Yesterday I saw a post about baseball fans getting unfortunate tattoos to honor the teams they root for. This morning I wake up to this:
On the one hand: it’s not permanent. And it probably didn’t hurt as much to get this as a tattoo would. On the other hand, there is an abundance of pain on display in this picture and taking so much time and effort to honor the Cubs is a special kind of sickness that may be even more permanent than ink under one’s skin.
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.