David Wright’s resurgence continued this afternoon, as he went 4-for-6 with a home run, three singles and three RBI in a 9-3 win over the Marlins.
Wright had an RBI single in the first, an opposite-field solo homer in the third and another RBI single in the ninth. He now has four consecutive multi-hit games, raising his batting average from .374 to .402 in the process. He’s currently tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead in batting average while his .489 on-base percentage is tops in all of MLB.
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Wright’s .402 batting average is the second-highest in franchise history on this date. Cleon Jones was hitting .411 on May 12 back in 1969.
Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy also helped the cause this afternoon by delivering three hits apiece while R.A. Dickey allowed two run over six innings to improve to 5-1 on the young season. Dickey was hit in the right hand by a pitch in the fifth inning and stayed in for two more innings, but Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game that he may be sent for an X-ray.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
It’s not known yet what kind of contract the two sides are negotiating. It could be a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, a non-guaranteed major league contract, or a guaranteed major league contract.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.