Mike Cameron on Michael Jordan

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Jordan baseball.jpgAlex Speier has a nice feature today on Mike Cameron remembering his days in the White Sox system with a fellow by the name of Jordan.  File this under stuff I never realized at the time:

Cameron could see that Jordan still loved [basketball], loved talking trash to their on-court opponents. That, combined with Major League Baseball’s
efforts to convince Jordan to be a replacement player the following
spring, when the game was still in gridlock as a result of the strike
that had cancelled the World Series, pushed His Airness back to the NBA in the spring of 1995.

“I think if the strike hadn’t taken place, basketball may have been rewritten and baseball may have been rewritten,” said Cameron. “When they had the strike, they
asked him to play the games. He said, ‘I’m in a union, too.’ And he
left.

It’s sometimes startling to recall how cynical and, let’s face it, plain stupid the Lords of Baseball were back in those dark days. I mean, their whole farkakte labor strategy was bad enough, but the fact that they actually thought that (a) Michael Jordan would cross a picket line; and (b) his fame, but complete lack of major league baseball skills, would save their replacement player gambit shows just how demented they were.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.