The contraction of minor league baseball is almost here. 40 teams from rookie ball and short season Class A will either have to get into an independent league, become a summer team for amateur college players, or else disappear entirely.
Andrew Heaney takes on Lance Lynn today at 5:05 P.M. Pacific Time. Joe Maddon would love to have Andrelton Simmons re-sign. He’s not the one who has to worry about the budget, though. Ryan Buchter cleared waivers, was outrighted, and has elected to be a free agent instead of going to the Angels’ alternate facility.
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Alyssa Nakken’s opening day jersey is now officially on display at the Hall of Fame. MLB is looking into the ejection of GM Mike Rizzo by Joe West and crew. I guess it isn’t over yet. Here are the four YouTube games. Marlins versus the Braves has already happened. The next freebie game is Wednesday at 1 P.M. Eastern Time. It features the Brewers and Tigers. Garret Richards is mowing them down with his slider this year. “Silly drama of the day” for today involves Joe Jimenez and Miguel Sano.
Weird Baseball News
It was a mighty close call for this butterfly. It looks like a cloudless sulphur. Maybe if Corbin had thrown a knuckle ball he could have gotten it. Today’s episode of “something you don’t see every day” is a 2-5 force play on a strikeout.
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