No, it’s not a headline from 2003.
The Rangers released the son of their former All-Star, also named Ruben Sierra, while making minor league cuts on Wednesday.
The younger Sierra was a sixth-round pick in 2009. He didn’t embarrass himself in the minors, but neither was he proving to be much of a prospect in the three years since the Rangers grabbed him. He hit .256/.301/.401 with 56 strikeouts in 172 at-bats for short-season Single-A Spokane last season.
The elder Sierra began his career with the Rangers in 1986 and went to three All-Star Games before being traded to Oakland for Jose Canseco in 1992. He later returned to the Rangers for two additional stints and had his only really good season after age 30 with the team in 2001, when he hit .291 with 23 homers in 344 at-bats.
Update: The photographer was apparently in on the action, according to Topps. Still pretty funny. (Hat tip: Mike Ashmore)
Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.
Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:
Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.
Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.