A few years back, when Jason Heyward as a rookie in Braves camp, he hit a bunch of home runs over the right field fence at the Braves’ spring training facility, denting the hoods and breaking the windshields of the cars of Braves employees. It was a lot of fun for everyone who didn’t park in that area. The Braves had fun with it as an organization too. They made a big show of putting up a canopy over the parking places to keep that from happening again and everything.
Since then, coinciding with the rise of social media, it has become a regular spring thing to get reports of similar batting practice home run-on-parked-car violence. Tweeted pictures and the like. This year is no different. We saw some of it at Cubs camp the other day in Mesa. Today we see it at Phillies camp down in Clearwater:
The only question I have is why, after all of these windshield incidents, do players and team employees still park their cars where they do? We have a general idea, after 150 years, of how far home runs can fly, do we not? We know where the foul balls go too. Maybe fans don’t have a choice of where they park all the time, but if I had a nice car and a choice, I think I’d park a minimum of 600 feet from home plate.
Maybe that means I walk farther, but it beats having to call the windshield guys.
The Giants have announced that Hunter Pence was diagnosed with inflammation in his right Achilles following an MRI on Monday. There is no structural damage and he’ll miss about a week.
That’s good news. A strain or something worse could’ve put him on the shelf way longer.
Pence only played in 52 games for the Giants last year and he was dearly missed. A healthy Hunter will be key to the Giants’ quest of continuing their every-other-year World Series pattern.
The Royals and Sal Perez had been in talks over a new contract for some time and now those talks are over: he and his club have agreed to a five-year, $52.5 million extension, according to Jon Heyman.
Perez had been on an insanely team-friendly deal. In 2012 he signed a five-year, $7 million deal that included three club options which could, at the discretion of the Royals, keep their catcher locked up through 2019 with a maximum value of $26.5 million. This deal replaces that one.
It’s still a good deal for Kansas City. Perez, who was the 2015 World Series MVP, is considered the heart and soul of the Royals. He’s entering his sixth season and has a career line of .279/.306/.431, which amounts to an OPS+ of 100, or league average hitting. Which, for a catcher, and a durable one like Perez, is quite valuable. Compared to others, his $10 million a year or thereabouts still represents a good deal for the Royals.