A few quick notes for Friday:
- After 54 years as McKechnie Field, the Pirates’ Spring Training home has been renamed LECOM Park. LECOM stands for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, a school that evidently has campuses in Erie, Greensburg and Bradenton. This name change will go the way stadium name changes always do — we’ll shake our heads for a couple years at the absurdity and crass commercialism, and then we’ll come to accept it. For now, of course, it’s weird.
- Jose Tabata has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays. Last season, Tabata finished out the six-year extension he signed with the Pirates back in 2011. He got released by the Dodgers in June and later turned up in Mexico. His listed age is still just 28, so maybe he’s still got something left, although I wouldn’t bet on it.
- The Angels have designated old friend Deolis Guerra for assignment despite his having been pretty helpful in their bullpen last year. Guerra, of course, briefly pitched for the Bucs in 2015.