<span class="vcard">Craig Calcaterra</span>

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Pedro Strop was involved in an accident in the Dominican Republic


Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop was involved in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.com reports that Strop is doing fine, but there are few details available.

Last month Cardinals outfielder Oscar Tavares was killed in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic. Earlier this week Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman was involved in a fatal accident. Guzman remains jailed in the case, as authorities determine whether or not charges are warranted.

Melky Cabrera prefers not to re-sign with the Blue Jays

Melky Cabrera

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that it is Melky Cabrera’s preference to not re-sign with the Blue Jays. Nothin’ personal, but he just doesn’t want to play on artificial turf.

It’s not clear that the Jays are willing to bring him back, actually, because they spent $85 million on Russell Martin and there’s only so much free agent dough to go around in Toronto.

In other news, Cabrera is correct that artificial turf sucks. So there’s that.

A.J. Hinch likes horrible and awful things for Thanksgiving dinner

Jell-O salad

Me? I pulled a Crazy Ivan and went with beef tenderloin and scallops for dinner yesterday. We called it Surf and Turfsgiving. It was most excellent:

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so I was a bit hesitant to go non-traditional like this, but it turned out great and all of the things I love about Thanksgiving — too much food, booze and being with people I love — were still there, so it turns out that being different about it all was just fine.

But there are limits to what can be tolerated on Thanksgiving. And new Astros manager A.J. Hinch and his family have friggin’ pushed ’em. Get this, from an MLB.com story about the favorite Thanksgiving dishes of several players, managers and broadcasters.

“I guess I would call it a Jell-O-pistachio salad that my mom made growing up and my wife has continued to keep in the tradition. It’s got a little bit of sweetness to it, it’s got marshmallows in it and a little bit of Jell-O flavor, pistachio flavor. It’s one of those weird dishes I only eat in November this time of year because it’s always been connected to Thanksgiving.”

He helpfully supplies the recipe. Reds broadcaster Jim Kelch eats that crap too. And I don’t even want to contemplate what that  . . . thing was that Padres broadcaster Mark Grant’s family eats. Seriously, go read it. It has Cool Whip, rice and pineapples in it.

You people are awful, really. Yeah, I said it.

Yasmany Tomas signs a six-year, $68.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks

yasmany tomas getty

The Arizona Diamondbacks were not linked with Yasmany Tomas until very recently. Apparently Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart close deals fast, however. From Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:

Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the D-backs have agreed to a six-year deal worth $68.5 million, according to industry sources. The Tomas deal will include an opt-out after four years and is pending a physical, the sources said. The D-backs have not confirmed the agreement.

It was believed by some that his contract would surpass Rusney Castillo‘s seven-year, $72.5 million deal with the Red Sox for the richest-ever for a Cuban player, but this falls just short. Likely because of the opt-out provision. Before the Dbacks were in the hunt, it was rumored that the Braves, Padres and Giants were all interested.

Tomas just turned 24. He is said to have plus-power and will likely play a corner outfield position. At the moment, it would appear that left field is his destination.


The Wrigley Field bleachers may not be ready for Opening Day

Wrigley Bleachers


You may have seen the pictures of the bleachers at Wrigley Field being torn down for an offseason rebuild. They’re neat! But will they be rebuilt in time for Opening Day?


CSNChicago.com says the reconstruction has been delayed by a snag in getting a new water main built. Which, personally, I’m shocked a civic project in Chicago met with an inefficiency.

Oh well. It’s way prettier at Wrigley in June and July anyway.