These days it's almost pro-forma for an exiled or marginalized MLBer to be offered a spot on the roster of a buccaneering and sufficiently desperate indy-league team. What follows, however, constitutes a somewhat new take on that old refrain: The Torrington Titans, a college summer baseball team in the New England-based Futures Collegiate Baseball League, has offered the suspended Alex Rodriguez a coaching job. Coaching!
Here are the money quotes, courtesy of the Register Citizen ...
"We can offer him $5,000 for the season," said Titans General Manager Joey Abis. "The Donut Station has offered him free coffee and donuts for the entire summer."
"I see him being more a hitting coach," said Titans Manager Dan McNamara, who saw a lot of positive possibilities if Rodriguez were to join his staff.
"I've been in professional baseball for the past six years as a player and a coach. I can teach the players about getting there. A-Rod can show them they way to the big leagues, it's priceless."
As for the prospect of his exerting influence over impressionable young ballplayers, I see no downside. None at all.