The Tigers and Victor Martinez finalize their deal

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V-Mart has passed his physical and is now officially a Detroit Tiger. Deep thoughts:

  • I don’t like the “first initial, first few letters of the last name” nickname construction like “V-Mart,” but  I do wish that someone named “Sam Martinez” would become a big star so I could call him S-Mart;
  • If only they had done this two days ago before the Red Sox had offered him arbitration then the Tigers wouldn’t have to give up a first round pick.  Or, I suppose the Sox could have just offered it earlier. Maybe double-secret deals and offers would help us out here;
  • The Tigers may be pretty darn tough in the AL Central next season.  I don’t think they’ll stay tough over the length of Martinez’s contract, but they’ll be good next year.

 

 

The Yankees and Red Sox will both be wearing home whites for the London Series

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This summer’s series between the Yankees and Red Sox in London is, technically, a home series for the Red Sox, with the Yankees serving as the visitors. Pete Abraham reports that Major League Baseball is dispensing with the usual sartorial formalities, however, and will have both teams wearing their home livery: the Red Sox will wear white and the Yankees will wear pinstripes.

It’s marketing more than anything, as you can’t really put your league’s marquee franchise on an international stage and not have it wearing its iconic duds, right?

It’s also pretty harmless if you ask me. Baseball is not like football or basketball in which you have to have contrasting uniforms in order to keep one side from accidentally throwing the ball to the opposition or what have you. And with so many teams wearing solid color alternates now — sometimes both the home and road team are in blue or red jerseys in the same game — it’s not like there hasn’t already been a breakdown in home white/road gray orthodoxy. I prefer the classics, but I lost that battle a long time ago.

So: I say let a thousand colors fly. Heck, let the Yankees wear their pinstripes on the road all the time. Who’ll stop ’em?