Back in 2012, Bobby Valentine managed the Boston Red Sox. It was an utter disaster for tons of reasons, but one of the dumbest things Valentine did was get into a war with David Ortiz. A war in which Valentine accused Ortiz of quitting on the Red Sox. This despite the fact that Ortiz suffered a serious foot injury and tried to come back early to help the struggling Sox, only to hurt himself again.
After the season, Valentine gave that interview in which he accused Ortiz of quitting. A couple of days later he had the nerve to text Ortiz and say that it was all being overblown and distorted by the media despite the fact that Valentine was not misquoted. He was on camera saying those things. Ortiz’s response was to muse that Valentine had mental issues.
Oritz has a memoir coming out called “Papi: My Story.” As one would expect, Ortiz has some feelings about his former manager. Sports Illustrated is running an excerpt of it today and it’s worth a read. Personally I’d rather hear Papi’s natural, uncensored version of it than the version that has obviously been softened by his co-author, Michael Holley, but it’s good stuff all the same.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.