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Videos: Johnny Bench complains about Opening Day

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Hall of Famer Johnny Bench did a few videos for Kingsford Charcoal in which the catcher complains about what Major League Baseball’s Opening Day has become. The videos are titled “Sadness”, “Anger”, and “Disgust”.

Bench complains that some teams open the season at night, rather than during the afternoon. Or some teams open a day later than other teams. In his perfect world, all 30 teams open the season on the same afternoon.

The videos direct users to a Kingsford-sponsored petition called “Take Back Opening Day”.

Bench has had his complaining cap on a lot lately. Last month, he lamented the lack of “chin music” in baseball.

(Tip of the cap to Ted Berg of USA TODAY on finding these videos.)

Indians sign Melvin Upton Jr. to a minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league deal with outfielder Melvin Upton, Jr.

Upton, 33, battled a torn thumb ligament and a shoulder issue last season, limiting him to only 12 games with Triple-A Sacramento, the Giants’ affiliate. In those 12 games, he hit .244 with one double and one home run. Upton last played in the majors in 2016 with the Padres and Blue Jays with which he posted an aggregate .693 OPS.

Given the injuries suffered by Indians outfielders in the past couple of seasons it can’t hurt to have some options for organizational depth. If he has anything left in the tank, stash him on the bench or down in Columbus. If not, no harm done.