Ichiro made a sick catch yesterday

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MLB.com won’t let me (or anyone else) embed video, so you have to check it out here.  Definitely worth your click-through, though. The catch is being compared to Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. Two differences from what I can see:

1. Willie Mays’ catch was only half of what made that play amazing. The throw which followed it — which kept Larry Doby at third base despite the fact that Wertz’s ball was hit approximately a gajillion feet — was just as impressive; and

2. Mays didn’t do a fancy little hop right before catching the ball.  If he had, we’d probably view his legacy in a whole new light.

Not that I’m taking away from Ichiro. That was a great catch.  Real baseball is almost here, my brothers and sisters.

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.