Ichiro’s arm shows its age in place where legend was born

Ichiro Suzuki had a chance Wednesday to reprise the throw that made him famous 16 years ago. Same stadium, basically the same spot in the outfield.

Problem: Not the same arm. It’s 43 now. Father Time has claimed another victim.

Ichiro was playing right field for the Marlins against the A’s in Oakland when Jed Lowrie grounded a single through the hole. Ichiro came up throwing. To be fair, it looked like he wanted to go home before going to third.

Bradley’s effort and celebration was short-lived, as Mark Canha went yard in the bottom of the 10th to give the A’s a walk-off win.

I feel like it has a lot more rhythm to it, a lot less herky-jerky. Started from nothing. I think, working off the pitcher, being able to guess, Tebow told me after that May 2 game. Getting my front foot down in time, being able to adjust to righties, lefties, submarine guys, I’ve seen them all now. Today, I think I only saw lefties. So it’s really just trying to be locked in and see everything.

SS Alcides Escobar
Age: 30. Status: Free agent after 2017
Need to know: He was undeniably a huge part of Kansas City’s back-to-back World Series runs. No doubt about that. But he’s not what he once was. He’s still an elite defensive shortstop, sure, but at the plate, he’s far below average. Like, really far below average. Think about this: For the stat OPS+, 100 is league average. Escobar was at 67 in 2015, 72 in 2016 and he’s at 21 this season (it’s not an accumulative stat, btw). By more traditional numbers, in 2017 he’s hitting .180 with a .211 on-base percentage, numbers which rank 176th and 180th, respectively, of 180 qualified hitters in the majors. It’s hard to imagine they’d get anything more than a low-level, low-ceiling prospect in return.

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