Must-click link: Jay Jaffe on the 40th anniversary of Ball Four

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Ball Four is without question my favorite book, baseball or otherwise (although in fairness, I was only recently alerted to the fact that non-baseball books are published). I’ve read it no fewer than a half-dozen times and it never ceases to be wildly entertaining, which is pretty remarkable for something that was written four decades ago.
On the 40th anniversary of Jim Bouton’s masterpiece Jay Jaffe of Baseball Prospectus and YES Network delves into what makes Ball Four so amazing:
Jay Jaffe: Ball Four at Forty

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.