This Date In Royals History–August 15, 2002

2006: Mark Teahen belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning, giving the Royals the lead for good in a 4-2 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.Immediately following the White Sox tying the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Mark Grudzielanek started the sixth with a single off Chicago starter Javier Vazquez. Teahen followed with his 14th home run of the...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

The 198.6 million people of Brazil now understand what Yankee fans felt in 2004

By the second half of yesterday's 7-1 loss to Germany - ("Good Germans," my uncle would have called them) - Brazilians were burning flags and chanting obscene rhymes about their team. Let's face it: As Yankee fans, we can relate to their shame and pain.Ten years ago - (Spoiler alert: We will soon start reliving the mandatory, ceremonial, national 10-year anniversary...
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ex-Prospect Moves on…Hopefully to Green Pastures

By Yanks in Exile Insider, Zach Morgenstern Early 2008 was a time of hope for me. I’m sure many Yanks in Exile share my experience of being called out as a band-wagoner in the past. Simply put, people assume we like the Yankees because they can supposedly buy championships. Well 2008 was going to be different. Cashman avoided making big free agent signings, and...
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December 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Active pitching leaders

Here is a list of the active leaders in wins, ERA and strikeouts heading into the 2013 season. (Minimum 1,000 innings pitched)): I love this list – Kevin Millwood?!?   Wins                             ERA                                      Strikeouts         Andy Pettite – 245        Mariano Rivera – 2.21          Javier...
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March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Red Sox Had Major Interest in Javier Vazquez Before Knee Injury Put Pitcher’s Season in Jeopardy

Javier Vazquez‘s big league career could be over, but the end didn’t come before a few teams reportedly considered his services. According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox had major interest in Vazquez before a knee injury put the pitcher’s season in jeopardy. The Nationals, Orioles, Yankees and Brewers reportedly were among the other teams to consider the...
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March 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Javier Vazquez out of WBC with knee injury

Javier Vazquez will not pitch for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Agent Seth Levinson said Thursday that the 36-year-old right-hander had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Levinson says Vazquez still plans to travel with the team, which plays the Dominican Republic, Spain and Venezuela in Group C starting March 7. Vazquez last pitched in the major...
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February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - happy Orioles day!

Continuing to float on in the AL East, welcome to Orioles day! Baltimore shockingly made the playoffs last season thanks to a fantastic bullpen, an unbelievable amount of luck in one-run games, and an awesome record against the AL East (they finished .500 or better against every other team in the division). Dan Duquette essentially stood pat this winter, and the team will look to...
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February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Javier Vazquez ruled out of WBC, comeback attempt over?

Javier Vazquez’s comeback attempt may be over. After undergoing knee surgery last month the 36-year-old right handed pitcher has been ruled out of the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Vazquez was to play for Puerto Rico. Vazquez was trying to make a comeback this spring after sitting out the entire 2012 season.
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Javier Vazquez won't pitch in 2013 due to knee injury

Free agent Javier Vazquez was hoping to return to the major league ranks this season, but his comeback attempt has been cut short due to a knee injury. The veteran right-hander will not pitch in 2013 as he recovers from meniscus surgery on his right knee, according to James Wagner of The Washington Post. Wagner adds that a retirement announcement could come soon from...
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Javier Vazquez won't pitch in the majors in 2013

Former Marlins, Yankees, and Braves starter Javier Vazquez will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic in March, and won't make a return to MLB this season. Vazquez had knee surgery in January, and that's the reason for him pulling out of the WBC as well as putting off plans to return to the majros in 2013. Despite impressing scouts in workouts this spring, it's...
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February 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Saunders is being severely overrated

Past Kyle Lohse and Javier Vazquez, the best free agent starting pitcher left on the market is probably Joe Saunders, last of the Orioles. Saunders reportedly has a two year, $15 million offer on the table, which is ridiculous to me. That's what Joe Blanton got from the Angels (plus a club option for a third year), and Blanton is a better pitcher across the board than Saunders...
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January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

So, Just How Important Is Change-Up Velocity?

I spend a lot of time looking at pitchers’ repertoires on PitchFX. Part of that is the Moneyball effect, that looking at stats and numbers independent of names and scouting reports gives you valuable objectivity. The other part of that is there’s only so many hours in the day and I fill most of them with work, family, and other responsibilities. As much as I’d love to sit down...
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January 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Daily Notes: Ft. A Schedule of Upcoming Actual Baseball

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. A Schedule of Upcoming Actual Baseball 2. GIF: Last Pitch of the 2009 WBC A Schedule of Upcoming Actual Baseball With the announcement scheduled for Thursday of all 16 WBC provisional rosters and also the continued progression of the various winter-league playoffs — which end, finally, with...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Vote: Which Remaining Free-Agent Starter Would You Most Like to See the Red Sox Sign?

The Red Sox’ starting rotation appears to be set, but there’s always a chance the club could decide that another pitcher would go a long way toward helping Boston climb the AL East ladder. If the Sox were to go after one of the remaining hurlers in free agency, there aren’t too many household names available, although a few could turn heads if they’re able to pitch the way...
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January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Javier Vazquez’s American League Struggles Should Be Enough for Teams Like Red Sox to Be Skeptical

It’s amazing what can come from a scarce pitching market. As the list of available hurlers — which was not all that impressive to begin with — dwindles even more this offseason, arguably the biggest news we’re getting slapped with is Javier Vazquez touching 95 mph on the radar gun down in Puerto Rico. And yes, believe it or not, people are getting pretty fired up about it...
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January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals showing interest in veteran starter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Royals eventually could add another intriguing name to the battle for the final spot in their rotation next spring free-agent right-hander Javier Vazquez. Vazquez, 36, has won 165 games over a 14-year career in the majors and has struck out 2,536 hitters in 2,840 innings. Vazquez has not pitched in the major leagues since 2011 when he went 13-11 with a 3...
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January 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals Showing ‘Heavy Interest’ in Javier Vazquez, Who Continues to Impress Scouts

Javier Vazquez is not only throwing in front of major league scouts, but he’s also leaving quite the impression. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, scouts are raving about Vazquez, and the Nationals are showing “heavy interest” in the veteran right-hander. Vazquez, who didn’t pitch in 2012 after spending the 2011 season with the Marlins, will reportedly pitch in...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals showing heavy interest in Javier Vazquez

The Washington Nationals are showing “heavy interest” in semi-retired pitcher Javier Vazquez, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Vazquez last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Marlins where he went 3-11 with a 3.69 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 192.2 innings pitched. He walked away from baseball to spend more time with his family. “This could be it for me. The hunger is...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees Checking In on Javy Vazquez

Vazquez with the Yankees in 2010 (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) That is not a joke. Multiple reports name the Yankees as one of several teams who are said to be keeping an eye on Javier Vazquez’s outings in winter ball.  Also keeping an eye out are the Red Sox and Nationals. Vazquez is reportedly touching 95 MPH during his outings, and plans to pitch in the World Baseball...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies Scouted Javier Vazquez As The Team Bargain Hunts

Phillies are still shopping a little bit, albeit at the dollar store instead of Nordstrom's or even Target. So, it seems fitting that the Phillies would kick the tires or any options that might still exist. As I've said before, any minor league contracts like last year's Juan Pierre signing...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Javier Vazquez Again Being Scouted By Red Sox in Puerto Rico

The Red Sox appear to have some serious interest in Javier Vazquez. The 36-year-old right-hander is spending this offseason pitching in the Puerto Rican Winter League and, after spending the 2012 season out of baseball, is seriously raising his stock suiting up for Criollos de Caguas. The Red Sox had scouts in Puerto Rico for Vazquez’s last start, in which he was clocked throwing...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Daily Notes: Top Performances of the Puerto Rican League

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Top Performances of the Puerto Rican League 2. Mostly Relevant Video: Boston Prospect Jose De La Torre 3. Final (!) SCOUT Leaderboards: Puerto Rican League Top Performances of the Puerto Rican League The playoffs for the Puerto Rican League (PRL) have begun — and, as such, the regular-season...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets have Pavano, Marcum, and Vazquez on their radar

Trading away reigning NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays has left the New York Mets with a hole in their rotation to start 2013.   If the year were to kickoff today we’d likely see a rotation consisting of Johan Santana, Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee, and ummm, uhhhh, well there’s……perhaps….maybe….?????  The point is that the team...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals still Looking

by John Viril— The recent report that the Kansas City Royals were one of the four teams that sent scouts to see free-agent pitcher Javier Vazquez in Puerto Rico indicates Royals GM Dayton Moore is not completely satisfied with his roster. Instead, he’s still looking to improve his starting rotation. This article will examine the remaining available starting pitching options that...
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January 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Javier Vazquez ‘Impressive’ in Winter League Tune-Up with Red Sox Scouts Watching

Javier Vazquez may still have it. The 36-year-old tossed six innings of three-hit ball in front of scouts from the Red Sox, Rays, Nationals and Royals on Friday night in the Puerto Rico Winter League playoffs, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. The team’s general manager said in a text that Vazquez was “impressive,” allowing no runs and throwing his fastball as high as...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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