The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they’re going to start Tyler Clippard tonight against the Mariners.
This despite the fact that he only has eight starts total in 678 career appearances. Indeed, he has not started a game in over ten years. The last one came on June 14, 2008 when he was the Nationals. He actually did pretty good that day, allowing two runs while scattering seven hits over six innings, picking up the win. The opponent: these same Seattle Mariners.
Well, not the “same” Mariners. Most of those guys are gone now. Felix Hernandez was on that team. No longer Mariners but still around areAdrian Beltre, Luis Valbuena and Brandom Morrow. Ichiro was on that team too, but I don’t know if you can call him “active” anymore. Even if you leave him out, though, it’s not too bad to have four guys who are still playing a decade after the fact. Anyone know what happened to that Beltre guy?
Anyway, the Jays are starting Clippard because their rotation is a mess, with J.A. Happ being traded and others turning in some short outings leading to bullpen days, either by design or by coincidence. This is another one.
Enjoy your start, Mr. Clippard. Remember: you don’t have to run in from the bullpen. You can stroll in to the dugout during the top of the first and then walk out since it’s the beginning of the game.
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.