Former Brewers executive Edmund Fitzgerald has died. And no, the name is not a mere coincidence.
He was the son of the insurance magnate — also named Edmund Fitzgerald — the famous ship and Great Lakes Brewing Company porter was named after. According to the Chicago Tribune, Fitzgerald the Younger played a key role in baseball as well:
Fitzgerald was one of four men who led the long fight to get another baseball franchise for Milwaukee after the Braves left for Atlanta after the 1965 season. One of the other four, Bud Selig, was a Milwaukee car salesman who became president of the new Brewers franchise and baseball commissioner. The Brewers started playing in Milwaukee in 1970 … He was a Brewers vice president and the team’s chairman of the board until 1982.
Fella, it’s bin good t’know ya!
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.