As we’ve mentioned before, Logan Morrison has a pretty heavy Twitter habit. He also has a pretty big following due to his quite colorful Twitter persona. So it’s no surprise that, if something Marlins-related is both cool and popular, the Marlins themselves don’t like it. Here’s team President David Samson:
“I’m not a dinosaur. But I’m not thrilled. It’s very scary to me. I’ve told Logan, `People are waiting for you to make a mistake. They’re going to bait you on Twitter to say something inappropriate that you can never take back.'”
Well, sure. But isn’t also the case that the people who get in the most trouble for their mouths are ones who don’t do a lot of talking in the first place? So when they do — and when they step in it — it’s a much bigger deal? In contrast, people who are always speaking their mind like Charles Barkley and Ozzie Guillen, tend to weather the little p.r. storms caused by unusual candor quite well, thank you. Mostly because, when they say something a bit jarring, it’s not, to use Samson’s phrase, “a mistake.” It’s them being themselves, saying things not terribly unlike what people are used to hearing them say instead of talking in media-relations-approved sound bites.
Yes, a big uproar can happen if you’re a public figure and you say something stupid. But it’s way less of an uproar if people know where you’re coming from in the first place and are used to you saying only half-stupid things all the time.
The Orioles have inked shortstop Alcides Escobar to a minor league contract, MLB.com’s Joe Trezza reported Saturday. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training and will allow Escobar to earn $700,000 in the majors if he breaks camp with the team (via Jon Heyman of MLB Network). The team has yet to formally announce the agreement.
Escobar, 32, completed an eight-year run with the Royals in 2018. No longer the .280-average, 3.0-fWAR player of seasons past, he hit several career lows after batting .231/.279/.313 with four home runs, eight stolen bases (in 10 chances), and a .593 OPS through 531 plate appearances last year. His defensive ratings also took a hit, and FanGraphs pegged him as the fourth-worst shortstop in the majors after he accumulated -12 DRS over the course of the season, only slightly higher than the Orioles/Dodgers’ Manny Machado, Mets’ Amed Rosario, and Red Sox’ Xander Bogaerts.
Still, Heyman holds that Escobar is being considered for the starting gig this spring and could yet prove an upgrade over top prospects and infield candidates Richie Martin and Drew Jackson. At the very least, the veteran shortstop figures to stabilize the position given Martin and Jackson’s relative inexperience, as both infielders played to varying results in Double-A Tulsa last year and have yet to break into the majors. Should either player earn consideration for the position in camp, however, Escobar might still work his way onto the Opening Day roster in a utility role as he saw some time at third base, second base, and center field in 2018.