Wrigley Field in Chicago is celebrating its 100th birthday today with a lot of hoopla, including a Cubs-Diamondbacks throwback game, a 400-pound cake, and a whole bunch of former players in attendance.
Sammy Sosa is not among them, because the Cubs didn’t bother to invite him. Obviously it’s easy to figure out why they’d rather just sweep Sosa and his time with the team under the rug, but it still seems awfully sketchy to actually do so considering how great he was at Wrigley Field.
Sosa played 917 career games at Wrigley Field and hit .289 with 293 homers and a .960 OPS there.
I’m sure plenty of people disagree, but I absolutely think the Cubs should have invited Sosa and I’d have bet an awful lot of money–or at least, say, Calcaterra’s house–that the Wrigley Field crowd would have given him a huge ovation.
The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.
In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.