Quote of the Day: Ian Desmond on Miguel Batista’s fastball

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Yesterday Cardinals pitcher Miguel Batista hit Nationals’ infielder Ian Desmond, setting off a little brouhaha. Desmond wasn’t too steamed about it, though:

“It was intentional, but Miggy throws like Miss Iowa. It’s no big deal.”

I had forgotten about the Miss Iowa/Batista stuff.  Fun times!

But it’s a new year now, and if you’re curious, this is the current Miss Iowa. This, in contrast, is Miguel Batista.

If I was filling out a pitching staff, I’d be inclined to go with Miss Iowa. Chemistry matters.

Aaron Judge underwent left shoulder surgery

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The Yankees announced on Tuesday that outfielder Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, aiming to remove loose bodies and clean up cartilage. Judge is expected to be fully recovered by the time spring training begins in February.

Judge, 25, injured his shoulder on a slide in the second half, though he consistently denied that it bothered him. He slumped heavily, batting just .179 with seven home runs in 191 plate appearances between July 14 and August 31.

Judge still wound up taking home AL Rookie of the Year honors and finished second in AL Most Valuable Player Award balloting. Overall, he hit .284/.422/.627 with 52 home runs, 114 RBI, and 128 runs scored in 678 trips to the plate.