Say it ain’t so.
As expected, the Diamondbacks called up Brandon Allen and designated Juan Miranda for assignment Friday. They also made a second series of moves, activating Geoff Blum from the disabled list and designating The Man, The Legend, The Wily Mo Pena.
Pena goes despite hitting five homers in 46 at-bats for the Diamondbacks. Of course, those five homers came with just four other hits and a 19/0 K/BB ratio, giving him a ridiculous .196/.196/.522 line.
Still, one has to think that Pena showed enough to entice some American League team, right? His homers were lasers, and he hit an incredible .363/.439/.726 with 21 homers in 271 at-bats for Triple-A Reno before his callup.
Alas, the Diamondbacks simply didn’t see Pena as an outfielder and they didn’t see him making a real contribution while getting three or four at-bats per week as a pinch-hitter.
And they were probably right. But hopefully someone picks him up.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.