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 Posted: Wed Mar 2nd, 2016 08:44 pm
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lobo316 wrote: Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Andrew Case has been suspended 50 games without pay for failing to take a drug test, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Case, a 23-year-old right-hander for the Single-A Vancouver Canadians, will begin serving his suspension at the start of the 2016 Northwest League season.

The Blue Jays farmhand pitched to a 3.10 ERA with 44 strikeouts across 52 1/3 innings of relief in 2015.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2013, Case owns a 2.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 63 minor-league appearances.

Was he the player that nixed the trade that would've brought Jay Bruce to Toronto.



I kinda doubt it. I don't think the Jays would trade away a Canadian prospect.

Why not, you kinda sound like a typical Leafs' fan. You think the Jays care where a player is from. Brett Lawrie for Josh Donaldson ring a bell Don Cherry.


Read my post again. Canadian PROSPECT. Lawrie was NOT a prospect. He never lived up to expectations plus he was injury prone because of his reckless play.

Read my post again. Do you really believe the Jays would not trade one of their prospects just because he's Canadian. Only the media in Toronto hypes up the Canadian kids in the Jays farm system.

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Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Toronto Blue Jays minor league pitcher Andrew Case has been suspended 50 games without pay for failing to take a drug test, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

Case, a 23-year-old right-hander for the Single-A Vancouver Canadians, will begin serving his suspension at the start of the 2016 Northwest League season.

The Blue Jays farmhand pitched to a 3.10 ERA with 44 strikeouts across 52 1/3 innings of relief in 2015.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2013, Case owns a 2.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP over 63 minor-league appearances.

Was he the player that nixed the trade that would've brought Jay Bruce to Toronto.



I kinda doubt it. I don't think the Jays would trade away a Canadian prospect.

Why not, you kinda sound like a typical Leafs' fan. You think the Jays care where a player is from. Brett Lawrie for Josh Donaldson ring a bell Don Cherry.


Read my post again. Canadian PROSPECT. Lawrie was NOT a prospect. He never lived up to expectations plus he was injury prone because of his reckless play.

Read my post again. Do you really believe the Jays would not trade one of their prospects just because he's Canadian. 


Yes, I do. The Jays will  usually hang on to a Canadian prospect &  give him every opportunity to make the club. I hate it when they & the Raptors sign someone just because he's Canadian.

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The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a five-year contract extension with second baseman Kolten Wong, the team announced Wednesday.

The new deal secures Wong, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time in November, through the 2020 season, and includes a club option for the 2021 campaign.

Financial terms of the deal are unknown at this point.

An emotional Wong engaged in a moment of prayer before the team announced the new contract at a press conference Wednesday morning.


"Kolten provides an excellent example of our strategy to sign, develop, and retain the best talent available," Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a release. "Kolten has had a nice start to his career and we look forward to having him be a key part of our future."
The 25-year-old, who was taken 22nd overall by the Cardinals in the 2011 draft, finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2014 behind Billy Hamilton and Jacob deGrom.
He bolstered his case to be an everyday player last season when he hit .262/.321/.386 with 11 homers and 61 RBIs in 150 games.

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Major League Baseball officials have submitted a proposal to the United States government that would allow teams to sign players directly out of Cuba, according to an exclusive report by The New York Times.

The proposed plan, which was confirmed to the Times' Ben Strauss by MLB's top lawyer, Dan Halem, was sent to the Treasury Department for approval, and sets out to ensure a safer pathway for players hoping to defect from the island. Under terms of the plan submitted by the league, an entity consisting of Cuban entrepreneurs and MLB officials would be established to help facilitate the transaction.

The report comes hours after MLB announced an exhibition game in Havana later this month between the Cuban National Team and Tampa Bay Rays. The game will mark the first visit to Cuba by an MLB team since the Baltimore Orioles competed against the Cuban National Team in 1999. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to travel to Cuba for the game as part of a humanitarian visit.

Standing in the way of the proposed plan is an embargo that prohibits American companies and citizens from doing business in Cuba. From the Times:

A percentage of salaries paid to Cuban players would go to the new body, which would function like a nonprofit and support youth baseball, education and improving sports facilities in Cuba.

The proposed body could satisfy the terms of the embargo, MLB contends, because the league says no money would go directly to the Cuban government.

Under the current landscape, Cubans are faced with the prospect of either playing for low wages - as little as $40 per month, according to the Times - or deserting their homeland to pursue careers in the majors. MLB stars such as Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez are among several players who have recounted harrowing tales of risking their lives in order to flee to America.

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Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling is back in the political spotlight for all the wrong reasons after scathing remarks made Tuesday about Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

During an appearance on Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio, Schilling told hosts Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison that Clinton's alleged misconduct as it relates to classified emails is unforgivable, and she should be barred from participating in the presidential general election in November.

"I hope she does (go to jail)," Schilling said on "The Drive with Danny and CDot. "If I'm gonna believe, and I'm not sure I don't have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds, if not thousands, of emails on a public server after what happened to General (David) Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere."

Schilling's comments came just hours before Clinton's successful Super Tuesday polling, in which the presidential hopeful won seven states and strengthened her lead on rival Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination. Clinton remains under fire for using her family's private email server instead of her federal government account for her official communications as the U.S. Secretary of State.

Schilling was removed from ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcast in September last year after posting a tweet that compared Muslim extremists to Nazis.

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New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman said the prospect of becoming a free agent after the season played a part in his decision to accept the 30-game suspension he received Tuesday under the league's new domestic violence policy.

Sources told Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports that commissioner Rob Manfred was weighing a possible 35-40 game ban for Chapman before the left-hander's legal team negotiated a lesser penalty with the promise he wouldn't appeal the decision. If the suspension had been longer than 45 games, Chapman would not have accumulated the service time required to enter free agency at the end of the season.

"I did get advice, but at the end it was my decision," Chapman told reporters Wednesday through team translator Marlon Abreu, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. "It's the best decision for me."

Chapman, the first player penalized under the league's new policy, will lose 30 days' pay, but remains eligible to participate fully in spring training. He can return May 9 against Kansas City, at which point he's expected to reclaim the Yankees' closer job from Andrew Miller, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Chapman, a four-time All-Star, had been under investigation by the league after an alleged domestic violence dispute in October. Police didn't file criminal charges against Chapman in the incident, in which he allegedly choked his girlfriend and admittedly fired gunshots into the garage of his Miami residence.

Manfred cited Chapman's use of a firearm as a factor in the decision. On Wednesday, Chapman said he's no longer in possession of guns, and is looking to put the incident behind him.

"I want to make it clear, I'm apologizing because of the use of the gun. It was bad judgment on my part. I also want to say that I never hurt my girlfriend. I want this to be very clear: I'm taking this punishment because of my bad judgment."

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, more famously known as PETA, is upset with New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes after the Cuban said he was sending a prized pig he purchased for $7,000 to the butcher.


After receiving word of the 270-pound hog's eventual trip to the meat market, PETA released the following statement.

"Yoenis Cespedes can afford $7,000 out of his own pocket, and this loving, loyal and clever pig is paying the real price with his life," the statement said, according to the New York Post. "It’s a shame that Cespedes dropped the ball here and missed the opportunity to send this pig to a sanctuary, where he could have lived out his days in peace.

"We’re sending Cespedes some delicious vegan bacon in the hope that he’ll open his heart, not clog it with pig fat."

After the statement was released, the 30-year-old Cespedes told the Post he wasn’t allowed to keep the pig.

According to an email from a Mets official sent to ESPN, the pig "can't be taken home as a pet. There is some sort of state law here in Florida that a hog bought at auction must be slaughtered. So, it's not really Yoenis' decision. It just the rule. The pig is not a pet."

The Post, however, spoke with an official with Indian River County Community Development who offered a differing view of the law in question. The official told the newspaper that "there is no law prohibiting Cespedes from keeping the pig, as long as it’s on a farm or ranch and not in a residential neighborhood."

After a spring filled with flashy cars and horseback riding, the potential butchering of the pig is just another bizarre storyline to follow in Mets camp.

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Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura expects shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who the club signed to a minor-league deal late in the offseason, to make the team out of spring training.

"I expect him to make the team unless something happens physically that it wouldn't work," Ventura told reporters on Wednesday. "I expect him to make this team."

After an excellent 15-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, which included winning the NL MVP in 2007, Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2015 campaign.

The veteran struggled in Chavez Ravine, hitting just .224/.285/.358, and eventually losing his starting job to up-and-coming prospect Corey Seager during the postseason.

When the Dodgers elected not to re-sign the 37-year-old, Rollins said he understood their decision, and was happy to find a club offering a potential starting job at shortstop.

"That's understandable," Rollins said of not being re-signed by the Dodgers. "It's Corey Seager's time.

"I got a chance to play and control my playing time," Rollins then said of his choosing to sign with the White Sox. "There's no more than you can ask for, to have an opportunity to do that. Other places, I would have been coming off the bench as a utility player no matter how well I did unless somebody got injured. So, sometimes you have to take a shot, and I'm taking a chance."

If he stays healthy and heads north with the team, Rollins is expected to split playing time with Tyler Saladino in order to try and keep the veteran of 2,234 big-league games fresh during the long season.

"It's great to hear that I'm a guy they want to have break with the club, that's good," Rollins said. "I know (Ventura) said he wanted me to come into the office and talk about starting to get on schedule, what he wants me to do down here. He doesn't want me to get burnt out. I also want to make sure I'm prepared. Those are good things."

Rollins owns a career .265/.325/.420 slash line with 229 home runs, 928 RBIs, and 465 stolen bases.

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lobo316 wrote: Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling is back in the political spotlight for all the wrong reasons after scathing remarks made Tuesday about Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

During an appearance on Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio, Schilling told hosts Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison that Clinton's alleged misconduct as it relates to classified emails is unforgivable, and she should be barred from participating in the presidential general election in November.

"I hope she does (go to jail)," Schilling said on "The Drive with Danny and CDot. "If I'm gonna believe, and I'm not sure I don't have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds, if not thousands, of emails on a public server after what happened to General (David) Petraeus, she should be buried under a jail somewhere."

Schilling's comments came just hours before Clinton's successful Super Tuesday polling, in which the presidential hopeful won seven states and strengthened her lead on rival Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination. Clinton remains under fire for using her family's private email server instead of her federal government account for her official communications as the U.S. Secretary of State.

Schilling was removed from ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcast in September last year after posting a tweet that compared Muslim extremists to Nazis.

Agreeing with millions and millions of Americans now puts you in the spotlight for "all the wrong reasons"?



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Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson will undergo back surgery Thursday and miss three-to-five months of action as he recovers, the team announced.

Anderson felt soreness after tossing live batting practice Tuesday, which prompted an MRI that revealed a bulging disc.

"I was surprised - I was shocked," new manager Dave Roberts said after learning the news. "Talking to him two days ago and again yesterday morning, he just thought it's a couple-day thing that would subside."

Anderson logged 180 1/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2015 - the most of his career - and compiled a 10-9 record with a 3.69 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 31 starts. He tweeted about his disappointment with the injury setback.

Definitely not the start I wanted for this season but hopefully it just means a better ending.

— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) March 3, 2016
The oft-injured hurler was projected to be the team's fourth starter this season behind Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, and Kenta Maeda.

Luckily, Los Angeles is deep with starting pitching, and Roberts has several options to replace Anderson.

"It's one of those things that we didn't think our depth would be tested so early," Roberts added, "but obviously with Alex (Wood) and (Brandon) Beachy and Mike Bolsinger, we've got depth and those guys are going to have to step up. We're going to be evaluating, and every day's a test."

Anderson accepted a $15.8-million qualifying offer from the Dodgers in November.

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Jarrod Dyson has hit an early roadblock in his first opportunity as the Kansas City Royals' starting right fielder.

Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters Thursday that Dyson will likely miss the next six weeks with a Grade 2 oblique strain suffered during the team's spring opener against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

The projected timetable would force Dyson to miss roughly the first two weeks of the regular season.

Yost said Paulo Orlando could fill in as the everyday right fielder, but is open to giving others a shot. Travis Snider, who agreed to a minor-league deal, is another option.

After serving primarily as a backup outfielder the past three seasons, general manager Dayton Moore said in December that Dyson deserved an opportunity to start.

The 31-year-old speedster hit .269/.324/.327 with one home run, four doubles, and 36 stolen bases in 120 games last season.

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New York Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner says he doesn't intend to sell the club his father, George, bought in 1973.

In fact, Hal hopes the Yankees will continue to be passed down from generation to generation.

"I think all of us feel that way," he told Wallace Matthews of ESPN in a lengthy interview.

"This is a family business and we're all involved. We all love being a part of this. We all know our dad wanted us to be a part of (this), and we all know he's watching down on us and happy that we're all a part of it. Believe it or not, to us, that's a big deal. The idea is, let's keep it going."

Hal officially took over day-to-day control of the Yankees in 2008 as the health of his father continued to deteriorate. George, affectionately known as "The Boss," died of a heart attack in July of 2010. Hal believes keeping the business in the family is the best way to remember his dad.

"It's our way of keeping our dad's legacy alive,'' he said.

"We got a lot of grandkids, and they're very interested. The idea is, it's time to let the young elephants in the tent, in George's words. So it's begun."

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Brett Gardner's start to the 2016 spring campaign is going to have to wait until at least mid-March thanks to his ailing wrist.

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi told reporters Wednesday the 32-year-old outfielder is not expected to play until at least March 14 thanks to a bone bruise in his left wrist, which he sustained against the Houston Astros in last season's AL wild-card game.

"We will take it slow," Girardi said. "We will progress, so (Gardner's first game) won't be in the first two weeks. We will progress slowly. After the off-day at some point, we hope to get him in."

Gardner hit live pitching off a coach for the first time on Wednesday, feeling good throughout the process, and is expected to do the same on Thursday.

"Everything today went well, so I'm sure (Thursday) will, too," Gardner said. "Just continue to progress. (I've) got to start somewhere."

Gardner led all Yankees outfielders with 151 games played in 2015, slashing .259/.343/.399 with 16 home runs, 66 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases.

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lobo316 wrote: Brett Gardner's start to the 2016 spring campaign is going to have to wait until at least mid-March thanks to his ailing wrist.

Yankees skipper Joe Girardi told reporters Wednesday the 32-year-old outfielder is not expected to play until at least March 14 thanks to a bone bruise in his left wrist, which he sustained against the Houston Astros in last season's AL wild-card game.

"We will take it slow," Girardi said. "We will progress, so (Gardner's first game) won't be in the first two weeks. We will progress slowly. After the off-day at some point, we hope to get him in."

Gardner hit live pitching off a coach for the first time on Wednesday, feeling good throughout the process, and is expected to do the same on Thursday.

"Everything today went well, so I'm sure (Thursday) will, too," Gardner said. "Just continue to progress. (I've) got to start somewhere."

Gardner led all Yankees outfielders with 151 games played in 2015, slashing .259/.343/.399 with 16 home runs, 66 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases.

Should've traded him 2 years ago.  He had a lot of value.  I gave up on him last year. 



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Agree with Steve. Gardner should have been dealt two years ago.

The Steinbrenner kids suck. 



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