Great Moments in Labor Relations: Keith Hernandez crosses picket line; gets taunted


In the places I grew up the unions were strong but the strikes, when they happened, were somewhat out of sight of our day-to-day lives. I mean, regular folks don’t have to worry about crossing a picket line at a Chevy truck plant or a coal mine when they’re just trying to go about their day. Upshot: I was never quite sure of the politics of picket lines.

I know you shouldn’t cross them if you’re sympathetic to the cause.  But is that in all instances? Like, if they’re picketing at the grocery store is it enough to give them the thumbs up and shop anyway?  If not, do you go to the next nearest store? What if it’s a non-union shop?  There’s probably somewhere I can read about the etiquette on all of this, but I just don’t know how it works in practice.

And maybe Keith Hernandez doesn’t either. According to Ben Maller at Yahoo!’s The Postgame, it seems that Mex ate at a New York restaurant where the workers were on strike.  When he left, picketers gave him an earful. The best nugget: “Mark Teixeira is a better fielder.”  It’s funnier because it’s not true.

Anyway, Hernandez didn’t much care for it.  I hope he didn’t undermine the union cause.

A’s sign Brett Anderson to a minor league deal

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.