Lots of people are doing the ice bucket challenge. And while some people are getting grumpy about it for being overplayed or whatever, I couldn’t give less of a crap as long as money is going to fight ALS. They can make it into the “stand on your head and spit wooden nickels challenge” and it’d be totally cool. This ain’t the Harlem Shake, here.
Two of baseball’s biggest names have done it in the past couple of days. Derek Jeter and Andrew McCutchen. And they gave us entertaining versions. Jeter’s because the guys who poured the bucket were CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka, who are apparently still physically intact:
McCutchen’s is cool because he went artistic with it:
If seeing these otherwise classy professionals jump around and yelp from a cold water bath has inspired you to help fight ALS, here is an excellent place to start.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.