The Daily News reports that Major League Baseball wants to return regular season baseball to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2010, and that, due to the presence of multiple Puerto Ricans on their roster, they want the Mets to be one of the participants. The visiting team, of course, because they’d never take home games away from cash cow Citi Field. They would take them away from that dead stadium walking down in Miami, however, so it will probably be the Marlins that call Hiram Bithorn “home.”
Hiram Bithorn, you’ll recall, was home to the Expos for a number of games back in 2003-04. It quickly gained a reputation as a bandbox due to its 360 foot power alleys, which is anywhere from 25 to 45 feet shorter those in Citi Field. So obviously this is a plot to jack David Wright’s home run numbers back up.
The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.