Well, that didn’t last very long:
Brett was named hitting coach on May 30th. At the time they were 6.5 games behind the Tigers and their offense was struggling. Today they are 8.5 games behind the Tigers and their offense is struggling. There are limits to what hitting coaches can do.
You have to figure that this was a lifestyle choice for Brett. He’s the single biggest name in the history of that organization and it’d be hard to feature the Royals firing him, even in a kick-him-back-upstairs situation. One of the reasons he hadn’t coached or managed before was because he didn’t want the travel and grind. I’m guessing he’s tired of the travel and grind.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.