Not less than ten minutes after reading this story in which Doc Gooden offers his advice to Stephen Strasburg I read that Gooden was arrested after being involved in a crash after which he was charged with:
- Driving under the Influence of a controlled dangerous substance;
- Endangering the welfare
of a child;
- DWI with a child passenger;
- Leaving the scene of a motor
- Failure to keep right; and
- Failure to
notify change of address regarding driver’s license
You’d think the first six charges were enough without that address beef, but if I saw that a guy was driving his kids around while on drugs I’d spend hours in the law library looking for new and outrageously punitive things with which to charge him.
As I sit here right now I’m struggling to think of someone who has wasted his life and the second, third, fourth and fifth chances (and then some) he was given than Dwight Gooden has. Maybe there’s one or two, I don’t know. I do know, though, that Stephen Strasburg should take any advice Doc Gooden has for him and do pretty much the exact opposite.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.