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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Report: A-Rod believes Chase Headley has to win starting third base job from him

Alex RodriguezAlex Rodriguez has not played professional baseball since being suspended by MLB in 2013 for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but he is not letting any potential rustiness deter him. In fact, he still believes he will be an integral part of the Yankees this season.

According to Newsday, A-Rod feels that he will be the team’s starting third baseman this year despite the presence of Chase Headley, whom the team re-signed with a 4-year, $52 million contract over the offseason.

“Alex’s mind is that job’s not Headley’s, it’s Alex’s to lose,” a source told Newsday. “That’s what he thinks. Alex is going into training camp thinking that he is the starting third baseman, that if there’s a competition, Headley’s got to win it from him. It doesn’t matter about the money, what they signed Headley for. This guy [Rodriguez] can play.”

As annoyed as people may be with A-Rod because of his involvement in so many scandals, you have to at least respect his attitude. Rodriguez is set to make $21 million this season and wants to contribute. He wants to prove he can still play. And it seems like he wants to earn the $61 million remaining on his contract.

GM Brian Cashman may be tired of dealing with Rodriguez’s non-stop drama, but maybe he’ll be pleasantly surprised by the former MVP. Newsday says A-Rod has been training seven days a week and plans to report early to spring training.

A-Rod won’t be the team’s starting third baseman — that’s going to be Headley’s job — but at least the Yankees will be getting a dedicated DH.

Kate Upton freaks everyone out with fake proposal Instagram pic

Kate Upton proposal

Kate Upton freaked out many of her fans on Thursday night when she posted a photo on Instagram that made it seem like boyfriend Justin Verlander had proposed to her, but it turns out she was just joking.

Upton posted a photo of a dinner plate with the words “Marry Me?” written in ketchup. The three options were “yes,” “duh,” and “of course,” which seemed to be a part of the joke.

Unfortunately for Upton, many people took the news seriously and ran with it, so she took down the Instagram photo and followed up with a tweet saying people ruined the joke:

This might have just been a joke, but it seems to be preparing everyone for a future announcement. Upton and Verlander began dating in 2012, had a breakup in 2013 and then got back together. Plus they had that whole nude photo scandal. Once you endure that as a couple, there is no turning back. Marriage seems inevitable. And if you’re Verlander, why wouldn’t you want to seal the deal with the supermodel?

Mets charging players to attend offseason workouts?

Mets suck

Like all other teams in Major League Baseball, the New York Mets have been holding voluntary workouts throughout the winter. These sessions are typically a chance for younger players to get some extra reps and impress the coaching staff. With the Mets, however, the younger guys have to be able to afford it first.

It would seem that the Mets are requiring some of their players to pay a fee to attend certain offseason workouts. Hardball Talk shared a screenshot of an interesting exchange that took place on Thursday between ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin and some Twitter followers.


Rubin later specified that he was told minor leaguers are being charged $1,000 to attend.

The specific camp that players are attending is run by conditioning guru Mike Barwis. As Mike Puma of the New York Post notes, players also paid for the program last year. Barwis is an independent contractor and is not employed by the Mets.

“True that Mets players attending Mike Barwis’ camp in PSL are paying out of pocket,” Puma wrote on Twitter. “But this was also the case last year, when camp was in Michigan. Barwis is an independent contractor, according to Mets, and not employed by the club.

“Also, Barwis’ camp is not mandatory. In other words, the players working out would have to pay money if they hired another personal trainer. They pay Barwis $1,000.”

Still, if the Mets are pressuring players from the lower levels of their organization to attend workouts that cost money, that seems incredibly unfair.

Haven’t the Mets dealt with enough embarrassment both on and off the field recently? The stuff that former employee was suing the team for back in September was embarrassing enough. If you dont want to spend to assemble a winner, that’s fine. Don’t make younger players pay for trying to improve.

Dan Haren is bored with ‘Real Housewives’ and ready for baseball


Dan Haren was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Miami Marlins last month, and there has been some speculation that the 34-year-old right-hander would rather retire than pitch in Miami. Haren even openly admitted that he would like to remain in southern California, and the Marlins have been trying to accommodate him.

Judging by a tweet Haren sent early Wednesday morning, retirement is not an option. He’s so bored with watching crummy shows all day that he can’t wait for baseball to start.

“Today I watched 6 episodes of Family Feud and I cried watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” Haren wrote. “I think I’m ready for baseball to start.”

While the Marlins have been looking into trading Haren, he reportedly intends to at least show up for spring training. Didn’t he hear who is possibly considering becoming an owner of an MLB team like the Marlins? Pitching in Miami and making a bunch of money can’t be worse than watching Steve Harvey multiple times a day.

Did Wade Boggs really drink 107 beers in a day?

MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs inspired a scene that will air as part of the Season 10 premiere of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Apparently the former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees legend is known as much for his beer-drinking ability as his hitting prowess.

The scene, in which Boggs actually makes a cameo appearance, involves the show’s characters trying to break Boggs’ infamous record of amount of beers consumed on a cross-country flight. Actor Charlie Day explained the story behind the scene on Jimmy Fallon’s show Monday night.

“Boggs was famous for baseball. He was also famous for the amount of beer he could drink,” Day said. “Supposedly when they would have these cross-country flights, he would drink on average 40 to 50 — some say 70 — beers.”


The beer-guzzling stories must be true to a certain extent, otherwise Boggs would never have agreed to come on the show. Day said he is fairly certain Boggs was drinking actual beer while filming the scene. And, get this, Boggs told Day his actual record is 107 beers in a day.

“He told me that the actual number — he pulled me aside and was like, ‘Charlie, really, it was 107,'” Day said. “How is that possible?”

It’s not possible, we don’t think. The real question is how many beers did Boggs drink before he busted out these classic dance moves? If he can pound 107 in a day, he had to have been at least 79 deep at that point.

Video via The Big Lead

Diamondbacks reportedly in on James Shields


There has seemingly been a lack of interest in free agent starting pitcher James Shields this offseason, perhaps because of the right-hander’s asking price. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, that price may be coming down.

Rosenthal reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks are in the mix to land Shields, which would seem to indicate that his market is south of $100 million. While Shields was reportedly offered a five-year, $110 million deal already, it was from a team he did not want to play for. Rosenthal is confident the D-Backs would not be willing to spend $100 million for Shields.

Shields, 33, has easily been one of the most durable pitchers in baseball throughout his eight-year career. He has made at least 30 starts and thrown more than 200 innings in each season since 2007. He posted a 14-8 record with a 3.21 ERA and impressive 1.18 WHIP with the Kansas City Royals last season.

It’s hard to believe a team like the Boston Red Sox, who are in need of a front-of-the-rotation starter, would not offer Shields something in the range of $100 million. Perhaps he’s looking for a more long-term deal, whereas the Red Sox would be more likely to give him more money and fewer years.

Bryce Harper, girlfriend Kayla Varner appear to have broken up

Bryce Harper girlfriend Kayla Varner

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was supposed to begin the 2015 MLB season as a married man, but it doesn’t look that that is going to happen. If social media is any indication, Harper and his longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner may have broken up.

Harper and Varner were engaged. They had been together for more than four years and were supposed to get married in a church on Jan. 2 and have a more traditional wedding the following day. Harper and his groomsmen had even been fitted for very flashy tuxedos.

But the Washington Post reports that the wedding did not happen. Not only that, but Harper and Varner have deleted any recent references to each other on social media and stopped following each other on Twitter. Varner used to frequently upload photos to Instagram of her and Bryce, but she hasn’t done that since Nov. 30.

Remember that time Harper did this for Varner before they went on a date? The two seemed so happy together. It’s hard to believe they called off their marriage.

H/T Las Vegas Review-Journal

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