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The New York Daily News runs an idiotic cover about Shohei Ohtani

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Last night, Shohei Ohtani’s representatives informed the Yankees, and many other teams, that they will not be invited to make an in-person presentation as they narrow down possible destinations for the recently-posted two-way star. The message, as communicated by Brian Cashman to the press, was that Ohtani seemed more interested in playing for a west coast team and, perhaps, in playing in a smaller market.

Which is is prerogative, of course. Many players have such preferences. And it’s not as if he’s limiting himself to truly small markets as he is still reportedly open to San Francisco, which is the sixth largest media market in the country, and Seattle, which is 14th. Guy just doesn’t want to play on the east coast. No big deal, right?

Tell that to the New York Daily News, which ran this on its cover today:

 

The Daily News also sent out a tweet with that which said “STAGE FRIGHT: Shohei Otani too scared to play for the Yankees.” The story attached to that headline, however, — by reporter Peter Botte — contains no such accusations. It’s a straight newser, communicating Ohtani’s decision and the expected, understandable and reasonable reaction of the Yankees.

What an embarrassing cover, though. How bush league to put words in Ohtani’s mouth and to ascribe emotions and motivations to him that it cannot know (and which are almost certainly erroneous). It’s also ironic too. The Daily News is trying to cast Ohtani as small-time, yet it’s the paper which comes off as provincial and insecure.

But really, dudes, I have NO IDEA why he doesn’t want to come to New York.

 

The Giants might be ready to part ways with Hunter Pence

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Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area hints that the Giants may be done with outfielder Hunter Pence. It’s not clear just how seriously the club is contemplating such a decision, but there are six days remaining on Pence’s rehab assignment, at which point they’ll be able to recall him, reassign him to the minors or release him.

The 35-year-old outfielder has struggled to make a full recovery after spraining his right thumb during the first week of the season. Pence bounced back for a 17-game run with the Giants in April, during which he slashed a meager .172/.197/.190 with one double and one stolen base in 61 plate appearances, but was eventually placed on the disabled list with recurring soreness in his finger. He currently sports a promising .318/.359/.388 batting line with four extra-base hits (including a grand slam) over 92 PA in Triple-A Sacramento.

Despite his recent resurgence in Triple-A, the Giants may not need the additional outfield depth just yet. Mac Williamson, who was recalled in the wake of Pence’s DL assignment, has already cemented the starting role in left field and is off to a strong start at the plate as well. Of course, if the Giants decide to say a premature goodbye to their veteran outfielder (who, it should be said, helped them to two World Series championships over the last seven seasons), it’ll cost them the remaining balance on his $18.5 million salary for 2018.