Avisail Garcia is trying to pick up where he left off last year. So far, so good.
The Chicago White Sox All-Star right fielder arrived early in camp to deal with his salary arbitration case, which he won. Since he was at spring training anyway, he stuck around and got some extra work in.
It’s not entirely clear what’s going on between Pogba and Mourinho, but it seems pretty clear that something’s going on. In many ways it seems to be the classic Mourinho vs. player argument that we’ve seen many times before. What might seem on the surface to be footballing questions 鈥?what’s Pogba’s best position? why is he out of form? why is this angry Portuguese man shouting at him all the time? 鈥?are addressed through the mechanisms of exile and shame.
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Transfer rumours coincide with convenient illnesses, briefings and counter-briefings flourish. Mourinho says something intemperate to a journalist or two. The stench of performative machismo descends. And then, at least in this phase of Mourinho’s career, things don’t really seem to improve.
This, broadly speaking, is the most frustrating thing about watching Mourinho’s United. It’s not Phil Jones or Chris Smalling, the hangovers from previous regimes that may never be good enough. It’s the players that should be or could be good enough, or at least better than they are, and the opportunities they aren’t being given. Pogba is the emblem here: a player of expansive creative talents, ambition, and imagination, being asked to keep things tight in midfield and then punished when he can’t.
That comment will come as no surprise to anyone who has watched Martinez struggle over the past three seasons, and last year, things took a turn for the worse when he twice went on the disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat. He eventually had a surgical procedure to correct that, and he’s back now to try to contribute however he can to a rebuilding Detroit team.
I was in rebuilding before with the Indians, Martinez said. I don’t know. I’m just trying to have fun this last year and help the way I can. These young guys — not a lot of people get the opportunity to play every day in the big leagues, so I hope they get that and take the most out of it.
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