I’m not sure when it became a thing to say all mustaches were cool, but that’s sort of where we are now. But it’s just a lie told to you by Big Mustache. They’re not all cool. Some are. Most aren’t. Especially those which are trying too damn hard.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Danny Espinsoa:
Fitting that this is Espinosa. Because I’m really not impressed.
It’s a big day for the players. First Pedro Alvarez, now Mark Trumbo, who just won his arbitration case against the Diamondbacks. Trumbo will receive $6.9 million. The Dbacks filed at $5.3 million.
Trumbo appeared in only 88 games last season due to a stress fracture in his left foot, but he still hit 14 homers in an era where power is increasingly rare. He averaged 32 homers and 94 RBI in his previous three seasons, which no doubt played into the arbitrators’ decision.
We have heard tell of Jesus Montero being in The Best Shape of His Life. Seattle Times reporter Ryan Divish is in Peoria, Arizona and he has the documentary proof. Mercy:
That’s a long damn way from where Montero was last year, when he was being heckled by one of his own team’s scouts about his weight — the infamous ice cream sandwich incident — causing Montero to go into the stands in an attempt to fight him. That frustration, one suspects, was at least partially a product of a couple of lost years in which the once-top prospect was suspended for drug use, got woefully out of shape and put his career in jeopardy.
There are no guarantees that Montero’s career will get better. He has to hit and/or figure out a defensive position he won’t butcher and he has to convince the Mariners that there is a place for him, both physically and figuratively in their organization.
But getting into shape is the first step. And he appears to have done it. Good for him.
From the desert:
Actually, he’s not early for spring training. He’s super, super late for last year’s spring training.
So Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer posted this last night:
How did he get those cool pictures? Oh, no big deal. He just built a drone in the offseason:
Someone get Miguel Montero to a sheltered area, and make it fast.