Padres ready to shut down Carlos Quentin for the season

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Carlos Quentin has been on and off the disabled list while playing just 50 games this season due to a spring training knee injury and Padres manager Bud Black no longer expects to him to return to the lineup this year.

Black told Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune “it’s looking more and more that his season might be over” even though the team believes he’ll be able to avoid a fourth knee surgery since they acquired Quentin in 2012.

That means he’ll have played 86, 82, and 50 games in three seasons with San Diego, yet the Padres liked Quentin enough midway through that first season to give him a three-year, $27 million contract extension. So they owe him $8 million for 2015 and $10 million or a $3 million buyout for 2016.

Quentin has been injured a lot throughout his career, but prior to this season he’d always maintained strong production whenever he was healthy enough to be in the lineup. That hasn’t been the case this season at age 31, when he’s hit .177 with four homers and a .599 OPS following four straight seasons with an OPS above .800.

Two great Mariano Rivera stories

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In addition to getting unanimous support from Hall of Fame voters, Mariano Rivera’s election is getting universal praise from fans and the baseball community. I mean, at least it seems so. If you see someone out there in the wild really mad that Rivera was elected, please, let me know. But don’t approach such people. They’re probably dangerously imbalanced and might cause harm to you.

From what we’ve seen, anyway, there is no one who doesn’t love Rivera and his election. That love has come out in the form of anecdotes people are sharing this morning. I’ve seen two that made me particularly happy. One “ha ha” happy, the other “aww” happy.

The “ha ha” comes from Michael Young, who shared the ballot with Rivera this year and whose Rangers actually beat Rivera’s Yankees in the 2010 ALCS. Not that they had much success against Mo:

Now the “aww.” It comes from Danny Burawa, who had a few major league cups of coffee after coming up in the Yankees system. From his Instagram last night:

In 2012, in the middle of my first big league spring training, I tore my oblique during a game (I wound up missing the whole season). First cuts hadn’t been made and the Yankees let me stick around to rehab with the big leaguers for a few days. The next day, after finishing my rehab, I returned to the locker room which was totally empty. I’m sitting at my locker getting ready to go home when in walks Mariano Rivera. Considering I was a nobody A-baller, I kept my eyes down on my feet and minded my own business. Next thing I know, he’s in the chair next to me, telling me his story, about failing as a starter, about an injury he had when he was younger, about how the setbacks we think are fatal usually end up as speed bumps on a longer, grander road. This is the greatest of all time, taking the time to cheer up a nobody, for no other reason than he thought it was the right thing to do. Great pitcher, greater human, congratulations Mo!

People use that “great player, better person” construction a lot. I often roll my eyes when I hear it because it’s pretty subjective and, I suspect, the “better person” part can’t be vouched for outside the subject’s friend or peer group. Doesn’t sound that way with Rivera, though. He simply sounds like a prince of a guy.