Luis Aparicio's No. 11 to be un-retired for Vizquel

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Omar cage.jpgI haven’t gotten this misty since Apollo Creed let Rocky wear his red white and blue trunks for the Clubber Lang rematch:

The White Sox announced Monday that Aparicio has given his consent for
Omar Vizquel to wear No. 11 in his first year with the White Sox, as
the number will be un-retired by the organization for Vizquel to wear
in tribute.

“If there is one player who I would like to see wear my uniform
number with the White Sox, it is Omar Vizquel,” said Aparicio in his
statement released Monday.  “I have known Omar for a long time.  Along
with being an outstanding player, he is a good and decent man.”

Now all that needs to happen is for Aparicio to come out of retirement, get taken out on the turn at short by the baseball equivalent of Ivan Drago, die from his injuries, have Omar train like a madman to some bad Robert Tepper song and then take revenge “like piece of iron.”

Which raises the question: who’s the baseball equivalent of Ivan Drago?

Which raises another question: when is Bill Simmons gonna sue me for stealing his shtick?

Alex Wood to try pitching out of the stretch

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Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers.

Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB ratio in 152 1/3 innings. That’s a mighty fine season, one in which many pitchers would not dare to mess with something that isn’t broken.

Interestingly, Wood indeed has had better results with runners on base — when he would pitch out of the stretch — as opposed to the bases being empty, with a respective OPS allowed of .523 versus .684, respectively. Over his career, he has allowed a .617 OPS with runners on and .706 with the bases empty.

In response to Moura’s tweet about Wood, retired pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver took the opportunity to burn themselves. Haren tweeted, “I pitched a few seasons completely out of the stretch actually, just not by choice.” Weaver responded, “Sometimes I would just step off and throw the ball in the gap myself because I knew the hitter would do it anyways.”