Maybe 2-for-22 This Year?

While Garth Brooks continues to ponder his retirement from music, he still hasn’t given up on professional baseball. He will sign a minor league contract and then begin spring training with the New York Mets on Feb. 21 at their complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., reports the Associated Press. While the country superstar is a pro at making hits in the recording studio, he’s flopped making them from the batter’s box. Brooks hit 1-for-22 for the San Diego Padres last spring, giving him a batting average of .045. However, the Mets organization sees a payoff for letting the singer on board. “We are part of the entertainment industry, and I think this will add some excitement to our spring,” Mets General Manager Steve Phillips told the AP. “I don’t know what sort of impact it will have on crowds, but it will add excitement … The most obvious question is what sort of distraction does it cause. I talked to quite a few of our players and our view is, the positives outweigh the negatives.” Regardless of Brooks’ abilities on the field, his charitable foundation, Touch ’Em All, will come up a sure winner. The foundation raised $1.8 million in its first year, thanks to donations from 67 baseball players. “[Our] organization will make a substantial contribution,” Phillips said, though details are still being worked out. “A number of players have already talked about their willingness to participate.”