Quote of the Day: George Steinbrenner edition

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I’ve said my piece on Steinbrenner, but I’m sure he’d think he could say it better himself.

All of these things were actually said by George Steinbrenner at one point or another. Some of these words constitute genuine wisdom. Some of them constitute craziness. Some of them are flat out lies.  One of them is a little eerie and sad after today’s  events. All of them, however, go a long way towards explaining what George Steinbrenner was all about, for better and for worse:

  • “We plan absentee ownership as far as running the Yankees is concerned. We’re not going to pretend we’re something we aren’t. I’ll stick to building ships.”
  • “I am dead set against free agency. It can ruin baseball.”
  • “Winning is the most important thing in my life, after breathing. Breathing first, winning next.”
  • “I will never have a heart attack. I give them.”
  • “Don’t talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what sells and what’s good right now. And what the American people like is to think the underdog still has a chance.”
  • “I am tough. Sometimes I’m unreasonable. I have to catch myself every once in a while.”
  • “I don’t want to be in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think owners should be.”
  • “I haven’t always made the right decisions.”
  • “I haven’t always done a good job, and I haven’t always been successful – but I know that I have tried.”  
  • “In the end, I’ll put my good acts up against those of anybody in this country. Anybody.”

Padres sign Aaron Loup to a one-year deal

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Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.

Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.