What, you're not going to cheer for Manny? Of course you are.

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The San Francisco Chronicle’s Bruce Jenkins has a good point:

At the height of Barry Bonds’ pursuit of the home-run records, Duane
Kuiper and Mike Krukow made lively, enthusiastic calls on the Giants’
network . . . It seems this didn’t go over too well in other cities.
[Michael] Kay, who anchors the Yankees’ telecasts, ripped Krukow and
Kuiper in a public forum for getting so excited over a steroid guy.
[Charlie] Steiner, part of the Dodgers’ radio team, made some equally
rude comments (off the air), establishing himself as a real
high-and-mighty beacon of integrity.

Except it doesn’t work that way. Alex Rodriguez opened the season in
disgrace after the steroid-related embarrassment of spring training,
but that didn’t stop Kay from going nuts when A-Rod slugged his first
home run. Presto — instant hypocrite! Now we get to hear Steiner when
Manny rocks Dodger Stadium for the first time. What, he’s going to
treat it like a funeral while the place is going crazy?

I think the natural reactions of these announcers to the home runs of
Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez — combined with the enthusiasm of fans who continue to eagerly pay to see them play
— is proof positive that the negative stuff most people write about
the steroids users is pure sanctimony, divorced from what real people
actually think and feel about the issue of PEDs in baseball.

Sure, they cheated. And yes, they should be punished just like
anyone else who breaks the rules should be punished. But no one, apart
from some holier-than-thou columnists, is interested in the public
shaming they propose each time a new steroid user is revealed. People
want to be entertained. They want to watch good baseball. Everything
else is pretty damn trivial.

Report: Orioles re-sign Pedro Alvarez to minors deal

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The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.

This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.

Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.