Michael Jeter

And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

37 Comments

Oh, please. You know what happened in the All-Star Game. AL 5, NL 3. Big whoop.

The best thing that happened last night, however, was this tweet:

On the one hand, let’s cut whoever tweeted this some slack. Not everyone is a baseball freak like we are. Maybe part of their brain was thinking “Derek Jeter” and another part was thinking “Michael Jordan” and this just plopped out. It happens.

On the other hand, whoa. Mistakes happen — God, I know they do — but my page doesn’t feature Edward R. Murrow on it and go out to millions. People obviously had fun with this after it happened during the game. Mostly by noting that Michael Jeter was a real person. An actor, comedian, voiceover artist and stuff. He was on that show “Evening Shade” and  was Mr. Noodle on Elmo’s World and was in Jurassic Park 3 and stuff. More than laugh at this, people in my Twitter timeline were bummed to find out that he was a “that guy” who died in 2003. But it did set the web on fire:

I think that deserves to be ranked higher than Reynolds and Selig and all of that other stuff. Mostly because it’s far more interesting.

And let none of us be judged as harshly in life as we are on our worst day. Here’s hoping the CBS person who tweeted that thing got a good laugh out of it and had their boss buy them a “man, life can suck sometimes” beer afterward.

Reid Brignac is trying to become a switch hitter

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Reid Brignac #4 of the Atlanta Braves poses on photo day at Champion Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images
4 Comments

Veteran utilityman Reid Brignac is in camp with the Astros on a minor league deal. The 31-year-old is close to being done as a major leaguer as he owns a career .219/.264/.309 triple-slash line across parts of nine seasons. In an effort to prolong his big league career, Brignac is now attempting to become a switch-hitter, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports.

I’m going to try it out this year. It was something that I just thought long and hard about and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to try and see how it goes.’ I used to switch-hit when I was younger off and on, nothing consistent. I could always handle the bat right-handed. I play golf right-handed, so I do a lot of things that way that feel natural.

I just want to get to the point where I’m trying to stay in games, not get pinch-hit for, not starting games because a lefty is starting. … That could help me stay in the games longer. I’m trying to add a new element. I play multiple positions and now if I can switch hit and be consistent at it, then that can only help me.

As Brignac mentions, he’s also verstile. He’s a shortstop by trade, but has also logged plenty of innings at second base and third base, and has occasionally played corner outfield.

There aren’t any examples — at least that I can think of — where players began switch-hitting late in their careers and actually succeeding in the major leagues. As the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But here’s hoping Brignac bucks the trend.

Video: Andrelton Simmons makes a heads-up play to catch Carlos Asuaje off first base

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 03:  Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout after scoring in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 3, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images
2 Comments

Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fell off the map a bit last year due to a combination of the Angels’ mediocrity, Simmons’ lack of offense, and a month-plus of missed action due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Simmons is still as good and as smart as ever on defense. That was on full display Monday when the Angels hosted the Padres for an afternoon spring exhibition.

With a runner on first base and nobody out in the top of the second inning, Carlos Asuaje grounded a 2-0 J.C. Ramirez fastball to right field. The runner, Hunter Renfroe, advanced to third base. Meanwhile, Asuaje wandered a little too far off the first base bag. Simmons cut off the throw to first base, spun around and fired to Luis Valbuena at first base. Valbuena swiped the tag on Asuaje for the first out of the inning.