Joe Maddon: banning beer in the clubhouse is “asinine”

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Joe Maddon was on WEEI and brought some righteous noise with respect to the whole beer in the clubhouse thing.

He correctly noted — as we noted before — that baseball’s interest in potentially banning alcohol in clubhouses is a knee-jerk, P.R.-driven thing, not an idea that anyone thought of beforehand, nor would they.  He then goes on to note the hypocrisy of banning beer for players while ballparks sell beers to tens of thousands of fans for six or seven innings a game.

Ultimately he comes down on it where I do: ballplayers are grownups, and they should be treated as such. If there were problems beyond Boston media hysteria or if it was part of a well-though-out plan to change the culture of the clubhouse, sure, but this recent business is a bunch of noise.

Check out his comments in full. As expected, Maddon is straight to the point and makes all kinds of sense here.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.