Zach Hample — famous for snagging baseballs at ballparks across the country — is the guy who caught the homer that was Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th career hit. At the time he said he was keeping the ball. Now he’s reconsidering.
Sports Illustrated spoke to Hample, who is prepared to work out a deal:
“I am planning on meeting again with the Yankees soon,” Hample said. “And I am contemplating a scenario where they and A-Rod could get this ball back involving a large donation to my favorite charity.”
The charity: Pitch In for Baseball, which provides new and gently used baseballs and softball equipment for kids who lack equipment to play baseball.
Hample didn’t come off too well on Friday after catching the baseball. Seems now he’s at least trying to make something good come out of this.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner could be headed back to the 10-day disabled list after aggravating a groin injury during Sunday’s game against the Brewers, David Vassegh reports. Turner initially suffered an adductor muscle injury before the All-Star break. He pinch-hit on Saturday and started Sunday afternoon for the first time since July 11. However, he lasted only three innings before exiting the game.
Turner, 33, didn’t make his season debut until May 15 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a spring training game in mid-March. In 192 plate appearances this season, Turner is hitting .259/.354/.398 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and 21 runs scored.
The Dodgers have been starting Max Muncy at third base in Turner’s place and that figures to be the case should Turner need to go on the disabled list. The club also recently acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. He could potentially play some third base while Turner is out.