We haven’t heard much about Chuck Knoblauch in the nine years since he retired from baseball. He was named in the Mitchell Report and had to testify in front of a grand jury about it, but otherwise, he’s been an invisible man.
Today there’s a feature story on him in the Star-Tribune. It’s not the easiest read. No, Knoblauch is not some tragedy case like some ex-players. He hasn’t lost all of his money or found himself on skid row. He has had some legal problems — domestic violence — but that’s in the past now and he seems to have a happy home life.
But there’s a fine line between a guy who can walk away from baseball and never look back and a guy walks away from baseball and can’t bear to look back. Whatever he says about his current state of contentment in the article, Knoblauch seems to be in the latter camp, and one can’t escape the feeling that he’s a man with a lot of darkness about him.
Maybe it’s just me, but I came away from the article rather troubled and concerned. You feel the same way?
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.