Quote of the Day: Tim Flannery on vices

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“This game beats on you so bad that by August you’re doing tequila
shots, not sleeping and eating late-night cheeseburgers. With the schedule, you say, ‘How in the world did I get through one
year, let alone 31?”‘

— Giants third base coach Tim Flannery, explaining why it’s hard for the coaching staff to stay healthy during the season.

The quote comes in the course of a really interesting article about Bruce Bochy trying to quit smokeless tobacco.  He’s dipped for close to 40 years, and he even mentions that his grandmother, a tobacco farmer, chewed the stuff.

Bochy is once again trying to kick the habit, which he says is triggered by baseball-related stress.  I think Brian Sabean should help him out by trading for Prince Fielder or someone so that his life is less-stressful.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.