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Rockies sign Domonic Brown to a minor league deal

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Here’s a blast from he past: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Colorado Rockies have signed free agent outfielder Domonic Brown to a minor league deal.

Brown, for years a top Phillies prospect, is 29 now. In parts of six major league seasons he hit .246/.305/.405 with 54 homers. He actually made the All-Star team in 2013, in the course of a 27-homer 83 RBI season, but outside of that year he was never really able to put it together and was never a favorite of the big league coaching staff. The Blue Jays signed him last season and he spent the entire year at Triple-A, where he put up a disappointing line of .239/.303/.336 with only seven homers.

Odds are against Brown making the Rockies — their outfield is fairly set — but he has a chance at a job for 2017 at least.

 

Umpire admits he blew the call that got Joe Maddon ejected last night

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Last night in the top of the eighth inning of the Dodgers-Cubs game, Curtis Granderson struck out. Or, at the very least, he should’ve. After the game, the umpire who said he didn’t admitted he screwed up.

While trying to squelch a Dodgers comeback, Wade Davis got Granderson into a 2-2 count. Davis threw his pitch, Granderson whiffed on it, it hit the dirt, and Willson Contreras applied the tag for the out. End of the inning, right? Wrong: Granderson argued to home plate umpire Jim Wolf that he made slight contact with the ball, Wolf, after conferring with the other umps agreed, and Granderson lived to see another pitch.

Before he’d see that pitch, Joe Maddon came out to argue the call and got so agitated about it all he was ejected for the second time in this series. He was right to argue:

It all ended up not mattering, of course, because Granderson struck out eventually anyway.

Normally such things end there, but after the game a reporter got to Wolf and Wolf did something umpires don’t often do: he admitted he blew the call:

It’s good that the bad call ended up not affecting anything. But the part of me who likes to stir up crap and watch chaos rule in baseball really kinda wishes that Granderson had hit a series-clinching homer right after that. At least as long as it didn’t result in Cubs fans burning Chicago to the ground.