Lil’ Ron Washington will be part of pregame at World Series

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This picture of a second grader dressed as Rangers manager Ron Washington got a lot of play on the worldwide web this past week.

It also got the Rangers’ attention and they have invited the young man, seven-year-old Liam Roybal, to exclaim “Play Ball!” before Sunday’s World Series Game 3 in Texas.

Leigh Munsil of The Dallas Morning News caught up with Roybal this weekend.  He first wore the costume at a church festival in the Dallas area and then at a Career Day.  His parents eventually posted pictures of the getup on Facebook, and it spread from there.

“He is absolutely excited, he’s kind of bouncing off the walls right now,” mother Ami Roybal said.  “We all sat around the table and laughed about it. We said, ‘You might really look like Ron Washington when you shave your head.'”

And he most definitely does.  Lineups and pregame notes should be coming out shortly for Game 4.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.