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John Jaso is probably retiring, plans to live on his sailboat and wander the earth

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Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pirates utilityman John Jaso is likely retiring.

Jaso, who is 34, will be a free agent as soon as the postseason is over. He took a step back offensively this year and he’s a few years removed from being a catcher, which likely limits his market. But those considerations do not seem to be at the forefront of his mind as he leans toward hanging it up. Rather, he’s just interested in doing other things.

Things like living on his sailboat, helping with Hurricane Maria rebuilding efforts and wandering the earth:

Jaso said he plans to travel, live on a sailboat and contribute to Puerto Rico’s hurricane relief efforts. He has some experience working in construction thanks to his uncle, he said. Jaso said he plans to be in touch with Pirates third base coach Joey Cora and Mike Gonzalez, special assistant to the general manager for cultural initiatives, who are Puerto Rican and are helping to facilitate the team’s relief efforts on the island.

“Traveling, living simply, being anonymous, that sort of stuff,” Jaso said of his post-baseball plans. “Really I just want to live a simple life. I have a sailboat, so I just want to sail away. If you live on a sailboat, it’s really hard to live complicated. You have to keep things simple, so that’s kind of my catalyst and everything, and my ride and my home.”

Jaso says his “mind is going elsewhere” these days, though he can’t say for sure if he’s done. If this is it for Jaso, he finishes his nine-year big league career with a pretty nice batting line of .258/.356/.407 with 55 homers and 281 RBI for the Rays, Mariners, A’s and Pirates.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: