Dan Uggla matched the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the longest hitting streak this season by reaching 30 with an infield single in the fifth inning Tuesday against the Marlins.
Shortstop Emilio Bonifacio, who had a 26-game hitting streak snapped at the end of last month, handled the roller, but his throw wasn’t nearly in time to retire Uggla.
The single raised Uggla’s average to .221. He was at .173 when the streak began.
STATS Inc. pointed out earlier today that the lowest streak-ending batting average for any player with a hitting streak of at least 30 games (since 1918 anyway) was Willy Taveras at .284 in 2006. Uggla would almost certainly have to overtake Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game streak and keep going well into September if his average is going to climb that high.
The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.
Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.
Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.
He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:
Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.