At The Athletic, Alec Lewis wrote about Edward Olivares through the stories told by Padres hitting coach Raul Padron:
At the time, the Padres were ready to give Olivares an everyday opportunity. Rather than take advantage of it, Olivares didn’t hustle.
“It was weird,” Padron said.
One afternoon, the Padres optioned him out of big-league camp. At 6 a.m. the next day, Padron had Olivares meet him in the cages. They didn’t hit. The two talked.
“What’s going on with you, bro?” Padron asked. “What’s happening? You have this great opportunity, and you’re throwing it away.”
Olivares’ answer drifted to a conversation about his family. About their experiences back home in Venezuela. About wanting to be with them. Help them. Listening to it all, Padron’s mind flipped through the memories of his own past. Of his own worries. He understood. He told Olivares how he reshaped his own mindset, thinking that if he gave his everything in America, he could provide financially for his family and also share in the happiness he felt.
In a post about Monday night’s win over the Pirates, Craig Brown noted this:
Every batter in the Royals lineup (including pinch-hitter Lopez) collected at least one base hit on Monday. It was the first time that each member of the starting nine collected a hit in a game since August 6 of last year, a stretch of 97 games. Among those hits was a Hunter Dozier double. In what’s been an extremely difficult season for Dozier, 13 of his 19 hits have gone for extra bases.
At Inside the Crown, David Lesky wrote about the duality of Adalberto Mondesí.
Old friend Mike Montgomery is likely heading to Korea as he is nearing a deal with the Samsung Lions.
The Rockies were already having a rough go of things this year, and now Trevor Story is hurt.
Old friend Cheslor Cuthbert was released by the Reds, as was Nicky Delmonico.
The Giants placed veteran LHP Scott Kazmir on the restricted list so he can attend to a personal matter back home.
A plea for there to not be a second season of Mare of Easttown.
What do you think of this parenting tip to use paper wristbands (like the kind you get at concerts and bars) to help in case your kid gets lost in a crowd?
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