Fay Vincent offers tips for the young executive

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Baseball fans only know Fay Vincent as the mostly ineffective Commissioner of Baseball who followed Giamatti and preceded Selig. But he did have a successful business career before he did all that. He was the CEO of Columbia pictures. An executive vice president of Coca-Cola. And he draws on that experience today to offer young executives some leadership tips.

They’re mostly smart. Especially the over-arching theme which is “tell the truth.” Funny how that one gets missed so often.

One thing that Vincent leaves out, however, is “never take a job from 26 over-privileged, monopoly-protected, primarily-money-inheriting jerks.” If only someone had told him that back in 1989.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.