JaCoby Jones, so hot right now
I must admit, I questioned bringing JaCoby Jones up when I heard the news. He was a strikeout machine who wasn’t producing overly impressive numbers in Toledo. I was very, very wrong.
Jones has been a shot in the arm for a team that had just lost its other spark plug, Cameron Maybin. It’s tough to see him staying this hot, but Jones has been just what the team has needed, at a crucial time.
I’d like to look at those playoff odds again please
My tracking of the Tigers’ playoff odds has been a bi-polar exercise over the past month, but after another vintage Verlander performance and a sweep of the White Sox, I’m ready to take a look at those again. Oh yeah, that’s the stuff.
Got the minor leaguers goin’ baaaaaack to back
With expanded roasters coming, it’s worth keeping a watchful eye on the goings on in Toledo. In what is hopefully a sign of things to come, Steven Moya and Casey McGehee went back to back and have been productive over the last week.
Jordan Zimmermann pitched a solid 4 innings during the same game in his first rehab start. September 10th is a possible return date.
Everybody was Kung Fu fighting.
Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Warwick Saupold was involved in a bit of a fracas Sunday night with some opposing players from the Pittsburgh minor league affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians. Don’t fight, kids, especially in public places, but I can understand why the Indians players were upset.
At last call bouncers pulled full drinks out of our hands right after they sold them, but let the locals finish their drinks.
That’s a terrible policy. Seems like Saupold got caught up defending some honor at the bar and will be suspended for five games. I’m guessing the team is probably going to bar Saupold from the Bronze Boar for a significant period of time as well.
More details on what’s guaranteed to be the worst named stadium
So the financial details between Guarantee Rate and the White Sox have been published, and somehow they will not be making nearly as much money as the average naming rights for a baseball stadium ($2 million vs. $4.4m). I imagine the meeting went something like...
GR: We’d like to put a giant red down arrow on your stadium. But here’s the catch, we are going to pay you way below market value.
WS: Sign us up!
Sure I’m ignoring the fact that there are other sponsorship deals that could raise how much money the team is paid, but let me make fun of the White Sox in peace.
Also, fun fact, Citibank pays the Mets $20 million per year for naming rights. Good work Mets.
For your free time.
Cleveland Indians have horrible attendance. Must have spent the summer getting ready for the Browns. The 2018 free agent class is gonna be bananas. Mike Trout was in a car crash. He is OK, but a involved woman in the crash suffered major injuries. Epic minor league baseball photo.