We don’t normally do traveling secretary news here at HardballTalk, but this seemed a little more interesting than usual.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have fired traveling secretary Jimmy Bank after 20 years in the organization and a total of 34 years as a traveling secretary for MLB teams.
Sullivan also includes a note about what exactly a traveling secretary does: “As traveling secretary, Bank dealt with charters, hotels, tickets and assorted other day-to-day issues.”
And of course the most famous traveling secretary was in fact an assistant to the traveling secretary:
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.