Random spring training hearsay is always fun. Here’s a good one from Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times:
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Yogi Berra told him Evan Longoria “reminds him of Joe DiMaggio a bit.”
Allowable because I’m not offering it for its truth — outside of some random film I’ve never seen DiMaggio play and thus can’t say if this is nuts or not — just offering it for the fact of its utterance.
Anyone with more knowledge of the smaller parts of DiMaggio’s legend care to opine? As far as Friday afternoon time killers it beats following the play-by-play of spring training games on Twitter.
Rays shortstop prospect Willy Adames took Red Sox starter and 2017 AL Cy Young Award runner-up Chris Sale yard for his first major league home run on Tuesday night. It was his second major league at-bat. The dinger cut the Rays’ deficit to 3-1.
The Rays called Adames up from Triple-A Durham ahead of Tuesday’s game. Adames is the Rays’ No. 2 prospect and No. 22 in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. With Durham, he hit .311/.387/.466 with four home runs and 25 RBI in 173 plate appearances.
Manager Kevin Cash said that Adames is only going to be with the Rays for two or three days while Joey Wendle is on paternity leave, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported. Adames is making his case to stay longer.