Ian Snell is already considering a comeback

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Ian Snell announced last month that he was retiring rather than accept a minor league assignment from the Cardinals, but Evan Drellich of MLB.com reports that he is already considering a comeback.

“He told the world he’s retiring, and that’s what we thought was going to happen,” Snell’s agent Joe Sroba said Friday.

Snell posted an unsightly 6.41 ERA and 26/25 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings with the Mariners last season. While he’s been in a steady decline since the 2007 season, he is only 29 years old and was still averaging 91.1 mph on his fastball last season.

The Delaware native would make sense for a number of teams as organizational depth at the Triple-A level, but Sroba mentioned that a return to the Cardinals is a possibility. And really, if there’s anyone who can get Snell’s career back on track, it has to be Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan.

Check out Minute Maid Park without Tal’s Hill

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During the offseason, the Astros finally got rid of Tal’s Hill in center field. It was a throwback to older stadiums, some of which had uneven topography — Crosley Field, namely. As unique as it was in the age of cookie cutter sports stadiums, most of us were holding our collective breaths hoping no one ruptured an Achilles or suffered another brutal injury trying to navigate the hill while attempting to catch a fly ball.

We saw what it looked like during reconstruction:

And now, via Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, we see what it looks like after all the work has been done:

The Astros are allowing fans with Lexus Field Club tickets to stand on the new warning track to watch batting practice and shag fly balls as well, Morales notes. Lexus Field Club is where Tal’s Hill used to be.

Good riddance, Tal’s Hill.

Jhoulys Chacin will start Opening Day for the Padres

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Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.

Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.

Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.