The Padres announced on Monday that the club acquired infielder Luis Sardinas from the Mariners for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Sardinas, 23, is now with his fourth team in three major league seasons. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Rangers in 2009. Going into the 2015 season, he was sent to the Brewers as part of a package for starter Yovani Gallardo. This past November, the Brewers sent him to the Mariners in exchange for Ramon Flores.
Sardinas has an uninspiring .218/.257/.268 triple-slash line across 307 major league plate appearances. But he can play anywhere in the infield and has even played some outfield, so he’ll give the Padres some organizational depth and flexibility.
People like to decry “participation trophies” as a harbinger of the end of civilization as we know it, but they beat the heck out of people who think youth sports is the most important thing going. Because it’s those sorts of misguided souls who start ugly stuff like that which went down at a baseball game for seven and eight-year-olds in Lakewood, Colorado over the weekend.
As usual it was the parents — not the kids — who caused the ugliness. What sparked it? A call by the umpire. The umpire who is 13-years-old by the way. Because, obviously, the stakes were that high.
It’s unclear how a disputed call escalated into the full-blown brawl you see below, but I’m guessing the call was merely pretext for some pretty horrible people to do some pretty awful things in front of their small children. Predispositions to be jackwagons are hard to shake.
Particularly awful is the sucker punch the guy in the teal shorts and white t-shirt unleashed, which led to what appears to be a serious injury to the guy he punched. Lakewood police are circulating the video in an effort to get more information about the fight and, particularly, to track down the guy who threw that sucker punch.
(h/t Yahoo Sports)