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#pounditSaturday, May 15, 2021


Alex Rodriguez ‘not thrilled’ about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck

Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez is said to be perturbed about what’s going on between Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.

A-Rod and J. Lo officially announced in April that they had broken up. The two had been engaged since 2019, but didn’t ultimately get married. Lopez reportedly had trust issues with Rodriguez.

There was an interesting twist in the story when we learned that Lopez was seeing her ex-boyfriend, Affleck, following the A-Rod split.

A source for “People” said that Rodriguez was “surprised” over Lopez talking with Affleck again. A-Rod was described as “not thrilled” with things and having his ego hurt.

How could he not be? He thinks he and Lopez are breaking up, and next thing he knows there are headlines about Lopez and Affleck.

Rodriguez wasn’t without headlines when he was in his relationship with Lopez, but that doesn’t mean this doesn’t hurt.

Rodriguez, 45, is part of an ownership group that agreed to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves for $1.5 billion.

Video: Jackie Bradley Jr. makes great catch to rob home run

Jackie Bradley Jr catch

Jackie Bradley Jr. was at it again on Saturday night with some great defense.

The Milwaukee Brewers center fielder robbed a home run from Ozzie Albies in the top of the seventh inning. Look at how high up Bradley went for this ball:

What a play! That ball looked like it was going to be a homer for sure, but Bradley went high up the wall at Miller Park to rob it.

Bradley, 31, is in his first season with the Brewers after spending his entire career with the Red Sox. He is struggling at the plate, but doing what we’re used to seeing from him in the field. This catch was very similar to one we saw from him a few years ago.

Albert Pujols signs with Dodgers for rest of season

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols has found a new team, and it’s a somewhat surprising destination.

As first reported by Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, Pujols has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the rest of the season. The Dodgers will only owe Pujols a pro-rated minimum salary, with the Angels on the hook for the remainder of the $30 million that was owed to him in 2021.

This very much comes out of nowhere, and on the surface, it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. However, the Dodgers’ pinch hitters have struggled this year, and the only right-handers on the bench are rookies Sheldon Neuse and DJ Peters. Pujols may also be able to help against lefties, and the team may be hoping that a move to a contender might be what the 41-year-old needs. It does suggest that the veteran is willing to accept a bench role, even though that was apparently part of his frustration with the Angels.

Pujols was hitting .198 with five home runs when he was released by the Angels. His exit was rather acrimonious, and joining the Dodgers probably won’t heal whatever wounds still exist.

Report: Cardinals among teams with interest in Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols

Could a surprise reunion be in the cards for Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals?

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Cardinals are among the teams with interest in Pujols, who was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels last week.

On Friday, The Athletic’s Katie Woo reported that the Cardinals had internally discussed bringing back Pujols, though they had yet to speak to the player’s camp.

Pujols returning to St. Louis would definitely qualify as a surprise. He profiles as more of an American League player at this stage of his career, though he had made 20 appearances at first base for the Angels prior to his release. Even if the Cardinals do think Pujols can still play the position, they already have Paul Goldschmidt there. It’s likely that Pujols would have to accept a bench role as a pinch-hitter if he wanted to return to St. Louis.

That said, there’s still great affection for Pujols within the Cardinals organization and among the fans. You need only see the reaction he got in his first games back there to know that. It would be a great story, if nothing else.

Video: Jarred Kelenic smacks home run for first career hit

Jarred Kelenic

Jarred Kelenic is a splashy prospect, so it was fitting that his first career MLB hit came with some pizazz.

Kelenic hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the third inning on Friday night for his first hit. He took a changeup low and away from Cleveland Indians pitcher Aaron Civale and sent it over the right field wall.

Kelenic’s home run put his Seattle Mariners up 3-1 over Cleveland.

The 21-year-old outfielder went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his MLB debut on Thursday. But he made up for the hitless game with his home run on Friday night.

Kelenic is one of the top prospects in MLB, and his arrival was long anticipated in Seattle. New York Mets fans though probably are bristling over his success. They are still upset with Brodie Van Wagenen for trading Kelenic for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

David Price reveals why he auctioned off his World Series ring

David Price

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price opted out of the 2020 MLB season, but he still received a World Series ring when his teammates claimed a championship. Though that is the goal for many players, Price elected not to keep his.

Price chose to auction off his ring, with the money raised going toward The Players Alliance, an organization created by black baseball players to promote change in baseball. Price explained his decision on Friday, saying that since he didn’t pitch all season, he didn’t feel he deserved one.

Price does already have a ring, having won a championship in 2018 with the Boston Red Sox. The left-hander was a vital part of that team, posting a 1.98 ERA in three World Series appearances.

The 35-year-old has made clear that he has no regrets about his decision not to pitch. He’ll have a chance to win another ring this year now that he’s back in action for the contending Dodgers.

Derek Jeter sells Tampa mansion for record amount

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter has finally unloaded his massive Tampa mansion, and it has sold for a record amount.

Jeter put his Tampa mansion on sale for $29 million in September. A sale of the home just closed on Friday for $22.5 million. Realty company Smith & Associates, which handled the sale, says that is the highest sales price ever in the Tampa Bay area.

The home is nearly 22,000 square feet and features seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and eight half-baths. It also has a clubroom with a full-service bar, and a billiards and game table. Other incredible features of the waterfront home include a wine cellar, movie theater, gym, and two guest wings.

The home, which is on Davis Islands, sits on 1.25 acres of land. Outdoors there is a heated spa and salt water lap pool.

Jeter, who serves as CEO of the Miami Marlins, had been renting the home to Tom Brady ever since the quarterback signed with the Bucs last year. Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen purchased a waterfront home in Clearwater, Fla. last year.

Jose Abreu avoids concussion despite scary collision with Hunter Dozier

Jose Abreu Hunter Dozier

Jose Abreu avoided a concussion despite leaving the first game of a doubleheader with the Kansas City Royals after a collision.

Hunter Dozier was batting for KC with nobody out and a runner on first in the top of the second against Chicago. He popped a ball up along the first base line. Abreu came in to try and make the catch and collided with Dozier:

Both Abreu and Dozier were down in pain and left the game. The word on Abreu is positive so far. He is listed as day-to-day with a facial contusion and laceration, and a bruised knee.

Dozier’s ball was caught for an out. He was replaced at third base when the bottom of the second began.

Abreu was last year’s AL MVP. He’s off to a slower start at the plate with a .240 batting average and .790 OPS this season, but he’s still a very important piece of the team.

Report: Albert Pujols attracting some interest as free agent

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols may yet have the opportunity to end his MLB career on his own terms.

Pujols has cleared waivers, as expected, and is free to sign with any team. According to Robert Murray of FanSided, three or four teams have registered some level of interest in the veteran, who has signaled his intention to keep playing after his release from the Los Angeles Angels.

These are likely American League teams, as Pujols profiles as a DH at this point in his career. The 41-year-old will likely want to know what his role would be before he signs, too, as he was unhappy with his more sporadic playing time with the Angels. We do know one team that won’t be pursuing him despite some significant connections.

Pujols is still widely revered in the game, though he was hitting just .198 for the Angels prior to his release. Still, he’ll want to finish on his own terms, especially with how his tenure in Los Angeles ended.

Video: Padres fan knocks down Rockies fan with brutal punch

Padres Rockies fight

A San Diego Padres fan delivered a serious knockout punch on a Colorado Rockies fan, and the video went viral on Thursday.

The video shows a man in a Padres jersey slowly walking up to a Rockies fan. Then the Padres fan delivers a huge right hand punch that drops the Rockies fan.

Someone even made a WWE version of the video. The second video shows that two other people went to tie up the Padres fan afterwards, ostensibly so he couldn’t harm anyone else.

Denver Police apparently were contacted about the matter. They say the person who got punched did not want to press charges. They say no arrests were made.