After discussing Lou Piniella’s first ejection of the season in my last entry, I can’t help but show you the spectacular footage of Rome Braves manager Randy Ingle going absolutely nuts after being tossed from a Single-A game recently:
Not only did Ingle get in the umpire’s face to scream insults and then
unearth third base, he proceeded to actually use the base as a prop in
his amusing recreation of the overturned home run that had him arguing
in the first place. Plenty of manager ejections involve a middle-aged
man acting like a child in front of thousands of people, but how many
of them feature a reenactment?
As opposing manager Dave Machemer put it: “Pretty good. I’d give it a 9.5.”
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.