NCAA BASKETBALL SCANDAL, TROUBLE AT SANTA ANITA PARK, WOMEN IN THE NFL

MB SPORTS SHOW DAILY

March 6th, 2019

Have a Great Wednesday!

On this day: 1922 Babe Ruth signs 3 year contract with NY Yankees at $52,000 a year

  1. Finally Someone is sentenced in NCAA basketball scandal.

Image: Christian Dawkins

Photo: Business manager Christian Dawkins arrives to court in New York on March 5, 2019, Seth Wenig / AP

  • Former Adidas executive James Gatto was sentenced to nine months in prison Tuesday for his role in college basketball’s federal fraud scandal. Co-defendants Merl Code, an Adidas consultant, and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins, each received six months. All were the men who conspired to pay families so top college basketball recruits would go to Adidas-sponsored schools.
  • Manhattan U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he had to balance the need for a stern message with the realization that others who did similar crimes were not prosecuted in a widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.
  • None of the men made extra money from their illegal actions, Assistant US Attorney Edward Diskant said, “there is no question each of these defendants were acting for personal and competitive advantage.”

    2. 21 Horses Die at Santa Anita Racetrack Causing Cancelled Races

  • Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, said Tuesday that racing won’t be held this weekend. Very troubling that 21 horses died at the track over the last 10 weeks.
  • Santa Anita Park with palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop in Arcadia, Calif.
  • Dennis Moore, the former track superintendent at Santa Anita who earlier in the day had been retained to examine and monitor the surface, will do an extensive inspection of the track. Moore, the track superintendent at Los Alamitos and Del Mar, voluntarily stepped down as Santa Anita track superintendent at the end of 2018.
  • A 4-year-old filly, under the tutelage of the Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally, suffered a catastrophic spill during Tuesday morning workouts on the main track. McAnally suggested that the effect of the heavy rains on the track could be a factor in the horse deaths.
  • On Saturday, March 2, two days after the track had reopened following an evaluation by University of Kentucky racing surface consultant Mick Peterson, 4-year-old filly Eskenforadrink suffered a catastrophic injury in a $16,000 claiming race. She was euthanized after being examined by veterinarians.
  • Two major races were scheduled: the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses.

    3. Bruce Arians Plans to Create a Full Time Position For a Women

a man wearing a hat and glasses: Bruce Arians wants to open female coaching position

Photo: by Michael Hickey/Getty Images Bruce Arians wants to open female coaching position

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians plans on creating a full-time coaching position designated for a woman. He shared that information at the Women’s Career in Football Forum while at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Arians did not share an exact timeline, the coach said this season could be a possibility.
  • Arians in 2015 hired Dr. Jen Welter as an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals. Welter was an intern, she wasn’t a full-time coach. In 2016 the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as the first full-time assistant coach in the NFL.

    4. MLB MLBPA are nearing rule changes

Rob Manfred wearing a suit and tie holding a sign posing for the camera

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  • Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes. a new deal may only be a day or two away from completion.
  • Some of the items the league would like to implement: single trade deadline of July 31st, three-batter minimum per pitcher (by 2020), 26-man roster (by 2020) and 28-man September roster (with 13 and 14-pitcher limits), 15-day injured list and 15-day minimum optional assignment, further limitations on mound visits, position-player pitching, and time between innings.
  • The league has announced a new deal with the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol. The MLBPA has ratified the pact, which will govern the movement of players from Mexico’s top league to MLB organizations.

 

 

TRUMP SERVES FAST FOOD AGAIN, LEBRONS STREAK IN JEOPARDY

MB SHOW DAILY

March 4th, 2019

Have a Great Monday!

On this day, 1941 Chicago Black Hawks goaltender Sam LoPresti faces NHL record 83 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Bruins in Boston

  1. Cardinals Looking to Trade Josh Rosen

As the NFL combine is coming to a close the Arizona Cardinals are trying to position themselves to acquire another first round draft pick

  • Kliff Kingsburg seems to think Kyler Murray would be the QB for his offensive system and would pick him as the No. 1 pick in the draft
  • Alex Smith is unlikely to play this year after breaking his tibia and fibula and then enduring several surgeries to deal with infections. So the Washington Redskins are showing serious interest in the Cardinal rookie QB.

    2. LeBron James may not make the playoffs and his streak of NBA Finals appearances in jeopardy.

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Saturday night’s Laker loss to the Suns was a low point for LA, dropping the team to 30-33 overall and 4 1/2 games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff field.

This is how the bottom of the Conference looks:

No. 7 Clippers 36-29

No. 8 Spurs 35-29

No. 9 Kings 31-31

No. 10 Lakers 30-33


3. President Trump Making Fast Food a Tradition

President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 NCAA FCS College Football Champions, The North Dakota State Bison, to the White House.

Photo: President Donald Trump welcomes the 2018 NCAA FCS College Football Champions, The North Dakota State Bison, to the White House. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster, AP)

  • President Donald Trump welcomed the Football Championship Subdivision champions — the North Dakota State Bison — to the White House on Monday. And, according to a pool report, he served them a lunchtime spread of Big-Macs, Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches and french fries, among other fast-food items.
  • Trump served a similar meal to the Clemson Tigers when they visited the White House in January.
  • Trump has now hosted six football teams at the White House since taking office in 2016, in addition to the MLB’s Houston Astros and NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. Other championship teams, however, have either declined to visit the White House or not received an invitation from the president. Trump has yet to honor a championship basketball team at the White House. From , USA TODAY
  • The president had praise for quarterback Easton Stick, comparing him to Tom Brady. “Somebody better draft him, he’s going to be a rich guy,” Trump said of Stick. Stick, who joined his former teammates after showing his skills at the NFL combine in Indianapolis, presented the president a North Dakota State No. 45 jersey.

    4. Can the Michigan Wolverines Make the NCAA Finals for the Second Straight Year

Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein spells with  guard Jordan Poole (2) and  guard Zavier Simpson (3) during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at XFINITY Center.

Photo: Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein spells with guard Jordan Poole (2) and guard Zavier Simpson (3) during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at XFINITY Center. (Photo: Tommy Gilligan, (USA TODAY Sports)

  • Michigan has also entered the No. 1 seed conversation. The victory over ranked Maryland on the road set the Wolverines in position to move into the top four seeds. Saturday’s Big Ten finale match-up against rival and fellow No. 2 seed Michigan State could give John Beilein a shot at a No. 1 seed.
  • Bracketology:

Multi-bid conferences: ACC (8), Big Ten (8), Big 12 (8), SEC (8), Big East (4), American (4), Mountain West (2), Pac-12 (2).

No. 1 seeds: Virginia, Duke, Gonzaga, Tennessee

Last four in: Minnesota, North Carolina State, Georgetown, Arizona State

First Four out: Seton Hall, Clemson, Creighton, Furman

 

HARPER SIGNS, TROUT WAITS, MLB SPRING TRAINING NEWS

Photo: (by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The water torture for Philadephia Phillies fans is finally over Rick Soisson | Call to the Pen

Phillies Mail Bag: So How About Craig Kimbrel Tim Kelly | Phillies Nation

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said the team found out about Bryce Harper from fans who were sitting above the dugout Emily Caron | Sports Illustrated

Phillies general manager says he feels good about the effort that they have put forward Tim Kelly | 94wip.radio

The best free agents available with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado off the board  | SB Nation

Marwin Gonzalez the perfect free agent fit Noah Wright | The Dugout 

Jacob deGrom’s contract talks could affect Noah Syndergaard  Staff | Mets Daddy

Who could use the most love in 2019 Staff | Stats Swipe

The best defenders in the game Staff | Rotisserie Duck

Ranking MLB Farm Systems Bernie Pleskoff | Clubhouse Corner

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Mike Trout says he won’t talk Angels extension until next offseason Arthur Weinstein | Sporting News

Which players will disappoint and which will positively surprise in 2019 | Baseball Analyzed

Astro 2019: 10 things to look for in spring training Staff | Chipalatta

Kyle Murray took the expedient path, but why did the A’s pick him Adam Adkins | Adkins on Sports

For Ryan Tepera, it was an off-season to forget Michael Weiler | Everything Bluebird

Mets Spring Training 2019: Roster Battles Down in Port St. Lucie Kevin Strauss | Rising Apple

Andy Martino of SNY reports that the New York Mets have signed outfielder Carlos Gomez to a minor league deal Craig Calcaterra | Hardball Talk

Will Mets Rookies Get a Chance Staff | Mets Critic

Wong is Alright Brian Swope | cn24-7

 

BRYCE HARPER SIGNS 13 YEAR $330 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE PHILLIES

Photo: Sporting News Bryce Harper has secured the bag, signing a 13-year, $330 million deal with the former NL East rival Phillies Joe Rivera | The Sporting News Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies will keep him in the National League East David Schoenfield | ESPN Why Would You Make Bryce Harper the Highest Paid … Read moreBRYCE HARPER SIGNS 13 YEAR $330 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL WITH THE PHILLIES

MLB NEWS & NOTES

Photo: Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black waits to be introduced during pregame at Wrigley Field before playing the Chicago Cubs in the NL West Wild Card playoff game Oct. 2, 2018.

Manager Bud Black signs 3-year contract By Denver Post

Adorable: Rob Manfred thinks the Braves are taking out the Tomahawk Chop By Craig Calcaterra Hard Ball Talk

Aaron Hicks gets $70 million deal from Yankees By Joel Sherman New York Post

Manny Machado, Padres have a clear path to long-term contention if they follow these four steps By CBS Sports

Addison Russell returns to field, braces for fan wrath over domestic-violence suspension By Gordon Wittenmyer

MLB’s Instagram Claps Back At User Calling Mookie Betts ‘Overrated By NESN

Clayton Kershaw to resume throwing on Monday By Jesse Reed Sportsnaut

Aaron Boone doesn’t rule out Yankees using an ‘opener By George A. King III New York Post

‘I felt uncomfortable’: Reacclimation process begins for Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera By , The Detroit News

MLB to Celebrate Jackie Robinson 100th Birthday in 2019 By , USA TODAY

 

 

 

 

BRYCE HARPER AND DODGERS TALKS HEATING UP

Photo Getty Images The Bryce Harper sweepstakes is heating up even more. The Dodgers have re-entered the race to sign the free-agent outfielder, ESPN reported, citing multiple league sources. However, the Dodgers are offering only a short-term deal, per MLB.com, which is not what Harper reportedly wants. He’s still pushing for a long-term contract akin to what … Read moreBRYCE HARPER AND DODGERS TALKS HEATING UP

NEWS & NOTES FROM THE MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Now that Manny Machado’s 10-year, $300MM deal with the Padres has been announced, Bryce Harper and agent Scott Boras have a definitive bar to attempt to clear as they seek a record-setting contract of their own. Yesterday’s slate of rumors on Harper had a series of updates on how the Phillies, Nats, White Sox and Giants view the former NL MVP now that Machado is off the board. Here’s a look at the latest chatter on “Harper’s Bazaar” as the long, drawn-out saga inches toward a resolution… From 


​The San Diego Padres stunned the baseball world by signing superstar Manny Machado to the ​largest free agent contract in U.S. sports history earlier this week.

It appears that despite the monolithic deal, they’re not out on the offseason’s other top free agent, Bryce Harper.

According to Jon Heyman, the team’s ownership will meet on Friday to determine whether or not they plan to pursue Harper. It seems like a long shot, especially considering they’re a small market team that has shelled out big bucks in two consecutive offseasons for free agents, but they seem determined to field a truly competitive team in 2019. More From 

 


The Padres have formally announced the signing and confirmed the terms of the contract (10 years, $300MM). To clear room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Dinelson Lamet was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

Per Heyman, the deal will pay Machado $30MM annually and contain a six-team no-trade clause (Twitter links). Technically, the first season of the deal is paid out in the form of a $10MM salary and a $20MM signing bonus — that latter of which is not subject to the same level of taxation as Machado’s actual salary. Machado will play third base in San Diego. From 


 

Though Spring Training is underway, let’s move on to our 15th team payroll projection. Below find the links to the earlier posts in this series.

Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels
Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago Cubs
New York Mets
San Diego Padres

Today, we look into a club whose rebuild earned a World Series win, yet who finds itself with a rotation in flux: the Houston Astros.

This year’s team has been assembled by general manager Jeff Luhnow, who took the reins in Houston in December 2011, shortly after Crane’s purchase was finalized, after nearly a decade running the Cardinals’ scouting department. Luhnow utilized his drafting prowess over his first few drafts to add stars like Carlos CorreaLance McCullers Jr., and Alex Bregman, with others such as Forrest Whitley and Kyle Tucker close to contributing. Infamously, Luhnow also whiffed on a pair of number one overall picks in right-hander Mark Appel and left-hander Brady Aiken, though Luhnow salvaged his losses by flipping Appel to Philadelphia as a minor piece in the Ken Giles trade and recouping a compensation pick for Aiken going unsigned that became Bregman. From 


Duke star Zion Williamson sustained a Grade 1 right knee sprain and will be listed as day-to-day moving forward, the school announced. The injury news comes as a sigh of relief for Williamson, who exited the game shortly after suffering the injury on Wednesday. From Arthur Hill


The NBA has submitted an official proposal to the National Basketball Players Association that would lower the draft-eligible age from 19 to 18, according to a report from Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports.

The NBPA and executive director Michele Roberts planned to review the proposal on Monday at a post-All-Star break meeting, Sam Amick adds.

Both the NBA and the NBPA have held extensive discussions on lowering the age throughout the season, but two significant hurdles remain in the way: Commissioner Adam Silver wanting player-agents to provide medical information on prospects for NBA teams, and the league wanting to mandate that players attend and give some form of participation during the pre-draft combine, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. To this point, the NBPA has pushed back against both of these ideas. From JD Shaw


After some up-and-down play in the early going this season, the Warriors have looked like their old selves over the last several weeks, winning 18 of their last 21 games to cement their spot atop the Western Conference. While there was never any doubt that Golden State would be the team to beat in the West, it remains unclear which conference rival will be the Dubs’ biggest threat this spring.

The Nuggets and Thunder currently have comfortable holds on the second and third seeds in the West and are in good position to capture home court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. However, both squads are unproven in the playoffs — Oklahoma City hasn’t won a postseason series since Kevin Durant‘s departure in 2016, and Denver hasn’t even made the postseason since 2013. Led by a pair of MVP candidates in Nikola Jokic and Paul George, the Nuggets and Thunder are formidable, but neither team looks like a lock to advance to the Western Finals. From Luke Adams

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

It’s been pretty quiet around Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds of late, but TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that “interest has intensified” over the last couple of days. LeBrun speculates that the Flyers’ recent streak of success may have quelled the Simmonds market as the team became re-focused on a playoff push, but he feels the results of their next few games will ultimately determine if and when Simmonds is dealt. More likely than not, the impending free agent power forward will be playing elsewhere by Monday.

Even after the Charlie Coyle acquisition, many believe that the Boston Bruins are not done. TSN’s Darren Dreger applauded the trade, but noted that the Bruins did not have to give up much and are likely still in the market for another scoring forward. The Bruins announced this evening that center Trent Frederic has been assigned to the AHL and winger Peter Cehlarik has been recalled, further enforcing the idea that Boston prefers to play Coyle at third-line center. That would still leave a hole on the second line next to David Krejci. Dreger names New York Rangers Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes as among those the Bruins are targeting to further help out their secondary scoring. From 


There’s a very good chance that, in the end, the Los Angeles Kings will have traded Tanner Pearson, a first-round pick who scored 144 points for them and helped them win a Stanley Cup, for nothing, zip, nada, zero.

Think about it. The Kings dealt Pearson three months ago to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Carl Hagelin, a player who missed 20 games with a knee injury and scored all of one goal and four assists in 22 games for them. That brings us to Thursday when the Kings turned around and dealt Hagelin to the Washington Capitals, a team that will instead use him as the utility player he is for another playoff run, then either allow him to leave as an unrestricted free agent or have him re-sign on a minimal offer. And the Kings get in return a third-round pick and, if the Capitals win two playoff rounds and Hagelin plays in half of those games, an additional sixth-round pick. More From 



NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

A year ago, 24 of the league’s 32 teams made changes to at least one of their head coach, offensive coordinator, or defensive coordinator spots, and many of those hirings turned into major stories throughout the 2018 season. New head coaches Matt Nagy and Frank Reich led the Bears and Colts, respectively, to the postseason during their first go-rounds in charge, while new Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur leveraged his one-year stint as a play-caller to become the next Packers head coach.

Which new coaches could make a similar impact this year? We may have to wait to find out, but there are certainly plenty of candidates. The full breakdown of 2019’s major coaching changes from around the league is below:

Head coaches:

Offensive coordinators:

Defensive coordinators:

Special teams coordinators:

Other 2018 OCs, DCs with new jobs:

  • Atlanta Falcons: Hired former Chiefs DC Bob Sutton as a senior assistant.
  • Cleveland Browns: Hired former Cardinals DC Al Holcomb as run game coordinator/linebackers coach.
  • New York Jets: Hired former Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter as running backs coach.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Hired former Dolphins DC Matt Burke as a defensive assistant.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Hired former Bengals DC Teryl Austin as a senior defensive assistant/secondary.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Hired former Broncos DC Joe Woods as passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Hired former Jets DC Kacy Rodgers as defensive line coach.
  • Washington Redskins: Re-assigned former OC Matt Cavanaugh as a senior offensive assistant. From Dallas Robinson

    The 2019 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but a lot can change in terms of players’ stocks before it arrives in late April. As teams get closer looks at the top prospects at the NFL Combine in late February and pro day workouts in March, some will rise or fall on draft boards around the league.

    For now, here is a look at the best 100 players available in the 2019 NFL Draft regardless of position, and how high each might be selected based on team needs, position scarcity and other factors. See the List From Vinnie Iyer

HARPER, MACHADO, BOCHY DOMINATE MLB NEWS

Bryce Harper is likely getting closer to a free agency decision now that fellow superstar Manny Machado has signed a deal with the San Diego Padres, and it sounds like he wants much more than the $300 million Machado took. Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that Harper has turned down “multiple offers” over the past … Read moreHARPER, MACHADO, BOCHY DOMINATE MLB NEWS

MANNY MACHADO SIGNS 300 MILLION DOLLAR DEAL, BRYCE HARPER IS NEXT

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That’s according to former MLB general manager Jim Bowden, who joined CBS Sports HQ on Tuesday to report on the fallout of Machado’s reported $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Following up on previous indications that Bryce Harper, the former Washington Nationals star, might be nearing his own contract with the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies, Bowden said that Machado’s move to San Diego was all but precipitated by the Phils’ interest in Harper. Continue Reading By 

Hello, Bryce Harper. The stage is now yours, completely. We are all focused on you. It was enlightening, watching the thought process of most baseball writers and fans play out live on Twitter from the moment ESPN’s Jeff Passan broke the news of Manny Machado’s deal with the Padres and MLB’s Mark Feinsand quickly followed up with the money numbers. Continue Reading By Ryan Fagan

If Bryce Harper hasn’t signed by the time you sit down for dinner tonight, in the words of Ace Ventura:

Just wait longer.

The first major free agency domino fell Tuesday morning with the San Diego Padres reportedly giving Manny Machado a 10-year, $300 million contract, setting the table for Harper to sign shortly thereafter.

Or so we thought.

Harper eventually will sign somewhere, but it won’t be with Machado in San Diego, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Continue Reading By Brian Witt

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It took 113 days of free agency to play out, but Manny Machado is headed to San Diego on the largest deal ever handed out to a free agent. What does the deal mean for baseball’s new $300 million man, the team that signed him and other interested parties (read: Harper, Bryce)? We asked ESPN baseball writers Eddie Matz, David Schoenfield, Bradford Doolittle and Sam Miller to break it down. Continue Reading By ESPN

Manny Machado has agreed to the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history — a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.

Machado, a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner at third base, made $16 million between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles last season. Continue Reading By ESPN News Services

Manny Machado just hit the free agent lottery.

The All-Star infielder landed the biggest free-agent contract in the history of Major League Baseball after he agreed to a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Giancarlo Stanton still holds the record for largest contract when he signed a $325 million extension in 2014 with the Miami Marlins.

With Bryce Harper still looming as a free agent, both marks could fall when he makes a decision on what team to sign with.

Machado’s deal also obliterated the franchise record once held by Eric Hosmer, who signed an eight-year, $144 million contract last offseason.

So, how does Machado’s record deal stack up with the rest of baseball highest-paid players? Here are the top contracts by total value and average annual value, per USA TODAY salary database and Cot’s Baseball Contracts. Continue Reading By 

Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, speaks during a news conference at owners meetings.

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Major League Baseball will continue its bid to crack down on high-tech sign stealing.

A new set of rules will ban nonbroadcast outfield cameras between the foul poles, Sports Illustrated reported and The Post’s Ken Davidoff confirmed.

They also will restrict the ability of teams to monitor a broadcast, allowing only replay officials to watch in real time. The game will be played on an eight-second delay on clubhouse and bullpen monitors.

Teams in violation could lose draft picks and international spending money, the report said. Continue Reading By Noah Bressner

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Trevor Bauer might be the MLB’s best pitcher … but he’s the WORST first date ever — ’cause he’s got a set of rules for potential romantic partners, including, “No feelings” allowed!

The Cleveland Indians superstar just revealed when he goes on dates with girls … he’s blunt and to the point — telling them straight-up he’ll NEVER be their boyfriend.

“I have three rules,” Bauer tells Sports Illustrated.

No. 1? “No feelings.”

No. 2? “No social media posts about me while we’re together.”

No. 3? “I sleep with other people. I’m going to continue to sleep with other people. If you’re not O.K. with that, we won’t sleep together, and that’s perfectly fine.”

Think Bauer — who’s known as baseball’s mad scientist for the painstaking way he approaches pitching — is being selfish???

Think again … the ace actually says he’s HELPING his romantic partners — ’cause, “I imagine if I was married at this point, I would be a very bad husband.”

Bauer says he’s too devoted to pitching to deal with a girlfriend right now.

Bottom line … if TB pops up on your Bumble this week — SWIPE LEFT!!!!!!!!! From TMZ Sports

The game is changing, perhaps more quickly than ever. Forget comparing the sport to what it looked like in the 1960s or the ’80s; the game has changed massively in just the last half-decade. Remember, just five years ago, we were all talking about the lack of power ,and no one was talking about launch angle or spin rate. Things are slightly different now.

That being the case, it’s useful to look ahead and project the trends you’ll see taking place on the field in 2019, so that you, the knowledable fan, will be one step ahead of the game.

One trend we won’t be calling out: strikeouts. The number of whiffs have increased every year since 2008, and they’ll probably go up again in ’19. Pitchers are just entirely too good.

That aside, here are seven trends to keep an eye out for in the coming season:

You’ll see more “openers”
On May 19, the Rays introduced “the opener” to modern baseball, and it proved to be a successful enough experiment for them — though certainly having American League Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell around was a big part of their success as well. This is how Ryne Stanek made 29 “starts” while throwing only 66 1/3 innings, and how Ryan Yarbrough made only six starts, yet piled up 147 1/3 innings.

It’s a little difficult to know how exactly many times the opener was used, because there are small-but-important differences between “the opener,” “a bullpen game,” and “a starter who gets knocked out early.” But it’s clear the idea spread fast, as the AthleticsDodgersTwinsBrewers and Rangers (at least) tried the idea out. Our best estimate is that it was truly used approximately 60 times, overwhelmingly from the Rays, along with eight September Liam Hendriks “starts” for Oakland. From Mike Petriello

Apr 26, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning during a MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers and free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas have officially agreed to a one-year agreement. The Boras Corporation client will reportedly earn $10MM on the deal, which includes a $7MM salary in 2019 and $3MM buyout on a $11MM mutual option for 2020. Continue Reading By 

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced today that he will retire at the end of the 2019 season (Twitter link). Baseball’s longest-tenured skipper, Bochy is entering his 13th season as the Giants’ manager. In that time, he’s overseen three World Series championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) and helped guide the Giants to a 979-965 record. Continue Reading By 

The job seekers are paying their respects to Bruce Bochy. Sixteen hours after Bochy’s retirement announcement, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi had not received a single text or call from someone seeking the job next year.

In this game, that’s an upset.

“It will not surprise me when those start coming in,” Zaidi said Tuesday. “I do think there’s going to be a good amount of outreach. At the right time, we’ll start thinking about that more actively and then put together a list.” From Henry Schulman 

 

NBA WEEKEND DOESN’T DISAPPOINT, SPRING TRAINING, NHL NEWS

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

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As usual, the NBA trade deadline provided all kinds of entertainment for both casual and die-hard fans of the league. There was plenty of actual player movement in addition to the (still ongoing) Anthony Davis saga and teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks strengthened their rosters with an eye toward legitimate title contention. In fact, much has been made of the wildly intriguing race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, with four teams jockeying for position and the prospect of an all-out brawl for a Finals spot in May. Continue Reading By 

In Stephen Curry‘s homecoming, Kevin Durant stole the show. Durant scored a team-high 31 points for Team LeBron, helping to lead his team of All-Stars back from a 20-point deficit in a 178-164 win over Team Giannis and winning All-Star MVP for the second time in his career. Continue Reading By Dave McMenamin

Trae Young, Hawks

NBA TV held a discussion with some of the top rookies of this season, but Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young wasn’t invited. Continue Reading By  

Jalen Rose, LeBron James, Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers may or may not reach the postseason this 2018-19 season. Despite signing superstar forward LeBron James over the summer, the slumping Western Conference franchise has been forced to play most of this season without “King James” due to a groin injury. Continue Reading By 

60 Pairs Of Sneakers Players Wore During NBA All-Star Weekend Events

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NBA All-Star Weekend is pretty much the mecca for sneakerheads as so many of the league’s superstars break out extra special kicks, many that we’ve never seen before, and in several cases will never see again. Continue Reading By 

 

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

The hot stove is heating up with rumors of teams making offers to the biggest free agents on the market.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are still unsigned, and with spring training underway and the regular season beginning in about four weeks, teams are still struggling to set their rosters as there are still quality free agents still waiting to ink deals.

Here are all the latest rumors and news around baseball: Continue Reading By SCOOBY AXSON

Craig Kimbrel

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For Red Sox fans hoping the team will have a change of heart and bring back ace closer Craig Kimbrel, team chairman Tom Werner put some long odds on that Monday.

“I think it’s extremely unlikely,” Werner said (via MLB.com). Continue Reading By Arthur Weinstein

Stars might put fans in the seats, but baseball is a sport that rewards the most complete clubs. That’s what makes Spring Training more than a series of exhibitions; big league jobs are on the line, and they could end up having a major impact on the season-end standings.

The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs. Continue Reading By MLB.com

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 Even on a day when Commissioner Rob Manfred broke a bit of news — spring training games will soon begin in Florida and Arizona with a 20-second pitch clock, as a possible precursor to implementing the pace-saving devices in the regular season — he could not escape the predominant story line of Major League Baseball’s offseason: the continued unemployment of some of the sport’s highest-profile free agents with the first exhibition games just days away. Continue Reading By Dave Sheinin

 

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

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There was only one thing Jake Gardiner wanted to do with the only night his Toronto Maple Leafs would spend in this city all season long. Drop in on old friend Tyler Bozak.

“Check out his house and say hi to his kids,” said Gardiner, of how he intended to cap a busy Monday that included practice in Glendale, Ariz., and a two-plus-hour team flight to St. Louis. Continue Reading By 

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After a 44-year wait for their first Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals finally hoisted the coveted trophy and celebrated throughout the summer with parties and keg-stands. This season, the Caps have returned with very much the same team, managing to re-sign pivotal defenseman John Carlsson and ready to embark on the franchise’s first ever defense of the Cup. The team is strong in all areas, boasting many of the best players in the game. Continue Reading By Ben Chopping

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Ryan Miller is one of the best goaltenders in Buffalo Sabres history; there’s no doubt about that. But on Sunday, Miller also solidified his place in NHL history, become the winningest US-born goaltender in the league’s history as the Anaheim Ducks powered to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Continue Reading By 

Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we’ll also toss in some tips for daily fantasy sports players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — either in the short or long term — for one reason or another. Continue Reading By Victoria Matiash