Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena is calling it a career at age 37 and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he will sign a one-day contract with the Rays in order to officially retire as a member of the organization.
Pena had two different stints with the Rays totaling five seasons, during which time he made his lone All-Star team, led the league in home runs once, and posted an .843 OPS in 726 total games.
The practice of signing a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of your old team is typically reserved for upper-echelon stars, but Pena was a good, solid player and certainly ranks among the best hitters in the Rays’ abbreviated team history.
Pena struck out a ton and hit just .232 for his 14-year career, but he still had big all-around value thanks to 30-homer power, 100-walk patience, and outstanding defense at first base.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.