Some unfortunate news for an ex-big leaguer. Anthony Young, who pitched for the Mets, Cubs and Astros from 1991 through 1996, has an inoperable brain tumor. It is not clear if the tumor is malignant. The Mets said the other day that Young is undergoing treatment and is doing well, but there aren’t really any further details.
While Young’s MLB career was not illustrious, it was memorable. Young made headlines when he dropped 27 straight decisions as both a starter and a reliever with the Mets from 1992-93. He was not a bad pitcher, though. Just profoundly unlucky and cursed with terrible run support. Between 1992 and 1994 he was stuck with 27 no-decisions. For his career he had an ERA of 3.89 which amounted to an ERA+ of exactly 100, which is league average.
Best wishes to Young as he contends with this unfortunate diagnosis.
(h/t to reader sawxalicious, who gave me the heads up in a comment)
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.