Whitey Herzog was in intensive care for 23 days

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The good news: Whitey Herzog is OK now and was at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-up talking to reporters;

The bad news: He spent 23 days in intensive care starting in September after a nasty fall at his house left him with bleeding on the brain.

The “good” news: He was colorful — dare I say amusingly so? — in recounting how that all went:

“I told Mary Lou (his wife) I’d go home and feed the goats,” he recalled. “The next day the nurse would say, `Did you feed the goats?’ I said, `I don’t have any goats.”‘

Still, Herzog said, he was lucky because despite bruising his brain in two places, doctors were able to stop the bleeding without drilling into his head.

“Once they drill through your brain, you don’t know what they’re going to come out with,” he said.

To be clear: Herzog’s medical state and confusion it created were not amusing. But it is a relief that he’s better now and able to talk about it all such a matter of fact way.  Brain injuries are super scary.

Glad to hear one of my favorites of all time is on the mend.

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.