Hey, look at the relief pitcher with the girly backpack!

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The New York Times has a story today about the trend of making the low-man on the bullpen totem pole carry the bullpen supplies in some children’s backpack.  Usually a girl’s backpack with My Little Pony or something on it.  It’s a hazing thing, of course.  Two observations:

First, I hate that the alpha and omega of baseball hazing seems to be equating ballplayers with little girls.  That’s the joke, see. No ballplayer would want to be a little girl!  Ugh, grow up.

Second, my eye-rolls notwithstanding, they’re probably not necessary. Because as everyone knows, the minute the New York Times picks up on a trend, it means that the trend has already passed.  I’m sure they’re on to something totally new now.

Braves sign veteran right-hander Tomlin to minor league deal

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The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team’s major league camp.

The 34-year-old Tomlin, who was released by Milwaukee on Wednesday, had a 6.14 ERA in 32 games, including nine starts, with Cleveland in 2018. Tomlin was 61-53 with a 4.77 ERA in nine seasons with the Indians.

Tomlin was 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA in five games with the Brewers this spring after joining the team on a minor league deal.

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