Remember the orange shoes Brian Wilson wore while pitching in the All-Star game?
Well, he wore them again last night and Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez complained to MLB, who have fined the Giants’ closer $1,000 for “non-conforming shoes.”
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Wilson “was told that half of each shoe had to be black” and spent this afternoon “sitting by his locker using a black marker to color half of the orange shoes.”
Seriously. He called them “Nike Air Sharpies.”
Asked about the situation–and Rodriguez calling the shoes “too flashy”–Wilson gave a pretty amusing answer:
Too flashy. I didn’t know that’s in the rulebook. Oh it’s not in the rulebook. The fact that he thinks these shoes throw 97 to 100 with cut might be a little far fetched. I guess we should have these checked as performance-enhancing shoes.
In fairness to Rodriguez, the orange shoes are pretty flashy. And in fairness to Wilson, they aren’t all that flashy when accompanied by his mohawk.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.