This is pretty neat. Not as neat as the fact that Richie Hebner used to work as a grave digger in the offseason, but neat in the sense that ballplayers never actually work real jobs anymore, so it’s cool to see one who does.
It’s Michael Taylor of the Oakland A’s, who spent the offseason as an intern for KNBR radio in San Francisco. And, at least based on the video segment from MLB Network on it, it appears as though it was real work that he and the employer took seriously, not just some “let the jock come in and hang out” kind of thing.
Not that he’s doing it to pay the bills. It’s a no-pay gig, and he says that he wants to try to get in the media biz, so this is obviously a stepping stone thing. But given how many ex-jocks just show up on TV or radio for the simple reason that they’re ex-jocks, it’s nice to see someone taking the time to actually, you know, understand the business.
Not that being a tall, almost annoyingly handsome Stanford grad is gonna hurt.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.