I realize that it’s a holiday and the day after a big football weekend and that we’re really in the doldrums of the offseason, but can someone tell me if there’s a less compelling question in baseball than whether Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will go into the Hall of Fame wearing Braves caps?
I mean, I guess you can argue about anything — and sure, Maddux had one legitimately great season as a Cub — but isn’t this kind of like wondering whether Willie Mays would go in as a Met or Hank Aaron as a Brewer?
OK, I take it back. It’s actually a fun question, not for its own sake, but because now it has me thinking of what would the most awesomely inappropriate Hall caps. My short list:
Babe Ruth, Braves;
Ty Cobb, Athletics;
Christy Mathewson, Reds
Yogi Berra, Mets
Steve Carlton, Giants
Rickey Henderson, Red Sox
Leo Durocher, Astros
Reggie Jackson, Orioles
Harmon Killebrew, Royals
Eddie Matthews, Tigers
Warren Spahn, Giants
Any other candidates?
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.