A weekly roundup of what’s good to read in baseball.
- Josh Hamilton goes under the knife for the 11th time. Still plans to play… for now.
- Speaking of injuries, Max Scherzer isn’t letting his slow him down.
- Hey, we’re on a roll with guys getting hurt, so here’s Grant Brisbee’s take on the David Price injury. (you can safely assume I’ll always feature a Brisbee piece from now on, because Brisbee is the GOAT of satire, although this isn’t satire, unfortunately).
- How do you deal if your partner cheers for the wrong team?
- Reds’ pitcher Bronson Arroyo has a really great philosophy on life and his career.
- MLB Daily Dish had a great piece of art-imitating-life fact-fiction about the Mariners and Dodgers this week.
The MLB has made some rule changes official. One of which will really put a damper on the hop in Carter Capps’ step, the other just signals the death of intentional walks as we knew them. RIP.
MLB & the MLBPA today jointly announced a series of modifications that have been approved and will be in place in the 2017 regular season: pic.twitter.com/IjVboUSCGd
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 2, 2017
Fun fact about the IBB, looks like Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander was the last pitcher to intentionally walk a batter in the Oct 2 game against the Braves.
Justin Verlander issued the final regular season intentional walk in baseball history, to Nick Markakis on Oct. 2 against the Braves.
— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) March 2, 2017
Rules not your cup of tea? Here’s a picture for you instead.
When guys forget to mark their cleats before getting them cleaned… pic.twitter.com/pkiGcxfMEf
— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) March 2, 2017