Nick Swisher’s introductory press conference in Cleveland yesterday lived up to the hype.
Zack Meisel of MLB.com counted Swisher saying “excited” 16 times and as this video shows the 32-year-old outfielder literally couldn’t stop smiling and laughing:
I’d make some lame joke about how no one has ever been that excited to be in Cleveland for four years, but Swisher is from Ohio and … well, the $56 million probably helps too.
Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera‘s streak of reaching base safely has ended after 45 consecutive games. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Cardinals.
Herrera’s streak tied Chuck Klein for the fourth-longest on-base streak in Phillies history. The only longer streaks were done by Mike Schmidt (56), Klein again (49), and Bobby Abreu (48). It’s the longest on-base streak in the majors since Freddie Freeman reached base in 46 consecutive games from August 6 to September 28, 2016. Jayson Werth also got to 46 in a row June 20 through August 18 that same year.
After Sunday’s 0-fer, Herrera is batting .344/.411/.544 with seven home runs, 30 RBI, and 24 runs scored in 180 plate appearances. He leads the National League in batting average, and ranks sixth and ninth in slugging percentage.