Micah Owings

Micah Owings will play outfield and pitch in the Minors


Per the Journal Sentinel’s Todd Rosiak, Brewers VP and assistant GM Gord Ash says that recent signee Micah Owings will both play the outfield and pitch in the Minors:

“He’s going to do do both,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He’s going to be Brooks Kieschnick reincarnate.”

Kieschnick became a fan favorite in 2003 and 2004, when he pitched, served as a designated hitter in interleague play, pinch-hit and also played a little outfield in the major leagues with the Brewers.

Owings last played in the Majors last season with the Padres. In 9.2 innings between April 6-25, he posted a 2.79 ERA. He then went on the disabled list after surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. During the off-season, the Nationals signed him to a Minor League deal with the intent to use him exclusively as an outfielder. In 213 plate appearances with Triple-A Syracuse, Owings hit eight home runs and posted a .785 OPS. The Nationals, however, released him on July 1.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

Joe Girardi
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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki
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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.