MB SPORTS DAILY
March 8th, 2019
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On This Day In Sports
- 1900 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
- 1930 Babe Ruth signs 2-year contract for $160,000 with NY Yankee GM Ed Barrow, wrongly predicts “No one will ever be paid more than Ruth”
- 1936 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.
- Players for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Have Filed a Federal Gender Discrimination Lawsuit
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- Three months before beginning their defense of their Women’s World Cup title, American players escalated their legal dispute with the U.S. Soccer Federation over equal treatment and pay.
- The 28 members of the current women’s player pool filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, was filed on International Women’s Day.
- The lawsuit claims that from March 2013 through Dec. 31, 2016, when the previous collective bargaining agreement expired, players on the women’s team could make a maximum salary of $72,000, plus bonuses for winning non-tournament games as well as World Cup appearances and victories, and for Olympic placement.
- “We believe it is our duty to be the role models that we’ve set out to be and fight to what we know we legally deserve,” forward Christen Press told The Associated Press. “And hopefully in that way it inspires women everywhere.”
2. Major League Baseball Spring Training Interesting News
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- When Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is placed back onto the Angels’ active roster this season, it will be as a designated hitter. Pitching, which Ohtani hasn’t done since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, is off the table until 2020.
- Astros manager AJ Hinch called Justin Verlander into his office Friday to inform him he would start on Opening Day for the 11th time in his career.
- Only 13 pitchers got to 200 innings last year, the lowest full-season number in baseball history. Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Dallas Keuchel, Aaron Nola, Corey Kluber, Gerrit Cole and Patrick Corbin. There were new names like Miles Mikolas, Mike Clevinger and Kyle Freeland, and reliable top-end starters like Zack Greinke.
- The Texas Rangers are building a new facility at their spring training complex in Arizona that will include housing for as many as 180 players and staff. Jon Daniels, president of baseball operations and general manager, said Friday that the dormitory complex in Arizona and a new academy in the Dominican Republic will provide the Rangers with some of the top player development facilities in baseball.
- We’re just three short weeks from Opening Day, as all 30 teams will be in action March 28, the earliest Opening Day in league history. Between now and then, teams will have to whittle their current camp rosters down to 25 players. For some teams, that task is as simple as deciding who fills the final seat on the bench or the final spot in the bullpen. For others, there are several roster spots open and numerous moving parts to be sorted out. A lot can change with the inevitable injuries and roster shuffling that will take place over the next few weeks, but we’ve taken our best shot at predicting the Opening Day rosters for all 30 teams. See all teams here from JOEL REUTER | Bleacher Report
3. Managers That Must Win Or Find Other Employment
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- Nick Francona was fired by Gabe Kapler and the Dodgers four years ago. He hasn’t forgotten it; and won’t let baseball forget it either. Read More Here By Jon Wertheim | SI.com
- Gabe Kapler with, his somewhat unorthodox strategic preferences. Kapler will also have to get of to a great start, with all additions to the roster and a pretty good finish the second have of the season, Kapler will need a convincing second season as the Phillies manager to keep the fans from total revolt
- The Kansas City Royals are probably going to struggle again in 2019. It was only in 2015 World Series the Royals won a World Series. Ned Yost is still the Royals manager, but they’ve brought him back on a one-year deal. If things go south early see a mid season change.
- Bryce Harper’s departure won’t alleviate the pressure on Dave Martinez. The Washington Nationals expected more than an 82-80 record and no playoffs in Martinez’s first season. With a good core group still around and the additions of Patrick Corbin, Brian Dozier, Yan Gomes, and Trevor Rosenthal this offseason, Martinez will have to show winning tendencies or he could be out quickly.
- With Manny Machado on board, it’s almost certain that Andy Green and the Padres have to show at least some modest improvement for his position to be considered secure. Green hasn’t had a lot of talent to work with in his first three years leading the Padres and still is a few years away. A good season could reward him to stick around to see the youth come through.