Looking back to the last notable phantom HBP: A.J. Pierzynski

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I had forgotten, but Jonny5 reminded me in the comments that A.J. Pierzynski acted his way on to first base back in April.  I commented on it at the time. The fact that I used it to leap into a pro wrestling digression is evidence that I didn’t think Pierzynski’s act was some awful transgression against man and nature, but I called it “totally weak” and “pretty damn weak.” I called his flopping “bush league theatrics.”

Which it was.  Jeter’s act was pretty damn weak too. Not so weak that it should change our assumptions about him or cause us to read more into it than it was, but it was weak. And funny. As was Pierzynski’s act. 

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.