I write this to you with a thankful and hopeful heart. There are so many people in my life whom I love dearly who probably aren’t there without the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. There are no words I strive to live by more than “content of character.” I’m eternally grateful for his work.
We aren’t perfect, but the solid, steady rise of inter racial marriages points to changing attitudes in our society and good lessons learned. I have to imagine most of the folks walking down those aisles were raised by parents like mine. So I have hope for my biracial son and his peers, who will be the most biracial generation the world has ever seen….until they start having kids.
That said, let’s get back to baseball…
The biggest news out of the Halo-sphere is the signing of Kurt Suzuki, who had bigger money on the table from at least one other club. And as an aside, when the staff was picking a new name for this site, Halosphere was my entrant. I think we chose well.
There’s a ton of other interest news, though. We all know about Shohei Ohtani’s arbitration filing. The Angels have rarely gone all the way to an arbitration hearing in the past but new GM Perry Minasian says the club will now be a “file and go” organization. If so, this is a marked change in how the club operates.
Looking for further signs of how the club might operate under Minasian, we have his first batch of international signings. 4 of the 7 are from Venezuela. 3 are pitchers, 2 are shortstops, 2 are catchers. None are outfielders.
Denzer Guzman is the highlight of the class. A kid who has a solid line drive approach and is a solid defender. Same scouting report but with a few pictures of the kid. If he makes it, the advertising world will love that smile.
Brent did a great recap of the end of week action.
From around baseball….
JT Realmuto apparently has a 9 figure deal on the table. How has he not jumped across that table to sign it?
Fangraphs does their usual outstanding job, this time looking at what DJ LeMahieu could mean to the Yankees. Who’d have guessed a righty in Yankee Stadium would lead the league in opposite field home runs? Astounding.
In further Yankee news, they brought in Corey Kluber for one year $11 million. Too big of a roll of the dice for my taste, but that’s pocket change in in the Steinbrenner household. Here’s how it went down, and how Masahiro Tanaka is now almost certainly without a place in NY.
Trade for Musgrove, add Tanaka? Wouldn’t be the 90s Braves but nobody would embarrass themselves, either. I just don’t think Cincy is trading Gray, they definitely are downplaying trading Castillo.
SI took a look at MLB’s to-do list prior to the season and came up with the same answers we have: no clue. It’s almost like a complete lack of leadership leads to a lack of direction and half the league still not even knowing how to construct their rosters.
At least he’s not trying to fundamentally change the game with hairbrained ideas like giving out free base runners and shortening some games to seven innings. Oh wait, he is.
I’d call Manfred a clown, but he makes entertaining children look like a noble profession.
I wasn’t planning on doing links today, which is why I’d linked King’s most famous speech on Friday. However, since many of us have the day off, I do propose a longer form read. You see, MLK credited Jackie Robinson for helping pave his way and Joe Louis paved the way for Jackie. Prior to WW2 the entire nation rooted for a black man to beat a white man in boxing, which was far and away the largest sport in the country at the time. This is truly one of my favorite stories in sports and American histories, enjoy it.
Enjoy your day. Take a look at your friends and loved ones. If they don’t all share your complexion, thank Dr. King. If they do, get out and live a little.