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Updated: 2018-03-18T19:37:19-05:00


Baseball history unpacked



All of the stories in this series can be found in this StoryStream.


Royals 11, Cubs 9: Batting out of order


Sunday’s game at Sloan Park produced something you rarely see in baseball. MESA, Arizona — Keeping score at a spring training game is good practice. Sometimes teams have multiple players with the same uniform number, sometimes there are guys you’ve literally never heard of (there was one of those in this one), and when teams make wholesale changes in an inning, it’s a challenge to keep up. None of that prepared me for seeing this, though: That is literally something you see once a year, maybe. Here’s some MLB information covering batting out of order: If a team bats out of turn, the onus is not on the umpires to notify either team of the transgression. The consequences of batting out of turn vary depending on the timing of the appeal. Rule 6.07 (b) explains further: 6.07 BATTING OUT OF TURN. (a) A batter shall be called out, on appeal, when he fails to bat in his proper turn, and another batter completes a time at bat in his place. (1) The proper batter may take his place in the batter’s box at any time before the improper batter becomes a runner or is put out, and any balls and strikes shall be counted in the proper batter’s time at bat. (b) When an improper batter becomes a runner or is put out, and the defensive team appeals to the umpire before the first pitch to the next batter of either team, or before any play or attempted play, the umpire shall (1) declare the proper batter out; and (2) nullify any advance or score made because of a ball batted by the improper batter or because of the improper batter’s advance to first base on a hit, an error, a base on balls, a hit batter or otherwise. NOTE: If a runner advances, while the improper batter is at bat, on a stolen base, balk, wild pitch or passed ball, such advance is legal. (c) When an improper batter becomes a runner or is put out, and a pitch is made to the next batter of either team before an appeal is made, the improper batter thereby becomes the proper batter, and the results of his time at bat become legal. (d) (1) When the proper batter is called out because he has failed to bat in turn, the next batter shall be the batter whose name follows that of the proper batter thus called out; (2) When an improper batter becomes a proper batter because no appeal is made before the next pitch, the next batter shall be the batter whose name follows that of such legalized improper batter. The instant an improper batter’s actions are legalized, the batting order picks up with the name following that of the legalized improper batter. The thing is — in this situation, none of that happened, because there was no appeal. It occurred because in the fifth inning, Kyle Schwarber, who was on second base after a walk and a groundout, took off for third when a ball briefly got away from Royals catcher Drew Butera. He was initially safe and credited with a stolen base, but when there was some confusion in the Royals defense, Schwarber was thrown out, ending the inning. Efren Navarro was batting when this all took place, so he should have been the batter when the bottom of the sixth began, but instead, Peter Bourjos took the at-bat and grounded out. No one said anything at all, and the Cubs continued to bat in that order for the rest of the game. Since Bourjos made an out, the Royals likely decided it wasn’t worth appealing the out-of-order, besides, it’s a spring training game and this is likely of more interest to me than any of the players and coaches on the field at the time. If you are as interested as I am in this baseball oddity, Retrosheet has a page dedicated to every one of these incidents in MLB history, which includes this one involving then-Cubs manager Dusty Baker April 16, 2004: In the top of the seventh inning, Cubs manager Dusty Baker intended to place two new players in the lineup with a double switch but failed to tell Umpire C.B. Bucknor. When the Cubs batted in the bottom of the inning, shortstop Ramon Martinez came to the plate in the ninth spot in the order and doubled. The Red[...]

Rule 5 pick Pedro Araujo has a chance to make the Orioles’ Opening Day roster


Araujo was plucked from the Cubs’ system. As I write this, former Cubs prospect Pedro Araujo was scheduled among the Baltimore relievers behind Andrew Cashner on Friday. I was ready for some game audio, but neither side is streaming the Orioles/Mets game today. Nonetheless, revisiting the Rule 5 hierarchy seems applicable on a mid-March Friday. The Orioles are currently rolling with three Rule 5 pitching options in camp. Not all three will make the opening day roster. The second of the trio selected, from the Cubs in the second round of the major-league phase, Araujo was the only one of the three poached from someone other than the Yankees. Baltimore also paid the $100,000 fee for lefty Nestor Cortes and Jose Mesa, son of the former MLB closer. With the Rule 5 Draft, the player can be selected for the fee only. However, stipulations exist. He can’t be optioned to the minors directly. If not making the MLB roster, he needs to be run directly through the waivers process. If selected by another team, they have the same list of burdens and benefits as the original club. If he clears waivers, he has to be offered back to his original team at half-price. And, by clearing waivers, he ceases to be on the 40-man roster. At the point of the return offer, three possibilities exist. (At this point, I’m jumping to that point with Araujo.) The Cubs can buy him back for $50,000, and the experience he gained in Orioles camp is probably better than the learning he would have had in Mesa. The Cubs could be “Thanks, no thanks” and Baltimore keeps him. This seems horribly unlikely, as the Orioles are teetering about keeping Araujo, who seems a nice protect at the Double-A level. The third seems almost as unlikely. The teams could trade, with the Orioles retaining Araujo, and the Cubs getting something back in exchange. The hiccup here is, it’s unlikely the Orioles would be willing to offer the Cubs something they prefer to Araujo in return. *** Before I get to Araujo this spring, I return to a rather regular campaign or two of mine. The Cubs prospect pool is often mocked as being substandard, or “bottom of the barrel.” That said, the Cubs lost three players to other organizations in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Mets selected IF Andrew Ely. The Astros chose LHP Chris Nunn. The Blue Jays added C Alberto Mineo. I don’t remember hearing the scouting services criticize the Blue Jays and Astros systems for taking a Cubs prospect that wasn’t included on the Triple-A protection list. *** The Orioles are notorious for not signing international talent. However, they dine at the Rule 5 Draft like some dine at Applebee’s. It seems incongruous to me. I’ll leave it there, but you can comment below. *** Heading into Friday, Araujo has pitched in five games for Baltimore. In four of them, he fired a scoreless inning. A pure reliever, that’s what you’d expect from Araujo in terms of duration. The $100,000 signing from “the previous administration”, Araujo took all or parts of four seasons to escape the Dominican League. The 6-3, 215 pound right-hander reached full-season ball in 2015, and split 2017 between Advanced-A Myrtle Beach and (very briefly) Double-A Tennessee. His total ERA was 1.76, with a WHIP below 1. He also represented with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. *** Through five spring innings, Araujo has limited spring hitters to three hits and a walk, fanning seven. He’s given up two earned runs. His “opposition average” in Florida has equated to between Double-A and Triple-A level. I really doubt Baltimore wants to give him back. However, they seem destined for a seven-man bullpen. In the American League. (Why would an American League team need five pinch-hitting options, when the pitcher isn’t in the starting batting order? You’ve got me.) I could run reliever names you aren’t necessarily familiar with to handicap the roster race, but it looks like the Orioles’ 25 for opening day are still up in the[...]