Great Moments in Grit

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I don’t have much to say about this historical tidbit from Tim Hagerty of the Sporting News other than, next year, when some guy comes up short on a fly ball due to what I perceive to be a lack of effort, he’s gonna hear the name B.F. Hicks. An outfielder who played in a ballpark which backed up to a train track. One day, a long fly ball was hit in his direction and then, inevitably  . . .

Hicks took his final steps hearing sirens of shouting. Spectators saw the train’s path converging with Hicks’ path and screamed to warn him. Those same onlookers gasped with horror as Hicks collided with the train.

Amazingly, the baseball was still resting in Hicks’ hand when people ran over and saw his motionless body. He lost his life but not the ball.

Puig would do that. Of this I have no doubt.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.