Doug Miller at MLB.com reminds us that Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a day off in the hot stove league:
Mets GM Omar Minaya might have put it best last year when he told the
New York Daily News, “In this business, Thanksgiving is still a work
Minaya’s Red Sox counterpart, Theo Epstein, proved that in
2003, when he and club president and CEO Larry Lucchino flew to Phoenix
and showed up at the home of then-Arizona Diamondbacks ace Curt
Schilling. The two actually ate Thanksgiving dinner with Schilling and
his family while Epstein tried to convince the right-hander to waive a
no-trade clause and accept a contract extension, presumably between
It worked. They carved out the turkey and the trade that
brought Schilling — and the following year’s World Series title — to
The famous Josh Beckett-Mike Lowell-Hanley Ramirez swap occurred on Thanksgiving too, as did the Mets’ trade for Carlos Delgado. Omar traveled to the Dominican Republic on Thanksgiving to woo Pedro Martinez as well.
The upshot: something big could happen today, and if I’m not buzzed on Beaujolais, zonked out on tryptophan or filling my pie hole with pie, I’ll tell you all about it.
The Brewers offloaded outfielder Michael Choice’s contract to the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization, per a team announcement on Friday. Choice signed a minor league deal with the Brewers in early May, but did not earn a major league stint in 11 weeks with the team.
It’s been two full years since the 27-year-old outfielder snagged a big league opportunity of any kind. He last appeared with the Rangers in 2015 and played in just one game, striking out in his only at-bat. His production rate sagged through three consecutive minor league assignments with the Indians, Orioles and Brewers and peaked in 2016 after slashing .246/.304/.456 with 14 home runs for the Indians’ Triple-A Columbus. He was off to a decent start this season for the Brewers’ Double-A Biloxi, working a .272/.349/.503 batting line with nine home runs and an .852 OPS through his first 195 PA.
Choice is poised to join several other ex-major leaguers on the Heroes’ roster, including left-hander Andy Van Hekken, right-hander Jake Brigham and infielder/outfielder Danny Dorn.
6:43 PM: Danny Dorn no longer plays for the Nexen Heroes, as he was released to clear roster space for Choice.
Our old friend Joe Posnanski tackles a venerable topic over at MLB.com: guys you totally forgot played for a given team. Mostly superstars who had brief stops at non-signature stations at the end of their careers. Or guys, like Mike Piazza and Reggie Jackson, who were with a team for a blink of an eye in between more famous way stations.
We’ve all had this conversation before: remember Willie Mays with the Mets? Doc Gooden with the Astros? John Smoltz with the Cardinals? Heck, I had forgotten about Smoltz with the Cardinals and he was a star on my favorite team once upon a time.
Posnanski calls them “Irony Jerseys.” That’s pretty appropriate, as one can totally imagine someone buying, say, that Dale Murphy Rockies jersey in the name of obscurity. Whatever you call it, it’s a good read.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to get my Ted Simmons Braves jersey for a party at some place uptown that you’ve probably never heard of.