When the news broke before Spring Training that journeyman reliever Matt White inherited a rock quarry valued at more than $2 billion some wags quipped that he should buy his own baseball team. It wasn't a bad idea. White had only made seven big league appearances since being drafted in 1998 and was no lock to make the Dodgers team this season.
It's a better idea now that White's been released after going 2-4 with a 3.83 ERA with AAA Las Vegas. He actually asked the team to let him go so that he could sign with a team in Japan and, we presume, create new markets for his rock which is used for sidewalks, patios and buildings. We wish him good luck in the land of the Rising Sun and may those little rocks that you get under chopsticks at sushi bars around the world be Matt White rocks.