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Nightengale's Notebook: MLB Trade Deadline Disappointment Could Make October All Right

Hu Ann Soto and Josh Hader aren’t the game-changers the Padres are looking for — but they’re by no means alone among those moving in the summer.



PHOENIX – The San Diego Padres should have secured a playoff spot by now, even Likely to scare the Los Angeles Dodgers with their precious trade deadline acquisition.

The New York Yankees deserve a deep starting rotation, all of which will lead to a playoff victory over the Houston Astros.

The Minnesota Twins should have won AL Central and sold playoff tickets.

The New York Mets should be better than any team in the National League (except the Dodgers) in their pursuit of their first World Series title since 1986 teams) are deeper and stronger.

Well, weird things can happen when players switch teams at the trade deadline.

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There are bags to pack. Teammates meet. Impressive. please fans. self-inflicted stress.

and the comfort of being suddenly shredded has even the greatest players desperately searching for answers.

Padres make biggest trade-deadline move, acquiring Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from Washington, along with All-Stars Player Josh Hader and slugger Brandon Drury.

Well, nearly two months later, the Padres’ progress has been minimal at best, and even after winning their last five games, they’re down to a 23-22 streak.

Soto went through the worst slump of his career, reaching without an extra base hit .063 (3-for-48) in 17 games. Since he’s 16 RBIs, he’s hitting .234 with a career-low 0.787 OPS in 43 games.

Bell, who was with Soto, fared worse. He’s hitting .301 with a .807 OPS this season in Washington and is now hitting just .196 with a .600 OPS, with eight hits and 11 RBIs in 44 games in San Diego.

“Obviously, we’re all looking to get to .400 within the first two or three weeks of the deal,” Bell told USA TODAY Sports. “You want to help your team win and make a name for yourself, especially in September. But this is the last paragraph people will remember us.”

Hader on the trade, had a brutal five games, he coughed up 11 hits, 7 walks and 12 in 2⅔ innings (14.50 ERA) Scored. Harder, however, appeared to have settled in, giving up two hits and one run in seven games in September.

“There was no Excuses,” Hader said. “For me personally, it’s a mechanical issue, but you have to get back a sense of comfort. You are making new friends. Enter a new routine. Different club. newcomer. new staff. ”

And of course there is pressure.

Look what happened to Darling Ruff of the Mets. He should have been a perfect fit for a right-handed DH in the Mets’ roster. But after the San Francisco Giants hit 11 homers with 38 RBIs, Ruf’s OBP and .207 slugging percentage after being traded to the Mets was just .155. He’s still looking for his first home run.

Twins think their all-star Jorge Lope in Baltimore Orioles Zee was even closer, saving 19 games and having a 1.68 ERA. He’s been terrible since his arrival, producing a 5.60 ERA and allowing 35 runners in 17⅔ innings. Tyler Mahle, the starter they acquired from Cincinnati, is out this year.

The Yankees trade also faltered. Frankie Montas is 1-3 with a 6.35 ERA in eight starts since being traded from Oakland, returning to the injured list with shoulder inflammation. Outfielder Andrew Benintendi, acquired from the Royals, missed the remainder of the regular season with a fractured right leg bone.

Few players have lived up to expectations since being traded in late July and August. Seattle Mariners starter Luis Castillo has been outstanding since leaving the Cincinnati Reds, going 3-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 9 games with 46 hits in 54 innings. 64 hits.

The Mariners impressed him and gave him a five-year, $108 million extension.

No one was as clean as the St. Louis Cardinals, who acquired starter Jordan Montgomery from the Yankees and Jose from the Pittsburgh Pirates · Quintana. All they did was go 8-3 with a 2.24 ERA in 19 games to bring the Cardinals to the brink of the NL Central championship.

Still, the struggles of players who were traded at the deadline, far more than lived up to expectations, made you wonder how tough a player’s life was for players to be uprooted mid-season.

“It’s not as easy as people think,” said Padres All-Star third baseman Manny Machado, who didn’t offer the Dodgers their Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in 2018. “You’re changing clubhouses. You’re moving across the country. You’re taking care of your family. You’re dealing with a different coach. You’re in a different department. A different coast. Everything.

“It’s not just packing your bags and playing baseball. It took a little getting used to getting back on that train. That’s the beauty of baseball. Baseball is a regular sport, and once your routine gets out of hand, like when you’re traded, it takes time to get back on track. ”

The Padres still dominate the playoff berth, which is Their first full season since 2006. When the playoffs start on Oct. 5, they’re confident they’ll be fine.

A guy who was traded around October said they should find their comfort around October, his 14-year career.

“It’s definitely an adjustment,” Arizona Diamondbacks rescuer Mark Melancon said. “The first time can be the most stressful, especially outside pressure. But after that, you realize they traded who you are, so you just have to keep doing what you’ve been doing.

“The saving grace is that you usually go to a good team, so the excitement takes over there, you get a boost, you get a life, and all the other things go Together. ”

This will take time, longer than the Padres expected, but once the playoffs begin, as long as they’re a participant, everything will be forgotten .

“Then you start fresh, as long as we meet our standards,” Bell said, “Hey, why not us?”

What if the Cardinals traded Pujols?

Albert Pujols, who just finished fourth at 700 at Mount Rushmore, still uses his 13th-round pick as a motivation to this day .

“I never forgot,” Puyols said. “I remind myself all the time.”

Well, Jeff Scott, the St. Louis Cardinals drafted him with the 402nd pick scouting director at the time, reminding himself that they almost missed it too.

Cardinals scouted Pujols thoroughly but didn’t bother to put him Included in their top 125 players, 15 players were even picked before Puyols.

Scott admits he never even saw Puyols play at Maple Grove Community College near Kansas City. He played with the grandson of Cardinals Hall of Fame manager White Herzog and was roommates with the son of then-Royals general manager Heck Robinson.

“Mike Roberts was his scout,” Scott said, “He said he had a great bat. The royals helped him out. Tann So is Pa. The Rays see him as a catcher.

“Finally, round 13 started and we said, ‘Okay, boy We, this will be our next choice. ‘

A year later, they almost traded Puyols and they got lucky again. The Cardinals need a catcher, and they’re eyeing San Diego Padres receiver Carlos Hernandez. The Padres want either Pujols or outfielder Ben Johnson, who was at the same draft level as Pujols but was selected in the fourth round.

“Bad Sloan and Ken Bracey who work for the Padres and live in Peoria see Puyols a lot,” Scott Say, “They really want Pujols. I got a call from [former Cardinals general manager] Walt Jocketty and he said, ‘Would you take Johnson or Pujols for Hernandez? “I told them I wasn’t going to trade either.”

The Cardinals eventually traded Johnson and veteran backup Heathcliff Slocum for Ernest Nandez and minor leaguer Nathan Tebbs.

Johnson’s career lasted 98 games.

He hit seven home runs, 693 fewer than Pujols.

“Thank goodness Pujols is not The one who was traded,” Scott said. “Can you imagine? No one expected someone to hit 700 home runs…who would make it to the Hall of Fame.

“To this day, I can’t tell you that we were selected in the ninth and tenth rounds Who, round 11, round 12, but I do remember who we picked in round 13.”

College friend

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jordan Luplow, who went to college at Fresno State and played with Yankees star Aaron Ja Aaron Judge, who played baseball together for two seasons, wished he could say he immediately predicted stardom.

Until 2013 when Judge was in Frey Snow State’s final year, Luplow said, that finally hit him.

“Maybe I’m too close to it, maybe in It’s too hard to play together, not seeing what he can become,” Luplow said, “and not knowing the majors and how it all works.

“Well, I remember Stanford coming to us for a weekend series and Mark Appel was their starter. I mean, Appel Crazy. He’s so good. He’s the No. 1 pick in the country. Well, Aaron hit two of his home runs, one on the scoreboard and one to the left of the scoreboard. When that piece When it happened, in that moment, I said, ‘This guy is going to go to the first round, he’s going to be a superstar.’

Sure enough, here is the Judge, made history with 31 picks after Appel”

“He’s a good guy, he works hard,” Luplow said Keep in touch with the judge. “He’s won everything he’s had and that’s the best way to put it. Play with him and see what he’s doing behind the scenes, whatever happens with his contract, I think, it’s going to go well for him. He earned it. He put in the work.”

“He handled the stress and the New York lifestyle perfectly. I think he did the best job since Derek Jeter. One of the good jobs, from the outside. I want the best for him. Everyone does it.”

Luplow salutes teammate Christian Walker , who hit a career-high 36 homers this year, tells a story about the Judges as they check to see if he hits another one every night.

“To be locked in over 162 games,” Walker said, “It’s impressive. Consistency, determination. He’s humble. He looks Like a great teammate, a great guy. Very fun to watch.

“Looks like he’s hot and somehow getting hotter. What he does is no accident. He knows his swing in and out, and he’s done a lot of cool things with his swing over the years.

“How can you not be impressed? “

Marmol Gives Back

St. Louis Cardinals Head Coach Oliver Mulmore is about to lead the team to an NL Central championship in his rookie season, and he has another passion driving him.

This is poverty in Guatemala Children, Marmol and his wife Amber visited there on a mission trip in 2013 and vowed to make a difference.

“There is a village of The kids only eat one meal every three days,” Malmore said. “We wrote a check that they could eat three meals a day for the next six months or so.

“They sent us a picture of a big wooden table with everyone sitting in front of them eating. My wife said, ‘How do we do it This million times? “

“It changed our lives. “

Marmol helped design Versus, a sports app, with conversations with baseball and softball stars like Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith, Jennie Finch and Jessica Mendoza, voice for young athletes helping baseball and softball.

The app certainly costs money, ranging from $199 to $299 per year etc., but half of the proceeds will go to a feeding center in Guatemala and Versus will give 10% to philanthropic organizations that focus on the development and access of underserved youth in the United States.

The app not only provides live instruction, but also provides a deeper understanding of the mental and physical aspects of the sport. Users get answers from baseball and softball stars on approximately 500 recorded questions posed by Marmol’s research team. Pujols answers daily Question 10 hours, four days in a row.

“When I got promoted,” said Marmore, 36, MLB’s youngest manager, “I really Would love to get this done and appreciate where I grew up. I had the opportunity to meet some really wonderful people. I want to learn. I ask a lot of questions because I have access. It opened a lot of doors for me. …

“I’m very proud of what we’re doing.”

around the base path…

– Chicago will be the drama center this winter.

On the north side of town, the Cubs are going to spend big in free agency in hopes of getting a good shortstop.

In the South, the White Sox must determine if their window of opportunity has closed. Do they keep going with their group or blow up the team?

They almost have to decide whether to bring back manager Tony Larusa, who has the rest of the year after surgery on his pacemaker next time.

Larusa has a year and $4 million left on his contract, but there is a big split within the organization as to whether they should bring him back and kick him Go upstairs and give him the manager job as interim Miguel Cairo — or look outside the organization for someone like three-time World Series champion Bruce Bocchi.

stay tuned.

– Aaron Judge has been a fan of the San Francisco Giants since he was a kid, but his favorite player isn’t Barry Bonds or Jeff Kent, but infielder Rich Aurilia.

That’s why he’s been wearing size 35 since he was a kid, even imitating his batting stance.

So Orillia thinks this will be a factor in Judges’ free agency this winter?

“Would it be nice to have him here?” Orillia said on the Giants pregame show. “Of course it will. But as every home run continues here, I think the chances of the Yankees not signing him back are getting less and less likely.”

– The Seattle Mariners have a decent starting pitcher future after locking Luis Castillo to a five-year, $108 million extension.

They have Castillo, Robbie Ray, Logan Gilbert and George Kirby on contracts for the next four years.

– Dodgers three-time Cy Young champion Clayton Kershaw says he’s not done, believes he’s still at the top of his game and plans on Come back again in 2023.

“I have the right to change my mind,” Kershaw told the Los Angeles Times, “but as of today, I think I’ve got at least one more Contest. “

Why not? He still dominated, going 9-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 19 games going into Saturday and playing So happy.

“This year,” Kershaw said, “for me personally, it’s been a blast. “

– The Seattle Mariners haven’t made the playoffs since 2001, the longest drought in North American team sports, and a 99 percent chance End this drought.

However, now having to play without rookie All-Star center fielder Julio Rodriguez, who is in With a bad back on the injured list, their odds of winning the home court are slim.

If a team hasn’t made the playoffs in 21 years, and they It would be a shame for our hometown fans not to witness a game.

– Kansas City Royals staff to President of Baseball Operations Dayton Moore Shocked by the news of the dismissal.

Forget Moore leading the Small Market Royals to their first World Series title since 1985 and two AL pennants The truth is that he is as widely admired and respected as anyone in the game.

He would be perfect for the commissioner’s office.

“I’ll never work for someone better,” says a longtime Royals executive.

It’s a sentiment that reverberates throughout the organization.

– For the rest of the AL Central, the Cleveland Guardians had the scariest season of the season Partly, they’ll only get better with 16 players making their MLB debuts this season, with room for their six top prospects and low salary to add free agency.

Cleveland attempted to acquire first baseman Matt Olsen and pitcher Carlos Roden in the winter, but ultimately to no avail, blowing past the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins.

The guards, with an average age of around 26, are about to become the youngest championship-winning team in the wild card era.

“I Not sure if you can put your age on the competition,” Guardian manager Terry Francona said.

Brandon vs. Baltimore Orioles Hyde, Scott Servais of Seattle Mariners and Dusty Baker of Houston Astros With all due respect, Francona should be the AL Manager of the Year.

– The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees may be one of the best teams in baseball, but three weeks before the playoffs, two The team has no idea who they will be in October.

– Biggest news: Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Buck Martinez was in Houston for three days, underwent a battery of tests, and was told He is cancer free now.

– Derek Falvey, president of baseball operations for the Twins, says Rocco Baldelli’s management job has come to the Twins Say it’s safe.

“Rocco is a big part of our future,” Falvey told reporters. “Not just next year, but next year.”

– Royals manager Mike Matheny and their new executive vice president JJ ​​Pi JJ Picollo, not so baseball-run, declined to give Massini or any of his coaches a vote of confidence.

– Atlanta rookie sensation Spencer Stryder has been out of the regular season with a cable strain but plans to return in the playoffs, he Quietly set a record.

He is the first pitcher in history to strike 200 or more and allow fewer than 100 hits in the regular season.

Strider’s regular season: 11-5, 2.67 ERA, 202 strikeouts, 86 hits.

– Coors Field remains a horror home for the Padres: They have lost 14 of their last 15 games against the Colorado Rockies in Denver .

– Dusty Baker will become the fourth manager in history to win at least 100 games in each league, joining Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson, Tony La Russa and White Herzog.

Check out his last six full seasons:

2012: Cincinnati Reds, 97 -65 , NL Central title

2013: Reds, 90-72

2016: Washington Natoionals, .95-67, Holland East Champion

2017: Nationals: 97-65, Holland East Champion

2021: Houston Astros: 95-67, AL West Champion, AL Championship.

2022: 98-53, AL West Champion

By the way, Baker is for The last three players to reach 700th were in uniform:

Henry Aaron: Atlanta teammate.

Barry Bonds: Chicago Cubs manager

Albert Puyol TH: Houston Astros GM

– Atlanta entered Saturday with the first three straight losses since 2019 without a home run. No one on the team this month has struggled more than first baseman Matt Olson and Freddie Freeman’s replacement, who is .111 (8-for-72) with 26 strikeouts.

– The Orioles are still knocking on the door for a playoff spot, but can you imagine if their front office hadn’t waived the team in a trade deadline?

– Veteran starter Mike Minor, 34, is considering retirement after the season.

“I didn’t close the door, but it barely cracked,” Mino told the Cincinnati Inquirer. “Mainly if I want to play, then maybe. If I feel good, it follows the same line. If I feel bad, that’s easy to answer. I have to feel good, I have to want to play, want to stay away again My family.”

– Pujols on his 700th home run baseball as fans leave the field after ball certification.

“The souvenirs are for fans,” he said. “If they want to give it back, that’s fine, but I don’t focus on the material stuff. There are bats, uniforms, special stuff. If they want to keep that baseball, I don’t have any problem with that.”

– Center fielder Byron Buxton was in the starting lineup, but went 26-39 without him.

His season is over and is scheduled to undergo season-ending knee surgery.

Signed last winter for 7 years, 100 million Buxton only played 100 career games on a dollar contract.

– The Chicago White Sox can hit 20 home runs without a player That would be the lowest total since Ivan Calderon had only 14 home runs in 1989.

– Early 2023 Rookie of the Year to watch: Phillies starter Andrew Painter.

Painter, 6-foot-7, could be fourth in 20 years A pitcher who debuted at age 19, joins Julio Urias (2016) , Madison Bumgarner (2009), Felix Hernández (2005) and Edwin Jackson (2003).

“He has the ability to be as good as any young pitcher around me,” Phillies president Dave Dombrowski told reporters. “When I say that, I have some really good guys around me.” . “

Check out his stats for the season:

6-2, 1.56 ERA , 103.2 innings, 67 hits, 25 walks, 155 strikeouts.

– Congrats to great guy Stephen Vogt, veteran catcher for the Oakland A’s , who announced his retirement this past week after winning a series title and two All-Star games during his 10-year career.

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