The last we heard of former major leaguer Johan Santana was back in April when he was attempting a mid-year comeback. That didn’t pan out, but he hasn’t given up yet. According to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, Santana will pitch in the Venezuelan Winter League in an attempt to get a contract for the 2017 season.
Santana, 37, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 when he compiled a 4.82 ERA and a 111/39 K/BB ratio in 117 innings for the Mets. That includes his 134-pitch no-hitter against the Cardinals, but he was injured and inconsistent after that start (June 1) through the end of the season.
In the event Santana does procure a contract, it will be of the minor league variety with an invitation to spring training.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.