Hoffman 'would really like to come back' to Brewers

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Apparently veteran players like Milwaukee.
On the heels of Mike Cameron saying last week that he “would be willing to make a sacrifice” to re-sign with the Brewers, fellow impending free agent Trevor Hoffman said yesterday that he “would really like to come back” for another season.

I don’t want to start over in an another organization, I can tell you that. Everything has gone very well here. They’ve made me feel more than welcome. If I have the choice, I’d really like to come back here. But that isn’t my decision. And we’ll see what happens.

Hoffman is playing this season under a one-year contract that will end up paying him around $7 million once the dust settles on various incentives, so assuming that he’s willing to accept a similar deal for 2010 the Brewers would be crazy not to welcome him back.
Hoffman turns 42 years old next month, but has converted 32-of-35 save chances with a 1.96 ERA, .200 opponents’ batting average, and 41/11 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.
His current adjusted ERA+ is 215, which would be the second-best total of Hoffman’s career after his amazing 263 mark in the 1998 season that saw him save 53 games with a 1.48 ERA for the NL champion Padres. It would also be the all-time record for adjusted ERA+ by a 41-year-old pitcher, topping the Hall of Fame pair Red Ruffing (196) and Cy Young (194).

The Braves cave, a little anyway, on their outside food policy

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On Friday the Atlanta Braves announced a new policy for outside food, prohibiting ticket holders from bringing in their own. This was a reversal of their old policy — and the policies of the majority of teams around the league — which allowe fans to bring in soft-sided coolers with their own food and beverages, at least as long as the beverages were sealed.

The Braves claimed that the policy change was “a result of tighter security being put into place this season throughout the league,” but this was clearly untrue as no other teams are cracking down on outside food like this. If there are new security procedures, everyone else is able to accommodate them without an opportunistic crackdown on fans bringing in PB&J for their toddlers. It seemed more likely that this was a simple cash grab.

Today the Braves have reversed the policy somewhat:

While they’re looking for kudos here, this is likewise an admission that the “security” stuff was bull because, last I checked, security procedures aren’t subject to popular referendum and aren’t changed when people complain. What really happened here, it seems, is the Braves, for the first time in living memory, were called out by the public for their greed and realized that even they have some responsibility to not be jackasses about this sort of thing.

Still, a gallon bag policy is not the same as it was before. You could bring coolers into Turner Field and still can bring them into most parks around the league. But I guess this is better than nothing.

Donald Trump may throw out the first pitch at the Nationals opener

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It’s just gossip now, but Politico is hearing that Donald Trump is in talks to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park on Opening Day. The Nats are not commenting. Neither are the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League, who no doubt feel slighted given that the president effectively is a local.

With the caveat that, on Opening Day, tickets are likely to be more expensive and thus you’re likely to have a lot more rich people and friends-of-the-owners in attendance, thereby ensuring a more conservative crowd, I’m struggling to imagine a situation in which Trump strolls on to a baseball field in a large American city and isn’t booed like crazy. He’s polling as low as 36% in some places. He’s not exactly Mr. Popular.

Oh well. I look forward to him three-bouncing one to Matt Wieters and then grabbing his phone and tweeting about how it was the best, most tremendous first pitch in baseball history. Or blaming Hillary Clinton for it in the event he admits that it was a bad pitch.