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.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.