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Mickey Callaway: “Dry humping guys is something I feel strongly about.”

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New Mets manager Mickey Callaway is in the early running for best quote of spring training. On Wednesday, the skipper said, “Dry humping guys is something I feel strongly about,” Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

Callaway, of course, is using an idiom to refer to relief pitcher usage. To “dry hump” a reliever is to have him start warming up, then sit down again, warm up again, sit down again, and repeat the process ad nauseam. It can be a problem for a reliever as he’ll end up throwing a full workload in the bullpen before ever appearing in a game. It can increase the likelihood of an injury as well.

Callaway elaborated, “That’s a lot of wear and tear that is endless and if I haven’t prepared the right way, that will happen. I have to make a decision with good timing so the game doesn’t speed up on us and we don’t have somebody ready.”

Former manager Terry Collins often received criticism for his bullpen management and “dry humping” was believed to be part of the problem. The Mets’ bullpen had the worst or second-worst ERA in the National League in three of the seven years of Collins’ tenure.

Last month, Callaway said he plans to utilize a closer-by-committee approach with Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, Anthony Swarzak, and Jerry Blevins.

Buster Posey has opted out of the season

Buster Posey has opted out
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Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”

Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.

Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.

In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.

A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.