Hey, how about that earthquake?

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Fun thing about being on Twitter all day is that when something happens you get hundreds of people rushing to make all of the jokes and the profound observations as soon as humanly possible. And so it was with that earthquake that just hit the east coast.  Within five minutes we had:

  • 1,245 “hey, did everyone feel that earthquake?” tweets;
  • Many “we felt it [insert increasingly distant places from the coast]” tweets;
  • Countless “you guys are total wusses” tweets from the west coast;
  • Many un-tweeted but certainly thought “don’t bitch next time it dips below 60 degrees, Californians” sentiments;
  • A handful of remembrances of the 1989 World Series quake from old baseball writers; and
  • Our own D.J. Short lamenting that the quake has disrupted his trip to Chick-Fil-A.  Never forget.

Anyway, this has nothin’ to do with baseball, but I don’t have coworkers here with whom I can waste my day, so let’s use the comments thread to remember The Great East Coast Quake of 2011.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.