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?
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.