I don’t do the Foursquare thing, but I do use the Facebook Check-in thing sometimes. Almost always at restaurants and bars so that my family can be assured that, yes, I do occasionally leave my home.
Want to know something surprising? Seven of the top ten locations for Facebook check-ins occurred at ballparks last year:
- Times Square, New York
- Disneyland, California
- AT&T Park, California
- Yankee Stadium, New York
- Rangers Ballpark, Texas
- Fenway Park, Massachusetts
- Dodger Stadium, California
- Universal Studios, Florida
- Wrigley Field, Illinois
- Angel Stadium, California
Which is insane because if there is anywhere I can’t get a good freaking signal it’s at ballparks. But there you are.
(thanks to Melissa D. for the heads up)
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.