Here’s some fun reading to keep you warm while the hot stove remains ice cold. It’s from ESPN’s Sam Miller, who specializes in throwing out big, weird ideas and asking big, weird questions. This article speculates what might happen if a game were to go 50 innings.
Miller asks the strategic questions — Would one team just quit? Would the teams attempt to collude to shorten the game by agreeing to walk leadoff hitters? — and walks us through some examples of baseball’s historic marathon games. He also takes a turn into the world of dance marathons and stuff, which are a part of old, weird America that I think most people have forgotten about, so God bless Miller for referencing them here.
One thing he does not mention is how the announcers would handle it. Likely because that area has already been covered definitively in the form of a single tweet:
Good reading. Maybe when you’re done with it, a free agent will have signed.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.