Ryan Sheriff is a lefty in the Cardinals system. He’s 26 and hasn’t hit the bigs yet. He’s a non-roster invitee to big league camp, hoping to make an impression. He will, in all likelihood, be playing in Memphis to begin the season. That’s better than a lot places a ballplayer can be in March, but he’s still on the margin.
Being a marginal player, he’s also watching his dimes. He lives in in condo a couple of miles from the Cardinals spring training facility in Jupiter. He walks there every day and walks back home again. He walks to the store and to restaurants too.
Or at least he did until Adam Wainwright rented a car for him, all expenses paid.
Check out the feel-good story from Derrick Goold of the Post-Disptach.
Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.
Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.
One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.