Davey Johnson may not have a Tweeter as he called it earlier this season, but that doesnt mean he isnt hip to the new technologies. After Sundays win over the Cardinals Johnson told reporters how he texts back and forth with his players. Coming from Davey his comments were of course hilarious.
Here is what he said about Adam LaRoche and why he didnt start Sundays game.
Hes a pretty good texter and he texted me last night. His back has been bothering him the last 2-3 days and its really nice. Jayson Werth texts me, all these guys text me when theyve got a little ailment, he said.
Maybe they wanna stay up another hour or maybe they want to have another beer or something. I dont know. But his back has been bothering him the last 2-3 days but hes been hitting the heck out of the ball, so I havent even asked him how hes been so when he texted me last night I said youve earned it.
Sounds almost like a high school kid texting his parents to stay out later, doesnt it? Either way, Johnson definitely has a great sense of humor and knows how to provide a moment of levity to a press conference.
You can always count on the New York Daily News to run an audacious cover. The tabloid delivered again Friday with an image edited to show two of the league's best young hitters in Yankees pinstripes: Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and Orioles short stop Manny Machado.
"Bats to the Future" is exactly the headline you'd expect, too.
It's hard to tell what's more odious to Washington and Baltimore fans: the image itself or the suggestion that baseball's new collective bargaining agreement makes it easier for the Yankees to poach their stars.
The premise of that argument comes from sources who say the new CBA contains two changes beneficial to New York: reduced revenue sharing burden (due to tweaks in how sharing is calculated, plus a deduction for the cost of building and running Yankee Stadium) and an increased luxury tax threshold.
Without going into number crunching detail, the Daily News explains how the club could afford Harper and/or Machado when they become free agents after the 2018 season.
The article's tone of inevitability, despite its many assumptions, will rankle fans of all 29 other teams. After all, the Yankees aren't the only franchise interested in Harper and Machado.
The Nationals and Orioles will presumably try to keep their stars. But to do that, they may have to fend off potentially historic money from the Bronx.
MORE BASEBALL: Nats let Ben Revere walk
Ben Revere was brought to Washington in the hopes he could solve the centerfield and lead-off issue that plagued them the previous year. After just one year, the Nationals have decided to move on from Revere as they declined to tender him.
The move makes Revere a free agent after a .217/.260/.300 season that fell way below expectations. Revere tied his career-high with two home runs and added 24 RBI while scoring 44 runs.
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