Obituary of the Day

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I love obituaries in which the deceased — or whoever wrote it for them — refuse to go gentle into that goodnight.  This one, of a Marylou Belles of Bethel, Connecticut, fits the bill completely. Right down to the baseball part:

She was also a lifelong New York Mets fan though, surprisingly, that wasn’t what killed her.

Continue giving the middle finger to the afterlife, Ms. Belles.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?