Bengie Molina: Class Act

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Bengie Molina has a great account of his trade from the Giants to the Rangers up on his blog. In it he talks about how trades affect families, how he heard about it all (i.e. from teammates who are faster on the Blackberry draw than he was) and how his final hours with the Giants went down.  Moving stuff:

One
by one, my teammates – especially the pitchers – gave me hugs and
thanked me
for the help I had given them over the years. When we were all on the
bus
heading to the hotel, I stood up in the aisle and faced the team.

“I
just want to say thanks for being such great teammates and for taking
care of
me. I’m really going to miss you guys,” I said. “You have what it takes
to win
this thing, and I’m going to watching as much as I can. You guys have my
number. Even if I’m not your teammate any more, I’ll always be your
friend.”

I was about to sit down when everyone started to clap. Then they stood and
clapped some more. It was an amazing feeling.

Read the whole post. He even goes out of his way to praise Buster Posey, the guy who essentially made him expendable.

Moina sounds like a class act.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.