Phillies exploring other options at third base

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pedrofeliz.jpgWhen asked if Pedro Feliz will return next season, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hedged a bit:

“More than anything else, we want to see what options may be out there
for us and decide whether picking his option up is best suited for this
club to try to move forward,” Amaro said. “He had a solid year for us.
I like the man personally. He’s a great person and a great teammate,
but I also believe in trying to improve and sometimes change can be for
the better. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to, but it’s just
something that we’re thinking about.”


The Phillies have until Monday to
decide whether to pick up Feliz’s $5.5 million option for 2010. Feliz,
34, is known for being one of the best defensive third basemen in the
majors, however he batted a modest .266/.308/.386 with 12 home runs and
82 RBI in 2009. His .694 OPS was the third lowest among third basemen
with at least 500 plate appearances.




If the Phillies choose to exercise
his $500,000 buyout, they’ll have plenty of alternatives in the
free-agent market. Adrian Beltre and Chone Figgins would both be
upgrades offensively, with fine defensive reputations, to boot. Only
thing is, they’ll certainly ask for more than the $5.5 million Feliz
would make.

Jung Ho Kang’s DUI arrest was his third since 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 10:  Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates fields a ground ball in the second inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on June 10, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Last week Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang was arrested in South Korea for driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. That’s bad, but it turns out that it’s nothing new. The Yonhapnews Agency reports that Kang has been arrested for DUI three times since 2009:

Gangnam Police Station in southern Seoul confirmed that it was Kang’s third DUI arrest, with the three strikes law resulting in the immediate revocation of his license. According to police, Kang had also been arrested for a DUI in August 2009 and May 2011. No personal injuries were reported in either case, though he’d caused property damage in the latter incident.

The report also notes that a companion of Kang initially claimed that he, and not Kang, was behind the wheel at the time of the accident which led to Kang’s arrest last week. It was later revealed by the car’s black box, however, that Kang was driving. So add in some obstruction of justice, whether it is charged or not, to the scene. Police are investigating that.

Between all of this and the fact that Kang is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault in Chicago this past season, a pretty ugly portrait of the Pirates’ infielder is beginning to reveal itself.

Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

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This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season:

As CNBC’s Jessica Golden reports, this will be Under Armour’s first official uniform deal in major professional sports. UA does, however, sponsor a number of individual players, most notably Bryce Harper.

MLB has just released a statement about it:

Beginning in the 2020 MLB season, Under Armour will be the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys featuring prominent Under Armour branding, baselayer, game-day outerwear, and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB Clubs.  Fanatics, a global leader of licensed sports merchandise, will be granted broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of Under Armour and Fanatics fan gear, which include jerseys at retail, name & number products and Postseason apparel. Under Armour and Fanatics expect to offer an assortment of new fan gear apparel and accessories at retail, prior to the 2020 season.