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.
The St. Louis Cardinals have been eliminated from contention for the NL Central crown and are hanging on by the thinnest of threads in the race for the second NL Wild Card, two and a half games back of the Rockies with the Brewers in between. Last night those dim playoff hopes took what may have been a fatal blow thanks to a couple of foul balls that knocked Yadier Molina out of the game and, possibly, out for the season.
In the seventh inning of last night’s Cubs-Cardinals game Molina took a Kris Bryant foul ball off of his mask. It sent him to his knees. He gathered himself, set back up and, on the very next pitch, took a second foul ball, right to the mask. He was much slower in rising that time and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny immediately — and wisely — pulled Molina from the game.
Molina is being monitored for a concussion. Whether he has one or not, prudence would dictate sitting him down for the rest of what are likely the Cardinals final six games of 2017.
Last night, in the Cubs-Cardinals game in St. Louis, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell dove into the stands to catch a foul ball. As so often happens in such instances, a fan’s food got disrupted. Specifically, a plate of nachos. That’s sad, but as we learned last week, if you sit down close where there is no netting, you assume the risk of loss!
Russell, though, did the guy a solid. A couple of innings later when he came out for the bottom half, Russell delivered the fan a new plate of nachos. He even posed for a selfie with the guy. That’s beyond solid. Watch:
After the game Russell explained his actions, saying “You don’t want to get in front of a man and his nachos.” Especially that guy’s nachos. Good play Addison.