Notes, Quotes and Things Picked Up on the Run from Coast-to-Coast and all the Stops in Between and Beyond
Los Angeles, CA — Who are the top 5 current MLB pitchers? 1- Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers ,2- Max Scherzer Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, 3- Chris Sale Chicago White Sox, 4- Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians, 5- Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
Controversial former-Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez announced on Twitter Saturday night that he and his partner, actress and singer Jennifer Lopez, are engaged. “She said yes,” Rodriguez tweeted, alongside an image of the couple holding hands. In the photo, Lopez’s hand is sporting a massive rectangular diamond. The couple has reportedly been dating for about two years before A-Rod popped the question, and are currently on vacation in an undisclosed tropical location. This is the fourth time Lopez will be married and the second for Rodriguez.
Hey Pittsburghers! Antonio Brown got what he wanted. All it took was a few fiery interviews, some bizarre social media posts and a strange blond mustache, but it finally happened: Brown will be traded to the Raiders and will reportedly get the guaranteed money he said he was looking for from his new team.
You don’t have to look too far back into the Twitter archives to find NFL analysts ripping Brown for his approach this offseason. He was mocked when it was reported the best receiver of this generation was seeking around $18 million from whatever team traded for him. Well…
Brown will make $16.7 million per year in hard dollars over the next three seasons. But when the $11.2 million is added to the $68 million in new money that Brown received two years ago from the Steelers, the new-money average on the entire deal spikes from $17 million to $19.8 million.
The Dodgers announced a series of promotions within the team’s front office, including the elevation of Brandon Gomes to the new title of Vice President and Assistant General Manager. Gomes’ old role, the Dodgers’ director of player development, will now be filled by assistant farm director Will Rhymes. The director of baseball operations position will be filled by, Alex Slater, while Duncan Webb becomes director of baseball resources.
Gomes’ promotion represents the latest step in his rather quick shift from player to prominent front office executive. Gomes was a member of the Rays’ bullpen from 2011-15, and also pitched for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in 2016 before finally hanging up his glove. Rhymes also played for the Rays in 2012, giving Andrew Friedman (the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations and formerly head of Tampa Bay’s front office) a pair of former players-turned-colleagues working under him in the Los Angeles baseball pyramid.
Gomes joins Jeffrey Kingston in the assistant general manager role, though the Dodgers still haven’t hired an official GM since Farhan Zaidi left to take over the Giants’ baseball ops department last fall. At the time of Zaidi’s departure, reports indicated that Zaidi’s duties would be split between Gomes, Slater, and senior VP of baseball operations Josh Byrnes. Since Friedman runs baseball operations anyway, its possible L.A. might not appoint a new general manager whatsoever.
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