Deep Thoughts: teams need to engage in more propaganda


This has nothing to do with anything other than biding time until the friggin’ season starts already. Really, I think spring training has lasted nine weeks at this point.

Anyway: Dan Szymborski was apparently unable to sleep last night and he came up with something inspired:


Dan even created a poster.

This is all in keeping with my desire to see more heel-turns and stuff in baseball. I mean, if we’re gonna create narratives for these games let’s emulate the master narrative-creators of the past century: professional wrestling producers and ministries of information for communist parties around the world.

Sorry. Real games begin soon.

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.

Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.

As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.