Ozzie Guillen couldn’t stay away from Twitter

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Ozzie Guillen quit Twitter in May, explaining his decision in typical Ozzie fashion:

Yeah, I hate Twitter. Everybody following me can [expletive] his pants. You can quote me on that one. Don’t follow me anymore. Twitter is a stupid thing. I never make money out of that. When you speak Spanish, you speak Spanish. When you speak English, you don’t know how to spell “English.” Get a real job, get a life. I don’t make money out of that. I’m done.

And yet yesterday he unretired from Twitter, telling his 250,000 followers “iam. baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack” (that’s a direct quote) before posting another 10 tweets in the next 12 hours. During his Twitter break Guillen seems to have developed a fondness for periods. For instance, here’s his Twitter analysis of the Democratic National Convention last night:

And here’s a later tweet about golfing:

I’m not sure how long Ozzie will stick with Twitter this time around, but it’s good to have him back.

(Incidentally, “everybody following me can [expletive] his pants” is something everyone on Twitter should be forced to tweet at least once per day, as sort of a mantra.)

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.