Not gonna say that it’s a slow news day, but I will say that if it were a faster news day I wouldn’t be writing about the Milwaukee Brewers putting second baseman Scooter Gennett on the 15-day disabled list with right oblique tightness. But I just did, so draw your conclusions accordingly.
Gennett was a late scratch from Tuesday after experiencing pain in batting practice. Which, given what happened to Huston Street doing warmup tosses, is just further evidence that being prepared is overrated. Just get out there and do your thing, man.
The Brewers replaced Gennett on the 25-man roster by calling up infielder Hernan Perez. I’m sure he’s under strict orders not to stretch or warm up in any way whatsoever.
Last year, Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney became the first Major League Baseball player to sign a contract with a company called Fantex. Fantex’s business: selling stock, more or less, in atheltes’ future earnings. The company paid Heaney — who was making the major league minimum at the time — $3.34 million in exchange for a 10% stake in Heaney’s future “brand income.” Investors could then buy shares of a stock from Fantex linked to Heaney’s future earnings.
Yesterday, Fantex announced a handful of new indexed players: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte.
As I wrote when Heaney did this last year, these deals work like an insurance policy that pays out now. At the moment these guys don’t make a ton of money and if they get hurt or flame out it’s a nice way to secure their future. If they do flame out and get highly-paid, sure, it’s gonna cost them a bit. A gamble, then, just as a lot of financial decisions athletes make are gambles.
Neil Walker is having a great start to the season for the Mets. He’s hit nine homers and put to rest any worry Mets fans may have had after letting Daniel Murphy walk to a division rival.
This morning, in the comments, reader NYGF offered this ode to Walker and his early season exploits. Line four, for those who don’t know, is a reference to this story from a couple of years back:
Bravo. Maybe some edits for purposes of improving the meter, but a solid, solid effort, especially so early in the morning.