Let’s talk about lineup card calligraphy

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There are a lot of aspects of baseball in which the digital world has changed things for the better. The evolution of baseball statistics, first and foremost, has changed the game forever for the better. Instant replay allows umpires to get right calls that otherwise would have been wrong. But there are some negatives too, and one that is near and dear to my heart is the typed-out lineup card.

Just look at this abomination from Wednesday’s Brewers/Phillies game:

Now compare that to the Phillies’ lineup card for Friday night’s game against the Marlins:

It’s a thing of beauty.

And here’s a Brewers lineup card from last March:

B-E-A-U-tiful.

You unsung heroes who turn lineup cards into art, keep doing what you do. There are some of us out there who appreciate it.

Yadier Molina responds to Willson Contreras on Instagram

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On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].” Contreras explained that his goal is to become “the best catcher in the game for a long time — like it was with Yadier Molina, like it is with Buster Posey.”

Apparently, Contreras ruffled Molina’s feathers as the Cardinals’ veteran backstop took to Instagram to respond. Posting a picture of himself with Buster Posey and Salvador Perez, Molina wrote, “Respeten los rangos NOVATOS!! aqui con los q si han probao que son los duros!!” That loosely translates to “respect the ranks,” referring to Contreras as a novice.

Molina is no stranger to using Instagram to air his grievances. He apparently used the social media app to take a swipe or two at manager Mike Matheny last year.

Of course, Molina seems to be misreading the intent of Contreras. Contreras seems to think highly of Molina, having referred to him as being one of the best catchers in the game — even if it was in the past tense. Molina should know, being someone who also competes at the highest level, that having confidence is an important part of the recipe for success. Perhaps this will make for some interesting games during the season, breathing new life into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.