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.
The Detroit Tigers held a memorial to former owner Mike Ilitch before the start of Friday’s spring training opener against the Baltimore Orioles. It was an opportunity for fans and players to pay their last respects to the man whose competitive fire drove the resurgence of Tigers baseball over the past decade. It was also an opportunity for owner Chris Ilitch to express his family’s thanks for the love expressed toward his father since his passing. He also took the opportunity to expound on his own ownership philosophy, and to reassure fans and players that the Tigers’ pursuit of a World Series would not flag under his stewardship. Mike Ilitch’s health was a delicate subject in recent years.
The Washington Nationals deal with Matt Wieters was officially announced this morning and he met with the press in West Palm Beach, FL. The Washington Nationals officially announced their deal one-year deal with Matt Wieters this morning. In his eighth season with the Orioles, who drafted him 5th overall in the 1st round of the 2007 Draft, Wieters posted a .243/.302/.409 line, 17 doubles, 17 home runs and a total of 88 wRC+ in 124 games and 464 plate appearances in 2016, over which he was worth 1.7 fWAR in what was his first full season back following Tommy John surgery in 2014.