Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game, and highlighting this week’s key pitching matchups.
This week we look at Domingo Germán’s half-season domestic violence suspension, the White Sox signing their top prospect to a long-term deal, and Will Harris landing in the nation’s capital.
News & Notes
81 - Game suspension for Domingo Germán, who agreed not to appeal the MLB suspension following a domestic violence dispute where he reportedly slapped his girlfriend in public. Germán is still eligible for the postseason. Later today, Sheryl Ring dives deeper into MLB’s domestic violence policies.
6 - Year, $50 million contract extension the White Sox agreed to with top prospect Louis Robert. Robert is a top-rated prospect in the game, and the White Sox number one player on the farm. Last season, he hit 32 home runs and slashed .328/376/.624 across three levels of MiLB.
90 - Years of age for Don Larsen, who passed away last week. The Yankee hurler pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. Though he was a mediocre pitcher throughout his career, and he got rocked in game two of that year’s World Series, his name is legend. On October 8th, 1956, he went 27-up-27-down against the mighty Dodgers.
50 - Percent chance the Rockies will end up trading Nolan Arenado, per market rumors. John Morosi of MLB Network reported the Dodgers are interested in Arenado, as are the Rangers and Braves. Arenado came up through the Rockies system and ideally would be a key piece in making the team better, though in 2020, rumors of stars being traded in the name of long-term strategy is becoming a trend. Arenado joins the likes of all stars Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts as potentially being on the trading block in the prime of their careers.
15.7 - Million dollars that Yoenis Céspedes will lose as part of a settlement post-injury. The bizarre injury occurred on his ranch, and happened at the hands of a wild boar that caused what has been described as a ‘violent fall’. He missed the entirety of 2019 due to the injury, and the mishap can potentially cost him $30 million overall.
24 - Million dollar, three-year deal Will Harris agreed to with the Washington Nationals. Harris coughed up the lead in game seven of the World Series against Washington, allowing a two-run home run to Howie Kendrick that gave the Nats a 3-2 lead that propelled them to the series-clinching victory.
87 - Days until Opening Day.