A Red Sox scout was booed in his California church because of the Pablo Sandoval signing

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This is fun. Red Sox scout Gary Hughes lives in a town just outside of Santa Cruz, which is Giants country. The priest at his church decided to rib him over the Sox signing Pablo Sandoval away from the Giants and got the whole congregation to boo him.

I like this story for two reasons. One being that it’s a reminder that, even though baseball has long since died, we occasionally see signs that people actually care enough about it to have the occasional, fleeting feeling. Also: because it’s a reminder that, unlike the case a century or two ago, a church congregation/townspeople can be turned on someone without torches and pitchforks being brought out.

Or maybe that’s sad. A good old rampage of the townspeople can be a lot of fun.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.