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.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.