The best part of this is not that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B is saying that his season wasn’t all that bad, it’s that the .238/.306/.376 DH/1B refers to himself in the third person. Mark Kotsay:
“If you look at the whole year from a Mark Kotsay standpoint, it’s
been criticism from the get-go,” the lefty hitter said. ”I didn’t get
off to a good start, I got buried, I slowly got myself out of that hole
when the team was having success in the winning portion of the season.
But even in that turnaround, there was always talk that we needed a
”Hey, you know what? It’s been the whole season. I think I was able
to carry myself in a professional manner and realize, ‘Yeah, my success
as a whole, if I evaluate my whole year, it’s not nearly where I wanted
it to end.’ But I think I battled, I think I fought the whole season.”
No one ever questioned your effort, Mark. Just your production. Which, no matter how hard you worked, wasn’t anywhere close to sufficient for the DH slot.
Now, was it your fault you were penciled in as the DH so often? Nah, that’s on Ozzie Guillen, who decided last winter to go in that direction. But just because it was his decision doesn’t mean that people were unfair to note that, hey, the team could have used a better bat than the one you brought to work each day.
The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.
Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.
Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.
As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.
Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.
Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.