Rob Dibble once threw a ball at a lady in the stands and all he got for
it was a couple of decades of well-deserved scorn. Mariners’ bullpen catcher Jason Phillips does
it and he gets married:
“If we go extra innings, I’m gonna make a move,” Phillips said. “If
we go to extra innings, that’s gotta be a sign.”
The game with the Oakland A’s went into extra innings. Phillips
grabbed a baseball, scribbled his number on it, got the woman’s
attention and tossed it to her. And for the rest of the game, he was
left to wonder how she’d respond. He couldn’t wait to return to the
clubhouse and check his messages. Naturally, the game would drag for 15
But by then, she had sent him a text message: “My name is Molly. Nice
to meet you.”
Now Molly and Phillips are getting married.
Four years ago Craig Burley of The Hardball Times determined that Phillips was the slowest player in baseball. But while his feet are
slow, his moves are are pretty fast, no?
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.