No guns in the clubhouse; bats still OK

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Gilbert Arenas.jpgIt’s a sad, sad day when law abiding ballplayers can’t bring their sidearms into the clubhouse:

Major League Baseball has a new message for players and employees
this spring training: Keep guns, long knives and explosives out of the

Signs have been placed in spring training locker rooms stating
“individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons while
performing any services for MLB.” The rules apply to employees of the
commissioner’s office, other central baseball businesses and to teams,
including players.

In all seriousness, good for Major League Baseball for removing such a pervasive threat to ballplayer safety.  Of course, if they were truly serious about this they’d ban baseball bats too. Those things can be deadly.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.