Thankfully, it was just a regular season game in April, but the ghost of Steve Bartman was present at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday. With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus fouled off a 2-2 Mike Morin fastball, sending it towards the stands down the right field line. Right fielder Kole Calhoun dashed after it and appeared to have an opportunity to make a play on it, but the ball found a fan’s glove first.
First base umpire Jim Reynolds initially ruled that it was simply a foul ball. Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out to Reynolds to challenge the ruling. Upon replay review, the umpires reversed the ruling, calling Andrus out. Rangers manager Jeff Banister was none too pleased and was immediately ejected for arguing the call.
Here’s video of the play:
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”