Yeah, I know you all hate “speedball” in that song. Me too. I hate it more that people think that “Glory Days” is a baseball song. Outside of the first two damn lines of the song it’s about people living in the past. It’s no “Atlantic City” or “The River” in terms of depressing, but it’s kinda sad. But I digress.
A more solid baseball connection between The Boss and baseball is happening this summer: tour dates at major league ballparks:
- Rogers Centre, August 24;
- Citizens Bank Park, September 2;
- Wrigley Field, September 7;
- Nationals Park, September 14; and
- Asbury Park, Fourth of July (Sandy)
Without checking, I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume that the home teams will be on the road at those times. If not, well, that would be kind of a mess.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.