Every time we post one of these the father in me shakes his head and thinks that the guy in question is a moron for risking his kid’s safety for a baseball. Then someone else comes out and says “hey, the kid is fine, quite worrying.” I’d love to see the percentage of folks who say stuff like that are parents too, but I suppose that gets us into the sorts of arguments that go beyond baseball.
But really, you’re an idiot if you risk injuring your kid to get a baseball.
Anyway, the latest example came last night in the Angels-Sox game following Albert Pujols’ homer. And yes, my assessment of idiocy applies even if it’s a home run ball from a future Hall of Famer like Albert Pujols.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.