Playing gritty bingo with Walt Weiss


Patrick Saunders wrote a column in the Denver Post about new Rockies manager Walt Weiss. A word cloud from the piece, some from Saunders, some from other players or managers, some from Weiss himself:

  • “Dirty”
  • “Gritty”
  • “caked with infield dirt”
  • “cheeks streaked with a mixture of sweat and eye black”
  • “a blue-collar player, blue-collar all the way”
  • “ultimate professional”
  • “down-and-dirty player”
  • “an intense competitor”
  • “intense competitor”
  • “a grinder guy”

Just in case you weren’t clear on how the story lines in Colorado were going to be framed next season.

I would love it, though, if one day I saw a player referred to as “kind of a white collar guy” who “keeps his jersey clean” and is “a moderate competitor.”

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.