The Boston Herald is reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox could meet in London in 2018.
Talk of regular season baseball games in London has been circulating for some time now, but the Herald quotes Yankees president Randy Levine saying that he’s “hopeful and confident” that an agreement to that effect will be made soon.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement commits the players and owners to more international games, with London being specified by name. There has been past talk of the Mets going there and they very well might. Major League Baseball, of course, would love to have two of its marquee teams, the Yankees and Sox, make the trip as well.
I would like to volunteer as a broadcaster. From my audition reel:
- “Oi! Betts nicked second offa Tanakar, innit?!”
- “Farrell is out to get Kimbrel, who hasn’t retired a batsman. Not surprising. He’s pitched for three straight days and has bugger all today, mates. He’s absolutely knackered!”
- “Looka that chav on his mobile, not payin’ proper attention to the match!”
- “Bases loaded, right, count’s full. Price is really in Barney! Wot! Wot’s all this, then?! Fastball on the corner catches Castro lookin’! Girardi doesn’t like that call and he’s out for some argy-bargy! Price is right chuffed, but you can tell by his look that even he thinks that call was as bent as a nine-bob note!”
Seriously, call me, MLB. Put me on the air. My commentary would be blinding.
At the end of January, the Nationals signed relievers Joe Nathan and Matt Albers. Today the Nationals have released Joe Nathan and Matt Albers.
Nathan, 42, pitched in just ten games last year, totaling only six and a third innings, between the Giants and the Cubs. He missed the entire 2015 season except for one third of an inning on Opening Day. Albers pitched in 58 games for the White Sox last year, posting an unsightly 6.31 ERA He pitched wonderfully in 30 games in 2015 however.
This spring Nathan and Albers pitched in more games than any other Nats relievers. Twelve for Nathan, ten for Albers. And they pitched well, with Nathan giving up five earned runs and Albers none. Apparently, however, there just isn’t room on the roster for those two.
This could be the end of the line for Nathan, a 16-year veteran with 377 career saves.
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.