Quote of the Day: Bob Gibson re: steroids

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Guys have always been cheating. Period. It just takes a little
different form today. I’m just glad they didn’t have steroids when I
was playing. I don’t know what I would have done. It’s very difficult
to go out and perform when you know the guy next to you is taking
steroids or some kind of drug to make you perform better and not do it
yourself, to let this guy get an edge on you . . .

. . . I don’t know that I really criticize the guys. Whoever the
first guy is that started it, that’s the guy I criticize. The rest of
the guys just followed suit. I don’t think its OK. I’m not sanctioning
it, but I understand why it happens.

Hall of Famer Bob Gibson
(link launches a podcast), stating that while he thinks steroids is a
bad idea and shouldn’t be in baseball, the players shouldn’t be
vilified for trying to keep up with the competition. How reasonable.
Why is it that so few other people can apply a similar brand of reason to the steroids debate?

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.