Must-click link: The 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams

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My friends at The Platoon Advantage have a fun post today: counting down the 40 greatest seasons by players on terrible teams.

I was somewhat shocked but quite pleased to see Lonnie Smith’s 1989 season with a putrid Braves team so high on the list. I loved that season. I loved the 1988 Braves season too. I’m kind of a masochist.

With the notable exception of a Randy Johnson season, a Steve Carlton season and a couple other nice years by some sonsabitches, there are a lot of well-loved players on this list. Indeed, I’m guessing that toiling for a poor team and having a great year is exactly what made them well-loved in the first place. Fans gotta latch on to something, so it makes sense that they latch on to the Lonnie Smiths, Rusty Staubs and Ron Santos of the world.

A good read while we wait for the playoffs to start.

Nolan Reimold retires

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Former Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold has retired, Michael Pfaff — president of the Long Island Ducks — announced on Twitter on Sunday.

Reimold, 33, was hitting .238/.359/.397 in 78 plate appearances with the Ducks. He was coming off of a disappointing 2016 campaign as a reserve outfielder with the O’s, finishing with a .664 OPS.

Over parts of eight seasons in the majors, Reimold hit .246/.323/.422 with 56 home runs and 174 RBI.

Mike Trout sprains thumb, to undergo MRI on Monday

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout sprained his left thumb and had to leave Sunday’s game against the Marlins. He underwent an X-ray, which revealed no fracture, but he is set to have an MRI on Monday for further evaluation, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Trout went 0-for-2 with a walk before exiting. The reigning AL MVP is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Needless to say, losing him for any amount of time would be a devastating loss for the Angels, who are 26-27 and tied for second place in the AL West.