Adrian Beltre sent Garrett Richards an invoice for three broken bats

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre went 0-for-3 with two ground outs and a weak pop-up against Garrett Richards in Friday night’s loss to the Angels. He broke his bat three times. Rather than take his oh-fer lying down, Beltre sent Richards an invoice for the the three broken bats, Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register reports:

Beltre, perhaps, could use some new lumber. He’s not off to the best start, hitting .175/.246/.333 with two home runs and five RBI in 69 plate appearances entering Saturday’s action.

Police are keeping reporters away from owners at the owners meetings

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The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.

Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.

Here’s how it went:

This was confirmed by other reporters:

To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.

But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.

We live in interesting times.