Diamondbacks owner calls for a ban on smokeless tobacco

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We’ve heard from outside advocacy groups, politicians and basement bloggers on the matter of smokeless tobacco in baseball — and Bud Selig has said he would propose a ban in the upcoming labor negotiations — but this USA Today editorial by Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick may be the first time someone who actually has a seat at baseball’s big boy table has strongly advocated in favor of banning smokeless tobacco in baseball.

Click for the editorial, but say for Kendrick’s gratuitous mention of the fact that he owns a Honus Wagner T-206 card!

As I’ve said before, I’m usually the last person who responds to “think of the children” appeals, but this is one of the rare instances where I think it applies. Ask Brett Butler.  If that is Brett Butler, anyway. Might be Chris Cooper playing Brett Butler in a biopic. Not sure.

Anyway: ban the junk at the ballpark, baseball.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.