The Tigers were glued to the TV after their game. But not to the Royals game.


The Tigers won and then, in grand late September tradition, turned on the clubhouse TV to watch the end of another game. But not to see how their competition for the division title did. Rather, to watch Jeter:

The players were glued to Derek Jeter’s final at-bat and farewell moment at Yankee Stadium.

Joba Chamberlain, Jeter’s former teammate and close friend, was especially choked up by the moment — especially after Jeter put the storybook ending on it with a walk-off single . . . The players sat transfixed by the scene for a good 20 minutes as Jeter made his way around the field saying his goodbyes.

It’s among my more shallow thoughts, but I often think, when I see cool baseball stuff on TV, that it’s a shame that more baseball players can’t see it because they’re busy with their own games.

A’s sign Brett Anderson to a minor league deal

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.

Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.

Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.