We’ve all heard the story of how a young Stanley Burrell — more famously and ridiculously known as M.C. Hammer — once worked for the Oakland A’s. You may not know the details of that gig, however. If you don’t, The Common Man has a post up about it over at The Platoon Advantage this afternoon.
The surprising thing: Hammer actually had the title of Vice President for a while. As a teenager. But then, as TCM notes, he left that employment:
Burrell left his job with the A’s (presumably because he was not legit enough, and therefore had to quit) after he graduated from high school, and eventually joined the Navy for three years.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.