Giddy-up! Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard ride horses to the ballpark


I swear that actual exhibition baseball games start today and that, as a result, there will be actual baseball content around here eventually. In the meantime, we continue the Pimp My Ride portion of Spring Training, focusing on how the players and coaches get to camp, not what they do once they get there.

A day after being upstaged by Joe Maddon’s Krieger Van, Yoenis Cespedes has a new ride. It’s a horse. And, as befitting any good cowboy, he has a sidekick in the form of Noah Syndergaard riding his Scout to Yo’s Silver:

That’s a nice walk, I guess. But I want to see a canter. Then get your English saddles and show us a bit of dressage. Show us that you have a strong all-around game, guys.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.