Wow, even the umpires wore those lame necklaces during the World Series

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Remember those lame titanium necklaces that everyone was wearing during the playoffs?  Seems that the umpires had them too.  This according to Paul Lukas’ latest, in which he spoke to the woman who makes them from her little shop in Seattle:

At least a dozen players, including the entire Texas Rangers bullpen, wore Johnson’s handiwork during the Series. And in what may have been a World Series first, the umpires were titanium-clad as well. “I got a call asking could I meet with the umpires, so I went to their hotel,” she said. “I was sitting there waiting, and here comes John Hirschbeck. He said, ‘I want all the umpires to wear them,’ so I made six necklaces for them.”

So, to review: the umpires are against implementation of technology to ensure that the correct outcomes are reached on a baseball diamond, but they’re all for wearing jewelry that “enhances circulation” and “stabilizes energy flow.”

For those of you who are in favor of the “human element,” just remember: humans are outrageously irrational beasts who will believe just about anything.

 

Mets sign reliever Anthony Swarzak

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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak. It’s a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.

Swarzak is an eight-year big league veteran who pitched for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, posting a 2.33 ERA in 70 games. The righty struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings while walking 2.6. It was a really nice year and he’s a really nice pickup for the Mets, even if he is a fallback choice after they failed to sign Bryan Shaw.