A source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the Yankees have offered Russell Martin a one-year contract.
We know that the Red Sox and Blue Jays also have interest, while Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday that a “mystery team” offered a multi-year contract. If Martin signs a one-year deal with a club, he will remain under team control as an arbitration-eligible player next winter.
Feinsand wrote yesterday that the Red Sox appear to be Martin’s first choice, presumably because he feels he has a better chance to beat out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek for playing time than he would with Jesus Montero and Francisco Cervelli in New York.
Martin, who turns 28 in February, batted .285/.373/.433 from 2006-2008, but has a modest .249/.350/.330 batting line over the past two seasons. He’s also working his way back from a season-ending hip fracture.
In between one inning during every home game at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillie Phanatic will drive around the edge of the playing field shooting hot dogs into the stands from a pneumatic gun — a hot dog cannon, if you will — mounted on an ATV. Until Monday night, a fan had never been injured during this event.
Sarah Bloomquist of 6 ABC reports that, unfortunately, a Phillies fan was injured on Monday night when the Phillies opened a three-game home series with the Cardinals. Kathy McVay of Plymouth Meeting, PA was hit in the face. McVay said, “I have a small hematoma in my eye. And mostly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. It’s going to go down the side of my face.” She also suffered cuts and bruises and had to be taken to the hospital to be tested for a concussion.
McVay doesn’t plan to take legal action against the Phillies and seems to be taking the injury with a good sense of humor. She said, “It gives people a good laugh, and if that makes somebody chuckle, then that’s fine.” McVay also advised fellow fans, “Just to be aware, because you never know. I understand a baseball, but not a hot dog.”
The Phillies reached out to apologize to McVay on Tuesday and offered her tickets to another game once she heals, assuming she would like to return to Citizens Bank Park.
One wonders if Monday’s incident might motivate the Phillies to do away with the hot dog cannon stunt. There’s really nothing gained by doing it, and there are plenty of other ways for the Phanatic to have fun with the fans around the ballpark.