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Ex-MLB catcher JP Arencibia engaged to Tomi Lahren

Tomi Lahren

Former MLB catcher JP Arencibia and political commentator Tomi Lahren appear to be moving quickly with their relationship, as the two got engaged over the weekend.

Arencibia proposed to Lahren at the Belle Meade Winery in Nashville, where the two live. The couple shared the big news from their respective Instagram accounts.

While Arencibia and Lahren were first linked earlier this year, they did not confirm the relationship on social media until over the summer. It’s unclear exactly when they started dating, but they are clearly very happy together.

Arencibia, who is of Cuban descent, played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays during his six MLB seasons. The 35-year-old announced his retirement in 2017.

Lahren, 29, is a political commentator for FOX Nation. She previously worked for OANN and The Blaze. There was previously a rumor that she was dating Jay Cutler, but nothing ever came of that.

H/T Egotastic Sports

JP Arencibia has been catching RA Dickey without a cup to build concentration

JP-Arencibia-Blue-JaysToronto Blue Jays catcher JP Arencibia may have a difficult responsibility this season if the team allows him to catch for R.A. Dickey. Knuckleball pitchers like Dickey and Tim Wakefield will oftentimes have their own personal catcher, but Arencibia is hoping to convince the Jays that he is up to the task.

According to ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Jones, Arencibia has been living life on the edge while working with Dickey in spring training. While catching for Dickey during practice and drills, Arencibia has been using only a mask and the oversized catcher’s mitt that that Dickey takes with him wherever he goes. That means no leg guards, no chest protector and no — gulp — athletic supporter.

“I don’t want to miss every fifth game,” Arencibia explained. “It also makes you really, really concentrate.”

Arencibia said he has been bothered by the belief that he is an average defensive catcher, and he is hoping to prove that he is more than that. Opting to not protect his family jewels is certainly a means by which the 27-year-old can sharpen his senses, but I wouldn’t advise doing it during games. You know, with foul tips and all that.

“He does not want to be made out to be a fool,” Dickey said. “He wants to really figure this thing out, and I think he will.”

If he doesn’t, Arencibia may be in for a world of pain and infertility.

H/T Eye on Baseball

J.P. Arencibia does incredible Tim Kurkjian imitation (Video)

The folks at Baseball Tonight made good use of their time this week and had new employee Terry Francona film an interview with Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. The best part was Arencibia conducted the interview as if he were ESPN baseball writer Tim Kurkjian. Arencibia got the lingo, pitch, voice, and delivery down perfectly, to the point Francona couldn’t continue because he was laughing so hard. This is easily one of the best impressions we’ve seen and it would probably make Frank Caliendo jealous. Excellent work all around, and it’s nice that Kurkjian was a good sport about it.

video via Buster Olney, also seen at The Daily Rival