LaTroy Hawkins pitched in his 1000th career game. Gets a nice bottle of Dom for it.

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I never, ever want LaTroy Hawkins to stop pitching. In no small part because he’s one of the few guys in Major League Baseball who is older than me. But also because he’s just really great. There is literally nothing not to like about the guy. He was a failed starter who, in the 90s, you might have thought you’d never see again and then all he did was rattle off about 15 straight seasons of great relief pitching.

Are there better relievers? Of course, there always have been. But he’s always been solid, at times much better, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. He just completed a season in which he posted a 3.31 ERA in 57 games (130 OPS+) and 23 saves. In Colorado of all places. That’s nice work.

His last appearance of the year was Saturday. It was his 1000th. That puts him at 16 on the all-time list for pitchers. He’s two behind Rich Gossage. He could move up to, I dunno, eighth next year if he’s healthy.

The Rockies have him a gift for his 1000th game:

Keep rolling along, LaTroy. For all of us old dudes.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.