Spring training is a big business now and teams make a special effort to wear — and sell — variations on their uniforms and caps which are unique to spring training. Which, hey, everyone’s gotta make a buck I guess.
Some of these spring training duds are better than others, however. As can be seen at Sportslogos.net, who was tipped off by one of their readers as to what the Yankees spring training caps are going to look like. Would you believe . . . pinstripes on the bill of the cap?
I think I speak for everyone when I say that teams should go back to the old system of working out in private in some secluded location like Catalina Island or some swamp in Louisiana, breaking camp, playing a couple of barnstorming games and then starting the regular season.
Some of you may miss spring training and I understand that, but this is for the good of the game.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.