Carlos Delgado may just retire to Crash Boat Beach

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Yesterday it was reported that Carlos Delgado is demanding “substantial money and playing time.” In light of this article, however, he’s apparently cool with not getting those things:

“I have to analyze all the options that I have and, another important
thing, I’m not going to sign a contract just to say I signed. You have to look for the best situation for yourself at the
moment . . . If there is no work, I’ll retire. That’s
not Plan A, but if I don’t get any work, I can’t do anything about it.
I am staying positive and the lines of communication are open to try to
create a situation. If nothing comes up, Crash Boat [Beach] is in
Aguadilla.”

Delgado’s somewhat unreasonable demands notwithstanding, I don’t take these comments to be ones made out of anger or frustration. Delgado is reputed to be one of the brighter, more well-balanced guys in the game, and here he actually sounds like he’s approaching all of this in a pretty healthy fashion. “Hey, I want to play, but I’m not going to beg for a job. There are other things for me to do in the world.”

Dustin Pedroia going back on injured list

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Welp, that didn’t last long. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is going back on the injured list with more knee issues. If it matters the Sox say it’s not a big deal and they expect him back sooner rather than later, but they also said that his post-2017 knee surgery was just a “cleanup” at first and that basically cost him a year. So.

Pedroia has played in six games and is 2-for-20 with a walk.

I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that Pedroia’s career may be nearing an end. Sure, he’s under contract for two more years after this season, but he’s also in a unfortunate spiral that so many players experience in their mid-to-late 30s.

Running a website like this makes it all the clearer, actually. When you search a player’s name in our CMS, you get every post in which he appears in reverse chronological order. Just about every long-tenured player ends with about six posts in which he is alternately placed on and activated from the disabled/injured list. Then an offseason link to a big feature in which he’s written about as being “at a crossroads” followed by something vague about “resuming baseball activities” and then, inevitably, the retirement announcement. I can’t count the number of guys whose careers I can tick off in that way by browsing the guts of this site.

I hope that’s not the case for Pedroia. I hope that there’s a “Pedroia wins Comeback Player of the Year” post in the future. Or at the very least a silly “Miller’s Crossing” reference in an “And that Happened” in which I say “the old man’s still an artist with the Thompson” after he peppers the ball around in some 3-for-4, two-double game. I want that stuff to happen.

It’s just that, if you watch this game long enough, you realize how unlikely that is once a player starts to break down.