The great Pete Seeger died yesterday. When you get to 94 you’ve pretty much seen it all, and that goes doubly so for a guy who was in and around the stuff Seeger was around.
One of the things he was around a bit? Baseball. Maybe not in an extensive way, but Old Gator sent me links to several YouTube videos in which Seeger, while attending a minor league game in 2012, it appears, talked about the origins of baseball and the integration of baseball. The question he was asked about Jackie Robinson led him to a discussion of Lester Rodney, the old Daily Worker sports reporter who championed baseball integration for years before 1947.
The quality is somewhat poor, but it’s worth getting through all the same.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.