As a Twins fan I’m supposed to despise Hawk Harrelson, but I actually grew up listening to him call White Sox games on WGN back when watching any game you wanted wasn’t possible–it’s why Frank Thomas is my all-time favorite player–and 20 years later I continue to enjoy him on the microphone.
Of course, I enjoy Sad Hawk Harrelson even more because no announcer is more entertaining when his team is losing or getting unlucky or being robbed by the umpires. And thankfully the fine folks at Awful Announcing put together this magical compilation of the year’s best Sad Hawk Harrelson moments:
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.