Andy Martino of the Daily News spoke to Jimmy Rollins about the decline of U.S.-born blacks in baseball and Rollins gave a lot of thoughtful answers.
The upshot: there are a lot of none-too-easy to address reasons why more black kids don’t go into baseball these days. Some cultural, some sociological, none of which lend themselves very well to committee-based solutions like MLB seems to be pursuing. He also talks about baseball’s inherent conservative nature and how it just isn’t as appealing to black kids these days.
Definitely worth your time.
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.