“When you reach that plateau, no matter where it is, whether you’re
playing in the Majors or the Minors, it’s a tremendous accomplishment. It means an awful lot to whoever reaches this achievement . . . It really doesn’t matter what kind of asterisk you put by it — 600 homers is something special.”
— Hank Aaron on A-Rod’s milestone, admirably taking the high road, as he just about always does.
And really, why wouldn’t he? When you’ve had the life and career that Hank Aaron has had, you don’t need a record book, an ethical analysis or the arguments of fans or the media to make you feel confident of all you’ve accomplished. A-Rod could hit 900 homers and it wouldn’t take a lick away from Henry Aaron.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.
Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.
The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.