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Ichiro strikes out 16, goes 3-for-4 in a sandlot game


Ichiro Suzuki is retired and he’s 46 years-old. But the amateur team consisting of high school teachers he faced over the weekend was no match for the future Hall of Famer.

Kyodo News reports that Ichiro, who pitched and hit, struck out 16 batters and tossed 131 pitches en route to a six-hit complete game shutout. He also went 3-for-4 with a walk. When asked about his performance he said “it was a blast,” and reported no issues with his elbow or shoulder. You know, in case the Mets or someone are looking for a reliever.

The game, which like everything else involving Ichiro, had a heavy media presence despite its non-existence stakes. But thankfully that also means we have some video of it:

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.