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Carlos Marmol talking to three teams

Feb 3, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

Carlos Marmol Getty Getty Images

Without looking I’ll guess that two of them are talking to him about their families and what everyone did on vacation. The third team is sharing their favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman scenes. The team is a fan of the Lester Bangs stuff from “Almost famous.” Marmol thinks his performance in “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” is supremely underrated. Marmol has a point.

OK, I’ll go look now.

Well, Jon Heyman says Marmol is talking to three teams about a deal to pitch baseballs for them. Interesting. Marmol posted a 4.41 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 59 strikeouts over 49 innings last season between the Cubs and Dodgers. There is talk that the Brewers and Red Sox are interested too.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    I’m sure Philadelphia isn’t one of the teams.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Not old enough?

      • tfbuckfutter - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

        I was actually trying this new “sarcasm” thing I keep hearing about.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM


    I met the historical Lester Bangs on a couple of occasions. He was friendly – sometimes – in the course of a happy rivalry with another prominent rock writer at the time who was a friend of mine. Both times I saw him – once at a Blue Oyster Cult record release party, I think – he was falling-down stoned on whatever and couldn’t conduct a coherent conversation. That he lived as many more years as he did before checking out on a hellish cocktail of downs and booze seems slightly miraculous to me in retrospect.

    On the other hand, he was nearly as good as what he did as Hoffman was at what he did. He and the illustrious Richard Meltzer pretty much invented the gonzo rock journalism genre, and Meltzer’s Aesthetics of Rock was a landmark, if generally incomprehensible (if you’d never memorized Finnegan’s Wake) text of that genre. Just for anyone interested in terrific music and cultural criticism, here’s why Bangs actually merited the Phillip Seymour Hoffman treatment: (warning – subscription required, but it’s really worth it).

  3. missingdiz - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    It wasn’t his best role and it wasn’t a great movie. But PSH seemed to be having fun in Pirate Radio. It was fun to watch. I’ll miss the guy.

  4. 78mu - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Marmol is talking to three team’s voice mail systems. He hasn’t figured out that if you hit 0 you can usually get a live operator.

    None are returning his calls.

    • joenash72 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Would someone please tell him the area code for Seattle isn’t 206. Tell him it’s 911.

  5. stex52 - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Everybody is claiming that the Astros are picking up some pretty questionable arms for the season. Say what you will. At least they are not on the list for Marmol.

  6. tonyz6060chevy - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Better the Brewers and Red Sox, than the Dodgers. maybe they could could throw in Edison Volquez and his “Gangsta hat” as the toaster in the deal !

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