Some great stories about Sparky Anderson

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My memories of Sparky Anderson — and the memories of anyone younger than 40 or so — are of him managing the Tigers.  But while he had longevity and success in Detroit, he had even more success in Cincinnati, and that gives us a good reason to turn to this story from the Cincinnati Enquirer recounting a number of little known Sparky anecdotes.

There’s some good stuff about his minor league playing days and his version of why he was fired by the Reds which I somehow missed when he told it a couple of years ago.  The best one, though, is about why he would always have his hands in his back pockets when he came out of the dugout for pitching changes or arguments with the umps.

Great stuff about a great guy. Check it out.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.