Thomas Walkup is an eight-year old boy from Mike Trout’s hometown in Millville, New Jersey. He was legally blind due to a condition called “shaky eye syndrome,” but recently underwent major surgery in California and has begun to see more clearly. His trip to California was paid for thanks to a fundraising effort by the community. Trout’s mother, Debbie Trout, heard about Walkup’s story and had her son and the Angels reach out.
Walkup had a chance to meet his favorite player after his surgery in California. You can watch it below in a segment from “MLB Tonight” on MLB Network:
Great story. Well done by the Trouts and the Angels. Our best wishes to Walkup, who is one tough kid.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.