Benjamin Hochman: Gambling via Cardinals telecasts will raise tough questions for some parents
Kids, as recently as 2009, or in the Pete Rose days of 1989, or even back in the Black Sox days of 1919, were told that betting on baseball was bad. It was illegal. It was precarious. And for ballplayers and team employees who did it, well, it could be career-threatening.But now, betting on baseball is going to be part of baseball. It’s going to be part of Major League Baseball broadcasts, and while this was inevitable, it still makes me uncomfortable.Perhaps you’ve seen the stories by Dan Caesar in this newspaper — Fox Sports Midwest and other regional networks owned by Sinclair Broadcasting ...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chip Scoggins: To the women in football, and every other male-dominated sport: keep on shattering
Kelly Kleine holds the title of manager in the Vikings front office. Her area of focus is player personnel, college scouting and draft operations. She is surrounded by men in her profession.Kleine understands better than most the historical significance of what transpired inside her sport over the weekend.“It gives me chills just thinking about it,” she said Monday.Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller became the first woman to play in a Power Five college football game.Cleveland Browns Chief of Staff Callie Brownson became the first woman to coach a position in an NFL game when she filled in Sunday ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Of 8 arbitration eligible Braves, who'll be tendered offers?
This winter’s non-tender deadline is Wednesday. The Braves have eight players eligible for arbitration, and while half are certainties to receive tenders, the team might cut loose two or three players.Given the financial state of MLB, there’s expected to be a large sum of non-tenders this winter. Teams are cutting costs and it’s going to be a slow-developing market all-around (even with the Braves striking quickly with starters Drew Smyly and Charlie Morton).Players with three or more years, but less than six years of league service are eligible for arbitration. A player must be tendered by We...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Marlins designate Jose Urena for assignment, add a reliever in first offseason shakeup
The Miami Marlins made a pair of roster moves on Monday, designated for assignment their longest-tenured player and trading for a reliever.In: 30-year-old relief pitcher Adam Cimber, acquired from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations.Out: 29-year-old starting pitcher Jose Urena, the Marlins’ Opening Day starter in both 2018 and 2019 but has had lackluster results over the past two years.Urena being designated for assignment despite his veteran presence and almost 100 career starts for the Marlins is only a mild surprise. The right-handed pitcher was considered a likely candidate to be...
Yankees face little risk in giving Gary Sanchez another shot to prove he can live up to the hype
Gary Sanchez will turn 28 years old on Wednesday. Coincidentally, that is also the day the Yankees have to decide if he is in their future plans. The catcher, coming off a horrific coronavirus pandemic-shortened season, has made it a tougher call whether the Bombers will tender him a contract by Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline.Even as they have made it clear that they lost the most money in baseball during the fanless, 60-game 2020 baseball season, and managing partner Hal Steinbrenner has made it clear for over a year now he would like to get under the $209 luxury tax threshold, it is unlikely...
New York Daily News
Jed Hoyer puts his stamp on his Chicago Cubs front office with 15 promotions, led by new assistant GMs Jeff Greenberg and Craig Breslow
Jed Hoyer, in one of his first duties as Chicago Cubs president, promoted 15 members of his baseball operations department — but he still is looking for a general manager.Jeff Greenberg and Craig Breslow were named assistant GMs, joining Randy Bush.Greenberg, who joined the organization in 2012, recently served as director of pro scouting and baseball operations. The graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law School interned in Major League Baseball’s labor relations department and with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks.Breslow, who pitched in the majors for 12 s...
Mets will be aggressive in pursuit of free agents, not so much focus on trade targets
Sandy Alderson made it clear the Mets are not being cautious in this winter’s sunken market.The team president said the Mets are not waiting for the “best buy” and will instead be assertive in their pursuit of free agents.“We’re not waiting for the market to develop,” Alderson said Sunday on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette. “We’re trying to be a little more aggressive. But at the same time, it takes two to engage. I do think some segments of the market are going to move more quickly.”The Braves, once again jumping out ahead, signed new faces in Charlie Morton and ...
New York Daily News
Bill Madden: MLB players face a bleak winter as reality of pandemic revenue losses set in
NEW YORK — Baseball’s version of “bargains galore” black Friday will arrive this Wednesday — or to paraphrase Marie Antoinette: After Dec. 2, le deluge, as in the deluge of players being non-tendered by their clubs, opening up potentially the most populated free-agent market ever.Nobody would be more delighted with this development than Charlie Finley, the maverick owner of the Oakland A’s who, when free agency was in its infancy in the mid-’70s, made a proposal to his fellow owners to limit all the players to one-year contracts and make everyone free agents every year. Aghast, the baseball lo...
New York Daily News
Marcus Hayes: Phillies ax 80 employees in the holiday spirit, their latest public fiasco
PHILADELPHIA — Black Friday took on a whole new meaning for 80 Phillies employees this year.That was the day the world discovered that the $2 billion franchise and its billionaire ownership group eliminated 80 of its front-office positions — almost 20% of the workforce — to save about $8 million. With excruciatingly insensitive timing, and with the blessing of billionaire owner John Middleton, team president Andy MacPhail and executive vice president Dave Buck reportedly issued email announcements on Wednesday to all franchise employees.Wednesday was, of course, Thanksgiving eve.Happy Thanksgi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Fantasy Football Week 12: Start and Sit
Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks has played much better since Bill O’Brien was fired, impressive Washington rookie running back Antonio Gibson continued to find the end zone, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz probably deserves to be benched. Here’s a look back at Week 11’s games:———WEEK 11 RECAPSeahawks 28, Cardinals 21: Kyler Murray is the only player in the NFL to score multiple touchdowns in every game he’s played this season.Browns 22, Eagles 17: How long before Carson Wentz is benched? Wentz has thrown multiple interceptions in six of 10 games this season. He’s also fumbled 10 times (...
The San Diego Union-Tribune