DiMaggio was an arrogant jerk; Whitey Ford doctored the ball, says wife-swapper

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Despite winning 133 games, former Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson will always be remembered as the guy who swapped wives with his teammate Mike Kekich. He has come out with a new book now, and it may prove memorable as well.  While it doesn’t sound like a scandalous tell-all, he does describe Joe DiMaggio as “arrogant and stubborn” and talks about how Whitey Ford doctored the ball.  I find that shocking because everything I’ve read in the past five years has led me to believe that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the only jerks and cheaters in the history of baseball. Huh. Learn something new every day, I guess.

Beyond that, this kind of book sounds like fun simply because it Peterson’s tenure with the Yankees: 1966-1976 almost perfectly covers the inter-championship Yankees wilderness years that sometimes seem to have been written out of history.

Report: Phillies interested in Adrian Beltre

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In his latest column for MLB.com, Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have interest in potentially trading for Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. While Beltre’s bat would be a help, Morosi notes that the Phillies are just as interested in his professionalism for their otherwise young roster.

Beltre, 39, has been on the disabled list twice already this season due to calf injuries. When he’s been in the lineup, he has managed a .302/.357/.428 triple-slash line along with three home runs and 22 RBI in 182 plate appearances. Beltre is in the last year of his contract, earning $18 million, so he would be a rental for the Phillies.

Third base has been a problem for the Phillies. Their composite .699 OPS from their third basemen is 25th-best in baseball. Maikel Franco has seen the most time at third base, but Scott Kingery and J.P. Crawford (currently on the disabled list) have also seen time there. The Phillies are getting to a point where they may turn the page on Franco, who was once one of the organization’s top prospects. Kingery should see regular time at shortstop with Crawford on the disabled list, so adding a rental third baseman makes sense for the team as presently constructed. The Phillies have also been linked to Manny Machado, but it would make more sense for the club to pursue him in free agency rather than acquire him as a rental.