Tom Glavine texted his almost-retirement to a television reporter last night, writing “I’m not going to pitch or do anything in baseball until at least next year. I want to be a full time dad.”
I suspect that the reference to next year is just a charade and that,
in reality, he knows he’s never pitching again. To formally retire now
would be to have been more or less pushed out of the game by Frank Wren
and diminishing skills. If he waits until next spring to announce his
retirement, however, he can tell himself and the public that, “hey, I
was totally capable of pitching in 2009, but after taking some time and
hanging out with my family, I realized I had nothing left to prove.”
Which is fine by me. Tom Glavine has earned the right to do whatever
the hell he wants to do, in my mind. If going out on his terms is what
he wants to do — even if they’re his second or third choice of terms
— he’s entitled to do so.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.