It’s about time: Kiss pays video tribute to Derek Jeter


Confession time: I once really liked Kiss. A couple friends and I would put on Kiss records, pick up toy guitars and a drum kit and jam. I was Paul Stanley. My friend Teddy was Peter Criss. Mike was Ace Frehley. We had a rotating cast of kids who were Gene Simmons. The highlight of our little fake concerts was “Detroit Rock City,” at the end of which Teddy would crash his drum kit like it was a car crash. It was pretty fantastic.

Of course we were, like, eight and we were over that by the time we were nine or so. Kiss is pretty terrible, you guys. “Destroyer” has its moments and I could probably make up a playlist of 8-10 songs that, if I had to, I could listen to a few times without rolling my eyes. But they don’t hold up for more than about 10 minutes. If you’re in to theatric rock and roll, find some old GWAR videos. If you like hard 70s rock, listen to Sabbath. Don’t let your friends act as if Kiss does anything other than represent some cynical, inadequate compromise. Oh, and Gene Simmons is an awful person too.

But they are from New York, so I guess they get a shot at this sort of thing like everyone else:


(h/t Pinstripe Alley)


Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.