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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Baseball

Watch: Nolan Arenado makes stunning defensive play

Nolan Arenado reminded fans on Monday night why he’s considered one of the best defensive players in the league.

The Colorado Rockies third baseman made a stunning defensive play against the Chicago Cubs using a slick backhanded glove flip. His former teammate, Carlos Gonzalez, was on first with nobody out in the top of the second, and Victor Caratini was at the plate. The shift was on and Caratini hit a chopper towards shallow shortstop. Arenado ranged to his left, snagged the ball with his backhand, and did a flip for the force out at second.

That type of backhanded glove flip is extremely difficult to execute, but he did it. That was a pretty move.

Arenado has won a Gold Glove all six of his MLB seasons. He’s also been an All-Star four straight years, led the league in homers three times, RBIs twice, and has finished top-5 in MVP voting three years in a row. He’s a complete player, which is why the Rockies gave him a massive contract extension.

Giancarlo Stanton to restart rehab assignment Tuesday

Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankee star Giancarlo Stanton is moving toward a return to the big leagues.

Stanton is set to restart his rehab assignment on Tuesday, though there is no clear timetable for when he’ll be ready to return to the Yankees.

Stanton’s last rehab assignment was cut short with a calf problem, and he’s had a very difficult time getting back into action for the Yankees. He hasn’t played a Major League game since March 31, first due to a shoulder issue and then the calf. Barring any further setbacks, however, it sounds like he should be back fairly soon.

Report: Police believe drug lord ordered hit on David Ortiz over suspected affair

David Ortiz

Police in the Dominican Republic are reportedly looking into the possibility that the man who shot David Ortiz on Sunday night was hired to kill the former MLB star.

Three law enforcement sources told the Daily Mail that investigators believe two men — allegedly police officers — were hired by a drug lord to kill Ortiz because the drug lord believed Ortiz was having an affair with his wife. Police in Ortiz’s hometown of Santo Domingo would neither confirm nor deny the suspected motive.

“So far the case is under investigation. Social media networks are speculating many things,” Lieutenant Pimentel of the National Police in Santo Domingo told the Daily Mail. “We can not give you more details.”

Leo Lopez, who works as Ortiz’s assistant and press representative, denied that the shooting had anything to do with an alleged affair, but he expressed confidence that someone put out a hit on Ortiz.

“There is no doubt that it was an act of hired killers,” Lopez told Dominican media outlet Diario Libre. “If we had known that there was a dangerous situation, he would not have been there at that moment.”

Initial reports indicated that Ortiz was shot in an attempted robbery, but a disturbing video of the incident showed a man walk up behind the 43-year-old and shoot him in the back before fleeing. The bullet entered Ortiz’s back and exited through his stomach, and he had to undergo extensive surgery after some of his intestines and organs were damaged. Ortiz is expected to be transported to Boston at some point on Monday evening, and the Red Sox have said he is in serious but stable condition.

Red Sox president says David Ortiz’s condition is still ‘serious’

David Ortiz

David Ortiz is expected to arrive in Boston from the Dominican Republic at some point Monday evening, and it sounds like he still has a long way to go with his recovery from a gun shot.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy spoke with the media on Monday, and he described Ortiz’s condition as “still serious.” However, doctors in the Dominican Republic have determined that Big Papi is stable enough to be transported to Boston after undergoing extensive surgery.

A video showed a man come up behind Ortiz and shoot him when Big Papi was hanging out at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo on Sunday night. The bullet went into Ortiz’s back and exited through his stomach, and he had to undergo several hours of surgery after some organs were damaged. It sounds like he is fortunate to be alive, and he should be under the care of some of the best doctors in the world when he returns to Boston.

Tom Brady sends well wishes to David Ortiz in wake of shooting

Tom Brady

David Ortiz has been on the receiving end of prayers and positive thoughts from all across the sports world since he was shot in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night, and some of those came from a man who shares more in common with the Boston Red Sox legend than most.

On Monday, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took to Twitter to send well wishes to Ortiz.

Ortiz and Brady have formed a close relationship over the years for obvious reasons. Both are Boston sports icons who led their teams to multiple championships, and they understand everything that goes along with being royalty in the eyes of fans. In fact, Brady even tried to talk Ortiz out of retiring a few years back.

Fortunately, Ortiz is in stable condition after he was shot in the back in his hometown of Santo Domingo. He suffered damage to some organs and had to undergo extensive surgery, but the plan was to transfer him to Boston at some point Monday afternoon. The man who allegedly shot Ortiz was beaten by people who were at the location where the incident took place and later detained by police.

David Ortiz to be transferred to Boston once fully stabilized

David Ortiz appears to be doing as well as you could expect after being shot in the abdomen on Sunday night, and he should be leaving the Dominican Republic at some point in the near future.

Leo Lopez, Ortiz’s assistant and press representative, told ESPN’s Marly Rivera on Monday that Ortiz remains in stable condition and the plan is for him to be transferred to Boston for further treatment once it is deemed safe.

Ortiz, of course, spent the bulk of his career with the Red Sox, and Boston is home to some of the best doctors and hospitals in the world. The Red Sox said early Monday morning that they have made all of their resources available to Ortiz and will help him in any way they can.

A video showed a man come up behind Ortiz and shoot him when Big Papi was hanging out at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo. The bullet went into Ortiz’s back and exited through his stomach, and he had to undergo several hours of surgery after some organs were damaged. It sounds like he is fortunate to be alive.

The man who allegedly shot Ortiz was beaten by several people who were at the bar at the time the incident occurred. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and detained.

This Max Muncy ‘get it out of the ocean’ T-shirt is perfect

Max Muncy had one of the best one-liners in baseball history after he got into it with Madison Bumgarner during Sunday’s game, and we now have the perfect T-shirt to commemorate it.

Bumgarner was visibly irate with Muncy after the Los Angeles Dodgers infielder admired a home run that he launched into McCovey Cove. The two exchanged words, and Muncy said after the game that he told Bumgarner to go get the ball out of the ocean if he doesn’t like what happened. Those remarks from Muncy were quickly turned into a T-shirt that you can buy at RotoWear.com.

Whether you’re a fan of players pimping home runs or not, this wasn’t the first time Bumgarner has gotten upset about the way a player acted after taking him deep. The only way to prevent it is to keep the ball in the park, and now Bumgarner is being hilariously mocked for the way he reacted.