Unknown Cuban ballplayer sleeps outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping for a tryout

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This is not something you see every day. Cuban ballplayer Loah Linares has been sleeping outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping to get a chance to try out for the Dodgers. From ABC 7 in Los Angeles:

It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.

There’s a bit at the end there in which stadium security has said that Linares has tried to get inside the stadium but has not been successful. Given that he’s still there and hasn’t been arrested for trespassing, one can assume it wasn’t a serious or threatening attempt.

I can find no reference to him apart from the story of his camping outside of Dodger Stadium so it seems as though he’s not exactly a prospect, even if he is a baseball player. If he was, you’d think he’d be in someone’s organization right now, not camping outside of a major league ballpark.

Still, very odd story. The sort of thing that could either be a Disney story or a story of delusion and determination, depending on which kind of narrative-crafting you prefer.

UPDATE: A reader found this. It makes me wonder if this isn’t being put on by some film company as it is:

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.