Craig Calcaterra

Colby Rasmus

Colby Rasmus is ready to eat some gummy bears. Really, that’s what he said.


Colby Rasmus is sort of turning into Hunter Pence south. Maybe there’s something in the Houston water? I dunno, either way he’s kind of morphing into that weird off-the-wall ballplayer, the likes of which every team should have. But maybe only one.

He showed up for camp yesterday. As Evan Drellich’s story at the Chronicle notes, Rasmus is an intense dude who has gotten something of a cult following among Astros fans. Mostly from good play, but from this sort of thing too, I imagine:

“My eyes, what I’m seeing right now is, I’m seeing red,” he said. “I’m ready to go out there and beat some folks, win some ballgames, chest-bump with these guys, and eat some gummy bears. You know what I’m saying?”

No, Colby, we really don’t. But enjoy those gummy bears. As many Hairbos as $15.8 million will buy.


The Pirates are wearing some sweet alternate throwback uniforms this year

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The Pirates have had a LOT of different uniforms in the past. They’ve worn vests. They’ve looked like bumblebees. They’ve worn blue sleeves. They’ve had pirate heads on their jerseys. Since the 40s they’ve always gone back to their classic look, but they have experimented an awful lot over the years.

They’re doing something new this year. Or, rather, something old. As a home alternate they’re going with the We Are Family-era yellow and black with a striped hat look:

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Those are from 1979 (they actually wore them off-and-on from 1977 through 1984) and will be for Sunday home games. If you want to be picky — and with uniforms I sometimes am — you can note that that ensemble was always a road look for Pittsburgh, not a home look, but I suppose we’ll all survive somehow.

I have always had mixed feelings about the Parker/Stargell-era duds in Pittsburgh. They had so, so many different looks back then. This combo is probably the best of the lot. Some of them — notably the pinstripes — were not good at all. I’m glad that if they’re going back to that era, they went with these.

Nick Punto retires

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Nick Punto sat out the 2015 season but did not actually retire. Now he has actually retired according to Ken Rosenthal.

Punto last played for the A’s in 2014 and hit a mere .207 with two homers and a .589 OPS in 73 games. He was released after the season and was paid the remaining $2.75 million on his contract. While the Arizona Diamondbacks signed him to a minor league deal, he decided he’d rather not play and that he’d perhaps try his luck in 2016. The year off was enough to convince the 38-year-old that he had reached the end of the line.

Punto was fast and flashed some decent leather which was enough to allow him to play 14 seasons in the bigs despite not hitting all that much. He finishes with a line of .245/.323/.323, 19 homers and 263 RBI in 3,734 plate appearances for the Phillies, Twins, Cardinals, Red Sox, Dodgers and Athletics.

He is, without question, a first ballot Hall of Scrappy Utility Guy Types Who Play Way Longer Than You Ever Thought They Would’ve-Er.