We mentioned this morning that Robinson Cano left today’s Japan Series game when he was hit by a pitch in the toe. The bad news, from Anthony DiComo of MLB.com:
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano limped out of the Tokyo Dome during the eighth inning of Saturday’s All-Star Series Game against Samurai Japan, bound for X-rays at a local hospital. According to a source, Cano learned shortly thereafter that he has a non-displaced fracture of the pinkie toe on his right foot, the result of a Yuki Nishi pitch that hit him on the cleat. He will miss the remainder of the Japan Series.
Cano is expected to be sidelined from whatever it is he does in the offseason for 3-4 weeks, which could affect conditioning and things, but should not impact his availability for spring training.
We haven’t been posting about the Japan Series because, well, it’s not really holding any of our interests. The idea is great in theory of course, but it’s just some exhibition games and they’re airing at, like, 4am and even irredeemable morning people like me are having a hard time focusing. We’d probably kill for this sort of thing in January, but right now it’s just hard to focus on it.
But something notable did happen in the this morning’s Game 3: four pitchers from team Japan combined to no-hit the MLB All-Stars.
The pitchers were Takahiro Norimoto, Yuki Nishi, Kazuhisa Makita and Yuji Nishino. The MLB lineup contained six All-Stars including American League batting champ Jose Altuve and NL batting champ Justin Morneau. Robinson Cano was in the game for a time too, but he left after being hit by a pitch in the foot. He’s off for X-Rays now. If we hear anything on that we’ll let you know.
This is not the first no-hitter in Japan Series history. In 1990 Chuck Finley and Randy Johnson combined to no-hit the Japanese players.
The Japanese team’s win puts them up 3-0 in the five-game series. Which means they have won it already, though they do play the whole thing out.
Whoa Nelly! From Rosenthal:
Would Giancarlo Stanton turn down the biggest contract in professional sports history?
The Miami Marlins apparently intend to find out.
The two sides are discussing a deal that would be for at least 10 years and at least $300 million, according to major-league sources.
At the moment, Miguel Cabrera has the largest contract in baseball at ten years and $292 million. Stanton, of course, is way younger than Cabrera was when he signed that.
There is no comment from Stanton’s people. They’re probably trying to wrap their brains around this. Whether it’s in the form of an actual offer or if this is just stuff leaked to the press in order to create the perception that Stanton is the intractable one if a deal is not reached. Which, yes, is cynical of me to say, but the Marlins have created a situation over the years to where their motivations aren’t entitled to immediate deference.
Slow day, so we may as well kick off the season for these things.
Parnell, of course, had Tommy John surgery back in April, so he’s had a lot of time to work out since then. And, if you recall, he had been down 30 pounds following his herniated disk issues in 2013, so I guess he’s still got some weight to make up.
One of the biggest gets this offseason is about to get got:
The Phillies and the Padres have long been discussed as frontrunners for the 24-year-old outfielder, though there are no shortage of teams who have expressed interest.