It wasn’t a vicious crowd in Cooperstown yesterday, and the boos were neither particularly loud nor particularly lusty, but the former Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, did get some catcalls at his induction yesterday afternoon.
As the New York Times reports, he got booed on Saturday during the parade through Cooperstown and then on Sunday, when his name was first announced, the part of the crowd that sits on the lawn (i.e. not officially invited guests of Major League Baseball who sit closer to the front) booed and jeered him. Later, when he was officially announced to give his speech there were fewer boos, though a large contingent of Expos fans down for Tim Raines’ induction turned their back and shouted at him. Others noted that some of the people with an incentive to boo — Astros fans still salty over the team being moved out of the National League under Selig’s watch — had already left because Selig spoke after Jeff Bagwell did, so it could’ve been louder.
No one keeps score of such things for long, and any way you slice it, Bud Selig is now “Hall of Famer, Bud Selig.” As I wrote back in December, however, there was and remains good reason to think that Selig, for all of his accomplishments, had no business being up on that stage yesterday, and that his induction was a disgrace.
The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.
The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.
Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.
Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.