The Players’ Tribune has a feature called “What the (Blank) in which athletes answer random fill-in-the-blank questions. It’s pretty amusing at times.
It’s amusing today at least, as the Royals Eric Hosmer is up. He names his most underrated major leaguer. It’s a guy so many call the most underrated major leaguer that he’s probably close to losing that title. He also says that if he was commissioner for a day he’d put the DH in the National League. Which, whatever you think of that is hilarious given that on most days the commissioner is actually just schmoozing business partners of MLB and stuff. I guess it’s more inspiring to say “make the DH universal” than “meet with T-Mobile marketing team” or whatever.
The oddest answer is this one:
I’m a simple, meek rube from the Midwest who rarely leaves his own home and even I can handle New York taxis. I wonder what happened to Hosmer to give him this fear.
Oh, well then. Say no more.
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.