Casali faced Yastrzemski in the minors and always had the same question Giants fans have had while watching the breakthrough over the last two years: What were the Orioles thinking?
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Sam Wolff, RHP: The right-hander is now part of the story for two lefties well-known to Giants fans. Wolff was the return when Matt Moore was sent to the Rangers in 2017, and last summer he was one of two late additions to camp as the Giants looked for relief help. The other, Caleb Baragar, won an opening day job and might be here to stay. Wolff is still looking to break through, and Kapler mentioned at one point that he was throwing well at the alternate site. Wolff had a 1.78 ERA in Richmond in 2019 with 10.7 strikeouts per nine. He'll turn 30 in April.
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Wherever Duvall lands will be signed based on a full-season offensive projection for 2021. He has two 30-homer seasons on his resume, 2016 (33) and 2017 (31) with the Cincinnati Reds, so if given the chance, doubling his 2020 home run total isn’t out of the question.
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So, Red Sox fans, how would you feel about a 30-year-old who won 15 games with a 3.51 ERA in his last full season in 2019? How about one who's well acquainted with the AL East, having spent five seasons in the division and his entire career in the American League?
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"We feel this decision failed not only Jacob and his family, but the community that protested and demanded justice,'' Crump and his co-counsel said in a statement, adding: "We urge Americans to continue to raise their voices and demand change in peaceful and positive ways during this emotional time.''
Though Tampa Bay had star players emerge this October like outfielder Randy Arozarena, two-thirds of their starting rotation is now playing elsewhere. Veteran right-hander Charlie Morton signed with the Atlanta Braves, while former left-handed Cy Young winner Blake Snell was traded to the San Diego Padres just this past week. All we know is the Rays’ roster will look very different.
But there was a pitching prospect from Brooklyn they missed out on, someone Branch Rickey Jr. and Sukeforth were especially high on: Sandy Koufax. For her definitive, eponymous biography of Koufax (subtitled "A Lefty's Legacy"), Jane Leavy talked to Sukeforth in the last year of his life. "How hard did he throw?" said Sukeforth. "Harder than anybody we had. He has what you look for in qualities. I mean, the good Lord was good to him."