Phillies avoid on-field distraction … for a night

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fan taser.jpgThe Phillies made it through Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals without a fan running onto the field for the first time in three nights.  Deserving or undeserving, let’s chalk up some of the credit to their new stadium policies.

According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Philadelphia police officers will no longer be involved in the apprehension of fans that run onto the Citizens Bank Park field, unless completely necessary.  It was a city cop who tased and arrested Steven Consalvi on Monday night.  On Wednesday, his family issued an apology:

“Steve and his family wish to apologize to all
Philadelphia Phillies fans, the entire Philadelphia Phillies
organization, players, staff and security, as well as the Philadelphia
Police Department for what occurred that evening,” attorney Steven F.
O’Meara said in a statement.  “His family hopes and prays that people will
understand that teenagers do impulsive things. This
young man has never been in trouble before and has learned a valuable
lesson.”

The Phillies also established a new fine for fans that enter the field of play: $2500.  We can only hope that puts a stop to the attention-seekers.  Or, as the Consalvi family likes to call them, “impulsive teenagers.”

Josh Johnson retires from baseball

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 21: Josh Johnson #55 of the San Diego Padres poses during Picture Day on February 21, 2014 at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.

Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.

Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.

Report: Angels close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena

HOUSTON, TX - JULY 08:  Luis Valbuena #18 of the Houston Astros hits a three run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 10-9 at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.

Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.

Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.