Blue Jays reliever Joe Biagini was apparently at a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He was also apparently left hanging on a high five. Fallon made his way through the crowd and fans in the crowd raised their arms for high fives, Biagini among them, but he didn’t get one. Poor guy.
A Twitter user by the name of Alexandra posted a video and tagged Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Marcus Stroman asking if it was, in fact, Biagini. Donaldson replied, “That’s him for sure.”
Biagini, 26, had a solid rookie season for the Jays, finishing the regular season with a 3.06 ERA and a 62/19 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings. Even more impressively, he pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in the postseason. He’ll get plenty more high fives.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the players picked up three arbitration victories thanks to Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz. Each player was arbitration-eligible for the first time.
The players have now won four of 10 arbitration cases thus far. Historically, teams have won the majority of arbitration cases and that continues to be the case this year. However, at least today’s results move the needle back towards the middle.
Aguilar filed for $2.575 million while the Marlins countered at $2.325 million.
Goodwin filed for $2.2 million; the Angels $1.85 million.
Díaz $2.6 million, Astros $2 million.
There are three arbitration cases remaining, two of which belong to the Phillies (J.T. Realmuto, Héctor Neris). The Diamondbacks have the other with Archie Bradley.