Walkoff Walk runs an excellent weekly feature called “This Tweet in Baseball” in which the week’s finest real ballplayer tweets are collected. The latest is up today. Sadly, it was posted before new Twitter user Matt Holliday decided to tweet thusly:
“Big fan of the new Creed album, helps me get through long bike workout”
Nine minutes later:
“Save it all you creed haters, I’m sure your iPod is filled with perfection. Let me know what’s cool”
I feel bad for Holliday. I mean, sure, Creed sucks and there’s no excuse for it, but all of the responses he’s about to get from the indie music enthusiasts are going to be way more insufferable than “Human Clay” is. And that’s saying something.
Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.
Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.
With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.