In October, when the Braves were about to face the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS, Chipper Jones was scheduled to throw out the first pitch. However, because he was rather objective about his former team’s chances — he went on the radio and said that the Dodgers would win in four games, which they did — none of the Braves were willing to catch his ceremonial toss. Instead, Jones had to throw to a mascot.
Apparently, Jones is still a bit salty about the situation because he brought it up on Twitter again:
“Huddy” refers to former Braves starter Tim Hudson, who recently signed with the Giants on a two-year, $23 million deal two weeks ago. While Jones certainly has the right to be offended, he does have a history of using Twitter to exaggerate personal drama.
Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”
The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.
Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.