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Marlins had pool party after ending losing streak (Video)


The Marlins came into Saturday’s game against the Orioles losers of eight straight. It took 13 innings, but the streak came to an end thanks to Martin Prado’s walkoff single, giving Miami its first win since Dan Jennings took over as manager.

After the game, the Marlins celebrated in grand fashion.

Several players headed to the Clevelander for a dip in the pool. According to one witness, Jennings joined the players for a little fun himself.

There will surely be some who will criticize the Marlins for such an elaborate celebratory display after a win in late May. And, you could certainly make the case it was a bit much. However, Miami is currently 17-27 and in last place in the National League East. They haven’t exactly had much to be happy about thus far. We can let them have this one, right?

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Josh Hamilton to be activated by Rangers Monday

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Josh Hamilton will be back in the bigs before long.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson reports that Hamilton will fly to Cleveland Sunday to join the Texas Rangers for their 3-game series with the Indians that begins Monday. The team will activate the slugger on Monday.

“I am excited about it,” Hamilton said Saturday night. “It’s been a process from surgery to now, to work hard and get healthy and mentally focused.”

Hamilton was acquired in a trade from the Angels towards the end of April. He had shoulder surgery in February and was recovering in Texas, away from the Angels’ spring training facility.

Since being acquired from the Angels, Hamilton has spent time in Double and Triple-A. He has batted .364 with five doubles and a home run in 44 at-bats over 12 games.

The former MVP seems to have put his cocaine and alcohol relapse well behind him and looks ready to get back to playing in MLB.

Bryan Price ejected by umpires before game starts (Video)

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Manager Bryan Price might have set a record Saturday for the quickest ejection of all time. The Cincinnati Reds manager was tossed from his team’s game against the Indians before it even began.

Price went out to exchange lineup cards and then began talking with umpire crew chief Tim Reynolds before leaving the field. Price reportedly was having words with Reynolds about the strike zone during Friday night’s game, which was an area of complaint for the Reds’ hitters. Things started to get heated, and before you knew it, Price got the heave-ho.

We know what it looks like when Price goes off on profanity-laced rants, so we can only imagine what his conversation with the umpires was like.

Scott Skiles reportedly frontrunner for Magic coaching job

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The Orlando Magic are looking for a new head coach and it appears that they have found their top target.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Scott Skiles is the frontrunner for the job. Skiles played for the Magic five seasons from 1989-1994 and also is an accomplished coach. He has coached the Suns, Bulls and Bucks, going 443-433 over 13 seasons. He led teams to the playoffs six times.

Woj says Skiles appeals to the Magic because he has “a successful head-coaching résumé that includes strong emphasis on upgrading Orlando’s defense and accountability.” He was reported as a strong candidate for the job back in February.

Skiles resigned from his job as head coach of the Bucks two seasons ago with the team 16-16.

Woj reports that the Magic had interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but they were unwilling to trade a draft pick for him. The Bulls are seeking draft pick compensation for their coach.

Russell Westbrook jams out to ‘Bad Blood’ and Taylor Swift loves it (Video)

Russell WestbrookRussell Westbrook jammed out to Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” and shared a video on Instagram of him grooving, and the singer loved it.

Westbrook captured himself on video selfie-style and was really into it, bobbing his head and everything. He shared it on IG, tagged Swift in the video, and she tweeted it and said it made her night.

Here’s the song’s music video:

Patriots fan’s obituary says ‘Brady is innocent!’

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No matter what we learn about Tom Brady’s alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, some New England Patriots fans will never stop defending their quarterback — even in death.

Patricia M. Shong, a 72-year-old Patriots fan from Auburn, Mass., passed away earlier this week. Shong’s family included a defense of Brady in Patricia’s obituary, which Barstool Sports passed along.

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The Brady line read as follows:

“She would also like us to set the record straight for her. Brady is innocent!!”

Shong obviously didn’t care what Jim Kelly or anyone else thinks. She literally took her defense of No. 12 to the grave, and it’s tough not to admire that.

Over the years, we’ve seen the families of many sports fans include references to their teams in their obituaries. One woman said Dick LeBeau leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers contributed to her death, while another fan complained about this horrendous play call on his way to the afterlife. Shong is in good company.

Mike Trout steals third base with awesome slide (Video)

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There isn’t a phase of the game at which Mike Trout does not excel. The guy is a great hitter and defender, and as we can see, he’s also a stellar baserunner. Just take a look at the awesome slide he used to steal third base against the Red Sox on Friday night.

Trout was beat so badly by the throw that he was initially called out. Knowing he got his hand around the tag, he asked the Angels to challenge the call, which they did successfully.

Having the call overturned helped open the floodgates for the Angels. They exploded for nine runs in the inning and ran the score up to 11-3 before eventually winning 12-5.

This deke by Trout is so slick we have to watch it in GIF form:

That was easily my favorite slide by a ballplayer since this awesome one by Justin Morneau.

Bryce Harper and Matt Williams have special handshake (Video)

Teammates frequently have special handshakes and routines they do with each other, but it’s not too often we see a coach or manager join the mix. But that is the case with Bryce Harper and Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams.

Harper hit an opposite field home run in the bottom of the second of Nationals’ 2-1 win over the Phillies on Friday night and did his thing with Williams when he got to the dugout. Their “sike!” shake is short, subtle and cool to see.

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Harper is up to 16 home runs and putting together the type of MVP season we projected for him entering the year.

Video via @RecordsandRadio

Charlotte Stone Crabs cancel ‘A-Rod Juice Box Night’ promotion

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Alex Rodriguez is often the target of slander and jokes. On Friday, it was the Charlotte Stone Crabs, a minor league affiliate of the Rays, who had the Yankees designated hitter in their sights.

The Stone Crabs planned to hand out the above pictured juice box which reads “The Sports Drink. 100 % Juiced. Side Affects include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!” to the first 500 fans in attendance of their game against the Tampa Yankees. Those who received one could either drink it or donate it to the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. However, both the Yankees and Rays expressed displeasure with the promotion and urged the Stone Crabs to cancel.

The Yankees haven’t exactly been the most supportive of Rodriguez recently, like when they decided to not give him a $6 million bonus for hitting career home run No. 660. In this instance, this time they appeared to have his back and received a bit of a consolation when the Stone Crabs issued this apology:

“On behalf of our entire organization I apologize to the New York Yankees, our affiliate club the Tampa Bay Rays, and all fans who may have taken offense,” said Stone Crabs General Manager, Jared Forma via the Tampa Bay Times. “While our intent was to raise awareness for the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition and the Salvation Army, we realize this promotion may have been offensive to many and for that we are sorry and have decided to cancel the promotion. The Stone Crabs organization has the utmost respect for the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays organizations and wishes both organizations only the best in the future.”

Andrew McCutchen pay stub posted online and it is wild

Andrew McCutchen pay stub

It’s one thing to read that an athlete has signed a multi-million dollar contract and know that they are rich, but it’s quite another to actually see the visual evidence.

With that in mind, we present this Andrew McCutchen pay stub reflecting his latest check from the first two weeks of May. The stub shows that he received a direct deposit of just over $427,000 for two weeks of work this month.

The pay stub was posted on Reddit by someone who says their friend found it in the visitor’s clubhouse while taking a tour of Wrigley Field. You’ll notice immediately that McCutchen has been paid just over $2.24 million so far this season, which is kind of a lot.

Another thing that stands out on the stub is list of taxes McCutchen has to pay. The taxes are endless, and that is because athletes must pay taxes in nearly each state where they play. It’s a messy situation that costs them extra money, and it’s also something most fans do not consider when they talk about how much money athletes make. But when you’re taking home nearly half a million every two weeks, you probably don’t worry too much about the taxes.

Anyone else get lost trying to figure out where the commas go?

H/T Deadspin

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