Zack Hample is well-known in baseball circles for his ability to collect baseballs — especially home runs balls. He’s written a book on the subject as well as two others.
Hample has also found himself in some controversy. Last year, he bought a military member’s ticket to the Fort Bragg game, which went against the rules as well as the spirit of the event. He made a Tinder profile to find ticketholders.
So, Hample is not everyone’s favorite. And certainly not Clayton Kershaw‘s. Hample said today, in a series of tweets, “Today I asked Clayton Kershaw if I could have a baseball. He said, ‘No, you got 7,000 of ’em.'”
Hample’s next tweet read, “…it was a blue Father’s Day ball. I said, ‘It would mean so much to me,’ and Kershaw was like, ‘No, it wouldn’t.’ <sigh> Still love him.”
His third and final tweet pertaining to the incident read, “…with that logic, Kershaw’s next paycheck shouldn’t mean all that much to him, right?”
Not to pile on Hample, but there are many more deserving recipients of a souvenir, like kids and charities. Hopefully those special Father’s Day balls find themselves going to a good cause rather than Hample’s man cave.
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna recently revealed that he has been dealing with an anxiety issue, Rob Longley of the Toronto Star reports. Osuna specified that the issue is completely off the field, not on the field. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return to pitch again.
Osuna had been feeling “a little bit anxious, a little bit weird” and said, “I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now.” Despite the anxiety, Osuna volunteered to pitch during Friday’s loss to the Royals, but the Blue Jays smartly chose not to put him into the game.
Osuna said, “I wish I knew how to get out of here and how to get out of this. We’re working on it. We’re trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better. But to be honest I just don’t know.”
It must have been tough for Osuna to make his issue public, as there is still a stigma around dealing with mental issues. Given the prominent position he holds in the Jays’ bullpen, fans become even less empathetic about taking time off to deal with it as well. Hopefully, Osuna is able to use the time off to get the help he needs. And hopefully his going public helps motivate other people dealing with mental issues to seek help for themselves.
The 22-year-old recently became the youngest player in major league history to reach 75 career saves. This season, Osuna is carrying a 2.48 ERA with 19 saves and a 37/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.
Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.
With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.