Mets first baseman Lucas Duda filed a police report claiming that he had $1,600 worth of possessions stolen by a moving company hired by the team to move him into a new apartment while he was out of town.
Some details from Tina Moore of the New York Daily News:
Duda, 28, left town with the team on April 6, and gave the moving company access to his old pad on 153rd St. in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, sources said. He returned home to his new apartment on April 17 and found his front door open and several of his items missing, the sources said. The slugger was missing a checkbook, a knock-off Breitling watch, two jackets and a bracelet, the sources said, noting the total value of the items was about $1,600.
For some reason someone stealing a knock-off watch seems funny to me, but I’m guessing it was probably still more expensive than any watch I’ve ever owned. Also, having moved within the past three months I can definitely say that handing over all of your possessions to strangers is extremely stressful and I can’t imagine letting those strangers move you into a new place while you weren’t even around to check things out.
The Kansas City Star has covered the death of Yordano Ventura and its aftermath in a thorough, thoughtful, respectful and admirable fashion and it has all been compelling to read, even if it’s often been difficult to read. Their latest story may be the most difficult, though it is nonetheless essential.
It covers the final year of Ventura’s life which, sadly, was tumultuous. He had become estranged from his family. He was married to a woman who, at the time of the ceremony, was still married to her first husband and whose family, allegedly, later made threats against Ventura that we’re only now learning about. This includes allegations of armed men accosting Ventura at his home near the Royals spring training facility a year ago. An incident which led to him missing time due to “flulike symptoms,” but which, in reality, caused him considerable mental distress. He was again threatened, it is claimed, in Kansas City during the season. There is also an allegation that Ventura attempted suicide via an overdose of Benadryl, though that is disputed.
Beyond that, there is an arc to the end of Ventura’s life which sounds unfortunately familiar. It’s a story of a young man whose life changed dramatically in a very, very short period of time and who struggled at times to process the changes. Were it not for a fateful drive on a dark and winding road one night in late January, they all could’ve been things that, as his career matured, he could look back on as learning experiences. Now that he’s gone, however, they form the final, tragic chapter.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.