Considering the options he had, it was a bit surprising to everybody when Bill Hall asked the Yankees to release him after he failed to make the team out of spring training. Did he really think his chances of making the team were that good?
As it turns out, Hall just didn’t want to join the travelling minor league team, Yankees Triple-A affiliate the Empire State Yankees, who will play this season without a home stadium, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Now Hall is apparently having a hard time finding a job because teams assume that he will not go to the minor leagues. Hall says, “That’s not the case,” though.
“They are basically playing the whole season on the road,” Hall says. “My wife and I decided that I couldn’t live in a hotel all year. My daughter just turned 1 and I couldn’t do that to her.
“I don’t have any problem playing in Triple A. I just want to play. I’m not looking for any guarantees of a possibility of going to the big leagues. I was just looking for a better situation for my family.
“I’m ready to play now. I’m still working out hard and hitting and in shape. I can leave at the drop of a hat anytime, to anywhere.”
That’s actually pretty reasonable and makes a lot more sense than the idea that Hall thought he was good enough to make the team out of spring training. The Yankees Triple-A situation this year is a mess. Nobody wants to play for a team that doesn’t have a home. Especially if you are a 30-something veteran who is just trying to hang on for a few more games.