From a press release from MLB:
For 41 minutes on Wednesday night, Raul Ibanez’s pinch-hit, game tying home run in the ninth inning of ALDS Game Three was the most talked about moment of the 2012 Postseason on social media, with 38,549 comments in the five minutes following his homer. But then his 12th inning game-winning home run nearly doubled the mark, as baseball fans reacted with 74,972 public Twitter and Facebook comments in the five minutes following Ibanez’s walk-off to set a new high for the 2012 Postseason, according to data from Bluefin Labs.
Based on my own Twitter feed from that time, most of the comments were to the effect of “wow,” “holy crap,” and “jumpin’ Jesus on a pogo stick.”
We live in a brave new age.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league deal. If he is added to the major league roster, he’ll earn $750,000 prorated.
Alvarez is still only 27 years old but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder issues. He signed with the Long Island Ducks last month, making seven starts and posting a 3.94 ERA with a 13/14 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
The Phillies learned that Vince Velasquez will undergo season-ending surgery and also placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day disabled list, so the club is just looking for pitching depth to help take them through the end of the season. Any innings that Alvarez is able to handle will be considered a bonus.
Mets third baseman David Wright will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie. He’ll be the DH.
Wright has been sidelined since May of 2016, first with a cervical disc herniation and, more recently, a shoulder impingement. He has appeared in just 75 games since his last full season in 2014. Wright is under contract through 2020 and is owed $47 million after this year. For now insurance is picking up a large portion of that.
It’s possible he’ll make a return to the Mets before the season out as the competitive portion of their year is basically over and giving him a chance to see big league pitching before he begins what one hopes is a normal offseason might be a good confidence boost. What meaningful role he ever plays in the big leagues again, however, is decidedly up in the air.