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Manny Machado Signs 10-Year, $300 Million Contract With Padres

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After waiting out for nearly the entire offseason, Manny Machado finally got the contract he was looking for. The star infielder will sign with the San Diego Padres on a 10-year, $300 million contract. The deal contains an opt-out after the fifth year, as reported by Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown.

Now that Machado has signed, it’ll be interesting too see just how much longer Bryce Harper remains a free agent.

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Carlos Santana Destroyed A TV With A Bat Because His Teammates Were Playing ‘Fortnite’ During Games

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Carlos Santana is back with the Indians this season, but he spent 2018 with the Phillies.

Carrying the youngest roster in Major League Baseball, the Phillies over-achieved in the early part of the season, standing atop the N.L. East until August. And as the season began to slip away, an incident in the clubhouse revealed the Phillies issues ran deeper than just their inconsistent play on the field.

One game in September, Santana found out that some players were in the clubhouse playing Fortnite during the real game.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan:

“When the Philadelphia Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game toward the end of last September, veteran first baseman Carlos Santana felt like he needed to send a message to his teammates who he said spent portions of the game against the Atlanta Braves playing video games in the clubhouse. Santana grabbed a bat, retreated to the room at Citizens Bank Park where the gaming took place and smashed the TV to ensure there would be no more Fortnite the final two days of the season.

“I see a couple players — I don’t want to say names — they play video games during the game,” Santana told ESPN. “We come and lose too many games, and I feel like they weren’t worried about it. Weren’t respecting their teammates or coaches or the staff or the [front] office. It’s not my personality. But I’m angry because I want to make it good.”

One thing is for sure, the Phillies clubhouse attitude will be a lot different this year with Bryce Harper, and Santana is back with the Indians, a team who surely doesn’t have players who play Fortnite during games.

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New MLB Players Association Deal Features $1 Million For HR Derby Winner, Three-Batter Minimum For Pitchers

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After an offseason that drew stark criticism for its slow-moving free agent market, MLB announced some major changes to its sport in 2019 and 2020, with the possibility of many more to come, in a new agreement struck with the MLB Players Association, per ESPN.

Though the current MLB collective bargaining agreement doesn’t expire until 2021, the two sides have also agreed to start having conversations as soon as possible in efforts to avoid any sort of future strike, and will touch on some of the games most “fundamental” economic issues, such as the rumored collusion that took place with owners and the two biggest free agents from this past winter, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.

In the more immediate future, changes are coming to the All-Star Game, the trade deadline and how many batters a pitcher must face before he can be removed from the game. In hopes of securing more marquee names for the Home Run Derby, MLB will now offer a $1 million prize to the winner and $2.5 million in total prize money for the event, starting this season. They will also hold an “election day,” where the top three All-Star Game vote-getters will participate in a “one-day election” to determine the top overall All-Star.

A few major changes are coming to the regular season in 2020. The league will consolidate its trade deadline to a single day, July 31st, instead of letting teams negotiate into August after the non-waiver deadline, as has been customary. And in another effort to speed up pace of play, pitchers will be required at face at least three batters before being removed from the game, eliminating the practice of bringing in relievers for a single batter, or sometimes, a single pitch. Regular season rosters will also expand from 25 to 26.

 

 

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San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer Caught On Camera Pulling His Wife To The Ground

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TMZ Sports published a video which shows San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer standing over his wife Pam in a public plaza in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley while she sits in a chair. Baer reaches to grab what looks like a phone out of Pam’s hand, and as she resists, he pulls her out of the chair and onto the ground, causing Pam to yell, “Oh my God! Help!”

The video cuts and shows Larry walking away. In the background, Pam can be heard repeatedly saying, “Oh my god,” while her husband says, “Stop, Pam, stop.”

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported on the existence of the video. Larry said in a statement to the paper, “My wife and I had an unfortunate public argument related to a family member & she had an injured foot and she fell off her chair in the course of the argument. The matter is resolved. It was a squabble over a cell phone. Obviously it’s embarrassing.”

The couple released a joint statement afterwards:

‘Regrettably today we had a heated argument in public over a family matter. We are deeply embarrassed by the situation and have resolved the issue.’

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