Glory Days

That guy who could throw that speedball by you? His name is Joe DePugh


This was apparently in the New York Times last week, but I missed it. Reader Bill S. emailed me to let me know that it’s running again over at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The story: the real life identity of that pitcher Bruce Springsteen knew back in high school who could through that speedball by ya and make ya look like a fool.

Short version: his name is Joe DePugh, and his life pretty much follows the arc of your typical Springsteen character. His wife is mentioned in the story, but no word if her name is Mary and if they each long for something better in life while finding their only moments of transcendence on the open highway or something.

Next assignment to the writer: find out what happened to that girl who lives up the block who used to turn the boys’ heads back in high school.  Oh, and tell the guys who operate the PA system at ballparks that “Glory Days” really isn’t about baseball, because that bugs the hell out of me.

Shawn Tolleson becomes a free agent

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The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.

Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.

Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.

Indians strongly considering starting Carlos Santana in left field sans DH

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday,’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.

Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.