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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Baseball

Tom Brady hires extra security for his Tampa mansion during holiday weekend

Tom Brady

Tom Brady’s new digs in Tampa have become somewhat of a tourist destination, so the quarterback has responded appropriately during the holiday weekend.

Brady has hired some security to watch his mansion this weekend, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Saturday.

According to Diana C. Nearhos, Brady is working with the Tampa Police Department to have extra-duty officers patrol the waters outside his house. The Buccaneers quarterback is paying for the off-duty officers to watch his home, not taxpayers, according to the report. Allowing off-duty officers to work as security is a service the police department offers to individuals and companies.

Brady signed with the Bucs in free agency and is living in Derek Jeter’s gigantic mansion on Davis Islands. The home is so huge that it is easily identifiable, and since it overlooks the water, it is accessible to those on watercraft.

“Derek did a pretty good job of screening it,” Brady said of the security protecting the home, during an interview on the Howard Stern Show in April. “I think part of it is when I come home, I want to be able to let my guard down and relax, but this is a little different when you go out to the backyard, there’s a lot of boats that have pulled up and people out front. It’s a little different.”

Brady also described himself in the Howard Stern interview as an introvert, which helps explain why he wants his privacy. He said he has his family living in the mansion with him.

Brady is starting to make Tampa feel like home and has even been conducting workouts with his new teammates.

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Report: MLB, MLBPA expected to compromise on salary, financial matters

Rob Manfred

The disconnect between MLB and the MLBPA has some concerned that a lack of deal on player salaries and other financial issues could completely wipe out the 2020 season. Apparently, those in the game know that’s not an option.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there is a belief within the game that some sort of compromise will be reached, as all involved know the potential ramifications of a lost season.

Canceling the 2020 MLB season over a lack of an agreement would be brutal for the sport. MLB has claimed major financial losses without a season, even worse than if games are played without fans. That doesn’t even count the bad PR that would come from it, especially with other leagues moving toward restarting without any of these issues.

A new proposal is coming next week. Hopefully it puts the wheels in motion toward an actual deal.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos make minor league stadium available on AirBnB

Minor league baseball teams have been hit particularly hard by the shutdown of the sports world, with those teams very reliant on gameday income to keep things running. With that in mind, one organization has gotten very creative in terms of making money.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are offering up their stadium on AirBnB. The price is $1,500 per night, and it comes with all the amenities: full access to the field, batting cages, and clubhouse, as well as the attached bedroom.

The full listing is well worth reading, but the team promises all the amenities. A staff member is on hand at all times to provide security and answer questions. And no, it’s not a scam, as the listing is verified by AirBnB.

Things are very rough for the minor leagues right now. It’s a pretty creative way on the organization’s part to maybe make some money and earn some publicity.

Nationals postpone virtual ring ceremony over player disapproval

Washington Nationals

A very strangely-planned Washington Nationals virtual ring ceremony won’t go ahead as scheduled after players objected to some aspects of it.

The Nationals originally intended to hand out rings as part of a virtual ceremony over the weekend. However, only a handful of players were expected to get their physical rings, which did not sit well with players.

The team will go ahead as scheduled with the unveiling of the ring design, as well as a documentary premiere and a fundraiser.

This seems like a no-brainer. Nobody’s going to be hurt by waiting a little longer, and it seems deeply unfair that some players would get their rings before others. When you see how much fun these guys had together, it only makes sense to wait until a time when everyone can celebrate in person and get their rings at the same time.

Report: MLB will present players with new economic proposal next week

Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball and the MLBPA continue to try to negotiate a solution to the financial issues that will face the sport, and a new proposal is on the way.

According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, MLB has prepared a new economic proposal that will be presented to the MLBPA next week.

The agreement is expected to change some of the terms that the league and players agreed to in the deal they made in March. That has been a sticking point, with players feeling that they already had an agreement, while the league argued that players knew further adjustments may be required depending on circumstances.

What we don’t know is what will be in the offer. The league’s initial plan offered a 50-50 split of revenue, but that was dismissed as a salary cap by the MLBPA. Nobody’s sure what comes next.

Joey Votto: 2020 World Series would be ‘worth more’

Joey Votto

How much would the sports world remember the champion of a shortened MLB season? One top player has no concerns about that.

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto believes that any potential 2020 World Series winner would deserve “full credit” — and that it would actually mean more to win it under the circumstances.

“I feel very strongly that any team that wins the World Series, even in an abbreviated season, will get full credit and will be able to enjoy it,” Votto told Jayson Stark of The Athletic. “And I’ll be honest with you. The more I think about winning the World Series this year, I think it’s freaking worth more.”

There are a lot of extenuating circumstances in 2020. Players would play without fans and potentially in some sort of semi-isolated situation. The playoff field would be larger as well. Whether that makes up for at least 80 missing regular season games is in the eye of the beholder. One Hall of Famer thinks it wouldn’t, but Votto clearly disagrees.

Video: Aaron Judge’s girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck dropped slugger’s name during DUI arrest

Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge’s girlfriend Samantha Bracksieck was arrested in February for driving while under the influence, and it seems like she was hoping her relationship with the New York Yankees slugger would help keep her out of trouble.

In a video of the DUI arrest that was obtained by TMZ on Friday, Bracksieck is shown dropping Judge’s name several times to police. At one point during the traffic stop, she asked officers, “Do you know who my boyfriend is?”

Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., pulled Bracksieck over at around midnight on Feb. 25 when they saw her driving without headlights on. The video shows her admitting she drank two glasses of wine during dinner, and police were unimpressed when she revealed she was dating Judge.

“My boyfriend is not in a spot where I should be, like, having this happen,” Bracksieck said. “He’s like a public figure. So, like, me being arrested for, like, having two glasses of wine is not OK. … My boyfriend is in the spotlight of New York media in general. And, now here I am handcuffed here in Arizona … like, that is not good.”

You can see the full video below:

Bracksieck failed a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. She blew a .12 at the site of the arrest, and police said she blew a a .169 and .181 at the station. Prosecutors have hit Bracksieck with five charges including extreme DUI, which is classified as a BAC of between .15 and .19 in the state of Arizona. She could face jail time if convicted.

Judge is currently recovering from a broken rib and partially collapsed lung. Yankees GM Brian Cashman recently explained why the outfielder’s recovery has been so difficult.