ESPN the Magazine releases its annual player poll


Every spring ESPN the Magazine polls ballplayers with a bunch of random and some not-so-random questions. The year they got 117 players to respond and the results are out now. Some fun things:

  • One AL player thinks that Dee Gordon is the reason the Marlins will be “this year’s Royals,” though overall a plurality think the Nats are the favorite to win the World Series;
  • 78 percent of respondents hate the idea of a pitch clock;
  • 41 percent of players are happy to see A-Rod back, 30 percent don’t care and 29 percent are not happy;
  • The top answer to “what would you do if you were the Commissioner” was “shorten the season. With one guy responding  “We get two days off a month. People with regular jobs get more days off than that!” Of course, most people don’t make an average of $4 million a year, get $100 per diems and get four months off.

As always, it’s fun, froofy stuff.



Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.