Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson

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Jackie Robinson was born this day in 1919. I don’t know if the odds would have otherwise favored him making it to 94, but at 53 he left us way too early.

Today’s Google Doodle honors Robinson:

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The 42 should be red, but let’s not pick nits. Instead, go to Google, click the pic and learn something about Jackie Robinson that you didn’t  know beforehand.

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.