Jimmie Lee Solomon is MLB’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. Based on this passage from today’s MLB.com feature about him, I like the cut of his jib:
Solomon enrolled at Harvard Law School, and after 10 years at a
Washington law firm, where he worked his way up to partner, he left to
become director of Minor League operations for Major League Baseball.
Commissioner Bud Selig later promoted Solomon to senior vice president
of baseball operations and then promoted him again in 2005 to his
present role as executive vice president of baseball operations.
“I hated every second,” Solomon said of his career in law. “I decided to get back into sports.”
It’s this sort of thing that reminds me of what people sometimes say about sex and pizza and stuff: Even when it’s bad, it’s still kind of good. Writing about baseball is the same way, which makes me wonder how newspaper columnists can get crotchety and bitter about the game as so many of them do.
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.