This Day in History: Ty Cobb beat the hell out of a fan

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Via BTF, we are reminded that today is the 96th anniversary of Ty Cobb doing something which, if today’s Hall of Fame voters are to be believed, wasn’t as bad as taking some HGH: he beat the hell out of a fan:

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My favorite part came right afterward. It seems that AL President Ban Johnson was actually at the game. He was asked afterward if Cobb would get a suspension. He said “I don’t know until I hear the facts …”

The story went on to say that the Highlanders lost because they were “unable to match the Tigers in rungetting.”

Ah, it was a simpler time. If by “simpler” you mean freakin’ absurd.

Angels sign Chris Young to one-year deal

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The Angels went on a Chris binge yesterday. In addition to signing Chris Carter to a minor league deal they signed Chris Young — the outfielder Chris Young, not the pitcher Chris Young — to a one-year contract. Young will make $2 million with incentives that could make the pact more valuable.

Young, 34, hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He’s historically been a plus defender and has handled all three outfield positions in the past, but he’s really a corner guy/platoon DH these days. Not that the Angels need a center fielder. Rumor has it that they have a pretty decent one.