I think the best bit of McGwire spleen I’ve seen so far comes from the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan. Unlike a lot of the cutesy people who are trying to explain why, exactly, McGwire’s apology doesn’t cut the mustard and parsing words and all of that, Kernan just lets fly about the evils of steroids and how baseball has lost it’s soul. It’s perversely refreshing.
It’s the kind of thing that makes me wonder which anti-drug charity he donates the royalties to his book, “Roger Clemens, Baseball Superstar.” Which was edited, curiously enough, by the author of the book “Mark McGwire: Home Run Hero.”
UPDATE: Reader ralphdibny found this gem. Kernan equates A-Rod’s steroid use with getting one’s hands caught in the cookie jar, and calls his confession — which, unlike McGwire’s, was forced, not voluntary — “a positive first step in the rebuilding process.”
Third baseman Anthony Rendon is reportedly open to a contract extension with the Nationals, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post said Sunday. Rendon told reporters that he didn’t know if agent Scott Boras would discuss an extension with the club, contrary to previous reports confirming the two had already started that conversation.
Rendon, 27, is coming off of his best career year to date. He finished the 2017 season batting .301/.403/.533 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI through 605 plate appearances, good enough to earn him sixth place in NL MVP voting. He made his third postseason appearance after helping Nationals through the National League Division Series, and contributed a pair of extra-base hits before the team was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 5.
Rendon is still arbitration-eligible through 2019, but stands to receive a hefty payday once he enters free agency in 2020. While it stands to reason that the Nats would want to lock up a player who contributed a whopping 6.9 fWAR last year, making him the most valuable player on their roster, an extension appeals to Rendon as well. “Why not stay with one organization?” he said Sunday. The 2018 season will be his sixth with the team.