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Hey, Hoynsie: How close did the Guards come to getting Oakland catcher Sean Murphy on the commerce deadline? I do know they like Bo Naylor, however Murphy would have been a pleasant addition. — Carey B. , Bethesda, Md.
Hey, Carey: In baseball you by no means have a deal till you will have a deal. From what I’ve heard the Guardians made a number of runs at Murphy. At occasions they felt they have been close, however in the long run the A’s did not transfer him. Several different groups have been involved in Murphy, however for the reason that A’s did not commerce him it meant nobody out-bid the bundle the G’s provided.
Perhaps that is one thing that may be revisited within the offseason.
Hey, Hoynsie: Did the entrance workplace present any curiosity in first baseman Eric Hosmer when he exercised his no commerce clause and declined being traded to Washington as a part of the Juan Soto deal? — Brent, Hunting Valley.
Hey, Brent: There have been some conversations between the Guards and Padres, however Cleveland was on Hosmer’s no-trade checklist similar to the Nationals.
Hey, Hoynsie: How is attendance going at Guardians video games? Do they assume the identify change has negatively impacted attendance? — Darren Donato, Reading, Pa.
Hey, Darren: Entering Friday’s recreation towards Houston, the Guardians ranked twenty fifth in attendance at 724,724 in 44 residence dates. The 44 residence dates have been the fewest within the massive leagues.
Through 44 residence dates final yr, they drew 556,749 followers. But groups have been nonetheless coping with the pandemic in 2021 when attendance was restricted early within the season.
Hey Hoynsie: Would you ship Nolan Jones down to Class AAA to get common enjoying time whereas Oscar Gonzalez is so scorching? — Tom, Mt Vernon.
Hey, Hoynsie: I do not assume Jones has accomplished something to deserve a demotion, however I’d undoubtedly discover a method to preserve Gonzalez’s bat within the lineup daily.
The Guardians had an ideal alternative to try this. They may have optioned Jones or Will Benson to the minors when Gonzalez was activated, however they opted for veteran DH Franmil Reyes as an alternative. The message was clear. They’re going to consider their younger gamers no matter what influence it has on an AL Central race they clearly have an opportunity to win.
It is a method centered on the longer term and never 2022. But nobody is aware of what the longer term holds.
Hey, Hoynsie: With all the promising younger outfielders that the Guardians have within the massive leagues, how do all of them get sufficient bats, whereas not sacrificing video games within the standings? — Carl, Orlando.
Hey, Carl: I do not assume they will do it. The group has decided. They did not add any assist on the buying and selling deadline. They’re going to play their younger gamers whatever the ends in the standings.
Hey Hoynsie: As issues are actually what do you assume the possibilities are of the Guards not buying and selling Amed Rosario? We know he can hit and he is in the midst of the pack for shortstop protection in accordance to Fangraphs.com. — Skip, B., Broaview Heights
Hey, Skip: Well, they cannot commerce him till the offseason now with the passing of the commerce deadline. Listen, I believe Rosario has been the Guardians most constant hitter in 2022. I mentioned the identical factor final yr.
It’s laborious for me to discover fault with the man. The Guardians have yet another yr of management with Rosario so this offseason goes to be attention-grabbing in how they method him. Do the G’s have a greater two-way shortstop within the group? It’s debatable.
Hey, Hoynsie: I believe that is probably a lame query — however right here goes. What do you assume the longer term holds for Franmil Reyes? Barring harm, do you see him coming again to Cleveland? Or is it his time up? And what about his bobblehead? — Susan, Lyndhurst.
Hey, Susan: There aren’t any lame questions, solely lame solutions equipped by who.
The Guardians waited till simply earlier than Tuesday’s 6 pm commerce deadline to announce that Reyes had been formally optioned to Triple-A. No doubt, they have been attempting to commerce him earlier than that.
Cleveland nonetheless has two years of management over Reyes after this season. But it is a crossroads interval for the massive man. Whether he stays with the Guardians, or is traded this offseason, he has to discover his swing, a swing he hasn’t had since opening day.
Reyes’ bobblehead day is Sept. 3. Hopefully, he’ll be again with the massive league membership by then. If he isn’t, the group will nonetheless distribute his bobblehead.
Hey, Hoynsie: How many gamers put on the Pitchcom machine moreover the catcher and pitcher? — CDL, Strongsville.
Hey, CDL: One infielder, normally the second baseman or shortstop, and one outfielder, normally the centerfielder, can put on them.
Hey, Hoynsie: Do you assume the lockout has been a serious trigger for the issues Cleveland’s beginning pitchers have skilled this season? –Ruthanne, University Heights.
Hey, Ruthanne: Maybe within the first month of the season, however not now. The starters have had greater than sufficient time to get into their routines.
Hey, Hoynsie: Give us a few of your ideas on the sport 21 years in the past Friday concerning the Tribe’s wonderful comeback towards Seattle after being down by 12 runs. — Ted, Westlake Village, Calif.
Hey, Ted: I keep in mind Omar Vizquel going to the plate within the ninth inning and Charlie Manuel telling him, “You’re going to hit a triple into the proper subject nook towards Kaz Suzuki (Seattle’s nearer).” Vizquel did simply that with the bases loaded to tie the rating, 14-14. Former PD columnist Bill Livingston was sitting subsequent to me and jumped out of his seat when Vizquel’s triple rattled across the nook to clear the bases.
I keep in mind reporters at The Plain Dealer betting I would not make the deadline as a result of the sport lasted 4 hours and 11 minutes. (I made it). Of course, I keep in mind Eddie Taubensee virtually dropping Kenny Lofton on his head after Lofton scored the successful run within the eleventh and jumped into Taubensee’s arms.
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