Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a great story about Mike Roberts, the Cardinals’ special assistant of amateur scouting, who happens to be the team’s longest-tenured scout.
Roberts has battled cancer the past several years, but it has never slowed him down. Embedded in the story are several good tales of Roberts’ scouting exploits, descriptions of life on the scouting trail and of Roberts’ personality and perseverance.
Great, uplifting read.
The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.
Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.
On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.