As a Twins fan I’m supposed to despise Hawk Harrelson, but I actually grew up listening to him call White Sox games on WGN back when watching any game you wanted wasn’t possible–it’s why Frank Thomas is my all-time favorite player–and 20 years later I continue to enjoy him on the microphone.
Of course, I enjoy Sad Hawk Harrelson even more because no announcer is more entertaining when his team is losing or getting unlucky or being robbed by the umpires. And thankfully the fine folks at Awful Announcing put together this magical compilation of the year’s best Sad Hawk Harrelson moments:
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.
Realmuto, 27, was the best offensive catcher in baseball in 2018, batting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 531 plate appearances. He has two more years of team control remaining until he becomes eligible for free agency, adding to his value.
The Mets’ catching corps currently includes Kevin Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud, so Realmuto would be a significant upgrade. Such a trade would be the club’s second big splash of the offseason as the Mets finalized a trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners earlier this month.
Interestingly, the Mets and Yankees haven’t made a deal involving major league players since December 2004, when the two sides swapped pitchers Mike Stanton and Félix Heredia, Rosenthal points out.