Oh good: Rob Dibble is going to coach high school kids now

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This is a great idea: Rob Dibble has been named the new baseball coach at Calabasas High School in California.

I can see this going well:

Kid 1: Coach, my elbow! It feels tight.

Dibble: Suck it up.

Kid 1: But it hurts really bad!  Can I at least put some Icy Hot on it?

Dibble: No! What are you, some kind of pansy? Why don’t you put a feminine napkin on it. Get outta my sight.

Dibble: Hey, you come over here!

Kid 2: Yes, coach?

Dibble: Throw this ball at Kid 1. Teach him how we roll around here.

Kid 2: Yes coach. But I wanted to tell you something first. I got drafted by the Nationals yesterday! I’m goin’ to be a pro baseball player!

Dibble: You’re dead to me.

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.