Ex-Cubbie scrounging for tuition money

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The sale of the Chicago Cubs has hit a road block.

Former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston, a two-time All-Star, has filed an objection to the sale of the team to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, claiming that the team still owes him college scholarship money.

In a handwritten, one-paragraph statement docketed by the court Thursday, Dunston said he was objecting to the sale because the Cubs owe him college scholarship funds, which he has not used.

Well obviously he never used it, as it’s difficult to use something you don’t have. The Tribune Co. was too busy using that money to not save the newspaper industry.

Baseballreference.com estimates that Dunston made more than $24 million in his 17-year career, so I’m pretty sure he can afford college. Maybe not one of those fancy private schools where they make you wear a jacket with a crest on it, but any state university ought to be within reach.

That being said, baseball owners tend to walk around in loafers with million-dollar bills stuffed inside for padding. So come on, give Dunston his money. Let the guy go to school. He just wants to learn.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.