Dee Gordon made a long-lasting mark in the Dodgers’ extra-innings defeat of the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami, becoming the only player in recorded franchise history (dating back to at least 1914) to tally five hits and three stolen bases in the same game. He drove in two runs, scored two, and is now batting .357/.387/.464 on the year with 10 RBI and 16 runs in 28 games played. The 26-year-old second baseman is also on pace for 99 steals.
Yasiel Puig contributed a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Carl Crawford slugged a go-ahead two-run blast in the top of the 11th, giving Los Angeles the 9-7 shootout win at the normally-pitcher-friendly Marlins Park. The Dodgers are 18-13 and trail the red-hot Giants by only 1 1/2 games in the National League West standings.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Rays 3, Yankees 9
Cardinals 0, Cubs 3
Athletics 3, Red Sox 6
Orioles 1, Twins 6
Mariners 9, Astros 8
White Sox 0, Indians 2
Nationals 2, Phillies 7
Blue Jays 6, Pirates 8
Tigers 9, Royals 2
Giants 3, Braves 1
Brewers 2, Reds 6
Dodgers 9, Marlins 7 (11 innings)
Mets 10, Rockies 11
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3
Rangers 3, Angels 5
The Texas Rangers have signed Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Not at all surprising. The Rangers released Hamilton last August, but that was simply to make some room on the 40-man roster. His season was already toast due to the surgery he underwent to repair lateral and meniscus cartilage in his left knee which had the added bonus of revealing that he had an ACL injury as well, which required reconstruction. At the time of his release both he and the Rangers made noises about him coming back on a minor league deal in 2017.
Hamilton turns 36 in May. The smart money has it that his big league career is over, but Hamilton would be silly to retire given that he is owed $30 million this coming season. That the Angels are paying $26.41 million of that makes it far less painful for the Rangers as well. If he can hit in the spring, hey, let him DH some and pay him low money. If not, no skin off of anyone’s nose. He can request a release on April 1 if he hasn’t made the big league roster.
Alex Rodriguez’s transition into retirement has featured a serious move into the business world. He has gone back to school, worked seriously on investments and has started his own corporation. Yes, he’s set for life after making more money than any baseball player in history, but even if his bank account wasn’t fat, you get the sense that he’d be OK given what we’ve seen of his work ethic and savvy in recent years.
He’s going to be getting another paycheck soon, though. For hosting a reality show featuring athletes who are not in as good a financial shape as A-Rod is:
Interesting. Hopefully, like so many other reality shows featuring the formerly rich and famous, this one is not exploitative. Not gonna hold my breath because that’s what that genre is all about, unfortunately, but here’s hoping A-Rod can help some folks with this.