For most of his career Josh Hamilton’s production has declined significantly during day games and for the past several seasons the former MVP tried various remedies to correct his problems hitting in the sun light.
Coming into this season Hamilton’s lifetime OPS was 200 points lower during the day, including a .228 batting average and .631 OPS in the sun last season, but so far this year he’s 12-for-24 (.500) with four homers in afternoon games.
What’s the reason for the sudden ability to hit during the day? Hamilton told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he finally found a combination of eye drops and sun glasses that works and “got it figured out toward the end of last year.”
I’ll just assume Hollywood has already started production on a film trilogy about vampires who take eye drops, wear shades, and post a 1.000 OPS. Can’t be any worse than Twilight.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins say minor league pitcher Yorman Landa has died in Venezuela. He was 22.
The club said in a statement that the Twins are “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss.” The team did not say how he died.
Landa pitched in the 2016 season with the Fort Meyers Miracle, going 2-2 with 7 saves and a 3.24 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched. His career minor-league ERA was 2.66.
Landa had been on the Twins’ 40-man roster, but was dropped after the season. The organization signed him to a minor-league contract last week.
Landa was signed by the Twins in 2010 as a 16-year old from Santa Teresa, Venezuela.
A report from the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly suggests that free agent catcher Welington Castillo currently tops the Orioles’ list of potential backstop targets for the 2017 season. With Matt Wieters on the market, the Orioles lack a suitable platoon partner for Caleb Joseph behind the dish, and Connolly adds that the club has been discussing a multi-year deal with Castillo’s representatives since the Winter Meetings.
Castillo batted .264/.322/.423 with the Diamondbacks in 2016, racking up 14 home runs and driving in a career-high 68 RBI in 457 PA. His bat provides much of his upside, and Connolly quoted an anonymous National League scout who believes that the 29-year-old’s defensive profile has fallen short of his potential in recent years.
For better or worse, both the Orioles and Castillo appear far from locking in a deal for 2017. Both the Rays and Braves have expressed interest in the veteran catcher during the past week, while the Orioles are reportedly considering Wieters, Nick Hundley and Chris Iannetta as alternatives behind the plate.