If Derek Jeter passing Babe Ruth on the all-time hits list last night wasn’t enough for you in the milestones-of-questionable-significance department, just wait until today’s game: with one more hit Jeter will tie Mel Ott for the all-time New York hits lead.
Not the Yankees hit lead — he did that last year when he passed Gehrig — but the lead for players from all New York teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers, Giants and Mets. Ott had 2876 career hits, all for the New York Giants. Jeter stands at 2875.
After that we have to stretch a bit: with five more hits he ties Frankie Frisch — the Fordham Flash — for the all-time Bronx record. Although, yeah, Frisch was just from the Bronx. I’m assuming Jeter already holds the born-in-Pequannoc, New Jersey record.
(thanks to reader Thomas for pointing the Mel Ott thing out to me this morning).
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.