We’ve all heard the story of how a young Stanley Burrell — more famously and ridiculously known as M.C. Hammer — once worked for the Oakland A’s. You may not know the details of that gig, however. If you don’t, The Common Man has a post up about it over at The Platoon Advantage this afternoon.
The surprising thing: Hammer actually had the title of Vice President for a while. As a teenager. But then, as TCM notes, he left that employment:
Burrell left his job with the A’s (presumably because he was not legit enough, and therefore had to quit) after he graduated from high school, and eventually joined the Navy for three years.
Bob Nightengale reports that Adrian Gonzalez plans to play in 2019 and the Diamondbacks are “one of the teams who may have interest.”
Well, now that they’ve traded way Paul Goldschmidt I suppose they have an opening, though there was a report yesterday that they intend to play Jake Lamb at first base in 2019.
The Mets released Gonzalez on June 10, after he completed a 54-game tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers. No one else showed interest in the five-time All-Star after the Mets cast him off and, as such, one might have felt comfortable saying that his playing days were over. He thinks differently, however, and apparently the Dbacks are at least willing to listen. He will turn 37 in May and will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract, but if the man wants to play, that will not be an obstacle.