Back in early July Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was charged with reckless driving for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone. Today he was sentenced: 10 days in jail.
Technically it was 180 days in jail with 170 days suspended. And he only has to serve half of what’s left on that, so it will be five total days in the pokey. He also loses his driver’s license for six months. They don’t mess around in Fairfax County, Virginia.
And here I thought only hot-headed youngsters who need to grow up and respect the game drive recklessly. Who knew that older veterans who aren’t considered to be “problems” did this sort of thing? I wonder if I should ask Bill Plaschke if the Nationals should release Werth. Although I do understand this case is more complicated, what with Werth hitting the cutoff man most of the time.
This is the time of year when we remember that, no matter how good a reporter Jon Heyman is — and I fully and sincerely believe him to be an excellent reporter — he’s clown shoes when it comes to the Hall of Fame.
First, his tweet from a few moments ago, addressing the ballot logjam issues we discussed this morning:
Now his column from 2011:
Read the whole thing here. It includes this passage:
For the Hall, it’s a judgment call. Scoundrels and cheats are already in. So are foul-tempered jerks. Bonds may be all three. He is also one of the three greatest players I ever saw in his prime, along with Alex Rodriguez and Rickey Henderson. A baseball Hall of Fame would be empty without Bonds.
While I do believe Bonds took steroids (whether it was knowingly or not doesn’t much matter to me, though if I had to guess, I think he knows everything that goes in his body), I don’t believe all steroid users should be excluded from the Hall of Fame. I’m not here to sit in moral judgment of another human being.
I agree with 2011 Jon Heyman. I think he and 2014 Jon Heyman should have a sit-down about it all, though, and come up with a unified message.
(thanks to Simon for the heads up on the 2011 article)
These are not deep thoughts. Just thoughts:
- It’s cool that the Tigers, Yankees and Diamondbacks can get together for three-way trades every few years. The last one — with Curtis Granderson, Max Scherzer and all of those guys — set the gold standard, but this one is good too.
- It’s also cool that Didi Gregorius is involved in his second three-way trade in a couple of years. If he doesn’t parlay this — plus his playing abilities — into some sort of nickname like “three-way” or “triple threat” then what’s the point, man?
- I like this trade for the Yankees. Gregorius will be, at his worst, as good as Derek Jeter was on offense in 2014 and his 2013 hitting suggests he can be better than that, even if he’s never a particularly dangerous hitter. That plus a defensive game which is streets ahead of anything Jeter did in, oh, the past 15 years, will make him a nice upgrade over The Captain, all for a very low, low salary. This is way better than signing, say, Stephen Drew and hoping he can return to old form or trading for a big name like Elvis Andrus who will cost a lot and not be as good as his reputation. Gregorius is a legit shortstop who is team-controlled. Those don’t grow on trees.
- Of course, even if he’s a better hitter and defender and he’s cheaper, there will be a certain segment of Yankees fans which will be on his case for anything he does because he’s not Derek Jeter. Which sucks, but which is inevitable. As someone once said, don’t replace the man, replace the man who replaces the man. Someone has to play shortstop in New York in a post-Jeter world, and unfortunately for Gregorius, it’s him.
- For the Tigers, Shane Greene is an interesting pickup. He had 14 starts last year and was a tick above league average, which looks good. But he also outperformed his considerably longer minor league track record with that. He has some good tools, though — a nice fastball and some groundball tendencies — which could make him one of those guys who pitch better than his minor league numbers may suggest. Some guys just take a bit to put it together. And it’s not like the Tigers need an ace in the rotation. A good guy on the back end is totally cool.
- For the Dbacks, I dunno, Robbie Ray was horrible in the bigs in a short stint in 2014. He struck out a lot of guys and walked a lot of guys in the minors. Last year he posted a 1.59 ERA through is first five starts at Triple-A, with a 21/5 K/BB ratio in 28 innings, showing his promise, but he is not a flawless prospect and the Dbacks, in recent years, haven’t done well with the pitchers they’ve acquired. He’ll be a good first test for the new regime.
- The Dbacks will also be getting shortstop Domingo Leyba from the Tigers. He’s only 19 and hasn’t played above A-ball, but he hit very well across two levels in 67 games last season. In leagues in which he was very young. He’s not projected to stick at short, however, so he’ll have to hit if second base is where he ends up.
This will get all the press because of Gregorius being the guy who replaces Derek Jeter, but it’s a fun baseball trade all around.
From WEEI, passing along the comments of David Ortiz, who really, really wants Jon Lester back in Boston:
“. . . hopefully we end up having him. We need him . . . This is a guy who loves Boston, so if I’m the Red Sox I do whatever it takes to keep a guy like that because that’s a guy who brings everything he has every day to the field . . . He was devastated when he got traded, and I know that. I can personally tell you that. But this is a business, and I know he understands that. So now is the time for us to step up, man up, and try to make the guy happy.”
I feel like Ortiz would get mad if Ben Cherington penciled himself in as the Sox’ DH for a game next year, so I’m guessing Cherington is not all that happy to hear Ortiz’s comments. But then again, Ortiz has never not spoken his mind about such matters, so I suppose it’s to be expected.
But these sorts of comments do tend to frame issues in a town with a crazy media. If Lester, say, just decides to go to Chicago instead of Boston, it’ll likely be framed as the Sox “not stepping up,” will it not?
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles have had further discussions with the Dodgers about a possible Matt Kemp trade. He says the Padres and Mariners are still involved as well.
The other day the Orioles downplayed reports of talks, calling them “preliminary.” Well, now I’d guess they’re, um, liminary.
Kemp, 30, still has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract. He also has a recent injury history which could slow things down with the Orioles who, infamously, flunked Grant Balfour on his physical last year and are thought to have some fairly high and possibly confusing medical clearance standards by some in the business.
But it sure sounds like Matt Kemp is getting moved soon.