Quick Hits: Burrell, Beltran, Lee, Kuo

Evan LongoriaDan Johnson, Chris Carpenter and Robert Andino delivered in big moments for their respective teams on this incredible night of baseball, as the Cardinals and Rays won the wild cards. Some links as the season winds down…

  • Pat Burrell told Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that he'll give his chronic foot strain a month to recover before he decides on his future in baseball. If he does play again, it would only be with the Giants.
  • Carlos Beltran told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle that he'll give the Giants the first chance to sign him when he hits free agency this offseason (Twitter link). The Giants will have five days of exclusive negotiating rights after the World Series, plus the month of October.
  • Carlos Lee hinted that he might retire after the 2012 season, when his six-year, $100MM contract expires with the Astros, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Lee, 35, says he wants to spend more time with his family.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that he needs a break and is currently unsure if he'll play again. "If I want to still play and somebody wants to give me a try, I play," he said. "If not, fine with me. I'll miss it." The 30-year-old was sidelined with an anxiety disorder this year and may return home to Taiwan and open a restaurant. The Dodgers will consider non-tendering Kuo and he said he'll understand if they do.


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87 Comments on "Quick Hits: Burrell, Beltran, Lee, Kuo"


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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

– i’d definitely give kuo a shot

– i feel for braves fans, but this has really been a great night of baseball. i know the yanks gave them every chance, but that was still an amazing turnaround by the rays

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3 years 9 months ago

Braves fans will be ok.  I would’ve loved me some playoffs (even though we’d have gotten swept), but it’s obvious the team didn’t deserve to go there.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

sounds familiar (written a minute after papelbon blows the save with 2 outs and 2 strikes)

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

and carl crawford drops the ball to end the game. poetic justice. go rays

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

I’m beside myself. I want to gloat or something but it’s not like the Yanks did anything positive to make this happen. Yanks better destroy the Rays if they face them in the playoffs though. Couldn’t take the irony.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

it would be hard for anyone to say something negative about the sox right now that isn’t true. dug their own grave, deserved to miss the playoffs

but just as a baseball fan first and foremost, this was just an incredible, awesome night. i think the yanks can handle the rays if and when the time comes, but right now is their moment of glory. what a game

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

it couldn’t have been written any better..

the italian in me is screaming match fixing scandal.. the absolute improbable unfolded right before everyone.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

from FG:

Red Sox had a win expectancy of 95.3% with Papelbon on the hill in the
bottom of the 9th with 1 out and nobody on, and they lost. The Rays had a
0.3% win expectancy in various points during the 7th and 8th innings,
and they won. The Red Sox had a 99.6% of winning the division on
September 3rd, blew that lead, then had a 95.3% chance of winning the
division tonight, and blew that.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

if I had a sports almanac I would be an extremely rich guy right now..

Who do you like in the playoffs?… too soon?

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

i know it’s blasphemy, but i’m not that upset by this. maybe it’s because i felt like they deserved to lose or maybe it’s just because the rays really friggen earned it tonight, dunno

just like before, i still like philly to win it all. if their bats stay hot, the tigers might make it that far. i’d love to see a dbacks rays WS though

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 I don’t know why but I have a good feeling about the brew crew..

so hard to pick though.. last year I won so much on the rangers and lost so much on the phillys..

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

you and me both on the 2010 rangers. i think the brewers could be the sleepers this year. that rotation can hang tough and there’s enough pop in the lineup to steal a series from the better team. feel the same way about the tigers

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Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

Brewers are gonna make some splashes but Phillies are taking this.  No one is going to take down that pitching Juggernaut. 

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The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

Cardinals did in the regular season… in fact STL is the only team that has beat the Phils this year and they are Red Hot right now

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

“Not for nuttin’ but I think dey had the ole Malocchio on ’em. Fuggagetabout it”.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

hahah very nice

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah,…Dan Johnson owns the Yankees. 7 hrs in 70 AB. 4 in his last 26 AB. 

I was looking at Paps and his intense stare after the 1st two outs thinking “why do I think this might be his last pitch as a red sox playr”. Then I thought “naaa” he’s so locked in.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

dan johnson and his -7 wRC+. they have got to make a movie about this

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

thishasgottobeajokenofreakinway ball

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The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

So do Boston fans root for the Yankees now?? Hows this work?

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

Ya know…that went over my head. Crawford the ex-Ray. Wow.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

the ex-ray superstar, paid in large part for his amazing defense, blew the play

perfect circle

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

the only thing I have against Crawford is who he plays for now but DAMN….what a horrible ending to what was a horrible season for him. I bet you he can’t get back to Texas any sooner. Someone needs to take away his shoe laces and belt and put him on a 24 hr watch (obviously isn’t that deep).

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

it’s about as bad as it gets for an established pro. his numbers are better than adam dunn’s, but when you consider the environment and how it all played out, he may have the worse situation

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 isn’t it so poetic though?? Kinda bad karma in a sense for leaving the small market comfortable environment for the big pressure lights and big paycheck attached to boston?

I don’t care what anyone says,  you can make 18 million a year and be absolutely miserable.

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

yeah but he has $18 mil ways to help get over it. How many of us can afford to go on vacation for the next 4 months and not even miss the money? 

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

crawford and dunn still probably hate their lives.. I mean, I’ve  never been booed at work, well once but I deserved it..

No amount of money would be worth having people literally hate you and talk so much about you negatively.. I mean in retrospect, the heckling I did towards Rios and Wells was pretty bad and I shouldnt have been such a prick while they struggled, but meh.

Imagine dunn or crawford don’t turn things around, how could someone go through that for a few years?

 

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Yankees420
3 years 9 months ago

“Imagine dunn or crawford don’t turn things around, how could someone go through that for a few years?”

Really? If you were actually making 14-20 MILLION dollars for 1 years worth of work, you wouldn’t be able to shrug off the people that hate you for your mistakes?

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

hate is one thing, being booed, and tortured in the media is another.. money isn’t everything 

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Yankees420
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not saying that money solves all problems (although it would solve most of mine), but I just don’t think Dunn or Crawford really need any sympathy from anyone and that they should be able to let negative comments roll of their respective shoulders. 

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

man, that really sucked. i don’t even know which of my vacation homes to go to

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TimotheusATL
3 years 9 months ago

if it makes you feel better, proctor blowing the game and letting the rays in was reminiscent of so many games he blew for the braves before they woke up and released him.

(i know it won’t actually make you feel better, but it’s still fun to vent)

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5_tool_MiLB_fool
3 years 9 months ago

more like

HATS OFF TO THE RED SOX 0-7 START!

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t understand why they pitched to Pence. I’m not trying to gloat or anything I’m just wondering if the Braves announcers thought it was as… misguided… as the Phillies announcers did.

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3 years 9 months ago

Hell if I know.  Why has Derek Lowe been starting for the past two months?  Why didn’t Heyward start more against righties after Constanza finally cooled off?  Freddi G. makes a lot of moves I flat out can’t fathom.

And holy ish I just realized the Braves would have won if Alex Gonzalez had played (wouldn’t have made the error presumably).  This may be the only time those words will ever be uttered.

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CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

Wait. You wanted someone else to play defense.. over Jack Wilson? (Didn’t see that specific play, but my god, that was the greatest day of baseball I’ve ever seen)

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Alex Gonzalez only has one redeeming quality, and that is his SS defense.

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Sniderlover
3 years 9 months ago

What an epic day of baseball. WOW! Absolutely unreal.

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Jose_Bautista
3 years 9 months ago

Epic Boston Collapse!

Shows you that spending won’t win championships.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

…you know the yanks won the division right? i think the lesson is that a large payroll isn’t necessary to win

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YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

…and that a large payroll doesn’t guarantee shizzle. So we should all just shut up and let them play the game.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

 I thought it was mandatory in every post for someone to bring up a payroll debate?

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monkeydung
3 years 9 months ago

it doesn’t guarantee it, but it makes it a hell-of-a-lot more likely.

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Jose_Bautista
3 years 9 months ago

Not when media and fans were calling it the best team ever assembled in the history of the game, comparing it the Yankees team if 1927. It was laughable then and it still is now.

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notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

what does that have to do with anything anyone here is saying. people like you sound more to me like pro wrestling fans than a baseball fans. take it over to ESPN

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Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

he’s just bitter he isnt going to win the AL MVP

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Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

Except for the fact the Yankees won the division . . .  

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3 years 9 months ago

Amazing night. How far was that Longo homer? It looked like it was about 316 ft.

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CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 9 months ago

It made it the 6 extra inches above the ground it needed to be, and that’s what matters.

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Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

That was the greatest night of baseball I ever watched. Wow. If tonight was a taste of what’s to come for the playoffs… It’s going to be a heck of a post season.