A flurry of early free agent signings included two Second City Legends.
Dick Caruso, Second City's all-time HR leader with 586 dingers singed with the Texas Riders. The Riders will be 37-year old Caruso's 4th franchise. Caruso was excited at the fresh start and short porch in Texas. "I hit only 18 HR's last year and that's not acceptable. I'm hoping that the warm weather and short fences in Arlington bring me back to the numbers I'm used to producing." There's no word yet on where Texas will play Caruso who's diminishing athleticism limits his options defensively. One thing is certain, there's likely to be a brawl over that 600th HR ball if and when it lands somewhere in Texas.
Del Gil, 2nd in Second City in career HR's with 558 has left the defending champion Mexico City Bandejos for the Arizona Isotopes of Albuquerque. Gil ended a run 6 six consecutive 50 HR seasons with a measly 48 long ones for the Bandejos last season. Gil did not react well to a playoff benching last season and didn't hesitate to take a parting shot at Mexico City management on his way out the door. "dyuen and his staff don't stand behind their people. I'm not the first guy to carry this team and then be thrown overboard and I won't be the last. Hopefully the Arizona franchise will appreciate what I do for them, and the league."
Sounds like sour grapes if ever there way. Whatever Mexico City's methods, it's hard to criticize the results. They keep winning titles and spending a lot less than the rest of the league.