Craig Calcaterra

Curt Schilling

ESPN on Curt Schilling’s Hillary Clinton comment: “We are addressing it”


This morning we posted about Curt Schilling saying that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere.” A little while ago Cindy Boren of the Washington Post got ESPN’s comment on the matter: “We’re addressing it,” Mr. Schilling’s employer said.

How that will be addressed is unknown, but Boren notes that ESPN did send a memo to employees in January saying that they “should refrain from political editorializing, personal attacks or ‘drive-by’ comments regarding the candidates and their campaigns.” It was not a hard and fast ban on politics talk as much as it was a “keep it mature and respectful” kind of memo, it would appear. Which makes sense as the campaign is going to be the biggest story of the year and expecting people not to comment on it seems kind of silly.

But I suppose we’ll soon see whether Schilling’s comment crossed a line or whether his past skating on thin ice when it comes to political comments inspires his employers to take any action against him.

Rockies preparing to be without Reyes for extended period

Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes, left, throws late to first base after forcing out San Diego Padres' Will Venable at second base on a bunt put down by Yangervis Solarte during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Denver. San Diego won 9-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Colorado Rockies began their exhibition schedule Wednesday facing the possibility they’ll be without starting shortstop Jose Reyes for a large portion of the season.

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman agreed Tuesday to a 30-game suspension, discipline stemming from an October incident involving his girlfriend. Chapman’s suspension suggests Reyes could face more severe discipline.

Chapman wasn’t charged in an incident involving his girlfriend but acknowledged he fired a gun. Reyes pleaded not guilty after he was arrested at a Hawaii resort on Oct. 31 and charged with abusing his wife. His trial date is April 4, the day the Rockies open the regular season at Arizona, and he was suspended with pay last week by Major League Baseball, pending the trial and its investigation.

“We’re just waiting to hear what happens,” Weiss said Wednesday.

Reyes, the Rockies’ highest-paid player, is due $22 million in each of the next two seasons. He will not attend spring training.

“We know that whenever Jose is active again, there’s going to be a period where he’s going to have to get ready to go out and compete in games,” Weiss said. “So our focus is on the guys here and getting ready for the season.”

Veteran Daniel Descalso was in Weiss’ starting lineup at shortstop against Arizona in the Rockies’ exhibition opener Wednesday. Prospect Trevor Story is scheduled to start Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks.

Rafael Ynoa and Cristhian Adames also are candidates to play shortstop.

The 32-year-old Reyes, a four-time All-Star and the 2011 NL batting champion, was acquired from Toronto last summer in a trade that sent longtime shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays.

“He was my favorite shortstop growing up,” Adames said. “And he helped me a lot last year.”

Salvador Perez got a World Series Champions tattoo

Sal Perez

You will not be surprised that this bald, 42-year-old suburban father does not have any tattoos. My not having any tattoos is not, however, a function of some sort of value judgment about people getting ink. It’s more about (a) having skin tones, random freckles and a body type which does not lend itself to a very aesthetically-pleasing display of artwork (really, I’m a pale, skinny-armed bad canvass of a human being); and (b) not being able to think of any design I’d be happy with for the final several decades of my life.

The latter one is really key here. I think back to various points in my life and what was important to me at the time. Hobbies or bands or interests or favored sorts of artwork or names of significant others or symbols — you name it — and they have almost all changed. I suppose at some point I could’ve gotten a baseball inked someplace and that would still be good, but eh. My kids names? Eh, as well, and that’s even before you consider that we could end up in a Han-Kylo relationship one day, sullying even that. So many landmines when you’re making permanent decisions and you don’t have the “hey, whatever didn’t kill me back them made me stronger” mindset. I’m rather jealous of those people, truth be told.

However, if you actually accomplish something in your life — something that will always be great and which no one can take away from you — then, yes, you have yourself some decent tattoo material. That’s what Salvador Perez has. He’s a world champion now and will be, always and forever. And this offseason he got a tattoo commemorating that and posted pics to his Instagram:

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Oh, a third reason to be wary of tattoos, at least if you get them when you’re young and at the peak of your physical fitness like Perez is? Someday those arms are gonna look like a couple sacks of flab and the scene won’t be quite as pretty. Perez will still be a champion so it probably doesn’t matter, but it’s something he’s still gonna have to look out for.