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Of course Erik Kratz kept hoping for a moment like this.

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BeitragVerfasst am: 10.01.2019, 06:37    Titel: Of course Erik Kratz kept hoping for a moment like this. Antworten mit Zitat

That’s why he stuck around http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-darwin-barney-jersey , through a dozen big league organizations, a couple of cruel demotions in the minors, a bunch of near-misses in the World Series.And the time he accidentally shot himself in the hand with a nail gun.“I really feel like I’ve played my last game for the last 12 years because the game doesn’t owe anybody anything,” the Milwaukee catcher said. “When you understand that, you appreciate these times more than anything else.”Luke Voit certainly never expected to hear crowds at Yankee Stadium chanting his name in October, especially when he was stuck at Triple-A for St. Louis in late July. Yet there he was, batting third as New York hosted Boston on Monday night.Ryan Brasier’s path to these playoffs was unusual, too. The Red Sox reliever is a rookie — even though he made his major league debut in 2013.This postseason is full of stars, including Christian Yelich, Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts. Ronald Acuna Jr., Miguel Andujar and Walker Buehler are among the many talented newcomers.To see them here, now, that’s probably not a huge surprise.But Kratz? Starring on this stage?Still scrapping at 38, he’s a .211 career hitter in the bigs, the very definition of a veteran backup catcher. He’s been in the system of all four AL teams that reached the Division Series this year, plus the Brewers.Kratz was with Kansas City in the 2014 World Series, but never got off the bench. He came close in Game 7, lined up to enter if All-Star catcher Salvador Perez had been pulled for a pinch-runner.The next year, he went 0 for 4 in the regular season for the Royals and was nowhere near the playoff roster. Even so, they rewarded him with a championship ring.In 2016, Kratz batted .069 in 14 games for Houston.“I love Kratzy,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said Monday. “I’ve texted back and forth with him like I do a lot of our players or ex-players. I still remember him running out for intros and falling down to win a bet. I’ll always remember that, and got to get the video of that.”“I remember Erik Kratz, when I told him he was off our team, he was a proud Astro, so I’m happy when guys succeed when they go elsewhere,” he said.Kratz was in the minors this June when the Yankees traded him to Milwaukee for a player to be named. He impressed the Brewers with his work regimen and knowledge Bartolo Colon Jersey , and produced enough to earn a spot in the playoffs.Against Colorado last week, he became the oldest position player to start in his postseason debut since Lave Cross for the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1905 World Series.“Lave Cross from Milwaukee, yeah, he was a really good third baseman. We played together in rookie ball,” Kratz kidded.“It’s something that is part of history, so maybe in 113 years, some dude is going to be like, Erik Kratz — is it Kratz? What is that?” he said.No joke: Kratz went 5 for 8 in the NL Division Series sweep of the Rockies, and his Milwaukee teammates started chanting “MVP! MVP!” at him in the bubbly-soaked clubhouse.“It’s gone from an unsung season to kind of a front-and-center role right now,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.During the series, Kratz reflected on his future in baseball. He realizes time is running out.“I haven’t had a good enough career to retire. I’m just going to quit. I’ll just be out. That’s what’s going to happen,” he said.Brasier’s trip to this postseason also took several turns. He seemed to be off to a good start as rookie with the Angels in 2013, putting together a 2.00 ERA in seven relief appearances.That was before Tommy John surgery, more time in the minors and a detour to Japan. He signed with the Red Sox in spring training, returned to the majors shortly before the All-Star break and kept a spot in the Boston bullpen.He’s already made his presence known.In Game 2 of the ALDS, the 31-year-old Brasier got into a verbal spat with Gary Sanchez, annoyed that the Yankees slugger kept stepping out of the batter’s box. That came as he struck out Andrew McCutchen, Giancarlo Stanton and Sanchez in the same inning.At 27, Voit’s trek wasn’t so winding. Rather, he was backed up in the minors for St. Louis behind star first baseman Matt Carpenter. The beefy Voit didn’t exactly fit the physical profile of the athletic-minded Cardinals, either.Dealt to the Yankees shortly before the July 31 trade deadline for Giovanny Gallegos and Chasen Shreve, Voit got off to a slow start and seemed to be a backup for Greg Bird, at best.But then, his huge swing started clicking. He connected for 14 home runs down the stretch, hit a two-run triple in the AL wild-card win over Oakland and has two hits and two RBIs in two playoff games against Boston.In a city known for fashion, Voit also has made his own style statement. He prefers to keep the top button on his jersey unfastened, with no T-shirt underneath.“Let the chest hair hang Jon Niese Jersey , baby,” he said. Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesThe MLB non-waiver trade deadline is 4 p.m. ET on July 31, and teams are scurrying to make moves.On Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies traded for New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Minnesota Twins infielder Eduardo Escobar and the Milwaukee Brewers got Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas,per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.The action doesn't look like it will take a pause as we inch closer to Tuesday's deadline, as rumors continue to fly. Kyle GibsonAfter struggling over his past two full seasons (5.07 ERA in 2016 and 2017), Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson has found a groove in 2018, striking out 126 batters in 129.0 innings and registering a 3.42 ERA.He also just came off an impressive win against the Boston Red Sox, going eight innings while fanning seven and allowing one run.Naturally, there's some interest in Gibson as the trade deadline approaches, butKen Rosenthal of Fox Sports notes that a deal is unlikely:Ken Rosenthal Ken_Rosenthal#Twins drawing as much interest in RHP Kyle Gibson as in any of their players., but would need to be 鈥渂lown away鈥?to trade him, source says. Gibson, 22nd overall pick of 2009 draft, finally becoming pitcher MIN envisioned. Ranks 12th in AL with 3.42 ERA, one more year of control.The Twins are clearly in rebuilding mode, as the Escobar trade more or less signals the white flag. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has also been the subject of trade rumors鈥擱osenthalconnected him to Milwaukee. However, he's also a free agent after this year, so the Twins risk losing Dozier for nothing.With Gibson under team control, as Rosenthal noted, the Twins can keep him around for at least a year and see how things develop. He should stick around. Zack WheelerThe Milwaukee Brewers may not be done making moves, as they are one of at least three teams looking at New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler, per Andy Martino of Sportsnet New York: "The [Chicago] Cubs, [Cincinnati] Reds and Brewers are among the teams talking to the Mets about Wheeler, according to major league sources."Martino noted that the Mets would look to shift Wheeler as soon as a Cabrera deal was reached. With that in the rearview mirror, expect Wheeler to be on the move soon.The Brewers make a lot of sense after southpaw starter Brent Suter was unfortunately lost for the year with a torn UCL http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-edinson-volquez-jersey , which will require Tommy John surgery. Milwaukee needs to plug a hole in the rotation, and Wheeler can fit that bill. For the season, the 28-year-old has a 4.33 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 114.1 innings.Wheeler has shown an ability to pitch deep into games of late, going into the seventh inning in six of his past 10 tries. He's also completed seven full frames in five of those instances. That could help the Brewers down the stretch. Look for Milwaukee to pull off a deal. Texas Rangers Making Moves?The Texas Rangers are 43-62 and in last place in the American League West, so it makes sense for them to move some players prior to the deadline.And the player who seems most likely to go anywhere is closer Keone Kela, who has amassed 23 saves in 24 opportunities this year.Per T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com,Kelais "more likely to be dealt than third basemanAdrian Beltreheading to Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline."Kela is a 25-year-old right-hander who has struck out 43 batters in 35.2 innings. He would be a solid pickup for a contending team looking to strengthen its bullpen down the stretch. Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News connected Kela with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who apparently have some interest. With the Bucs rejoining the pennant race after a hot streak, the guess here is that they get a deal done.As for future Hall of Famer Beltre, Sullivan noted that "the Rangers aren't as motivated to move Beltre as they are other players. There is still some sentiment to re-sign him after he becomes a free agent this offseason."It's hard to fathom, but Beltre has been in the league since he was 19. When he broke in, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were trying to beat Roger Maris' home run record. Twenty years and a ton of accolades later, Beltre is hitting .294 at age 39.He could be a boost to another team's closing run, but Beltre's value as a leader and strong veteran presence can't be replaced. He should stay.Lastly, Rangers slugger Joey Gallo has made trade talk recently. PerEvan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News: "According to two major league sources, Cleveland and Philadelphia have been among the most aggressive in inquiring about Gallo."However, Grant also wrote that "the Rangers would likely have to be overwhelmed to trade Gallo, and that possibility remains a long shot given that he has struggled at the plate this year."A three-true-outcomes player, Gallo has struck out 138 times this year. On the plus side, he has swatted 25 home runs and knocked in 56 runners. It's remarkable that he's been able to post a solid .764 OPS despite the strikeout rate, but the 6'5", 235-pound outfielder can launch moonshots with the best of them.That being said, it doesn't make much sense to deal him. Gallo is only 24, and there is no reason to give up on him now. He will be a Ranger past the deadline.
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