Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a major league pitching star who took his aggressive, no-nonsense brand of competitiveness into the game of politics as a congressman and senator from Kentucky, died at the age of 85. State Sen. Damon Thayer said a Facebook post from Bunning's daughter stated that Bunning died at 11:55 p.m. on Friday. Bunning suffered a stroke last October. A strong right-hander with more than 100 wins and a no-hitter in each of the two major leagues, Bunning enjoyed national fame as an athlete before capturing Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District in 1986. The staunchly conservative Republican from Northern Kentucky’s Campbell County easily won five successive two-year terms before
The brief bit of internet fame didn’t last. Baseball, especially in the minors, settles back into rote anonymity. So Luis Guillorme resumes his quest to prove he is more than an unflinching novelty. The Double-A Binghamton shortstop and second baseman went viral on March 2, after he kept his remarkable cool when a bat helicoptered toward the Mets’ spring training dugout. Miami’s Adeiny Hechavarria lost control of the bat after a swing, and as the dugout scurried in fear, Guillorme shot his arm up to stab it from the air. He held it aloft, his face not betraying an ounce of concern, before coolly tossing it back on the field. His moment in the Port St. Lucie sun didn’t last. “It’s nothing crazy,”
Yoenis Cespedes appeared to be on the comeback trail for the New York Mets, appearing in his first rehab game on Friday night. This latest injury for Cespedes, who is returning from a strained right hamstring, provided some additional frustration for manager Terry Collins, who has had to wade through snake bite after snake bite this season. “Right now, if you put your sleeves on wrong, the wrong sleeve in first, the wrong arm in first, it backfires and you rip your shirt,” Collins told the New York Post. Considering Cespedes missed a good chunk of time during the second half of last season due to a similar right quadriceps issue, this certainly is more than enough reason to give the Mets pause.