Rickey Henderson is proud of Mark McGwire

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Rickey Henderson.jpgRicky Henderson, who is currently working in the Athletics’ organization as a roving instructor, talked about his former teammate and current Cardinals hitting coach Mark McGwire during a news conference with Single-A Stockton on Friday.

“It made him a better man,” Henderson said. “He realized that the truth
had to come out as it is. It was haunting him and hurting him and he was
feeling guilty about it, so he wanted to get it off his chest and move
forward.”

“That era, everybody got into a situation that they found something that
gave them an edge,” Henderson said. “At that time, it wasn’t really
illegal, and we couldn’t find out what it was doing to the ballplayer —
helping them or hurting them. Now that it’s come out that was something
bad for the game, (McGwire) came out and spoke the truth.”

There’s very little in the way of revelations here. It’s pretty sad that he is being asked about meaningless garbage like this instead of the work that he is doing with young and hopefully clean ballplayers, but this a burden nearly every player of that era will have to live with in interviews from now until infinity.
 

Report: Angels to sign Cody Allen

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.

Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.

The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.