Mustache shirts? Yes, mustache shirts

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This link has been making the rounds:  T-shirts with stylized mustache dude caricatures from various major league teams.

I didn’t check the descriptions to see who each shirt was supposed to represent, but I was able to guess most of them.  I think my favorite one is the Reggie Jackson.

Overall I can’t decide if these things are cool or lame. First, kneejerk impression: awesome. Later impression: still positive, but less awesome as I imagine a lot of them floating around a stadium.  Some shirts just work better if only one dude has them and you have no idea where he got it.  Of course then you’re walking a fine line between cool and hipster, and that has its own set of issues.

Really, t-shirt politics are tough.

UPDATE:  A commenter notes that this may just be a Nike ripoff of this Pavano shirt that a Twins blogger began selling last year.  Hurm.  It’s too early for me to delve into the ethics of a company ripping off a product that is probably subject to an injunction for being unlicensed merchandise in the first place.  Perhaps I’ll take a nap and think about it later.

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.