Browns to retire Eddie Gaedel's number

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Gaedel.jpgNot the St. Louis Browns because they don’t exist anymore, but this is kinda close:

On July 17, the Farmington Browns Baseball Club will retire Eddie
Gaedel’s famous number 1/8 in ceremonies between games of a twi-night
doubleheader at Lemay Baseball Association’s Heine Meine Field in St.
Louis.

Farmington is one of those wooden bat teams that feature college players trying to keep loose during their offseason. Such leagues are great fun, by the way, so if you happen to have one of those teams near you, go check them out.

Everyone knows Gaedel’s story, of course. Given that he was a publicity stunt to begin with, I see no problem with the Farmington Browns Baseball Club using his jersey retirement as a publicity stunt of their own.

Oh, and from what I’m hearing, they’re going to grandfather this thing in Jackie Robinson/Mariano Rivera-style, so anyone wearing 1/8 on their jersey before July 17th will still be able to wear it until they retire.

(thanks to Ron Rollins for the link)

Tim Tebow hits a homer in his first instructional league at bat

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Tim Tebow #15 of the New York Mets hits a home run at an instructional league day at Tradition Field on September 20, 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Because of course he did.

It wasn’t just his first at bat, but it was his first pitch. It came off of John Kilichowski, an 11th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Vanderbilt.  The ball went out to left center, off the bat of the lefty Tebow.

Next time, meat, throw him a breaking ball.

 

Joaquin Benoit blames overly-sensitive hitters for benches-clearing incidents

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 12: Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the seventh inning during MLB game action against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 12, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The other night, Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit needed help getting off the field after the second benches-clearing incident with the Yankees. It was later revealed that Benoit tore a calf muscle during the fracas, ending his season.

Yesterday he pointed the finger at just about everyone else for the incidents like the one that led to his injury. Hitters specifically. From The Star:

“I believe as pitchers we’re entitled to use the whole plate and pitch in if that’s the way we’re going to succeed,” Benoit said. “I believe that right now baseball is taking things so far that in some situations most hitters believe that they can’t be brushed out. Some teams take it personally.”

That “take it personally” line is interesting coming from Benoit as, in this instance, it seemed pretty clear that the whole plunking exchange which led to his injury started because Josh Donaldson took an inside pitch that did not seem to be a purpose pitch at all, too personally.

Did Benoit take a veiled swipe at his teammate here? If so, that’s pretty notable. If not it’s notable in another way, right? As it suggests that Benoit believes it’s OK for his teammates to take issue with inside pitches but anyone else who does is part of the problem?

Which is it, Joaquin?