Most of the 75 or so players remaining in this year’s postseason are dealing with some kind of malady, whether it be a major injury or general soreness.
Josh Hamilton may be hurting more than most.
According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the 30-year-old outfielder said after Saturday’s 15-5 ALCS Game 6 victory over the Tigers that he’s currently operating at “about 50 percent health.”
Hamilton has been battling a strained groin muscle for the past couple of months and is also carrying a number of other bumps and bruises. He has pledged to continue playing through the discomfort until the end of the Fall Classic, though, and should be helped some by the rest period between now and the start of the World Series on Wednesday evening.
Hamilton has hit .293/.311/.415 with zero home runs in 45 plate appearances this October, but he does have five doubles and seven RBI. The Rangers are getting enough power production from the rest of their lineup.
Nothing is happening as the baseball world waits four more hours for the Hall of Fame announcement. Question: why do it at 6pm? For MLB Network ratings? Let’s be real, there are “Golden Girls” reruns on third-tier basic cable that are gonna draw a bigger audience. Why not announce it now so people can get on with their lives? Oh well.
As we wait, let’s take a look in at Twitter, where Jim Bowden of ESPN passes along the rumor that the Washington Nationals are still interested in signing Matt Wieters and Greg Holland:
Great to know that the Nats’ baseball operations budget is dictated by its capital expenditures. Maybe they shoulda been smart like the Braves and suckered — er, I mean negotiated the local government to pay more for it? GO BRAVES!
Anyway, Bryce Harper had a response to that:
I take that to mean that he’d take the money used to construct the team store and give to Wieters and Holland. I haven’t seen the budget breakdown for the new spring training facility, but that would probably mean a major pay cut for Wieters and Holland. And where would we buy our “Make Baseball Great Again” caps? Think ahead, Bryce. Play the long game here.
The Cleveland Indians and outfielder Brandon Guyer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5 million contract with a club option for 2019.
The Indians acquired Guyer from the Rays at last year’s trade deadline. After coming to Cleveland he posted a line of .333/.438/.469 in 38 games. He’s a .262/.349/.402 hitter over 344 games in five seasons in the bigs. He has led the league in being hit by pitches for the past two seasons, getting plunked 24 times in 2015 and 31 times in 2016. He went 6-for-18 with four walks and two HBPs in the playoffs for Cleveland. The man will work to get on base, my friends. And he can play all three outfield positions.