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  1. Last week at Yankee Stadium, a little girl was almost killed by a foul ball. Because people are horrible, this led to a debate about ballpark safety. There did not need to be a debate. More netting was the obvious solution. Luckily for Giants fans, their team agrees. From the APThe San Francisco Giants plan to expand the protective netting behind home plate going into next year.Spokeswoman Staci Slaughter says more safety netting is in the works and the club is “in the process of figuring out the engineering aspects Chris Marrero Gray Jersey.hen I argued in favor of more netting, I got to use this braggy image Lisa Blumenfeld Getty Images I used it because it was the first time I realized that I watched history behind a net. My experience was unharmed. Well, it was because I had to sit next to Goofus, but there is only so much that a net can do. Nets aren a big deal. Every writer in the press box is watching the game behind a net. It fine. Really, it fine. There were arguments that were presented to me after writing that article Derek Law Gray Jersey, though! The parents should have paid better attention. It nearly impossible to attend a baseball game with another person and watch every single pitch. It takes a serious effort, and it completely unnatural. Now try it with a kid who absolutely does not care about your wants and needs in relation to theirs. It impossible. Don sit there.I mean, that how I handle the situation with my family, but ... those are good seats. I wanna sit there. Let me set there.This will limit fan interaction. Players will roll fewer signed baseballs over the dugout, true. I got one as a kid. But all of the inky baseballs in the world aren worth a second of what that little girl experienced. I don remember who signed the one I got, and I certainly don remember where it is. Mollycoddling bubble wrap nanny state when I was a kid I didn wear helmets and I fine.While I continually impressed with your inability to feel empathy, evaluate context, or explore nuance, youe not helping. Anything, I mean. Youe not helping anything. Youe not helping the world in general. You should be better at everything. There are profound ethical questions that come with things like speed limits. There is not a profound ethical question that comes with watching a baseball game behind a net that you notice only occasionally. There are still details to work out, but I excited at the prospect of being able to sit behind the dugout with my family without fear Derek Law Cream Jersey. The odds are outstanding that it won take long to forget the nets weren there all along. Until you think, hoa. Glad those nets were there. Jeez.” Which you will. Which is the point.
  2. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the GameToday entire starting lineup played through the 6th inning, and the grand total for that group production consisted of a Joey Votto walk and a Tucker Barnhart single.Barnhart, to his credit, eventually got caught stealing.It wasn until the bench took over that the offense finally got going, and once again it was Brandon Dixon with the biggest swing of the day. Dixon launched a 2-run homer to get the Cincinnati Reds on the board for the first time in the 8th inning, the first real sign of life from an lackluster offense to that point. It was Dixon 3rd bomb of the spring, and the versatile 26 year old is doing everything he can to show he the perfect kind of big-bat utility player to carry on the bench to start the season.Have a trophy, Brandon, and here to some continued thumping.Honorable Mentions are due to Luis Castillo, who was far from perfect, but who also fanned 4 and allowed a lone run in his 2.2 IP; Aristides Aquino, who donked a 2-run homer of his own; and Jackson Stephens Anthony DeSclafani Youth Jersey, who walked a pair but also fired 1.2 hitless innings.Key PlaysA leadoff double by Tommy La Stella greeted Castillo in the Bottom of the 2nd, and as leadoff doubles so often prompt, a run soon followed. Mike Freeman was the culprit this time, as his 1-out single brought La Stella in, and the Reds trailed, 1-0.Bijan Rademacher poked a 1-out single into LF off Robert Stephenson in the Bottom of the 5th, and he scored a batter later when La Stella smacked yet another double. Bob then walked Chris Gimenezand loaded the bases by allowing a Freeman single, and after he was pulled in favor of Jackson Stephens, the Cubs plated another run on Jacob Hannemann bases loaded walk. Reds trailed, 3-0.Oliver Perez took the mound for the Bottom of the 7th and, in all likelihood, mighte just pitched his way out of camp. He allowed a single, a double, a walk, and a 3-run honker to Ali Solis, though at least you can make the argument that he in camp as a LOOGY and all of those hits came off right-handed bats. More power to ya. Reds trailed, 7-0.Dixon big fly came off lefty Mike Zastryzny in the Top of the 8th after Mason Williams singled in front of him, which meant I got to try to type ‘Zastryzny’ on this sunny Saturday afternoon. Reds trailed, 7-2.Phil Ervin coaxed a walk in the Top of the 9th to begin a mini-rally for the Reds, and he came in to score on Aquino 2-run blast over the wall in left-center. Unfortunately, though, that was the end of said rally Arismendy Alcantara Men's Jersey, and the Reds lost, 7-4.Other NotesCastillo mixed some excellent strike-throwing with a few pitches that caught too much of the plate, but he was pounding the zone all day. The 5 H allowed certainly stands out, but the 4 Ks in his 3 IP do, too. His final line 2.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K.Robert Stephenson, on the other hand, was just plain bad. He walked 3 against a lone K in his 1.1 IP, struggling with his fastball command throughout. He allowed 4 H and 2 ER in his time, marking his second consecutive iffy outing of Cactus League play. His ERA sits at 15.00, which ain pretty.After failing to get a hit off Madison Bumgarner - or even a baserunner, for that matter - in his 3 IP yesterday, the Reds again went hitless against the opposing starter today, as Tyler Chatwood allowed nary a hit in his 2 IP. The Reds return home to Goodyear for Sunday game, as theyl host the Kansas City Royals and starter Jason Hammel. Anthony DeSclafani will make his second start of Cactus League play, and first pitch is scheduled for 305 PM ET. No TV again, though, so be sure to catch the game via 700 WLW or the MLB At-Bat app. Or just go to the game. Flights are fairly reasonable, and I sure your kid won mind that youe skipping his game to go watch fake baseball where it warmer Devin Mesoraco Women's Jersey.
  3. YORK Teams in Texas, Florida, Nevada and Washington state may have become more attractive destinations for free agents following the enactment of tax law changes. Deductions for state and local taxes are capped at $10,000 in the year starting Jan. 1 for married couples filing jointly. That has a huge impact for athletes with seven- and eight-figure salaries. Obviously, the zero income-tax states have now more of an advantage than before https://www.rangersproteamstore.com/Adrian_Beltre_Replica_Jersey-28, said baseball agent Scott Boras, who is negotiating big-money deals this offseason for free agents J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Jake Arrieta and Greg Holland.Article continues below ... Geography, family comforts, playing time and winning remain the most important factors for many. I understand the tax differential issue but have rarely thought it was outcome determinative in where a player signs, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said. But the teams in states with a higher percentage of take-home pay make their advantage known. All teams in tax-free states do, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Joey Gallo Green Jersey. The $10,000 limit also includes deductions for property and sales taxes large numbers for the most prominent athletes. At the same time, the top tax rate has been lowered to 37 percent for single filers earning more than $500,000 and married couples filing jointly earning more than $600,000. That is down from 39.6 percent for single filers earning more than $418,400 and married couples filing jointly earning more than $470,700. For baseball, the AL West becomes the most attractive for tax status. The World Series champion Houston Astros, along with the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners, all have no state income tax. That means a player on one of those teams would play 99 or 100 of 162 games in states with no tax. Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels calls the tax advantage more of kind of a side benefit than a feature. Some players and some agents care more than others. Some have been more focused on the sticker prices, especially agents that are paid on the gross, he said. We try not to make it too much of a focal point of our recruiting efforts. I think when it pushed too heavily it can be a turnoff. Deals in all four major North American leagues are evaluated for their tax implications. The state with no income tax would always win the ties, said agent Joseph Linta, who negotiated Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco contract. Money doesnt always dictate the decision, according to Boras and others. Kyle Juszczyk chose the 49ers over no state tax offers because he felt it was the right fit despite the state tax, Linta said. Already complex, negotiations could become even more nuanced. Teams based in Florida, Washington and Texas will clearly have an additional advantage over other clubs in contract negotiations with free agent players given the new tax code, baseball agent Jay Reisinger said. They already had an advantage by virtue of no state income tax, but this will be magnified under the new tax code. Agents will also seek tax-equalization language in the event of a trade. Knowing the Marlins have frequently sold off stars, Dee Gordon, Wei-Yin Chen and Christian Yelich had tax equalization provisions as part of their multiyear contracts with Miami. California has the highest state tax in 2017, a 13.3 percent rate that includes a 1 percent mental health services tax for income over $1 million https://www.rangersproteamstore.com/Chi_Chi_Gonzalez_Youth_Jersey-206. New York has a top tax rate of 8.82 percent, and New York City has a maximum rate of 3.876 percent for a 12.696 percent total. An athlete making $10 million a season will get a federal tax savings of about $250,000 with the cut in the top rate. But one who plays half his games in California will lose roughly $650,000 in deductions half the approximately $1.3 million state tax. That wipes out the entire savings of the federal rate cut. The new U.S. tax law, in particular the loss of miscellaneous itemized deductions, will have a significant impact on NHL hockey players, said hockey agent Allan Walsh. A player who maintains an offseason residence in Florida or one of the other states with no tax Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming are in that group would benefit by having more of his money paid in a signing bonus rather than salary that is attributable to a specific game. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer $210 million https://www.rangersproteamstore.com/Jose_Leclerc_Replica_Jersey-243, seven-year contract with Washington includes a $50 million signing bonus that he intended to shield from the District of Columbia top tax rate 8.85 percent this year by establishing Florida residency. Under the new law, union dues and agent commissions are no longer deductible. An agency employee said players had called at the behest of their financial advisers asking if they could pre-pay commissions before Dec. 31 on deals to be negotiated later this offseason. The employee spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements. The Major League Baseball Players Association received nearly $17.6 million in 2016 from daily dues, currently $80 during the season. The NFL Players Association raised just over $33.5 million in dues in the year ending Feb. 28. The MLBPA may consider moves to lessen the impact of the change in tax treatment for dues. It unfortunate when looking at ways to cut taxes that things went the other way with respect to those who work under the umbrella of a union or as a union member, said baseball union head Tony Clark, a former All-Star first baseman. Owners and management feared a provision in the original version approved by the House of Representatives, which would have prohibited the use of tax-free municipal bonds for stadium financing. That was dropped from the final legislation. We were pleased that the bill did not adversely affect the tax issues related to stadium financing, Manfred said. AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner, AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney and AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.
  4. The Astros will take a small step toward nudging Lance McCullers Jr. into the bullpen.On Friday afternoon, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he is considering using McCullers in relief on Tuesday in the series opener against the Chicago White Sox.The transition would signify a dramatic shift for the 23-year-old righty, who is running out of chances to prove he can restore the consistency as a starter that had made him an All-Star. A subsequent slump, back injury in August and recent arm fatigue has put his reliability in question. The Astros also are conditioning starter Collin McHugh for a possible spot in the bullpen.Hinch said he "probably" will use McCullers and McHugh on Tuesday, but he had not decided who will start the game. McCullers had to skip his start earlier this week and will gauge the condition of his arm with a bullpen session on Saturday. Hinch was cryptic about exact plans for McCullers. "Um, I'm not sure," Hinch said. "He's going to throw a bullpen tomorrow, then we'll determine what kind of volume we want to put on him."A crowded starting rotation and ineffective bullpen in September has forced Hinch to reconsider the roles on his staff. He likely will have to decide who of McCullers, McHugh and Brad Peacock will remain a starter in the postseason and prepare the other two pitchers for the bullpen https://www.diamondbacksstore.com/Zack_Godley_Authentic_Jersey-329.Despite his versatility, Peacock moved closer to seizing a starting opportunity with his latest win on Wednesday, when he improved to 11-2 with a 2.98 ERA.Hinch said he planned to use starter McHugh for one inning out of the bullpen against the Mariners in the series opener Friday night. McHugh had last pitched three innings against the Athletics on Sept. 8, when he left the game early because of a right middle fingernail avulsion. McCullers had been 7-2 when he made the AL All-Star team in July. Then he appeared to lose command of his fastball in a series of poor outings and missed the next month with a back injury https://www.diamondbacksstore.com/Curt_Schilling_Authentic_Jersey-63.He returned from the disabled list on Sept. 6 to throw 5 1 3 innings in a no-decision against the Mariners. Then he reported arm fatigue and soreness after playing catch four days later."He's had an up-and-down year dealing with stuff," Hinch had said then.Hinch said that after the White Sox opener on Tuesday, Peacock will start Wednesday and Dallas Keuchel on Thursday.
  5. Rather than adding Ramon Laureano to their 40-man roster to protect him from December's Rule 5 Draft, the Astros traded the right-handed-hitting outfielder to the Oakland Athletics on Monday for righthander Brandon Bailey.Bailey, the A's sixth-round draft pick in 2016, isn't yet eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft https://www.astrosfansgear.com/Roy_Oswalt_Red_Jersey-251, so the Astros didn't use a 40-man roster spot on him. The A's, meanwhile, added Laureano their 40-man roster after executing the trade. Monday at 7 p.m C.T. was the deadline for teams to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Dec. 14 at the end of the winter meetings in Orlando, Fla. The Astros instead used their two open 40-man roster spots to protect lefthander Cionel Perez and righthander Dean Deetz. Any offseason additions will require the Astros remove a player from their 40-man roster, which is full. Bailey, 23, reached Advanced Class A in the A's system in July. In 91 innings across low Class A and Advanced Class A last season he had a 3.26 ERA with 120 strikeouts against 31 walks. The Gonzaga product was not considered among Oakland's 30 best prospects. He has both started and pitched out of the bullpen since turning pro.Laureano's stock had fallen after a poor 2017 in which the 23-year-old batted only .227 with a .668 OPS in 513 plate appearances with Class AA Corpus Christi. The previous year, the former 16th-round draft pick had broken out with a .319 average and .955 OPS in 505 plate appearances across Advanced Class A and Class AA. Perez was a lock to be protected considering the Astros invested $4 million ($2 million in a signing bonus, another $2 million in an overage tax) to sign the Cuban defector just last December. The 21-year-old required protection so soon because he signed with the same team that first voided his contract, which the Astros did in Oct. 2016 over health concerns. It's uncertain whether Perez will end up as a starter or a reliever. He had a 4.61 ERA in 93 2 3 inning across three levels last season, his first year stateside. He should begin 2018 in Class AA, where he finished 2017.Deetz, who turns 24 later this month, projects as a reliever https://www.astrosfansgear.com/Astros_Francis_Martes_Jersey-392. He dominated in Class AA last season (1.82 ERA in 39 2 3 innings) but struggled after a promotion to Class AAA (6.40 ERA in 45 innings). He was an 11th-round draft pick of the Astros in 2014 out of Northeast Oklahoma AM, the same school that produced Laureano.Outfielder Jon Kemmer, a left-handed hitting outfielder who batted .299 with a .932 OPS in 358 plate appearances with Class AAA Fresno last season, is among the Astros minor leaguers who will be exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. Players selected in Rule 5 must stick on the major league roster with their new team for the entire regular season or they are sent back to their previous organization.
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