This is rich: Steve Garvey, who famously got into all kinds of financial difficulties a few years ago — and who has had multiple paternity suits filed against him — wants to rescue the Dodgers. He says he has an investment group that will take the team off Frank McCourt’s hands and place Garvey in the owners’ box.
The best part of this is the Dodgers’ spokesman’s response:
“There are some great treasures out there that people would love to buy, the Dodgers among them. But, like the Mona Lisa and the Pacific Ocean, the Dodgers aren’t for sale.”
In other news, the spokesman’s boss put the Mona Lisa in a pawn shop and polluted the Pacific Ocean, so he should probably not get too uppity about Steve Garvey’s interest.
My guess is that the team is going to have to be sold. Maybe it won’t be to Steve Garvey, but it will be to someone because neither Frank nor Jamie McCourt have the kind of cash necessary to buy the other out. And even if Jamie did, there’s no guarantee that Major League Baseball would want her in the owners’ club after all that has happened.
Hunter Pence was thought to be on his way to retirement after a lackluster 2018 season with the Giants. As he entered his mid-30’s, Pence spent a considerable amount of time on the injured list, playing in 389 out of 648 possible regular season games with the Giants from 2015-18.
Pence, however, kept his career going, inking a minor league deal with the Rangers in February. He performed very well in spring training, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. Pence hasn’t stopped hitting.
Entering Monday night’s game against the Mariners, Pence was batting .299/.358/.619 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 109 plate appearances, mostly as a DH. Statcast agrees that Pence has been mashing the ball. He has an average exit velocity of 93.3 MPH this season, which would obliterate his marks in each of the previous four seasons since Statcast became a thing. His career average exit velocity is 89.8 MPH. He has “barreled” the ball 10.4 percent of the time, well above his 6.2 percent average.
What Pence did to a baseball in the seventh inning of Monday’s game, then, shouldn’t come as a surprise.
That’s No. 9 on the year for Pence. Statcast measured it at 449 feet and 108.3 MPH off the bat. Not only is Pence not retired, he may be a lucrative trade chip for the Rangers leading up to the trade deadline at the end of July.