Bill Lee is a piker. This guy REALLY hated George Steinbrenner

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If you think Bill Lee hated George Steinbrenner, get a load of this rant from Muhammed Cohen (neat name!) of the Guardian:

Steinbrenner, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was a bully and a brat, devoid of humility, class, and
civility, born on third base, deluded that he’d hit a triple, and
convinced he had to tell the whole world how he’d done it. Famed for his
bombast and for making himself bigger than his players and team,
tolerated only because he had money and power, this Yankee Doodle Dandy
born on the Fourth of July paved the way for America to become a loser
by his example.

It just goes on and on like that. The factual examples of Steinbrenner’s flaws are basically accurate, but Cohen’s vitriol at at those flaws seems massively out of proportion.

God love a free press (which they have even in the UK), but Cohen should probably not plan any trips to Yankee Stadium anytime soon.

(thanks to ‘Duk over at Big League Stew for the head’s up)

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.