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JML Update, Game Three scouting report

Posted on: October 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Joc Pederson will start Game Three for the LA Dodgers, as the venue moves to Houston Astros’ home. Now that he homered, how many will jump on the Jewish geography bandwagon?

Robert Wechsler, author of the new release, The Jewish Baseball Card Book, sent me an email noting the accomplishments of Peterson and the Astros’ Alex Bregman:

This was the first time two Jewish players drove in runs in a World Series game.

It’s rare that two Jewish players even appeared in the World Series together — the last time was 2011 when Ian Kinsler and Scott Feldman both got into a game for Texas. Kinsler drove in two runs in Game 6, but Feldman did not bat.

Teammates Sandy Koufax and Larry Sherry both pitched for the Dodgers in 1959. Another pitcher, Barry Latman, was on the White Sox roster, but did not to appear in the Series.

Jason Marquis of St. Louis and Gabe Kapler of Boston played in the 2004 Series, but neither one had an RBI. (Kapler only had two at-bats.)

Hank Greenberg‘s Tigers faced Cy Block‘s Cubs in 1945 and Morrie Arnovich‘s Reds in 1940. Both Block and Arnovich only appeared as pinch runners in games in which Greenberg had RBIs.

Joc Pederson smashes a solo home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1–1.

Kevin Youkilis had two doubles in nine at-bats for the Red Sox in the 2007 WS, too.

Gabe Kapler's "kup"

Posted on: August 26th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan

Former JML Gabe Kapler is more than just a pretty face (and a brawny body). If there’s anyone who looks like he might have benefited from pharmaceutical assistance, well:

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But Kapler, who spent 12 years playing for six teams (not all at the same time, but perhaps he could have), has always denied. He contributed this piece on “Giving Up the PED Guessing Game” to the Baseball Prospectus website a few weeks ago. Since then, he’s been a guest on Keith Law’s Behind the Dish podcast on ESPN (you can hear it here) and been the subject of numerous blog posts, including this one by Rob Neyer on Baseball Nation. Neyer noted that the erudite Kapler might be wasting his talent by signing on to new Fox Sports 1 network. From Slate:

Launching a 24-hour network in sports’ sleepiest season and being perfectly passable is no small accomplishment, but still, everything on FS1 is acceptable without being remarkable. Fox Sports Live is nearly indistinguishable from SportsCenter, except that its scroll of superflous information—this day in sports history!—runs down the right side of the screen and not the left. Onrait and O’Toole do a solid Olbermann and Patrick impersonation, but the most interesting part of their shtick is their Canadian pronunciation of the word “Out,” which, for a limited time only, turns every baseball segment into a nationality crisis. Will Americans accept their baseball news if it’s delivered by a Canadian?? Onrait and O’Toole are doing what they can to squash their native vowel sounds, so in a week or two, no viewer will be prompted to ponder this question.

Fox Sports Live, like FS1 more generally, shows an interest in Ultimate Fighting that ESPN does not. For now, UFC makes up the bulk of FS1’s programming, and this weekend’s bouts were the lead segment on Live. (I admit to disliking UFC for the very reason many people, presumably, like it—the fighting—but I’m impressed by any sport that lets its players wear light-pink boxer briefs.) Onrait and O’Toole also regularly throw to Charissa Thompson, who oversees a panel of retired professional athletes, including Donovan McNabb, Andy Roddick, Ephraim Salaam, and, sometimes, Gary Payton and Gabe Kapler, opining on the sports news of the day. The retired journeyman Kapler had apparently not gotten the memo about jockularity, citing some statistics from Baseball Prospectus about the Dodgers’ and Tigers’ respective chances of making the World Series. I imagine he was forced to sit in front of the studio’s massive scoreboard in a dunce cap repeating to himself, “I will be more jockular.” [My emphasis]

On this week’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell me, Fox’s newest enterprise was the subject of this entry on the “Who’s Carl this time?” segment:

PETER SAGAL: For your last quote, Stephen, we have an anchor on a new TV network responding to criticism he was trying too hard.

CARL KASELL: I’d like to correct you. We do not try hard. We put zero effort into the show.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That anchor was – Carl, you’re not supposed to be confessing. You’re supposed to be reading from the script.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Never mind. No, that anchor was on a new sports channel taking on ESPN. It’s brought to you by what name in entertainment?

[CONTESTANT] DEISHER: NBC?

SAGAL: No, get ready for the new show “Bill O’Reilly Yells At Sports.”

(LAUGHTER)

DEISHER: Fox.

SAGAL: Fox, yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

(APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Fox News, or rather Fox, having already become one of the big entertainment networks dominating cable news, they’re going after ESPN’s audience, with the debut of Fox Sports One, a national all-sports channel. And what’s the secret weapon they’re using to defeat ESPN? Regis Philbin.

(LAUGHTER)

ADAM FELBER: Oh, wow.

KYRIE O’CONNOR: Wow.

SAGAL: The 82-year-old host, who began his entertainment career shouting the news from the market square in medieval London…

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Will host a…

FELBER: Hear ye, hear ye.

SAGAL: Will host a daily talk show called “Crowd Goes Wild.” We assume Fox’s traditional, male, older-audience viewers will tune in, hoping of course they’ll see, you know, crowd goes wild. They’re hoping to see various athlete lift their shirts. Big surprise for them: It’s going to be Regis.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Hey, look at my appendectomy scar.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: They’re changing the name to “Crowd Goes Ew.”

(LAUGHTER)

 

JML update, Aug. 8

Posted on: August 8th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan

Ike Davis had a double, a walk, and scored two runs as the NY Mets beat the visiting Colorado Rockies, 5-0 on a masterful complete-game by rookie “phenom” Matt Harvey. Josh Satin did not appear in the game, but he’s still keeping busy.

Nate Freiman lined out as a pinch-hitter in the Oakland As’ 6-5 loss to the host Cincinnati Reds. I was listening to a Behind the Dish podcast, hosted by Keith Law of ESPN, on which former JML Gabe Kapler (the taller chap in the photo at right) was the guest. The main topic of discussion was the use of “new” stats, one of which is how many pitches a batter sees per plate appearance. The theory goes the the more pitches he sees — balls, fouls, etc. — the better as his team gets to see the pitchers’ repertoires and drives up the hurlers’ pitch counts, conceivably getting them out of the game faster. Well, if that’s the case, Freiman failed. He swung at the first pitch.

By the way, you can here the Kapler interview here. [audio:http://njjewishnews.com/kaplanskorner/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/behindthedish_2013-07-30-132308-7744-0-0-0.48b.mp3|titles=behindthedish_2013-07-30-132308-7744-0-0-0.48b]

Sam Fuld hit a two-run pinch single in the seventh inning to give his Tampa Bay Rays an 8-7 lead over the host Arizona Diamondbacks. Unfortuynately for them, the D’backs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to earn a 9-8 win.

Ian Kinsler was 1-6 as the Texas Rangers beat up the host Los Angeles Angels, 10-3. Teammate Nelson Cruz was one of the players suspended by MLB in their PED scourge. Here’s what Kinsler had to say on the matter.

Well, you didn’t expect it to last forever, did you? All it took was one bad pitch (and, heck, it might have even been a good one), and Houston Astros reliever Josh Zeid‘s brief scoreless streak goes out the window. He gave up a two-run homer to the visiting Boston Red Sox’s Jonny Gomes as the Astros blew a one-run lead in the ninth to lose, 7-5.  Zeid’s earned run average jumps top 3.38. Neither Craig Breslow nor Ryan Lavarnway appeared for Boston.

DNP: Scott Feldman in the Baltimore Orioles’ 10-3 win over the host San Diego Padres.

Disabled list: Kevin Youkilis, NY Yankees; Jason Marquis, San Diego Padres

Suspended: Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

WBC good new/bad news

Posted on: September 19th, 2012 by Ron Kaplan

The bad news is that Gabe Kapler sustained an injury and has taken himself off the active roster for Team Israel.

The good news: Adam Greenberg gets his spot. Follow Greenberg on Twitter at @adamgreenberg5.

 

Re-play (clap-clap-clap)! Re-play (clap-clap-clap)!

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Ron Kaplan

There was a situation in last night’s New York-Cleveland game in which third umpire Mike DiMuro credited Yankees leftfielder Dewayne Wise with catching a foul pop off the bat of Jack Hannahan for the third out of the seventh inning.

Problem was, Wise never caught the ball; it ended up in the hands of a fan.


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(In case the video can’t be viewed on your browser, you can watch the clip here.)

Don’t you just love how the announcers are so sure of themselves? First they credit Wise (who did make one of the great catches of all time to protect Mark Buehrle’s perfect game as a member of the White Sox in 2009 (on a ball hit by MOT Gabe Kapler, no less)). Then they say that some kid must have stuck another ball in his glove, then they acknowledge a second fan had possession.

To add insult to injury, DiMuro tossed Hannahan out of the game for having the temerity to tell the umpire he had blown the call.

The Indians were trailing 4-0 at the time but had a runner on third. Who knows if the batter had had a second chance off that foul ball, if he might not have stroked a hit to keep the inning going? And the Indians might have won the game. And used this as a launch point. And won the division. And won the Championships. And won the World Series. And inspired some poor kid to achieve great things. Damn umpires. Damn Yankees.

From Yahoosports:

With the benefit of video replay, it’s easy to see the ball fall out of Wise’s glove and roll down the row to a fan in a red shirt, who picked it up and held it aloft as DiMuro came over to investigate. Some investigation it was, too. DiMuro didn’t even ask for Wise to show him the ball. He simply assumed he caught it and signaled as such. Wise, not about to argue his team out of an out, instead kept his glove closed, collected himself and ran off the field — canary in mouth, if not ball in glove.

So how could DiMuro, a veteran of 12 seasons (not to mention the son of long-time umpire Lou DiMuro) not have asked to see the ball. Heck, the umpires in my senior softball league do that as a matter of course.

I was listening to the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN this morning and Carton noted how the Yankees seem to catch all the breaks: The Jeffrey Maier-assisted home run for Derek Jeter in the 1996 American League Championship Series (which ushered in a mi i-dynasty for the Yankees who were in four of the next five World Series); the post-season calls that went against the Minn. Twins… Of course it probably jut seems that way to Yankee haters. These things have a habit of evening out. It’s just like the recent R.A. Dickey – CC Sabathia event on Sunday. You knew Dickey would have a mediocre game at some point, but because it came against the Yankees, it was magnified.

Of course, all this adds fuel to the fire of those who are barking for the use of instant replay/video in overturning such rulings.

"Israel at WBC" mash-up

Posted on: May 25th, 2012 by Ron Kaplan

With Brad Ausmus in Israel on a “good will” tour, numerous outlets have been coming out with stories abut how an Israeli team, stocked with American-Jewish current and former pros might just surprise at the qualifiers to be held in Jupiter in November.

This, from the Times of Israel, notes that active players might be reluctant to commit since the dates for the tourney, which includes teams from France, Spain, and South Africa (not exactly bastions of baseball either). Certainly Ian Kinsler and Scott Feldman of the Texas Rangers have a good possibility of playing into the post-season and who knows about other teams that feature JMLs, especially with the opportunities an extra wild card offers. There’s still plenty of time for the Red Sox (Kevin Youkilis), Brewers (Ryan Braun), and  — dare I say it — even the Mets (Ike Davis) to turn things around. And don’t forget, Israel is not looking to put together an All-Star team, just players who fill the requirements, so there are several in the minors who would do nicely.

Tablet Magazine conducted this e-mail interview with Ausmus, who’s over in Israel taking the “temperature.”

From left: Brad Ausmus; President Shimon Peres; Ambassador Shapiro. (Photo courtesy Ambassador Dan Shapiro/Facebook)

 

A story from Foxsports.

One thing to consider, especially for the higher-profile players: what if they’re asked to play on Team USA? Uh-oh, there goes that “divided loyalties” issue.

Things getting serious for Israel's WBC team?

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by Ron Kaplan

If The Sporting News takes note, it must mean something.

“World Baseball Classic: Israel squad could be dangerous with stars Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler available,” reads the headline for an article on the TSN website. But I guess the thing is if, Kinsler and Braun are available. The Rangers are a favorite to make it into the post-season; the Brewers, not so much. The “Israeli” team plays its qualifying round in Florida in November, so if Kinsler’s Rangers make it back to the World Series for a third straight year, that would make him one tired doggie.

You don’t have to be Jewish to qualify for the team, just a “citizen.” Anyone who has at least one Jewish grandparent qualifies as an Israeli citizen, so that would take care of those matralineal descent issues, like Braun, whose father is Jewish, but not his mother.

According to TSN, “Israel can tap into the formidable pool of Jewish-American baseball talent that includes about 15 major leaguers” (this includes several athletes like the injured Sam Fuld (Tampa Bay Rays) and minor leaguers like Ryan Lavarnway, Michael Schwimer, and Danny Valencia, who made their ML debuts but are currently in the minors and recently retired players like Shawn Green, Gabe Kapler, and Ausmus.)

Guest column: Jews, Israel, and Baseball: A shidduch?

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Ron Kaplan

Editor’s note: This article was written by Andrew Wolfenson, who writes at open.salon.com/blog/andywolf.

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Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers has been named the winner of the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player award. He is the first Jewish player to be showered with shouts of “mazel tov”  for capturing the MVP award since 1963. This comes at a time when published reports indicate that three former Jewish major leaguers have thrown their support behind Israel’s bid to host the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The concept of a Jew being named MVP for the first time in almost half a century and the Jewish homeland being selected to host a world baseball tournament is staggering. While it is unlikely that the Classic will be awarded to the always-volatile country, the mere fact that it is being considered, along with the successes being achieved by Braun and other current Jewish ballplayers, signals the beginning of a new era in Jewish baseball.

Up until this point, one would have been hard-pressed to term baseball a “Jewish” sport. Only three Jewish-born players are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and only five Jews, including Braun, have won Most Valuable Player awards. The 1930s through 1950s — a time when most Jews lived in the country’s major cities and their abilities to purchase athletic equipment was limited — created an era of Jewish basketball all-stars and boxing champions, but few baseballers. Now, a trio of current superstars — Braun, Boston’s Kevin Youkilis, and Texas’ Ian Kinsler — have established this as the most prolific generation of major league baseball ballplayers.

"Hank Greenberg," by Dave Choate

Hank Greenberg was the first Jewish superstar in the Major Leagues, and the man known as “Hammerin’ Hank” (prior to future home run king Hank Aaron) paved the way for future Jewish players much like Jackie Robinson later did for African-American ballplayers. I wrote about Greenberg on my blog last New Year’s Day, which would have been his 100th birthday. Despite enduring rampant anti-Semitism and missing four years while serving in World War II, Greenberg, a hulking first baseman, compiled a .313 lifetime batting average to complement his 331 home runs and 1,276 RBIs. He won the American League’s Most Valuable Player award twice, in 1935 and 1940, and set major league records for both home runs (58) and RBIs (183) by a right-hand hitter. Also, although he played first base at the same time as Yankee legend Lou Gehrig, he was still selected to play in five All-Star games. Following his retirement, he held ownership interests and front-office positions with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956, the first Jew so enshrined.

Most importantly, however, Greenberg, a true mensch, as he withstood the vitriolic comments and insults being hurled at him by anti-Semitic opponents and fans. As his former teammate, Birdie Tebbets, said, “There was nobody in the history of the league who took more abuse than Greenberg, unless it was Jackie Robinson.… I was with Hank when it was happening and I heard it. However, Hank was not only equal to it, he was superior to most of the people who were yelling at him.… Hank consistently took more abuse than anyone I have ever known.… Nobody else could have withstood the foul invectives that were directed toward Greenberg …” (The Story of My Life, by Greenberg with Ira Berkow).

Greenberg’s heroics blazed a difficult trail to follow, but two members of the 1940s-50s Cleveland Indians attempted to take the mantel from him. During a fifteen-year career, Lou Boudreau won the 1944 batting championship and, while a player-manager for the Indians, captured the 1948 American League Most Valuable Player award. He also served as the radio voice for the Chicago Cubs for several decades, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970. His teammate, Al Rosen, was one of the standouts on the 1954 championship-winning Indians, a four-time All-Star, and won the 1953 MVP award. Rosen later served in front-office positions with the Indians and the New York Yankees, his stint with the Yankees taking place during the team’s “Bronx Zoo” successes of the late 1970’s.

The greatest of all Jewish players, however, was Sandy Koufax. Arguably the best left-hander ever to pitch in the majors and on everyone’s short list for best pitchers of all-time, the Brooklyn-born Koufax simply dominated the National League from 1961 through 1966. In the four seasons from 1963 through his retirement in 1966, he posted three seasons of sub-2.00 ERA, leading the National League in each season, and led the National League in wins three times. In fact, in 1963, 1965, and 1966, he led the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts, capturing pitching’s equivalent of the “Triple Crown.” (as a side note, his totals in each of those years would have led the American League as well, further evidencing his dominance during that period).

"Sandy Koufax," by Leon Jimenez

Koufax pitched four no-hitters, including a perfect game, was selected as the Cy Young Award winner (there was only one for both leagues) in 1963, 1965, and 1966, and captured the NL MVP award in 1963, the last Jew to do so. Retiring at age 30 after only twelve seasons (ten full) due to recurring arm troubles, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Koufax also made the legendary decision not to pitch Game One of the 1965 World Series because it fell on the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. The Dodgers’ other superstar pitcher, Don Drysdale, took the mound for Los Angeles that day and did not pitch well, giving up seven runs in less than three innings. When manager Walt Alston came to the mound to replace him during the game, Drysdale remarked “I bet right now you wish I was Jewish, too.” In 1934, it should be noted, Greenberg also refused to play on Yom Kippur. He did, however, play on Rosh Hashana, receiving a rabbi’s blessing to play and slamming two home runs.

Those four players formed the veritable “Mount Rushmore” of Jewish ballplayers until the current era. There were other successes: Ken Holtzman was a key member of the 1970’s Oakland A’s champions (along with fellow Jew Mike Epstein) and threw two no-hitters during his career. Orioles’ pitcher Steve Stone captured the AL Cy Young Award in 1980. Other Jews were notable for various reasons, such as World War II spy Moe Berg and Ron Blomberg, who famously served as the first designated hitter in Major League history and later managed a team in the sole season of the Israeli Baseball League, winning a championship.

History is also replete with Jewish owners and front-office leaders, including current commissioner and former Brewer owner Bud Selig and a quarter of machers who currently serve as their team’s general managers Ruben Amaro, Jr. (Philadelphia), Jon Daniels (Texas), Theo Epstein (Chicago Cubs), and Andrew Friedman (Tampa Bay).

The three former players who are now supporting Israel’s bid for the World Baseball Classic are Brad Ausmus, Gabe Kapler, and Shawn Green.  A catcher who spent the majority of his career with Houston, Ausmus won three gold glove awards, was selected to the All-Star game in 1999, and stroked over 1,500 hits over his 18 big-league seasons. Kapler, who was once considered to be one of baseball’s best prospects and was nicknamed the “Hebrew Hammer,” toiled for six teams over a twelve-year career. Sporting various tattoos, including a Star of David tattoo on his left calf and a Holocaust-inspired tattoo on his right, his career was unfortunate example of unfulfilled potential. He did, however, enjoy some naches and celebrated as a member of the 2004 Red Sox championship team.

From left: Shawn Green, Gabe Kapler, Brad Ausmus

The best of these three is unquestionably Green. Over a fourteen-year career spent primarily with the Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers, Green slammed 328 home runs, hit 445 doubles, and knocked in 1,070 runs. His 49 home runs in 2001 are the most ever by a Dodgers’ player, and he exceeded 40 homers in a season three times. A two-time All-Star, he also won both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 1999.

The current crop of major leaguers, including the three All-Stars noted above, are the best group ever to be playing at one time. In his five seasons, Braun has already stroked 161 home runs and amassed 531 RBI’s to go along with his .312 batting average. Widely recognized as one of baseball’s premier players, he has been selected to the All-Star game and has been awarded baseball’s Silver Slugger award, given annually to the best hitters at each position.  Youkilis was a key member of the Red Sox 2007 championship team, has been a three-time All-Star, and a 2007 Gold Glove winner. Kinsler, along with fellow Jew Scott Feldman, has been a key member of the Rangers’ team that has advanced to the World Series in each of the past two years, and was selected to the All-Star game in 2008 and 2010. Both he and Braun were members of the “30/30 Club” (home runs and stolen bases).

Ian Kinsler and Kevin Youkilis (kicking up some schmutz)

And there are other notable Jewish players: Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis (his mother is Jewish) and Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld are stars in the making, and Arizona pitcher Jason Marquis has won over 100 major league games.

Israel is one of 16 teams which has been invited to play in next year’s World Baseball Classic qualifying round, and the top four teams from that competition will advance to the 2013 WBC tournament. According to Israeli baseball officials, the Israeli team, if it were to qualify for the WBC, would seek to recruit Jewish professionals to play for the team. Green has also indicated his desire to again put on a uniform and play if asked, meaning that the Israeli team could possibly be set up as follows:

1B        Ike Davis
2B        Ian Kinsler
SS        Danny Valencia (the Twins’ third baseman would move to SS)
3B        Kevin Youkilis
OF       Ryan Braun
OF       Sam Fuld
OF       Shawn Green
C         Brad Ausmus (he is 42 and retired since 2009, but still the best option)
P          Jason Marquis/Scott Feldman

With the exception of the aged Ausmus, this would be a pretty formidable line-up. This minyan could contend with the Latin powerhouse teams of Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and, with a little bit of mazel, could unseat the two-time defending champs, Japan. If nothing else, a good showing by the team will allow Jews over the world to kvell over its accomplishments, and could go a long way toward erasing the stigma against Jews’ inability to excel in sports, as was so memorably stated in the movie Airplane. The heroics of the current crop of Jewish all-stars, I would urge, is certainly sufficient to fill much more than a light-reading leaflet.

Wolfenson with Hall of Famer Rod Carew (Photo by Mike Weiss)

 

JMLs in the WBC would be "Classic"

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by Ron Kaplan

The AP published this story about the support of three former JMLs for the Israeli national team that will participate in the World Baseball Classic qualifier in 2013.

In the article, carried by ESPN and other sources, Shawn Green, Gabe Kapler, and Brad Ausmus have all the right things to say as the Israeli Baseball Association hopes to use them as a carrot to attract current JMLs, including Kevin Youkilis, Ian Kinsler, and Ryan Braun, to participate. Now let’s see if it’s more than lip service.

One of the members of the Jewish Sports Collectors group came up with this possible roster for the Israeli team. Not sure about the rules, but I think a certain number of players have to actually be from the country they represent, so some of these guys would have to go. Start with jason Kipnis, since he’s evidently not Jewish anyway.

 

JML update: Time begins again

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 by Ron Kaplan

As in Thomas Boswell’s collection of columns, Why Time Begins on Opening Day (The Penquin sports library).

So, believe it or not, the new baseball season is finally here. Ryan Braun walked twice and scored a run to help the Brewers take a 4-1 lead over the host Cinn. Reds in the top of the fourth. Rickie Weeks and Carlos Gomez homered back-to-back in the first; what a way to start.

That’s one of just six games taking place today. Jason Marquis did not get the OD start for the Washington Nationals. And in some potentially sad news, the LA Dodgers cut Gabe Kapler yesterday.

From ESPNlosangeles.com:

“We just ran out of 40-man roster spots,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said, indicating Kapler was a player the club wanted to keep.

[Field manager Don] Mattingly echoed that sentiment.

“It was tough with Kap,” Mattingly said. “He is such a guy you would love to have on a club. We looked at some different scenarios with Gabe as a part of this club and talked about some different things happening. The only thing that made it any easier was that we have been up front with Gabe from the very beginning. As we said we wanted to do, we tried to keep him informed of things that were happening.”

The 35-year-old Kapler, who spent last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, will take some time to decide whether to accept a minor league assignment, try to find a spot as a free agent — difficult at this point — or retire.

Other MOTS on big league rosters include:

  • Ike Davis, Mets
  • Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox; Ryan Kalish was sent to Pawtucket last week.
  • Sam Fuld, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Danny Valencia, Twins
  • Craig Breslow, A’s
  • Ian Kinsler, Rangers; Scott Feldman is out indefinitely as he recovers from knee surgery
  • John Grabow, Cubs

 

   
 

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