They’re doing an active shooter drill at Wrigley Field today

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Ah, 2016. Such a magical year. An election presenting us with a choice between two noted and respected statespeople, peace and harmony abounding and at least a couple of our beloved entertainers and artists not yet dying. Really, can’t ask for a better year.

Into that mix comes this wonderful sign of the times: seven hours worth of “active shooter drills” at Wrigley Field today, complete with “simulated ammunition and flash bangs.” From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago police say the drill was planned months ago to coincide with Major League Baseball’s All-Star break this week. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says the team is happy to partner with law enforcement on the exercise to ensure a safe and secure environment.

Someone will probably say that this is necessary in today’s world, and I suppose there’s nothing wrong with being prepared. It does make me wonder why we spend so much time and effort training for our responses to disaster rather than doing more to prevent them in the first place, but that’s a different topic altogether.

Anyway, enjoy your freedoms and safety, citizens. Just remember: every single thing you enjoy could turn into a horrific tragedy at any moment! Play ball!

 

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.