Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Wil Myers Story: The one-good-season-and-throw-a-buncha-money-at-him syndrome

Myers Has a Deal with Padres.  (The New York Times, 1/18/2017)
First basemtn Wil Myers and the San Diego Padres have completed an $83 million, six-year contract, the largest deal in the team's history.  (print edition only)
Related reading:
For better or worse, Wil Myers now the face of the Padres.  (FanRag Sports, 1/17/2017)
The San Diego Padres have settled on a franchise player, or at least someone who can pass for the part.
Related post:
A cautionary tale from baseball free agency (The Josh Hamilton edition).  (1/18/2017)

A cautionary tale from baseball free agency (The Josh Hamilton edition)

His face should be on a 'Wanted' poster.

On Thursday, 370 days after signing Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $240 million contract, the Angels stunned the baseball landscape by landing free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton with a five-year, $125 million deal, sources told

His post-bonanza stats:

Rangers Give Hamilton a Chance.  (The New York Times, 1/18/2017)
Hamilton, 35, who has struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism and injuries, had his best years in Texas.

Up to 200,000 people expected to pour into Washington for Women's March

And Donald Trump is so excited!

Women’s March Gives Boost to Start-Up for Bus Sharing  (The New York Times, 1/15/2017)
“We’re bringing people to D.C. from as far away as Kansas,” said Adam Nestler, one of the founders of Skedaddle, which is based in Boston and New York City. The company said that on Friday and Saturday, it will transport more than 11,000 people to the Women’s March, or about 5 percent of the 200,000 people expected to attend. That is the largest ever two-day period of business for the 19-person company.