Chipper Jones has a book coming out about his life and career. In it, he talks about meeting with Scott Boras before the 1990 draft, in which Jones would be the number one overall pick. Jones and his family passed on having Boras represent him. Which, hey, a lot of prospects do. Both Boras and Jones ended up doing OK over the past 27 years.
The two of them disagree about how that meeting went, however, with Jones claiming that Boras insulted him and rubbed him the wrong way. Jones says he left the meeting after five minutes, thinking Boras was smug and cocky and claimed Jones would only hit .270 in his career.
Jon Heyman knows Scott Boras well, so he caught up with the super agent to get his side of the story. Short version: according to Boras, Jones has it all wrong. Boras says the meeting lasted a good while and that Boras met with Jones’ parents even longer. He says he told Jones that he was a once-in-a-decade talent and that he didn’t want the Braves, poised to pick him first, to short change him. Ultimately, however, they didn’t see eye to eye and that was that.
Heyman talked to Jones for his story and Jones is not coming off of his version. For what it’s worth, Boras’ version sounds far more plausible and Jones version sounds a lot like a guy who long ago decided that a big part of his personal legend was that he stayed with the Braves his whole career and didn’t think about top-dollar as much as some ballplayers do. Which is fine, but I suspect that it has caused him to misremember an event from back in the day in such a way as so bolster that legend.
Anyway, it’s a great story. Go read it. Especially for Boras’ line about Olive Garden salad. Trust me.
Athletics’ rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell did not stand for the National Anthem on Saturday night. He’s the first MLB player to do so and, like other professional athletes before him, used the moment to send a message — not just to shed light on the lack of racial equality in the United States, but to specifically protest President Donald Trump’s suggestion that NFL owners fire any of their players who elect to protest the anthem by sitting or kneeling.
“Bruce’s father is a proud military lifer. Anyone who knows Bruce or his parents is well aware that the Maxwells’ love and appreciation for our country is indisputable,” Maxwell’s agent, Matt Sosnick, relayed to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser on Friday. He continued:
Bruce has made it clear that he is taking a stand about what he perceives as racial injustices in this country, and his personal disappointment with President Trump’s response to a number of professional athletes’ totally peaceful, non-violent protests.
Bruce has shared with both me and his teammates that his feelings have nothing to do with a lack of patriotism or a hatred of any man, but rather everything to do with equality for men, women and children regardless of race or religion.
While Maxwell didn’t make his own statement to the media, he took to Instagram earlier in the day to express his frustration against the recent opposition to the protests, criticizing the President for endorsing “division of man and rights.”
Despite Trump’s profanity-laced directive to NFL owners on Friday, however, it’s clear the Athletics don’t share his sentiments. “The Oakland A’s pride ourselves on being inclusive,” the team said in a statement released after Maxwell’s demonstration. “We respect and support all of our players’ constitutional rights and freedom of expression.”
Whatever the fallout, kudos to Maxwell for taking a stand. He may be the first to do so in this particular arena, but he likely won’t be the last.
This one is brutal. Tigers’ right-handed reliever Alex Wilson was diagnosed with a broken leg after taking a blistering 103.8-MPH line drive off of his right leg during Saturday’s game against the Twins. According to the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky, it’s a non-displaced fibular fracture, but will still warrant an extended recovery period and signal the end of Wilson’s season.
Wilson replaced Drew VerHagen to start the eighth inning and worked a full count against Joe Mauer. Mauer roped an 93.3-MPH fastball back up the middle, where it struck the pitcher on his right calf. While Mauer took first base, Wilson got to his feet and tried to toss a warm-up pitch, but was in too much pain to continue and had to be helped off the field.
Even in a season that isn’t going anywhere in particular, this isn’t how you want it to end. The Tigers have yet to announce a recovery timetable for the 30-year-old reliever, but he won’t return to the mound until 2018. He exited Saturday’s outing with a 4.35 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 over 60 innings.
The Tigers currently trail the Twins 10-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning.