Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Thursday

Posted by on June 25th, 2020  •  0 Comments  • 

………………….(BASEBALL)……………….

Padres…Begin reviewing a 106-page MLB Document on opening of spring training…Testing protocols….Team access.

Manager Jayce Tingler press conference on Wednesday:

..60-man roster for camp not filled out…still calling players
..No decision on status of young draft picks MacKenzie Gore etc
..Travel-road trips-charters-food service-drinks-hotels-be different
..Designated hitter…we have 3-weeks to sort that out
..DH-we have hitters from both sides-power hitters-single hitters
..DH-may give starters days off in field or just go with hot bat
..DH-we have versatility to fill that role for 60-games
..DH-glad to have it-concerned pitchers coming off surgery-swing bats
..Challenge-to build up arms on pitching staff in 3-weeks time
..We have great value in bullpen to use lots of different ways
..30-man roster-we can add pitchers to help with arm counts
..Our bullpen arms will make a big difference
..Garrett Richards-Dinelson Lamet-no limitations going into season
..Richards-Lamet-clean bill of health and 3-extra months prep time
..Priority everyday lineup…get legs under players
..Protocols players-will be open-honest-protect yourself and family
..Yes concerned that older members of coaching staff at risk
..Will miss fans..95% of energy in stadium comes from fans
..Strategy-like managing winter ball…every game counts short season

General Manager AJ Preller comments:

..Entire team is healthy…no positive tests for virus
..No players have discussed ‘opt out’
..Season will be a sprint-not a marathon
..Might play 2-3 spring games plus intrasquad games
..Pitchers-catchers may throw at one sight
..Rest of roster would practice at another sight
..Peoria could be alternate sight for young players

Padres…Sign both #1 draft picks and #2 pick.
..OF-Robert Hummell-inks (4.3M) below slot deal
..  P-Justin Lang-signs (2M) deal
..OF-Owen Caissie-signs (1.2M) below slot deal

Padres…Bet-on-Line Handicapper predicts Padres with only 31-wins this season.

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(MLB)

MLB Rules Update
..10-day DL for pitchers and position players
..Covid DL for any player testing positive
..Taxi Squad…30 available…3-will travel on road games
..No Bat Boys-Bat Girls
..Batting Practice Balls-will be sanitized-not used for 5-days
..Pitchers to carry own resin bags
..Batters to have own pine tar cloths
..Batters to carry bats from dugout…return dugout get gloves
..Ban any bench clearing incidents or fights-severe suspension
..Managers argument with umpires-distance 6-feet apart
..Press Box-Media access..no contact with players-managers clubhouse-dugout…interviews via Zoom.
..No visiting radio-television broadcasts

MLB-Testing…Entire baseball staff and players to be tested on day report-Including Nasal swabs-blood tests….Temperatures taken twice a day….Saliva test every other day in clubhouse….Baseball staff tested twice a week.

MLB…Roster freeze lifted Friday..teams can sign free agents-9am…Top unsigned players Yasiel Puig…Scooter Gennett…Hanley Ramirez….Andrew Cashner…Jason Vargas…Matt Harvey…Fernando Rodney…Pat Neshek.

MLB…Schedule to be released Thursday or Friday….40-games in division…20-games vs geographical rival division.

MLB…Governor Mario Cuomo places travel ban for visitors from out of state who have Covid spikes…Questions about Yankees-Mets players who are in Florida.

Toronto…Blue Jays ask Canadian Government for permission to play regular season games at Skydome-Rogers Place despite 14-day quarantine that remains in effect for visitors.

Texas…Report MLB has talked to Rangers-Astros-White Sox-Cubs-Marlins about playing home games and allowing 50%-capacity of fans in stadiums…No decision yet.

Hall of Fame-Cooperstown…Opening June 26th.

Atlanta..P-Cole Hamels cleared coming off shoulder woes
Rockies..OF-Charley Blackmon among 4-players positive tests
Mariners..Confirm multiple players tested positive
Tigers..1-player..1-staff member test positive.

Rockies..Sign #1-draft pick..OF-Zac Veen-5M package
Phillies…Sign P-Mick Abel-Oregon State..3.8M package

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…………………(BASKETBALL)……………

Lakers….G-Avery Bradley-opts out for players…(8P-2R)
Indiana..G-Malcom Brogdon-tests positive for virus

Lakers..Discuss signing FA-G-JR Smith
Spurs..Sign FA-C-Ty Zeller-ex Brooklyn-Milwaukee-Denver
Houston..Sign FA-G-David Nwaba-ex Brooklyn
Brooklyn..Sign FA-G-Tyler Johnson-ex Suns
Sacramento..Sign FA-F-Corey Brewer-ex Bulls-Lakers

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……………………..(FOOTBALL)…………………..

NFL…Owners conference call on Thursday to discuss possibility of closing off lower bowl seats in stadiums and selling advertising on tarps to create revenue….League discussing playing less than 100% capacity this season at home.

NFL..Conference call to discuss opening training facilities to all players on July 28th….not holding any minicamps for rookies.

Dr. Anthony Fauci….’Impossible to Call’ whether NFL-College Football can play a full season.

Pittsburgh….QB-Ben Roethlisberger-speaking at Christian Conference-said he battled addictions to alcohol and pornography before finding Christianity…’We’re human-We sin-I was saved from my selfishness’.

NYGiants…CB-Deandre Baker-not likely to report to camp…had been charged 8-felony counts of assault and armed robbery last month.

Washington…Redskins remove former owner George Preston Marshall from ‘Ring of Fame’ and from ‘History Wall’ for racial tendencies when he owned the team.

NFL…Report 10-teams did not take part in Video Conference on Minority Hiring opportunities.

49ers..Name Bryant Young-DT-to Hall of Fame
Saints..Elect S-Roman Harper..OT-Jahari Evans to Hall of Fame

NFL…29-of-32 first round draft picks still unsigned….75% of all draft picks yet to sign.

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(College Football)

West Virginia….put Def Coord-Vic Koenning on administrative leave for abusive comments towards LB-Kerry Martin….Player called for Koenning firing.

USC…Trojans fall athletes reported to campus on Wednesday for Covid-testing.

Liberty University ….Black staff members in Athletic Department quit …athletes enter transfer portal…after President Jerry Falwell-Junior tweeted picture-mocking Governor of Virginia for a ‘black face’ picture in a yearbook.

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…………………(HOCKEY)………………

Hockey Hall of Fame…Names Calgary Flames star Jerome Iginla..Maria Hossa-Blackhawks…ex Oiler Kevin Lowe…ex-Shark Doug Wilson and longtime GM-Ken Holland to Hockey Hall of Fame.

St Louis…High scoring F-Vlad Tarasenko cleared for full practice…has been out with shoulder separation.

KHL-Russia…Vladivostok franchise ceases operation with Virus Outbreak in Russia.

Rangers…Lose F-Nick Ebert-signs with Orebro-Sweden
Columbus…F-Jakob Lilja-signs with KHL-Barys Sultan-Russia

Anaheim Ducks..Announce 3B-plan by Henry Samueli Family to develop an entertainment center adjacent to the Honda Center hockey rink.

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………….(GENERAL)………………

PGA Tour….Commissioner says ‘Tour will go on-we do expect some positive tests’.

PGA..Webb Simpson pulls out this week tourney-family member ill…Brooks Koepka pulls out-caddie tests positive…Graeme McDowell withdraws-caddie ill also.

PGA..Travellers Open-tees off in Connecticut

Tennis..Novak Djokovic-pulls out of US Open-August-has virus.
Tennis..Broadcaster Patrick McEnroe tests positive

New York Marathon..Cancels November 1st event

English Premier League:
..Manchester United-W-Sheffield..Anthony Martial 3-goals
..Liverpool-W-Crystal Palace..Mo Salah goal..Liverpool (28-1-2)
..Newcastle-Tie-Aston Villa…AV ties game in 83′
..Everton-W-Norwich..Michael Keane scores 55′
..Wolverhampton-W-Bournemouth..Raul Jiminez score 60′

EPL…Thursday top games..Manchester City-vs-Chelsea….Arsenal-vs-Southampton.

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