A couple of years ago, Hall of Famer Mike Piazza bought a soccer team in Italy. The team, AC Reggiana, has been down on its luck and is having stadium issues. Seems he has to pay rent to a rival club and it’s really high and . . . eh, I dunno. You don’t care and I don’t care about that.
What we do care about is that Mike Piazza is as mad as hell and he’s not gonna take it anymore, so he held a press conference on Italian TV and ranted and raved about it for a while. You can watch it all on the club’s Facebook page. It was pretty great.
I can’t ever remember Piazza being too worked up about much of anything when he played. Heck, when Roger Clemens threw the bat at him back in 2000 he basically just looked at him like he was nuts. Guy always seemed pretty even-keeled. I guess Italian real estate is another matter.
(h/t CBS Sports)
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.