If ever there was a sign a ballplayer should retire, this would be it:
Cincinnati’s Jim Edmonds injured his right leg running the bases after a solo home run in the second and did not return to the field in the bottom of the inning.
The Reds say that Edmonds, 40, has a strained right lower leg. According to the Associated Press, he hurt himself while “taking awkward steps just before he reached third base.”
Edmonds sat out all of 2009 before launching a comeback with the Milwaukee Brewers this season. He was traded to the Reds on Aug. 9.
Edmonds has already said he would likely retire at the end of this season, and Brewers manager Ken Kacha actually talked him out of quitting in early August. Seeing as how he has already been on the disabled list this season and is now getting hurt on home run trots, retirement seems just about guaranteed.
Now let the Hall of Fame debate rage. What do you think?
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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.