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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baseball

Bees cause Padres, Rockies to hit the deck (Video)

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Everyone hit the deck like they were doing a drop drill during Thursday’s Rockies-Padres spring training game after a swarm of bees hit the field.

San Diego pitcher Trey Wingenter stepped off the rubber after seeing the swarm and went down. The batter, umpire, and other players on the field soon followed by going down to avoid the bees:

Hopefully nobody was stung in the making of this film.

Rougned Odor’s extension with Rangers includes two horses

Rougned Odor’s contract extension with the Texas Rangers appears to be emboldening all of the neigh-sayers.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports on Thursday that the six-year, $49.5 million agreement between Odor and the Rangers also includes two horses. The 23-year-old infielder apparently raises them in his spare time.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels confirmed the inclusion of the horses later in the day in a joint press conference with Odor, per the team’s official Twitter account.

Odor, who batted .271/.296/.502 with 33 home runs and 88 RBIs in 2016, reportedly rejected an extension offer from the Rangers over the summer, so it sounds like the two sides just had to engage in a bit of horseplay to get it done.

Image Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

H/T theScore

Giants handing out golden urinal trophy to reward hydration

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The San Francisco Giants are emphasizing hydration as part of a new approach this season, and they have decided to turn it into a fun game that even includes an amusing trophy.

The San Jose Mercury News’ Daniel Brown wrote about the Giants’ new approach to sports science in a story published on Wednesday, and he says that the most hydrated player for each series gets the golden urinal trophy.

That’s pretty awesome.

There is no guarantee that being incredibly well hydrated will translate into more wins on the field, but you can’t blame the Giants for at least trying to encourage their players to be healthy. And this symbol is certainly much better than another item one of their players used to enhance performance.

H/T CBS Sports

Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until age 50

Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki doesn’t see retirement happening until 2023 at the earliest.

In an interview with Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that ran on Wednesday, Suzuki said that he would like to play until the age of 50.

“I’m not joking when I say it,” said the 10-time MLB All-Star.

“Nobody knows what the future holds,” he continued. “But the way I feel, how I’m thinking, I feel like nothing can stop me from doing it.”

The 43-year-old Suzuki is the oldest position player in the MLB and only trails Atlanta Braves right-hander Bartolo Colon by a matter of months as the oldest player altogether. While he will be entering his 17th season in the league after nine seasons playing professionally in Japan, Suzuki still produced well in 2016, batting .291 with a .354 on-base percentage.

Suzuki recently reached a major milestone in his MLB career, and plenty more are sure to follow if he indeed sticks around for another seven seasons.

Image via FOX Sports Florida on YouTube

Kris Bryant’s father criticizes conduct of LaVar Ball

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Much like LaVar Ball, Mike Bryant — the father of Chicago Cubs MVP third baseman Kris — has been his son’s biggest fan from day one.

Bryant, too, has been a bit too outspoken in the past, but seeing how Ball behaves around his son Lonzo has not met his approval.

“The guy is going to ruin it for his kids,” Mike Bryant told ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Tuesday, via Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “I mean that in a sympathetic/empathetic way. Let his kids go out there and play and let the rest happen. But to compare him to Michael Jordan and better than Steph Curry, c’mon, that’s disrespecting those guys. If I had five minutes with him and I could get him to listen for two of them I think I could get him to think a little bit.”

Mike was concerned that LaVar Ball’s comments would make it harder for Lonzo to enjoy himself while playing.

“How can you have fun when you’re worried about your old man making a fool of himself,” Bryant said. “There’s ways to do it. I’m not trying to be judgmental. I feel for the kid in this situation. There are too many stories out there that don’t turn out well because of stuff like this.”

Mike’s advice for LaVar would be to cut it out and enjoy how good his son is.

“Just let your kid play and enjoy it,” Bryant said. “You have to enjoy it. If you sit back and zip it, don’t run your mouth and watch him do what he does you will be amazed at how good he is. If you’re too busy talking you’re going to miss the moments.

“The spotlight is on him and all for the wrong reasons. It’s too bad. I wonder if it’s a tragedy waiting to happen or if something good can come out of it. It makes my skin crawl. My wife would smack me upside the head if I acted like that.”

We know that a lot of people — including some in the media — have had it with LaVar’s antics, but it’s interesting to hear the perspective of another father of a high-profile athlete.

Jeurys Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence

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New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been suspended 15 games over his offseason domestic violence arrest.

FOX Sports’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the suspension.

According to Rosenthal, Familia will forfeit over $700,000 in salary due to the suspension.

Familia actually saw his charges dropped, but under the league’s policy, they have the authority to suspend him anyway for the arrest. The same thing happened to Aroldis Chapman, who also never faced charges but suffered an even stiffer penalty than the one Familia got. The Mets closer got just about the best news that he probably could have hoped for.

A-Rod gets memed after posting photo in pensive pose

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez probably had no idea the stir a post of his would cause when he published to Twitter on Tuesday night.

Rodriguez, who was released by the New York Yankees last season and is now serving as a baseball analyst, posted the following photo of him in a pensive pose. He also asked the question: “Who will win the World Series this year?”

Did people respond with potential teams that could win it all this season? Or did they respond by mocking Rodriguez for being so deep in thought for a topic that should be more light-hearted?

If you figured the latter, you would be correct.

Take a look at the meme responses he received.

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