Quote of the Day: Furman Bisher

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Jason Hayward now leads the National League in OPS, a statistic with
which I’m not familiar. It refers to On-Base/Slugging Percentage. His
leading number is .991, and your guess is as good as mine. It can’t be
bad, so be grateful.

Former Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Furman Bisher commenting on young Mr. Heyward’s season thus far.  Given that the stat in question didn’t really come into prominence until Bisher was in his 80s I’m going to give him a pass on not being completely up with it.  Indeed, at 91 he here demonstrates an equal level of understanding and a far greater acceptance of the stat than guys like Dan Shaughnessy do.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.