Quote of the Day: George Steinbrenner edition

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I’ve said my piece on Steinbrenner, but I’m sure he’d think he could say it better himself.

All of these things were actually said by George Steinbrenner at one point or another. Some of these words constitute genuine wisdom. Some of them constitute craziness. Some of them are flat out lies.  One of them is a little eerie and sad after today’s  events. All of them, however, go a long way towards explaining what George Steinbrenner was all about, for better and for worse:

  • “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned. We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships.”
  • “I am dead set against free agency. It can ruin baseball.”
  • “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.”
  • “I will never have a heart attack. I give them.”
  • “Don’t talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what’s good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance.”
  • “I am tough. Sometimes I’m unreasonable. I have to catch myself every once in a while.”
  • “I don’t want to be in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think owners should be.”
  • “I haven’t always made the right decisions.”
  • “I haven’t always done a good job, and I haven’t always been successful – but I know that I have tried.”  
  • “In the end, I’ll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody.”

Jon Gray will start Opening Day for the Rockies

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Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.

Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.

The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.

Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.

Blake Treinen named Nationals closer

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Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.

There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.