Josh Hamilton gives up his copyright claim to “Play hard, pray harder”

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Josh Hamilton has printed up t-shirts with the slogan “Play hard, pray harder” on them for a while now. But some other guys say they did it first and they sued Hamilton over it. The other guys have prevailed. From LewPBlog.com:

Tyler Mileger began using the slogan “Play Hard Pray Harder” several  years  ago playing college golf. He  joined up with Josh Eckel to start a  Dallas-based Christian inspired sports  clothing line that gives back by  paying it forward … The suit came down to who sold over  state lines first and Hamilton’s side  eventually decided to settle with Mileger and Eckel. The two now retain control of the phrase and paperwork to get rid of the suit  in the courts has been filed.

Given Hamilton’s season he was probably due for a new slogan anyway. One which revolved around ignoring critics and coming to grips with one’s mortality and age and stuff.

Drew Smyly has a torn UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery

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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Mariners starter Drew Smyly has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Smyly was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow at the end of spring training. He had been on the shelf since then, but was throwing bullpen sessions. He was set to throw his first simulated game today, but that was scratched after he said his arm didn’t feel right in his last throwing session. The Mariners called it “a little setback.” A reexamination shows that this is not little, obviously.

The Mariners acquired Smyly in January for outfielder Mallex Smith and two minor leaguers, and were expected to utilize the lefty as a core member of their rotation in 2017. Now he’s going to miss all of this season and, given that he’s on a one-year deal, will be released by the team at the end of the season. Odds are that he’ll be unable to pitch for most of 2018.

Tough break.

Miguel Montero to be designated for assignment

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A play in three acts:

I.

Miguel Montero talks smack about his teammate

II.

A team leader talks smack about Miguel Montero

III.

The Cubs get rid of Miguel Montero:

This is rather surprising. As I said in the last post, I figured he’d apologize today and it’d all be in the past. Guess not. Even more surprising: we learned earlier this week that the key to good clubhouse chemistry is having a teammate everyone hates. Guess that only works for the Giants.

Montero is making $14 million this season, so the Cubs are definitely eating some money to make a headache go away. They’re also losing some offensive production, as Montero has hit a nice .286/.366/.439 on the season. His terrible defense against opposing baserunners mitigates that, of course. And the whole “pissing off everyone in the clubhouse” thing isn’t exactly working out for him either, so here we are.

Oh well, have a good one, Miguel.