Laura Corley of The Telegraph reports that former major leaguer Kevin Brown held two alleged mail thieves at gunpoint unitl police arrived on Wednesday afternoon. The suspects are a 15-year-old and an adult man.
There had been several reports of mail theft in Brown’s north Macon (Georgia) neighborhood. Brown decided to become a vigilante, hiding in his neighbor’s yard and waiting for the thieves to try stealing from his mailbox. They did and he used the threat of his gun to keep them from running until police arrived.
Brown, 53, pitched parts of 19 seasons from 1986 to 2005 with the Rangers, Dodgers, Yankees, Marlins, Padres, and Orioles. He retired in February 2006. The right-hander has, in this writer’s opinion, a strong case for the Hall of Fame but sadly fell off the ballot after receiving only 2.1 percent of the vote in 2011, his first year of eligibility. Any player who receives than fewer five percent of the vote drops off the ballot.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels and reliever Cody Allen are in agreement on a one-year contract, pending a physical. The value of the contract is not yet known.
Allen, 30, was looking for an opportunity to close and the Angels can certainly provide that. He will likely be the favorite to break camp as the closer. 2018 was the roughest year of his career, however, as he finished with a 4.70 ERA, 27 saves, and a 80/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Among Allen’s six full seasons, his 27.7 strikeout rate and 11.4 percent walk rate represented career-worsts. FanGraphs also shows him losing nearly a full MPH on his average fastball velocity.
The Angels lost closer Keynan Middleton to Tommy John surgery early last season and he likely won’t return until the second half of the 2019 season. Blake Parker, who handled save situations in Middleton’s place, was non-tendered by the Angels in November and ended up signing with the Twins. The closer’s role is Allen’s to lose, it seems.