Is Yu Darvish affected by the Executive Order on Immigration?

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Hi! How was your weekend? Anything interesting happen? I was busy watching old movies and stuff so I have no idea. You know me: it’s either (a) sticking to baseball; or (b) staying offline and not interacting with the world and current events.

*Looks at the news for a moment. Slowly reaches for the mouse and clicks “close” on his Internet browser before throwing his computer into the sea*

We’re obviously going to keep our primary focus on baseball around here, even as our country turns into the living embodiment of the “This is Fine” cartoon, but as I have so often reminded you, the world of baseball is not a hermetically sealed one in which real life does not intrude and those moments of intrusion are part of our bailiwick. Here are a few of those moments from over the weekend:

  • Even Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that President Trump’s executive order that bans entry into the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim nations is so broad that it very likely applies to the father of Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish who, despite being a citizen of Japan, was born in Iran and would in all likelihood be barred from coming to the United States to see his son pitch;
  • It is unclear, but possible given how hastily and shoddily the executive order was drafted and how it was not vetted by legal counsel, that it the executive order is broad enough to keep Darvish himself out given that, as a baby, he held dual Iranian-Japanese citizenship. Darvish is in the United States now, however, so he would presumably be OK as long as he did not leave and attempt to come back. As Grant notes, however, the Rangers go to Toronto for a series in May. Rangers attorneys are reviewing the order and monitoring the situation.
  • Retired ballplayer Aubrey Huff doesn’t know how people have time to protest and tells them to get a job. Huff, a part time baseball coach and occasional radio personality with no known permanent job of his own, is apparently unaware that a lot of people have the weekends off. He also had no problem, if I recall, with several hundred thousand people attending Giants World Series victory parades on weekday afternoons in 2010 and 2012. It’s almost as if it’s the purpose of public assembly that upset him and not the fact of the public assembly itself!
  • Finally, know that even the most stick-to-sports writers you know are not going to go quietly into the goodnight some in this country would have us all go:

As I said, we will obviously keep our focus on baseball here, while commenting on those moments when it and the larger world intersect. And, of course, some of us have websites and Twitter accounts of our own where we will more fully engage the matters of the day that do not concern the national pastime.

But make no mistake: the larger world does intersect with the national pastime a great deal, so if you’re a delicate snowflake who needs a safe space from that sort of thing, I have some bad news for you.

A 30-year-old rookie won his major league debut

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The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.

That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.

Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.

The Nationals could pursue Sonny Gray

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the Nationals could pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm issue lingers. Strasburg left Sunday’s start early due to forearm tightness, saying he was unable to get loose. Sometimes that’s a sign of a major injury. Sometimes it’s just a thing that happens and then goes away.

The Nationals will have to make a determination as to how big a deal this all is pretty soon, though, as a lot of other teams, including the Yankees, Brewers and Astros have all been linked to Gray. It seems inevitable at this point that the A’s will move their ace before Monday’s trade deadline.

Gray is set to start tonight. It may very well be his last in an A’s uniform.