Now that March Madness is wrapped up, it’s time to focus on baseball. MLB got off to a slow start as team owners and players haggled over the collective bargaining agreement. However, that is now, for the most part, in the past. It’s time to get the cleats on the diamond, although a number of players will have to wait 80 games.
Anti-Cheating Devices Enter MLB
According to industry sources, catchers and pitchers will be able to use new signaling devices to decide which pitches to throw to hitters during the regular season. This technology could be used to help MLB overcome the scandals of sign-stealing that have plagued it over the past decade.
MLB will give players the go-ahead to use what is known within the industry as PitchCom, a pad with buttons on the wrist that can be used by a catcher to signal pitches. The catcher will then relay the suggestions to the pitcher via a listening device.
Frazier Hangs Up Cleats After 11 Years
Todd Frazier is a two-time All-Star third baseman who spent 11 years in MLB. He played with the Yankees, as well as the Mets during that time. However, he announced Tuesday that he will be retiring at 36.
Frazier began his career in baseball by helping Toms River East American win the Little League World Series title in 1998. His last victory came in the Summer Olympics 2021 when he helped Team USA win the silver medal in Tokyo. Frazier looks forward to spending more quality time with his family, coaching Blake in basketball, flag football and baseball.
Brewers Catcher Strikes Out
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Pedro Severino has been suspended 80 games without pay for the use of the performance-enhancing substance clomiphene, MLB announced Tuesday morning.
Clomiphene is, also known as Clomid, is an anti-estrogenic compound. It is commonly used as a masking drug and can also be used to increase testosterone levels in men.
Severino, 28 years old, signed a $1.9-million one-year contract on November 19, to be Omar Narvaez’s backup. Manny Pina, a longtime Atlanta Braves backup, had signed a $2 million, two-year deal with the Braves four days earlier.
Severino isn’t the only one. RHP Richard Rodriguez and two other free agents are out for 80 games over the use of PEDs.
The Phillies Score
Bryson Stott and Alec Bohm were the winners of the Phillies’ spring position battle. On Tuesday afternoon, Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations for the Phillies, told reporters at BayCare Ballpark on Tuesday that the two had been informed they had made the team.
Bohm was the prohibitive favorite to retain his third base job in camp. However, Bohm struggled in camp and Johan Camargo, and then Stott came into the picture.
Royals Fill Out Opening Day Roster
The Kansas City Royals announced Tuesday that Bobby Witt Jr., a top prospect, has been added to the Opening Day roster. Witt joins Tigers outfielder Spencer Torkelson, Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez, and Reds righty Hunter Greene in making their team’s opening rosters for the 2022 season.
Witt, 21, was the No. 2 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. His father, Bobby Sr., pitched 16 seasons with seven teams in the majors from 1986 to 2001. Bobby Jr., a power-hitting fielder, compiled a 290/.361/.576 line of batting with 33 doubles and 33 homers in 124 games divided between Triple-A and Double-A. He is currently 11 for 27, or.407, with two homers this season.
Tigers Tap Turnbull
Spencer Turnbull, a Detroit Tigers right-hander, doesn’t have much to worry about in his new organization. Turnbull and the Tigers reached an agreement for a $2.65-million, two-year contract Tuesday morning. This avoided an arbitration hearing, according to a source familiar with the financial details.
In 2022, the 29-year old will make $1.5 million and then $2.15 million in 2023. In addition, he could earn up to $125,000 in performance bonus in 2023, provided he is healthy before the season begins.