The Reds and Pirates did something cool last night: in honor of the 75th anniversary of the first ever night game — which also took place in Cincinnati — the teams, according to the MLB.com story, played in “a retro atmosphere with no modern graphics on the scoreboard in the
first seven innings and organ music filling the stadium air.”
Only problem: there was no organ music at ballparks in 1935. I only know this because of that story from yesterday about the Astros bringing back the organs, but the fact is that organs weren’t played at baseball games until the early 1940’s. If the Reds really wanted to make like it was 75 years ago they should have pumped in “The Good Ship Lollipop” or “Red Sails in the Sunset” by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians.
Heck, maybe they should do that anyway. Beats that awful John Fogerty song and whatever pathetic rap-metal obnoxiousness all the kids are listening to these days.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.