Impending free agent Matt Holliday, on whether or not the A’s will trade him:
They have not approached me or my representation at all. I would
assume that being a smaller-market team that is into developing young
players currently, that they will probably either trade me at some
point or take their draft picks at the end of the year. It’s sort of
the understanding that I have. So we’ll just kind of see what happens.
I’d like for this to work out. I’ve had a great time with my teammates
and have really appreciated the way this organization has treated me in
this first couple of months.
The guys have been great, and I see a lot of potential in this team,
but we obviously aren’t playing very well. So I would say if it looks
like we’re not going to be able to get back into the race or get
healthy, I think every player wants a chance to win, and I’m no
exception. I’d love to play in the postseason again. So if it looks
like we’re not going to be able to make it to the postseason and they
can get some good players for me, I’d be OK with getting a chance to go
try to make it to the postseason and play in October.
Oakland trading Carlos Gonzalez, Greg Smith, and Huston Street to get
Holliday from Colorado this offseason never quite made sense to me,
because the A’s seemingly weren’t yet at the stage where adding one
veteran bat could put them over the top and Holliday was likely to see
his numbers plummet away from Coors Field.
Sure enough, the A’s are in last place at 20-30 and Holliday is
hitting .278/.369/.444 compared to .319/.386/.552 in five seasons with
the Rockies. They’ll recoup some value by either dealing Holliday or
taking compensatory draft picks when he walks as a free agent, but the
25-year-old Street has pitched very well for the Rockies and the
23-year-old Gonzalez is hitting .348/.429/.652 with 59 RBIs in 46 games
Lots of teams have crazy concession items and lots of them will circulate photos of the more gonzo ones in the coming week leading up to the baseball season. The Braves, however, have been one of the more aggressive players in the gimmick concession item game in recent years, and they just sent around a release talking about some of the stuff they, and their concessionaire, Delaware North, will be serving at their new ballpark, Sun Trust Park, in 2017.
Among them:a blackened catfish po boy, which is a blackened 6-ounce filet of catfish cut up among three tacos, with a cajun remoulade. Some BBQ beef brisket sliders. A double burger. An ice cream bar. They’re also going to have a regionally-inspired thing called “The Taste of Braves Country,” showcasing southern cooking from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. Which they’re calling “Braves Country.” Accurate enough, I guess, even if some of us are old enough to remember when they aspired to be a national team. Alas.
The big item, though, is this one:
It’s called the “Tomahawk Chop” sandwich. It’s a fried pork chop with collard green slaw and white BBQ sauce. It serves four and costs $26. I’m guessing it tastes fantastic, but I think the name is pretty cringeworthy for the same reason the cheer which gives it its name is. And, given the dynamics of the Braves move to their new stadium, the choice of BBQ sauce is . . . amusing? I dunno.
Anyway, enjoy, Braves fans.
Ten days ago Nationals ace Max Scherzer said he’d be ready for the start of the regular season. “I’m gonna do it,” Scherzer said.
[Ron Howard from “Arrested Development” voice] — No, he’s not:
Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team’s opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation.
He’s still projected to make it to the opening rotation, taking the hill, most likely, on Thursday April 6 against the Marlins. At least if the schedule doesn’t slip any more.
Scherzer, as you probably know, has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, which has messed with his preparation and has caused him to alter his grip a bit. As of now Stephen Strasburg will get the Opening Day nod.