When bloggers screw something up we try our best to fix it in the main article so that the best information is out there where the most people can see it. Newspapers can’t just reprint, however, so they have to do hilarious little corrections like this one:
The Tracee Hamilton column in the June 19 Sports section, about
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, incorrectly referred to
former Houston Astros pitcher J.R. Richard as deceased. Richard, whose
record for most strikeouts in a pitcher’s first three starts was broken
by Strasburg, is alive.
I guess it’s not so hilarious, really. The fact that even a sports section of a major daily newspaper has lost track of J.R. Richard — who was once truly great and on the road to even greater things before suffering a career-ending stroke in his prime — is pretty sad.
Here’s a lot more J.R. Richard information for you, complete with details of his often tragic post-baseball life. I was seven when his career ended. Just before that, I was convinced that he was the greatest pitcher in all of baseball.
(thanks to Kevin Reiss for the heads up)
Oft-injured pitcher Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is reporting.
Johnson, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2013. The right-hander underwent his third Tommy John surgery in September 2015 but wasn’t able to bounce back.
Johnson spent most of his career with the Marlins, but also pitched for the Blue Jays in the big leagues, as well as the Padres in the minors. He retires with a career 3.40 ERA, 915 strikeouts across 998 innings in the majors, and two All-Star nominations. Johnson led the National League with a 2.30 ERA in 2010, finishing fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. One wonders what he could have accomplished if he was able to stay healthy.
The Angels are nearing a multi-year deal with free agent third baseman Luis Valbuena, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. It’s believed to be a two-year contract with a third-year option.
Valbuena, 31, hit .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances in 2016. He missed most of the second half with a hamstring injury, for which he underwent surgery in late August.
Valbuena has played a majority of his career at third base, but also has extensive experience at second base and has racked up innings at first base and shortstop as well. He won’t play every day for the Angels, as Yunel Escobar lays claim to third base and C.J. Cron first base, but he will give them flexibility and a left-handed bat off the bench.