Aww, this is cute.
Nationals manager Matt Williams and Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson are good friends from Williams’ four seasons spent on Gibson’s coaching staff in Arizona and so yesterday after exchanging lineup cards at home plate they did this:
Scott Allen of the Washington Post has some more details, including the fact that Williams and Gibson used to go running regularly together in Arizona. As for Gibson’s obvious head start–and the fact that Williams apparently didn’t know he was in a race until it was already going–the Diamondbacks skipper asked: “Is that cheating or is that just smart?”
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.