Jerry Crasnick of ESPN spoke with Prince Fielder recently. Fielder, as you know. was forced to retire due to spinal injuries last year. These days he’s busy being a house husband and father. Also: he’ll be hosting a cooking show on Netflix and Hulu with his wife:
“I have a food show that’s going to be streaming on Netflix and Hulu. It’s coming out around the beginning of spring training in March, I believe. It’s not just baseball people. It’s a mixture of baseball people, actors, musicians, chefs and whatnot. They bring out different dishes, and at the end of the show, I give the one I like the most the “Fielder’s choice.” It’s good TV.”
That’s . . . actually a pretty great gimmick?
Chili Davis’ agent is kicking himself for not thinking of a comparable angle.
Unlike a lot of unsigned players, Chase Utley seems to have his choice of gigs. That’s probably a function of (a) his excellent reputation as a good clubhouse guy and hard worker; and (b) the fact that he probably isn’t asking for much dough and probably doesn’t expect a starting spot.
As for the choice of gigs, Ken Rosenthal reports that Utley has narrowed his choices down to four contending teams. We don’t know them all, but he was recently rumored to be talking to the Indians and the Dodgers have suggested that they have not ruled out bringing him back.
Utley is likely still useful if you give him good matchups and rest him properly. He posted a .252/.319/.396 batting line with 14 homers and 79 runs scored in 138 games in 2016. As a well-liked backup/mentor type, that will still play.
Yesterday we heard that Jeff Loria had a handshake deal in place to sell the Miami Marlins. Last night the New York Times reported who that potential buyer is. It’s Joshua Kushner. Brother of Jared Kushner, who is the husband of Ivanka Trump and is a top adviser to Donald Trump.
There is no suggestion that Jared Kushner is involved in the deal. Or, for that matter, that Jared and Joshua’s father, Charles Kushner — who is a convicted felon — would be involved either. The Times reports that Major League Baseball is scrutinizing the offer, however, and is weighing whether even tenuous connections to the Trump administration and a convicted criminal would be problematic. It seems that Joshua Kushner’s lack of money will be more problematic for Major League Baseball than any political garbage might be. His offer is reportedly debt-heavy and many think he’s not rich enough to pull off the deal.
I do, for selfish reasons, hope this goes through, however. Because there is no way in hell that, if it does, the president will refrain from weighing in on Marlins stuff, showing up at games and all of that. And that, my friends, is gold if you’re in the content business.