Former Detroit Tigers slugger gives classic response to plate approach
Former Detroit Tiger slugger Nick Castellanos was already an internet sensation, but he added to his viral legacy Tuesday during his introductory press conference with the Philadelphia Phillies. Castellanos was drafted 44th overall in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers as a prospect out of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Castellanos signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 2020 season. Castellanos won the National League Silver Slugger Award and was named to the All-MLB Second Team. ---RELATEDTigers cut final rookie pitcher left in camp, here’s who is leftTigers owner disputes report that he opposed deal with playersTigers reach deals with seven players but could face arbitration battle with TurnbullFormer Detroit Tigers first baseman becomes first active player to admit opioid usageMore Detroit Tigers coveragemlive.com
Former Tigers star Nick Castellanos signs $100 million contract with Phillies
Former Detroit Tigers hitter Nick Castellanos opted out of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds after the 2021 season, determined to test the free-agent market. After 51 games with the Cubs, Castellanos signed a five-year contract with the Reds with an opt-out clause after the 2021 season. In seven seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Castellanos hit .274 with 208 doubles, 32 triples and 104 homers in 837 games. In the 2017 season, Castellanos led the MLB in errors at third base with 17 and was moved to the outfield at the end of the season. Since the move from third base, teams have used Castellanos exclusively in the outfield or as a designated hitter.mlive.com
Half-century holdout over, DH comes to National League
It was an impressive holdout for the National League, which made it nearly 50 years staving off a full-time designated hitter rule that the American League implemented before the 1973 season. Among the most noticeable switches in MLB for the 2022 season will be that all 30 teams will use the designated hitter, eliminating pitchers hitting and changing one of the long-standing different quirks between the two leagues. No more Madison Bumgarner taking meaty cuts, no more Max Scherzer trying to end last year's 0-for-62 slump.news.yahoo.com
Justin Verlander among 14 MLB free agents to get qualifying offer
Former Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander, Robbie Ray and Nick Castellanos were among the 14 free agents that received qualifying offers from their old team before Sunday night’s deadline. The qualifying offer functions as a one-year, $18.4 million contract for the 2022 season. Teams that extend the qualifying offer will receive draft pick compensation if the player ultimately signs with another team. Some other high-profile players didn’t get the qualifying offer because they’d already been given an offer previously in their career (it can only be done once), or they were traded mid-season. Verlander must decide by Nov. 17 whether to accept or reject the Astros’ qualifying offer.mlive.com
Kershaw 1st win since June, streaking Dodgers top shaky Reds
Clayton Kershaw pitched five sharp innings for his first win since June 27, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager each hit two-run homers and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sliding Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Sunday. Will Smith also homered as the Dodgers won for the eighth time in nine games. Kershaw (10-7) allowed one run and three hits, striking out eight without a walk.news.yahoo.com
Reds, Cards scrap at plate and outfield, Castellanos tossed
Nick Castellanos stood over and jawed at St. Louis pitcher Jake Woodford after scoring, setting off a series of scuffles between the Cincinnati Reds and Cardinals that included relievers shoving in the outfield on their way back to the bullpen.
Padres star Tatis has shoulder problem, to be re-evaluated
The Padres said Tatis had discomfort in his non-throwing left shoulder and would be re-evaluated on Wednesday. Corbin Burnes turned in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six while allowing two runs on three hits. Jon Lester allowed one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings in his second start of the spring for Washington. He gave up five hits, hit two batters and struck out three. PADRES 5, REDS 4MacKenzie Gore worked 3 2/3 innings in his third start for San Diego, allowing two runs on three hits.
Amazin' at-bat: Mets' Guillorme draws 22-pitch walk vs Hicks
“I don’t even think I’ve had a 13 pitch at-bat in my career.”Hicks was scheduled to pitch one inning. Carlos Martínez worked four innings in the start for St. Louis, allowing two runs and five hits. Pittsburgh starter Steven Brault allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 1New York starter Deivi García gave up one hit and an unearned run in three innings. Dean Kremer allowed a run on three hits, walked two and struck out four in the start for Baltimore.
Lester, Kluber, Hand boost free agent total to 175
Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal. Lester gets a $10 million buyout from the Chicago Cubs that completes a $155 million, six-year contract rather than a $25 million mutual option. Milwaukee turned down Gyorko and Sogard, a day after declining a $15 million option on 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun. The White Sox declined a $12 million option for Encarnación and a $7 million option for González, who will receive a $500,000. Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal.
Reds, Braves set postseason record for scoring futility
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA – The Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves are playing the longest scoreless game in postseason history. Wednesday's opening game of the NL wild-card series was the first in postseason history to be scoreless through 11 innings. The scoreless streak was extended through 12 innings. The teams combined for a postseason record 35 strikeouts through 12 innings, and every batter that has come to the plate has struck out at least once after the Reds' Nick Castellanos became strikeout victim No. For the postseason, baseball has set aside the new extra-innings rule it instituted for the pandemic-delayed regular season.
Reds top Twins 7-2, clinch 1st playoff spot since 2013
Mike Moustakas homered twice, Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot and the Reds clinched their first playoff spot since 2013, beating the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins 7-2 on Friday night. “I like this team much more than I liked those teams, and I really liked those teams," Votto said. Twins: RHP Homer Bailey, who spent 12 of his 14 major league seasons with the Reds, was designated for assignment prior to the game. UP NEXTReds: RHP Luis Castillo (4-5, 2.86 ERA) will pitch on Saturday night, seeking his fifth straight win. Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (2-0, 3.18 ERA) pitches the middle game of the series.
Let's play ... 20! MLB has fullest schedule since 1974
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Major League Baseball had its fullest schedule in nearly a half-century Friday with 20 games set to be played, including five doubleheaders caused by postponements for weather, the coronavirus and protests of racial injustice. The last time 20 games were on the schedule was Aug. 4, 1974, when there were nine doubleheaders, the Elias Sports Bureau said. There were 12 complete games thrown that day, including nine-inning efforts by Catfish Hunter, Luis Tiant and Dave McNally. Only three of those 20 games back then took over 2 hours, 40 minutes. On Friday, the Blue Jays needed 2:42 for Torontos 8-7 win in seven innings at Fenway Park.
Former Tiger Castellanos Signs With Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal Monday with the Reds, Cincinnatis latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing. The deal allows Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. He gets salaries of $16 million in 2020, $14 million in 2021, and $16 million in 2022 and 2023. It was the fourth significant move by the Reds, among the most active teams in free agency since their sixth consecutive losing season. Cincinnati signed second baseman Mike Moustakas to a $64 million, four-year contract and added left-handed starter Wade Miley on a $15 million, two-year deal.detroit.cbslocal.com