Alfred Simon posted a ghastly 9.36 ERA with only slightly better peripherals in 58.2 innings last year. Then he had shoulder surgery. That guaranteed that he would not get much of a look from any big league team heading into 2017.
But he’s pitching again. Trying to, anyway: he has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.
Simon is 36. He’s a symmetrical 47-47 in nine big league seasons with a 4.56 ERA. I’m guessing this stint with the Ducks does not get him back to the big leagues, but then again, I figured him being accused of killing a guy would’ve kept him out of baseball too, so what do I know?
A lot of people think they have a double walking around someplace on Earth. They may actually be right. We have an example of this in baseball and politics.
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts looks a lot like Texas senator Ted Cruz. Or, since Ricketts is older, I guess Cruz looks like Ricketts. Either way, they could play brothers if someone put on, like, the worst ever production of some play about brothers.
If you’re not familiar with one or both of those guys, take a gander at the photo that was taken of the two of them in Washington this morning as the Cubs made the rounds with their World Series trophy:
Referring to Willson Contreras, of course, who has allowed 31 stolen bases to opponents while behind the dish. Coincidentally, Montero has allowed 31 stolen bases when he has played as well. Contreras has played in 24 more games than Montero, by the way.
I predict that, by around 3pm when the clubhouses open, we’ll see a public apology by Montero.