Via Jon Weisman over at Dodger Thoughts comes the most inane headline we’ve seen in a while. It’s from the New York Daily News, a paper that seems to think that anyone outside of Brooklyn — let alone anyone inside the Dodgers organization — cares a lick about what people in New York think about the Dodgers going to Los Angeles over half a century ago:
While I suppose there are a lot of people who still wish the Dodgers had stayed in Brooklyn, there are probably only, like, 11 old angry dudes there who actually expect some sort of gesture or apology from the Dodgers over it all. It’s been 54 years. Murderers are let out of jail after less time than that. Anyone expecting the Dodgers to “make amends” at this point probably has some issues he needs to address. And if the Daily News actually realizes this but is simply trying to stir the pot, it should probably realize that there’s nothin’ in the pot. Rabble-rousing is kind of pointless when there’s no rabble.
The Dodgers aren’t trying to “make amends” with their throwback uniforms. They’re trying to make some money. I can all but guarantee you that the feelings of some ancient grudge-holding Brooklyn Dodger die-hards was not a part of the calculus.
For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East
Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams. The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.
Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.