The Stamford police are skeptical of Bobby Valentine

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Bobby Valentine’s new job as Stamford, Connecticut’s Public Safety Director is not going over all that well with the people who will be under his supervision:

The announcement of Valentine’s new role wasn’t met with universal acclaim, however. Sgt. Joe Kennedy, president of the Stamford police union, expressed his doubts about Valentine to the Advocate.

“When do we get to meet Derek Jeter?” Kennedy said. “Honestly, I guess this is going to be a ceremonial position. I know he’s a nice guy, [but] I have no idea what his professional background is going to bring to this position.”

Such haters. Don’t they realize that Valentine has expertise? I mean, he was spearheading undercover operations since Sgt. Kennedy was back in high school.

Reading the article further, we learn that Valentine will be paid $10,000 a year.  So, OK, yeah, maybe this is not as big a deal as everyone made it out to be yesterday. Either that, or the public servants in Stamford are due a SERIOUS raise.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.