Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday
Padres….45-Pitchers & Catchers report to camp…38-pitchers begin bullpen sessions on Thursday.
Padres..Manager Jayce Tingler’s comments to media:
..I will sit in the clubhouse each day-talk about my expectations
..Spent last 3-months talking to analytics and full staff what will do
..Have drawn lot from my past managers over 15Y-what to do
..Transition-biggest thing-step back and let my coaches coach.
..Never once discussed Fernando Tatis to centerfield.
..Tatis-no limitations on the field-fully healthy
..Tatis-his talent radiates out
..We must take care of baseball in the infield..clean our defense up
..Will communicate to Machado-Hosmer-players run the clubhouse
..Ian Kinsler-Allen Craig-AJ Ellis-3 unique veterans
..New coaches freshly removed from field-realize how tough game is
..Pitchers will go thru 3W-progression on mound to buildup strength
..Will discuss roles with pitchers final 2-weeks spring
..This is good coaching staff-will be experts on field
..Franchy Cordero..Not a thing on field-can’t do..Must be healthy
..26-man roster-new rules..lots way to go in filling that slot
..My role-be truthful-honest these players
Padres…C-Austin Hedges reports to camp after off season of trade rumors…’Will play to get people to change their minds about me’
Padres..Sign FA-2B-Brey Valera-ex-Yankees…(.223) career hitter
Padres..Put P-Anderson Espinoza back on 60-day for 2nd year in row to continue rehab from Tommy John surgery.
Dodgers…Rebuilt pitching staff reports…Team without Kenta Maeda-Rich Hill…Julio Urias moves into the starting rotation…Brusdar Graterol to come in as setup man to Kenley Jansen.
Dodgers..OF-Mookie Betts…’Boston was great chapter in my life’
Dodgers..P-David Price…’Playing in Boston was something special-want to do same in LA’
Dodgers..President Andrew Friedman…’Opened talks with Red Sox last July..it was a roller coaster ride’
Angels..GM-Billy Eppler..’no deals on front burner for another pitcher..Will open camp with Andrew Heaney-Julio Teherean-Dylan Bundy-Gabe Canning at front of rotation…Shohei Ohtani will be ready to start in rotation in May.
Commissioners Office…Invokes rule changes for 2020
..3-Batter Minimum for relief pitchers
..26-Man Regular season-post season roster
..28-Man September callup roster
..15-Day DL for all players from last year 10-Day DL
..15-Day Option period for any pitcher sent to minors
..Replay Challenge time for manager-reduce from (:30-to-:20)
MLB..Washington Post rips Commissioner Rob Manfred…says 12-clubs had gone to MLB with allegations of Astros possible cheating from 2016-to-2019…not discipline ever handed out.
A’s…Manager Bob Melvin said Oakland filed complaint with Commissioner about Astros sign stealing last season-nothing happened till ‘Athletic’ report came out
Yankees..P-Masahiro Tanaka-‘feel cheated by Astros’
Yankees..P-Luis Severino-‘Astros don’t need to apologize’
Yankees..Manager Aaron Boone..’Healthy players speaking out
Cubs…1B-Anthony Rizzo criticizes others….”using luxury tax as a hard salary cap’…..unfair to veteran free agents.
Toronto…Former #1 draft pick..OF-Reese McGuire-arrested Dunedin, Florida..lewd conduct..exposing himself in parked car.
Braves…P-Cole Hamels-shutdown in camp-shoulder soreness.
Tigers..Sign FA-OF-Cam Maybin-ex Yankees..(.256) career hitter
Seattle..Sign FA-P-Taijuan Walker-ex Arizona
A’s..Sign FA-P-Michael Ynoa-ex White Sox
Phillies..Sign FA-P-Tommy Hunter-ex Braves
Braves..Sign FA-P-Josh Tomlin-ex Indians
Pirates..Sign FA-OF-Jarrod Dyson-ex Diamondbacks
Texas..Sign FA-P-Taylor Jungmann-ex Brewers
Giants..Sign FA-P-Trevor Cahill-ex Angels-Cubs
Reds..Sign FA-2B-Darren Dietrich-ex Marlins
Cardinals..Sign FA-SS-Brad Miller..ex Mariners-Indians-Phillies
Washington..Sign FA-OF-JB Shuck-ex Angels
Washington..Sign FA-P-Sam Freeman-ex Angels
Mariners..Sign FA-P-Manny Banuelos-ex Yankees-White Sox
Cubs..Sign FA-2B-Jason Kipnis-ex Indians
Yankees..Sign FA-P-Tony Zach-ex Seattle
Red Sox.Negotiate with FA-OF-Kevin Pillar-ex Giants-Jays
A’s..Negotiate with FA-C-Russell Martin-ex Dodgers-Blue Jays
Chargers…GM-Tom Telesco-responding criticism over decision to dump QB-Philip Rivers…says “We have internal options at QB”…meaning they might bypass drafting a quarterback at top of first round.
Rams..Introduce new Off Coord-Kevin O’Connell….will ‘run to throw’ offense…Def Coord-Brandton Staley…’we are staying in the Wade Phillips 3-4-defense’
Atlanta..May cut RB-Devonta Freeman…has (9.5M) cap figure.
Bengals..Allow agent for QB-Andy Dalton to work out trade.
Carolina..Owner David Tepper..’Cam Newton must show he is healthy’
Tampa Bay..QB-Jameis Winston undergoes Lasik surgery for vision issue seeing off in distance.
Cleveland..DE-Myles Garrett reinstated after 12-G suspension last year for fight in Steelers game….Cost him (1.2M) in salary.
Pittsburgh..QB-Mason Rudolph..NFL rejects appeal of 50,000 fine for his part in brawl with Myles Garrett.
49ers..Sign FA-DT-Ethan Westbrooks-ex Rams
Dallas..WR-Randall Cobb says he wants to sign extension to play for new coach Mike McCarthy.
New England..Tom Brady-no contract talks yet…Patriots take (13.5M) cap hit if he leaves team.
49ers..GM-John Lynch confirms team has only 13M-cap room
Patriots…Give contract extension to Nick Cesario to remain as Director Player Personnel.
Chiefs..WR-Tyreek Hill says he wants to try out for US Olympic track team…Usain Bolt-Michael Johnson say ‘have to train all year for this-can’t just show up and run’.
Arizona…Owner Michael Bidwell says he is in favor of 17th game…’ will not impact health of players.
XFL…Dallas Renegades…Lose QB-Eric Dungey-leaves team family issues.
XFL…Seattle Dragons..hope to draw 30,000 for first home game this weekend.
Michigan State…Hire Mel Tucker-as head coach-hiring game just 48-hours after he said he was staying at Colorado…Was (5-7) in first year with Buffs….Criticism from alumni….’Con Man-Liar’
USC..Hire Vic So’oto-DL coach-ex Virginia
Ohio State…2-starting DB’s arrested felony rape charge for incidents with female coed on February 4th.
Aztecs…Now (25-0) with 4-games left in regular season.
Aztecs..F-Matt Mitchell -lead candidate for Player of Year in MWC
USD-Pepperdine…Thursday WCC action..Toreros (9-17) on season.
Kobe Bryant…Family confirms Lakers star and daughter privately buried on February 7th at Pacific View Park in Corona del Mar.
Lakers-W-Denver (120-116) overtime…Anthony Davis-LeBron James combined ((65) outgun Nuggets Nikola Jokic-Jamal Murray (54P)…….Wednesday night game…Lakers (41-12).
Clippers-at-Boston..Thursday game…LA (37-17)..Celtics (37-16)
Sacramento….Kings ownership unhappy with leadership of GM-Vlade Divac and Director Player Personnel-Peja Stojakovic.
Minnesota…C-Karl Anthony Townes-out with wrist injury
Bucks..F-Giannis Antetokounmpo leaves club for birth of first chile
Kings-W-Calgary (5-3)…Jeff Carter-Tyler Toffoli score key goals in win…..LA had lost 14-of-17
Ducks-Calgary…Thursday game…Ducks won 6-of-10.
St Louis Blues…GM-Doug Armstrong says D-Jay Bouwmeester in stable condition after ‘heart arrhythmia’ incident on bench during Ducks-Blues game on Tuesday night….Heart stopped-Medics used defibrillator to jump start health again…saved player’s life…still in UC-Irvine Medical Center..
Montreal..D-Shea Weber out for the year-reinsured foot
Colorado..C-Nazim Kadri-out 6W-back injury
Columbus..D-Cam Atkinson-out 3W-ankle sprain
Islanders..F-Casey Cizias-out 4W-skate cut on leg
Kings..callup RW-Martin Frk-24G-at Ontario-AHL
Minnesota..GM-Bill Guerin promised ‘housecleaning’ if team quits
Arizona..Deny reports team considering trading F-Taylor Hall
NBC..Fires in-studio host Jeremy Roenick for sexual comments made months ago on network TV-hockey studio show.
NASCAR….Daytona Twin 125-races…Qualifying for Daytona 500….Ricky Stenhouse on pole for first race…Alex Bowman on pole for second race….43-cars racing for 40–slots in Sunday 500.
Jimmie Johnson…begins farewell tour on NASCAR circuit-says interested in trying hand at Indy car racing.
Fernando Alonso…Negotiations to drive Indy 500 for Ed Carpenter team collapse…team not able to come up with sponsorship for 4th team to run at Indy…Alonso let go by Andretti Autosports team
after Honda blocked move to sign him.
Formula1…Cancels Chinese Grand Prix-mid April because of Corona-virus in country.
PGA Golf….1st round Genesis-LA Open-at-Riviera…Red hot Phil Mickelson-coming off impressive play in Saudi Arabia Open and ATT-Pebble Beach heads field…Tiger Woods also plays…is (0-10) at Riviera.
Santa Anita…6th horse breaks down-this in trading incident…brings to 45-fatalies since December 2018.
Toronto Post…Legendary columnist Christie Blatchford passes away (68)…Worked for Post-Globe & Mail….Sun….Star for 35-years writing sports-politics.