Quote of the Day II: Our Navy is on steroids

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“Our Navy, larger than the next 13 international navies combined,
can be compared to the highest-paid team in baseball. With its Barry
Bonds super carriers, Mark McGwire cruisers, and Sammy Sosa destroyers,
today’s Navy consists of all power hitters, with huge slugging
percentages and salaries to match

An article that — while having nothing to do with baseball — uses those sluggers, Rickey Henderson and Moneyball to try and explain modern naval warfare.  I’m waiting for some writer to suggest that the Navy is a disgrace to something or other. 

I dunno, just found it interesting.

(thanks to Charles K. for the heads up)

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.