The Orioles to honor Jim Gentile before tonight's game


As we mentioned last week, the stat police have figured out that Roger Maris was credited with one too many RBIs in 1961, thus putting him back into a tie with the Orioles’ Jim Gentile for the league lead with 141. In a nice gesture, the Orioles will honor Gentile — who is still alive and kicking at age 76 — before tonight’s game against the White Sox.

According to, Gentile had a clause in his contract for that year which would have paid him $5000 for winning the RBI title. Can anyone do a quick interest calculation for me on that? Does the discovery rule or some legal concept I’ve forgotten allow him to make a claim on this despite it being 49 years ago?  These are the things I think about.

Blue Jays sign Danny Espinosa to minors deal

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Free agent middle infielder Danny Espinosa signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, the team announced Saturday. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Espinosa is scheduled for his first split-squad game against the Orioles this afternoon.

Espinosa, 30, was inked to another minor-league deal with the Yankees in January. The veteran infielder was competing for an infield job until the team picked up second baseman Neil Walker on a one-year, $4 million deal last Monday. Prior to his release, he slashed .160/.276/.320 with one home run through his first 12 games with the Yankees this spring. He didn’t fare much better in the majors last year, either, batting a cumulative .173/.245/.278 with six home runs and a .523 OPS in 295 PA for the Mariners and Rays.

Blue Jays starting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still dealing with a bone spur in his heel and has officially been ruled out for Opening Day, which could clear a path for Espinosa to claim a starting role in Toronto. Of course, he won’t be the only candidate under consideration — Yangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz are still in the mix as well, though no final decision appears to be made just yet.