Thanks, dude

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Most people are either already travelling or pretending to work today or something, so I can be forgiven for a personal post, right?  Of course I can.

I got an unexpected package today from an old friend.  In it was this baby: a vintage cast iron mechanical baseball bank:

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Yes, I see the ump’s right arm is missing. I think it makes it even better. This thing was loved/abused by some kid or perhaps many kids over the decades. It didn’t sit on some collector’s shelf. There’s love in this thing.

On the bottom, my friend taped a note:

To Craig,

This is the only thing you can control in life.

Your pal,

Todd.

Gettin’ a little dusty in here.  Thanks, dude.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.