Ryan Braun as 'The Bachelor' not gonna happen

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Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun says he has been contacted by “The Bachelor” and asked to be on the show.

Apparently not worried about needing help finding love, or simply eager
to maintain some self-respect, Braun said thanks, but no thanks to the
show.

The conversation with ABC executives probably didn’t go like this, but I sure wish it had.

Maybe Braun is holding out for a better show, like “Survivor.” Or
maybe he wants some name branding: “Ryan of Love?” “The Hills of
Milwaukee?”

This whole story got me to thinking about some shows I might watch
if they featured baseball players. And no, I didn’t catch Jose Canseco
in “The Surreal Life.” Here are a few …

“The Biggest Loser”, featuring CC Sabathia, Carlos Silva and David Wells.

“My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss,” with Joe Girardi.

And “Fear Factor,” starring this Japanese pitcher.

What do you think?

Giants making Brandon Belt available

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.

Which is kind of weird, really.

Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.

Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.

But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.