Fightin' Bulldog 1, Kyle Farnsworth 0

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I’ve got good news and bad news for Royals fans.

First the good news: Reliever Kyle Farnsworth had his finger bandaged on Tuesday after being bitten by his bulldog.

The bad news? The wound was on his non-pitching hand.

Rim shot!

The pitcher all (insert whatever team he’s pitched for) love to hate
received four stitches from the bite. He was trying to break up a fight
between two of his bulldogs on Tuesday morning.

(Royals manager Trey) Hillman said Farnsworth should not miss any time with the injury.

“I’m planning on him wrapping it up and having him available,” Hillman said.

But as easy as it is to poke fun at Farnsworth, you have to appreciate his smarts. As Crash Davis might say:
“When you’re breaking up a fight between two bulldogs, you don’t use
your pitching hand. God, I can’t keep giving you these free lessons.”

Also, he’ll always have this great moment, which is perhaps the best takedown by a pitcher in a brawl EVER. (With apologies to Nolan Ryan).

Hmmm. Maybe he took up the wrong sport?

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto reportedly asks to be traded

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Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio is reporting that Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami. Jon Heyman is characterizing it as Realmuto telling the team that he “wouldn’t mind” a trade.

Either way, Realmuto has no power to force a trade. This isn’t the NBA or something. Still, it’s evidence of just how dreary a prospect remaining in Miami is for Marlins veterans in the wake of trades that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York, Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.

Realmuto, who will turn 27 just before the 2018 season, hit .278/.332/.451 with 17 homers, 65 RBI, and eight steals over 141 games this past season. He only has three years of service time and is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He made just $562K in the 2017 and will get a big raise this year, but he’s still going to be underpaid based on his production. If the Marlins wanted to trade him, they’d get a nice return. Why they would want to trade him, I have no idea.

Expect more of this sort of thing as the Marlins slash payroll and make it clear that their immediate priorities are more about saving money and less about winning baseball games. Which may or may not be a valid goal for the team’s new owners, but is certainly a letdown for baseball players and fans.