Aroldis Chapman designed customized hats bearing his “Cuban Missile” nickname for all the Reds and handed them out yesterday. C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer sets the scene:
Each player had another hat with the world “Cuban Missile” on the front with the player’s initials and number on the side … Chapman had the hats made for each team member, and every one was different, not just the initials and number, but also the colors and even the design of the words. Some were bright colors, others muted and some even had some sort of sparkling lettering.
And courtesy of the Reds’ official Twitter account, here’s proof:
Baseball players have a lot of time on their hands.
Red Sox DH Hanley Ramirez announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he underwent surgery — left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the operation is considered relatively minor.
Ramirez, 33, has been dealing with shoulder issues for a while, which explains his lackluster regular season numbers. He hit .242/.320/.429 with 23 home runs, 62 RBI, and 58 runs scored in 553 plate appearances. He turned things on in the postseason, though, racking up eight hits in 15 trips to the plate in the ALDS against the Astros.
Ramirez should be good to go heading into spring training. He has one more guaranteed year left on his contract at $22 million and has a vesting option for the 2019 season worth another $22 million.
Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez also had surgery, Britton reports. The procedure was right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction and it was performed by Dr. James Andrews. Rodriguez has a six-month timetable, which Britton estimates will allow him to make his 2018 regular season debut around the All-Star break.
Rodriguez, 24, posted a 4.19 ERA with a 150/50 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings this past season. He’ll be entering his first of four years of arbitration eligibility this offseason.