Quote of the Day: Ivan Nova feels closer to Mark Teixeira

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Out of context, this quote is tender and sweet. Like, I picture Teixeira riding on the handlebars of Nova’s bike and then them having a picnic:

“I saw Teix today in a way that I could have never imagined,” pitcher Ivan Nova said. “You should have seen him. I couldn’t stop smiling. It made me think about how we come from so many different places to become teammates and friends.”

Turns out he’s merely referring to the Yankees’ team building exercise yesterday in which Joe Girardi took them all to an improv/comedy club where they did skits and improv activities.  No word on whether or not they did “ASSSSCAT.”

Each year Girardi does this. A couple of years ago it was paintball. Next year they’ll be doing something slightly different: a hunting trip.  Where they will hunt the most dangerous prey of them all … man.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.