Senator Bob Casey doesn’t like the Nationals trying to block Philly fans

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We learned recently that the Washington Nationals are going to try to keep Phillies fans from invading their ballpark during the May 4-6 series in D.C.  To do so they have limited ticket sales to that series to people from Washington, Maryland and Virginia.

The effort is kind of dumb, easily circumvented and likely will be counterproductive — if I were a Phillies fan I’d look like this right now — but that hasn’t stopped Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey’s shorts from getting all bunched up in his nether regions about it:

 

Eh, like I said. I don’t think Phillies fans are going to be all that deterred by this effort. I’m guessing that through sheer determination, spite and StubHub, Nationals Park will be full of the Philly faithful come May 4-6.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.