Thanks to it coinciding with law school I’ve blocked out a lot of things that happened between 1995 and 1998. This — from several years ago but pointed out by Old Time Family Baseball today — must have been one of them:
1996 Pinnacle Baseball’s Christie Brinkley Collection. The 16-card insert set from Series Two saw the supermodel go and visit the Braves and Indians at World Series time and take some artsy photos of them for an insert set.
Fred McGriff is chewing on a baseball. Ryan Klesko is on a surf board holding a bat like a gun. Albert Belle is holding a baby and we can only assume the picture was taken moments before he ate it. Javy Lopez obviously said “no, I’m not posing all ridiculous for you lady.”
They’re all terribad. But I really just want to know how it came about that someone said “you know, I like Christie Brinkley. I like baseball cards. Let’s put them together?”
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.