The website, Baseball Essential, had the best headline of the week:
The article notes that L.J. sent a message on Twitter to Baltimore’s Adam Jones that simply stated, “@SimplyAJ10 maybe next time.” The tweet appears to have been deleted since, but a quick look at L.J.’s timeline on Twitter shows a lot of folks unhappy with the O’s decision. Maybe not Nick Markakis unhappy, but they probably should be.
After recently being re-signed by the Orioles, L.J. Hoes was designated for assignment on Tuesday. Generally, this means that the player will be placed on waivers – at which point another team can claim the player. If no other team claims him, Baltimore can outright him to one of its minor league teams, likely the AAA Norfolk Tides.
The sad thing about it is that L.J. was super excited to be back with the O’s, his favorite team. In fact, L.J. was from Bowie, Maryland, and I was there for his AA debut with the Bowie Baysox, on May 31, 2011. I’m certainly hoping we see him with Norfolk this year, but all we can do is wait and see.
These decisions remind us that baseball is not just a game, but a business.