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.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.