As expected the Indians have optioned Danny Salazar back to the minors after the 23-year-old prospect made his big-league debut yesterday.
The only reason it’s worth noting is that Salazar was really, really good. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Blue Jays, retiring 15 of the first 16 batters he faced, and finished with six innings of one-run ball and a nifty 7/1 K/BB ratio.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that Salazar had the most strikeouts by an Indians pitcher making his MLB debut since Luis Tiant in 1964. But with the All-Star break coming up and the Indians wanting to get Salazar regular work a return to the minors makes sense even if he’s pitched his way into their plans for the second half.
Not long after the new ownership group bought the Miami Marlins, face of the franchise Derek Jeter made it clear that he wanted the home runs sculpture beyond the outfield fence gone. He simply doesn’t like it aesthetically and many think that, among Jeter’s goals, he’d like to erase any trace of Jeff Loria’s legacy, which includes the sculpture.
The problem: the sculpture is not Jeter’s to remove. The sculpture is public property, purchased as part of the Art in Public Places program, which requires art to be installed for the public in county-owned buildings, which includes Marlins Park. Miami-Dade officials have said that moving it was not possible as the sculpture was “not moveable” and was “permanently installed: as it was designed specifically for Marlins Park. And that’s before you get into how logistically complicated it would be to move it. It’s seven stories tall and is connected to a hydraulic system, plumbing and there’s electricity.
What Jeter wants, however, Jeter eventually gets. From the Miami Herald:
The Miami Marlins won county permission on Tuesday to move its home-run sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside . . . In its new location outside, “Homer” will still turn on for home runs, as well as at the end of every home win and every day at 3:05 p.m., an homage to Miami’s original area code.
It may or may not be moved before Opening Day, but once it is moved there will be a new seating and standing room only area for spectators where the sculpture currently sits.