chicago Bears and the NFL at large and the author of the Bleacher Nation Newsletter. Patrick is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

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