Poll: Philadelphians prefer the Phillie Phanatic as President over Donald Trump

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A recent poll by Public Policy Polling found that Philadelphians, by a 46 to 40 margin, would elect the Phillie Phanatic as President of the United States over Donald Trump. 14 percent weren’t sure.

The Phanatic has been known to put a curse on the opposing team, shoot hot dogs from a pneumatic gun, and travel via an all-terrain vehicle.

Cubs catcher David Ross went out of his way to have his picture taken with the Phanatic on Tuesday. Teammate Anthony Rizzo, who accompanied Ross as he checked other items off of his bucket list, said of the Phillies’ mascot, “He makes fun of both sides and doesn’t discriminate against anybody.”

There is one hang-up, though: the Phanatic hails from the Galapagos Islands and would therefore be ineligible to run for the office.

(h/t Philly Mag’s Dan McQuade)

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.