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Alex Bregman taunted the Rangers on Twitter. Then he apologized.

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The culture of baseball is weird and often dumb. As professional athletes, ballplayers have one mission: win. Beat the other guys. That is the essence of sports.

Except, when you’re beating the other guys, you’re generally not supposed to look like you’re enjoying it too much. And, as Astros third baseman Alex Bregman learned yesterday, you’re not supposed to say that you want to beat the other guys.

Bregman took to Twitter just before yesterday’s game against the rival Rangers and tweeted out some motivation:

That hashtag, one presumes, means “Beat the s**t out of the Rangers” or something close to it. That “opperation” is evidence that you can go to LSU for a few years and not learn how to spell “operation.” Not that this typo-challenged OSU grad can judge such things too harshly. The point here is that, as far as taunting goes, it’s pretty weak sauce. People call it “bulletin board material,” but learning that a guy on the other team wants to beat you is not exactly a “bulletin.”

As this story from MLB.com notes, most of the Rangers just rolled their eyes at it. Keone Kela taunted back, noting that Bregman could use a dictionary, which is the way you deal with Twitter trolls. Mike Napoli, however, decided that this was a teachable moment or something, saying that if a young Rangers player did that, it would not go unaddressed:

“I might have a conversation with them about it,” Napoli said. “It’s the whole learning process of being young and keeping it within your clubhouse. He’s a good player, but if he feels like he needs to stay stuff like that to pump himself up, so be it.”

Which is also pretty eyeroll worthy, but that’s par for the course for veteran/young player/decorum politics in Major League Baseball.

Also eyeroll worthy is the fact that Bregman apologized for it after the game:

“I made a rookie mistake. I shouldn’t have tweeted that out. It was more of just trying to fire up our team. I shouldn’t have put it on social media at all. They have a great team over there. I didn’t mean to offend anybody over there.”

Oh well, do what you gotta do. For the record, Bregman went 1-for-3 with a run scored and the Astros beat the s**t out of the Rangers, 6-2.

The Mariners and Cardinals make a minor trade

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The Seattle Mariners and the St. Louis Cardinals have made a minor trade. Seattle has acquired lefty Marco Gonzales from the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Tyler O’Neill.

Gonzales, the Cardinals’ first round pick out of Gonzaga back in 2013, is in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. It’s been a good season, in which he has posted a 2.78 ERA and 64/17 K/BB ratio over 74.1 innings across two minor league levels. He’s pitched one game for St. Louis this year and got shelled, but we’ll leave that go.

O’Neill is a third rounder from 2013. He has hit .269/.344/.505 in five minor league seasons. He’s holding his own in Triple-A this year, smacking 19 homers in 93 games.

Topps has eliminated Chief Wahoo from both new and throwback card designs

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I’ve been out of the baseball card game for a good long time, but despite this — maybe because of this — I enjoy the posts from SABR’s Baseball Card Committee. A lot of that is old time stuff that old men like me enjoy — check out the airbrushing on the “Traded” cards! — but they talk about new cards too. Definitely worth your time if cards are now or have ever been your bag.

Today there’s an interesting post, pointing out something most of us wouldn’t have otherwise noted: Topps has dropped Chief Wahoo from Indians card designs. They’re doing it for the old Braves “screaming Indian” logo as well, though the Braves no longer use that themselves.

They’re not airbrushing these logos out of photos of players — that would be Orwellian even for my extreme Wahoo-hating tastes — but in card designs which have team logos, Topps is using the block-C logo, not Wahoo, and the Braves “A” logo in place of the old logo. This includes throwback issues like the Heritage sets which put modern players on card designs from the 1950s-1960s and on simple retro designs like their 1987 variations. Any cards which once featured Wahoo on the border or on the back now features the block-C.

As you may or may not know, Topps is now the official card producer for Major League Baseball. As such, I take their doing this as a sign that MLB is continuing the slow process of de-Chiefing in whatever areas it has ultimate say.

Now if only the Indians themselves would get on board.