After a season in which he gave up four earned runs, three in April and one after that, a season that passed amid countless decisions and relentless attention to the next pitch and only the next pitch, Zach Britton went home to Texas, to his backyard, where, surrounded by friends and family, it occurred to him, that happened. The perfect season, or near enough to one to count, had come and gone. “They were asking me what I was thinking about,” Britton said of his friends.
Trea Turner was in and out of jury duty on Wednesday. There are only a handful of acceptable excuses for being late to or missing a spring training workout. Fortunately for Trea Turner, he had one of those excuses on Wednesday.
Terry Francona just won the American League pennant, the Manager of the Year Award and his Cleveland Indians will likely be among the favorites to win it all in 2017. Between that and his 17-year track record as one of the best managers in the business, he will have a job, somewhere, for as long as he wants one. He said yesterday, however, that his body will likely limit how long he manages: “It gets harder and harder physically. It really does. It takes me longer to recharge every year . . . I’ve had a lot of surgeries, a lot of health problems. It just takes a toll on you. I love [the game of baseball]. I really do, but I can’t see myself doing something else. But there is going to come a day