R.A. Dickey is writing a memoir that’s scheduled to be published next year and the knuckleballer spoke to David Waldstein of the New York Times about the book, describing it as a combination of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls and “Ball Four” by Jim Bouton, the latter of which is my favorite book of all time (baseball or otherwise).
Dickey told Waldstein that instead of “throwing everyone under the bus” the way Bouton did in sharing what was back then the unheard of inside details of ballplayers’ lives he’ll be “throwing myself under the bus” with stories “dating way back to childhood and leading all the way up to this year.”
Dickey went from former first-round pick to minor-league veteran with a 5.43 ERA in various big-league stints, but grabbed a spot in the Mets’ rotation at age 35 and ranked seventh among NL pitchers in ERA, turning the career-year into a $7.5 million contract extension last month.
Waldstein notes that Dickey was an English literature major at the University of Tennessee and has been keeping a journal for the past five years, which he’ll add to “stories of his difficult childhood, his parents’ divorce and his mother’s battle with alcoholism, and how he had to live with friends during his later high school years.”
The Royals are a game and a half out of the crazy AL Wild Card race — six games back of the Indians in the division — so they don’t have a huge margin for error. They got some bad news last night, though, that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes: closer Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning of last night’s win, forcing him out of the game.
Herrera walked the bases loaded, then went to a 2-0 count on the next batter before leaving the game. That last pitch was a fastball that clocked in at 91 m.p.h., which is NOT a typical Kelvin Herrera fastball. Herrera didn’t talk after the game but his teammate Sal Perez said that Herrera told him “I’m tight. I don’t feel my forearm.”
Reporters left the clubhouse before an official diagnosis or prognosis could be delivered, so expect an update some time today. If Herrera is out the closer duties could fall to Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer.
Albert Pujols had a big night last night, driving in four runs as the Angels beat the Rangers 10-1. Three of those runs came on a three-run homer. That was the 610th home run of Pujols’ career, snapping a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Sammy Sosa. It also made him baseball’s all-time leader for home runs by a player born outside the U.S.
Pujols was aware of the accomplishment, of course, and noted how honored he was after the game:
”It’s pretty special. Obviously, all the great players from the Dominican Republic, Latin America, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, they’ve gone through the big leagues and to be able to accomplish something like this is very humbling.”
After Sosa, who is from the Dominican Republic, comes Rafael Palmeiro (569); Manny Ramirez (555); David Ortiz (541); Carlos Delgado (473); Jose Canseco (462); Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera (459).