Rex Hudler is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Meme-creep!  It’s not just players who can be in the BSHOL, announcers can too.  Like the Royals’ new announcer, Rex Hudler:

“I’m training right now, physically, like I’m a player,” he said. “I’m in the best shape I’ve been since I played. I don’t think (manager) Ned Yost would have a guy who is 51 years old on his team but that, in a sense, is what he’s got.

“That’s what I do as a broadcaster. I have a player’s mentality. That’s what I share with the people — what the guy is thinking; how he’s going to go about beating this guy; why he did something.”

Personally I prefer my announcers to not have a player’s mentality. I want them to be an individual, not a teammate. In fact, I want them to stand outside of the team framework entirely — mentally and in his day-to-day existence — and provide independent insight and criticism whenever necessary.

But hey, if Hudler can bench twice his weight while trying to do that, more power to him.

Report: Angels to sign Justin Bour

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Angels have signed 1B/DH Justin Bour to a contract, pending a physical. The Phillies non-tendered Bour last month.

Bour, 30, spent the 2018 season with the Marlins and Phillies, hitting an aggregate .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 501 plate appearances.

Bour will likely share first base with Albert Pujols, who is coming off of knee and elbow surgeries. Bour could handle right-handers while the 38-year-old Pujols faces lefties.