Shots fired in Anaheim

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Craziness after the Angels-Rockies game:

An off-duty police officer shot and wounded two men who had
assaulted him in the crowded Angel Stadium parking lot after Wednesday
night’s Colorado Rockies-Los Angeles Angels game, authorities said. The
officer, who was walking to his car with his wife and small children
about 25 minutes after the game, was hit in the head with an object,
police Sgt. Tim Schmidt said. The off-duty officer then shot the men
with his duty weapon, Schmidt said. Police did not immediately identify
the officer or the shooting victims.

I’ve been to the Big A a few times. The area around that stadium
doesn’t strike me as particularly dangerous, but I guess anything can
happen anywhere.

Report: Rangers sign Jeff Mathis to two-year deal

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The Rangers have signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year contract, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The deal is pending a physical.

Mathis turns 36 years old at the end of March and has a career .564 OPS across 14 seasons, but he is well-regarded for his defense and ability to handle a pitching staff.

The arrival of Mathis could mean the Rangers are moving on from Robinson Chirinos behind the plate, as he is now a free agent. The Rangers could go after another catcher to complement Mathis or just have Isiah Kiner-Falefa back up Mathis. Though Kiner-Falefa mostly played elsewhere, including three spots across the infield, he did rack up over 300 defensive innings behind the plate in 2018.