You might be surprised to learn that Tony La Russa had a bizarre complaint about something last night. OK, probably not.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that La Russa filed a complaint with umpire chief Gary Darling about some lighting issues around home plate at Miller Park. Apparently the Cardinals believed that the home plate area was darker when they were batting than it was for the Brewers.
And wouldn’t you know it, the Cardinals lost the game 6-2.
Anyway, the Brewers heard from the commissioner’s office and were given no edict to change anything with the lighting.
“It’s all been handled,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “I really don’t have any comment on it.
“We didn’t change anything. There was no reason to change anything. What was brought up, nothing had to be changed.”
While this sounds like a baseless claim on the part of La Russa, Haudricourt writes that whispers of the Brewers “cheating” at Miller Park are nothing new. It’s only natural, since they are a major-league best 40-14 at home this season as opposed to 21-35 on the road.
Update (5:16 PM ET): ESPN’s Pedro Gomez is reporting that the deal is final.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and outfielder J.D. Martinez are close to a deal. He takes care to note that the deal is not done yet and the details are not known yet.
Martinez, 30, entered the offseason as the top free agent hitter. Last season, between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he hit a lusty .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a sprained right foot; one wonders what his numbers might’ve been like if he hadn’t been injured.
The Red Sox were the team most strongly linked to Martinez throughout the offseason, despite the relatively slow-moving market. Martinez said he wants to play in the outfield and the Red Sox are currently spoken for at all three positions with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts. Hanley Ramirez is also penciled in at DH. Should the Martinez deal become official, the Red Sox may try to trade Bradley and move Benintendi to center field. If Martinez is willing to concede his outfield wishes, the Red Sox could slot him in at DH and move Ramirez to first base.
The AL East is shaping up to be a familiar two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The addition of Martinez, in a way, answers the Yankees’ addition of Giancarlo Stanton.