It was pretty sad when the Tigers gave Jose Iglesias number 1 last year. That’s so totally Lou Whitaker’s number. This is even sadder:
That’s Alan Trammell, baby. And yes I’m totally non-objective here, as Trammel was my favorite player on the planet when I was a kid. But still. And yes I know that Gary Sheffield wore it too, but two wrongs don’t make a right.
I suppose the Tigers must have a rule that only players who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame can have their numbers retired. If so, it’s a dumb rule. Why should the Tigers institutionalize the Hall of Fame voters’ criminal overlook of Trammell and Whitaker as Hall of Famers? If anything, the Tigers should underscore just how important those two were to the organization as a direct rebuke to Hall of Fame voters.
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.