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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Baseball

Video: Bartolo Colon hits insane pool trick shot

In these times of grave uncertainty, who better than Bartolo Colon to show us the way with grace and excellence … on the pool table that is.

The former Cy Young winner posted a video to Instagram on Saturday of his latest exploits. Colon was playing billiards and pulled off an insane trick shot where he potted four balls into four different pockets in one fell swoop.

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The 46-year-old pitcher gets extra swag points for his Texas Rangers tank top and the bat flip of sorts he did before the final ball made it into the pocket.

Despite having 21 seasons of MLB service under his belt, Colon is not ready to retire yet, and videos like this show the pure athletic specimen that he still is.

Evan Gattis takes shot at Mike Fiers for outing Astros as cheaters

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Most Houston Astros players have not gone after Mike Fiers for his role as the whistleblower about their sign stealing system in 2017, but one former member of the team isn’t being quite as kind.

Former Astro Evan Gattis, who was a member of the 2017 team, tweeted an image of a glass with Fiers’ face on it above the phrase “snitches get stitches.”

In other words, it’s pretty clear that Gattis views Fiers as a snitch who deserves some sort of punishment for that. It’s the same attitude that has been taken by some others, but this is a pretty overt statement from someone who was teammates with Fiers.

Most would say Fiers did the right thing. The public had the right thing to know, and given how MLB was dismissive of private complaints, the former Astros pitcher going public was the only way it was going to happen. Gattis looks foolish and vindictive here.

Look: Some players wear masks during Korean Baseball game

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The Korean Baseball Organization gave a glimpse of how different life is around the world these days.

MyKBO.net’s Dan Kurtz shared video on Twitter Friday night of an instrasquad scrimmage for the Lotte Giants. He pointed out that some players were wearing masks while playing.

That’s a bizarre and unusual sight, as it’s not the sort of thing you would see at, much less during, an American sports event. But these days people are trying to be careful and protect against the spread of the coronavirus, so seeing masks in public is becoming more of a regular thing now.

It’s different times now, my friends.

Donald Trump consulted with A-Rod, J Lo on coronavirus response

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Donald Trump looked for advice and help in many areas in formulating his response to the coronavirus pandemic. That search apparently included consulting with one of entertainment’s biggest power couples.

ABC’s Katherine Faulders and John Santucci reported on Friday night that the president sought advice from Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez regarding the coronavirus.

That seems like a bizarre place for the president to go in his conversations, but he’s a sports fan and also said he had spoken with Tom Brady recently.

What do you think Rodriguez and Lopez told him? Maybe they advised him on virus-spreading models, the potential GDP impact, and the best use of congressional stimulus funds.

Report: MLB unlikely to have All-Star Game in 2020

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The Midsummer Classic could be one of the unfortunate casualties of a shortened MLB season.

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported on Friday that having an All-Star Game in 2020 is unlikely but has not been ruled out. He also added that both the league and the players are willing to play up until Thanksgiving if necessary in order to play as close to a full season as possible.

This year’s All-Star Game was scheduled for July 14 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. With the contest no longer determining who gets home-field advantage in the World Series however, it can ultimately be expendable.

Plenty in baseball are willing to explore creative solutions for the abbreviated calendar, and it looks like the All-Star Game may be first to get the kibosh.

Report: Mets still trying to find new owner during pandemic

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Not long ago, the New York Mets were worth $2.6 billion as part of a sale. Now, things are a lot different.

According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the Mets are still pushing for a sale as soon as possible. Allen & Co., the adviser to the Wilpon family, has continued to try to find potential buyers for the franchise. They have been unsuccessful thus far.

A large amount of this is due to global events. The coronavirus pandemic has led to major losses in the stock market, significantly hurting the finances of potential buyers. Kaplan believes any sale of the Mets that would take place right now would be for significantly less than the $2.6 billion that Steve Cohen was set to buy them for before that deal fell through in early February.

The reality is, if the Wilpons want fair value on the franchise, they’re going to have to wait it out. The price they’ll get in a sagging economy with no baseball being played is not going to be ideal. They may have to hold on for a while before finding a buyer.

MLB playoff games could be held at neutral sites

Rob Manfred

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement for how to proceed with a season that has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players and owners settled some potential issues over salaries and service time, with the main sticking point for players being that they will receive credit for service time in 2020 even if the season is shortened or canceled. However, salaries will be prorated in the event that either happens. Both the players and owners want to play a 162-game season and are still hoping to do that.

The agreement could lead to some significant changes with the fan experience as well. While details will not be finalized until a resumption date for the season is set, both sides agreed to the possibility that the regular season could extend into October and postseason games could be played at neutral sites. The playoff field could also be expanded, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

There is still some uncertainty about whether or not games will be played in front of empty stadiums. Neither players nor owners want that to happen, but ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it remains a possibility.

MLB is hoping the regular season can begin in early June, which is around the same time Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the NBA is eyeing for its resumption of play. Of course, there are many people who have been far more pessimistic about when sports will be able to return.

With an agreement in place, MLB and the MLB Players Association have at least answered some questions during an incredibly uncertain time.