I’m sure the Sloan Valve Company makes other things now, but they were put on the map by “the introduction of the Royal flushometer, a valve to release a measured amount of water to flush a urinal or toilet.” Now they’re literally on the map in Mesa, Arizona, having purchased the naming rights to the Cubs’ spring training complex:
Sloan Park will be the new name of what had been known as Cubs Park since the facility opened in 2014.
The Franklin Park commercial plumbing company, which makes flush valves and other restroom products, will become one of the Cubs’ “legacy” partners and have fixed signage in the visiting bullpen at Wrigley Field.
Which will be handy if and when they finish a really crappy year and start looking forward to next spring.
On Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade with the Twins for right-handed reliever Mike Morin. The Twins will get cash considerations in the deal.
It’s a fairly quick turnaround for the 28-year-old Morin, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday after the Twins returned first baseman Eddie Rosario and outfielder C.J. Cron to the active roster. In 23 appearances for Minnesota, the righty registered a 3.18 ERA, 0.8 BB/9, and 4.4 SO/9 through 22 2/3 innings, a brief but promising improvement over the rough patch he weathered with the Mariners in 2018.
As the Phillies intend to move Morin to the 40-man roster this weekend, they’ll transfer fellow right-hander Seranthony Domínguez to the 60-day injured list in order to clear a spot for the new reliever. Domínguez, 24, suffered a UCL tear in his right elbow last month and is still working his way back to the mound — though there’s speculation that he may undergo Tommy John surgery at some point in the near future.