Touch 'Em All: Cards give their GM 2 more years

A dark substance on the palm of Michael Pineda's pitching hand was gone after the fourth inning.
A dark substance on the palm of Michael Pineda's pitching hand was gone after the fourth inning. (AP)
Posted: April 14, 2014

The St. Louis Cardinals have given general manager John Mozeliak a two-year contract extension that runs through 2018.

We're not surprised that the 45-year-old executive - who in six seasons has two NL pennants and a World Series win, in 2011 - got a measly two-year extension. After all, this is the "Show-Me" state, or better put, "What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately" state. And 2011 was three years ago.

Mozeliak is on board with that philosophy.

"I think what we've been able to accomplish here is something we all take a lot of pride in," he said. "But we also know every year is a new year and every year has new challenges."

Can't touch this

A fan at Angels Stadium was ejected Friday night after reaching over the right-field wall and touching Mets slugger Curtis Granderson.

It happened during the eighth inning of a tied game eventually won, 5-4, by the Angels. Granderson, after a long run, got to a fly ball near the right-field foul pole. The wall is really low there, so it didn't take a lot of effort for the fan to reach over and lightly touch the outfielder's back.

Granderson, however, whipped around and began a vigorous exchange with the fan that included pointing at him with his gloved hand. The fan appeared to apologize, but it didn't matter. Security was on him quickly to escort him out of the park.

Can't touch this II

The high-end design house Hermes of Paris has introduced the most expensive baseball glove for everyday use: A $14,100 model made of "gold swift calfskin" that requires 25 hours to make by hand.

Still, it seems a little steep inasmuch as top-of-the line gloves used in the majors go for around $500 and are said to be worth every penny. Hermes, which is best known for its purses and scarves, is marketing it as a companion to its baseball bat that retails for $1,925.

If this Hermes model lives up to its price, we recommend outfitting the Phillies with them. Before Saturday night's game vs. the Marlins, the team had 10 errors in 10 games, good for 26th in the bigs. And if it comes in a first-baseman's model, get one for Ryan Howard, who had a second-inning error Saturday that led to an unearned Miami run.

Veras out as Cubs closer

Jose Veras' role as the Chicago Cubs' closer came to a screeching halt Saturday, one day after his latest blown save. Manager Rick Renteria said he's going to give others a chance to close.

Good call: Veras blew both his save chances and had a 12.27 ERA, seven walks, three hit batsmen, and one wild pitch in 32/3 innings this season.

Nats' Span concussed

The Nationals placed outfielder Denard Span on the seven-day DL with a concussion.

Span was hurt Friday night in a collision with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla. Span was stunned, but remained in the game.

On Saturday, however, he had "mild symptoms," and manager Matt Williams decided not to take any chances.

When he was with the Twins in 2010, Span had a serious concussion and missed nearly two months.

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