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Howard Bryant — How have we not progressed past these mascots? NFL Washington Redskins

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Dec. 4 issue. Subscribe today! Thirteen months ago, before Game 2 of the World Series, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred shared a podium with Hall of Famer Henry Aaron and retiring Red Sox titan David Ortiz. Manfred was asked how, with the world watching baseball’s marquee event, the league could still abide the Indians’ using Chief Wahoo as a mascot. Manfred fidgeted, annoyed by the presence of a fastball where there were supposed to be only softballs. He insisted there was no place for…

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Rumor Central: Seattle Mariners, Jon Jay discussing deal? – MLB Rumor Central

The Seattle Mariners have reportedly zeroed in on a target to fill the outfield void vacated by Jarrod Dyson, who recently became a free agent. According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, “there’s some momentum” toward an agreement between Seattle and veteran outfielder Jon Jay. Jay, 32, slashed 296/.374/.375 across 433 plate appearances for the Chicago Cubs last season while demonstrating the ability to play all three outfield spots. Known more for his defense than his power (just two home runs in 2017), Jay made $8 million while on a one-year…

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Minnesota Twins interested in Gerrit Cole, Jake Odorizzi among others – MLB Rumor Central

The Minnesota Twins won 28 more games in 2017 than they did the previous season and are eyeing several pitchers this winter as they attempt to continue the upward trend. According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins have talked with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays about their respective right-handers Gerrit Cole and Jake Odorizzi. Berardino also reports that Minnesota has shown interest in reliever Justin Wilson of the Chicago Cubs, while Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis hears that Brad Hand of…

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Mexican baseball league to get first female umpire in 2018 season

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican baseball league is on track to get its first female umpire in the 2018 season. The league said Wednesday that Paulina Rojas and Luz Alicia Gordoa are in training and at least one will of them officiate a game during the regular season. Gordoa has played softball for 21 years and has served as a softball umpire for five years. Rojas has been an umpire in baseball youth leagues. Mexico’s Triple-A-equivalent league will get a female umpire before Major League Baseball, which hasn’t had any…

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Power-starved Boston Red Sox must lure Giancarlo Stanton from Marlins – Boston Red Sox Blog

BOSTON — Dave Dombrowski sat behind a desk in a hotel suite at the winter meetings last December, a hot-off-the-presses copy of the new collective bargaining agreement in his hand, and claimed the Red Sox “don’t have a driving force to make a big deal.” A day later, they traded for Chris Sale. The point here isn’t to rail against Dombrowski for being misleading. He hasn’t survived 40 years in major league front offices by telegraphing every move. Sometimes, it’s actually better for business if the Red Sox president isn’t…

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Brad Ausmus hired as special assistant for Los Angeles Angels

The Angels are hiring former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler, the Orange County Register reported. Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations, according to the Register. Ausmus managed the Tigers from 2014-17; the Tigers announced in September that the team would not extend his contract. Also Tuesday, the Angels named Josh Paul their new bench coach. Paul spent the past three seasons as the Yankees‘ catching coordinator. Before that, he was a scout and minor league manager for New York, where Eppler…

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5 minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

NEW YORK — Five minor league pitchers have been suspended for drug violations. The commissioner’s office announced the penalties Tuesday. Three of the players are part of the Toronto system. Right-hander Juan Jimenez and left-hander Naswell Paulino were each suspended for 72 games, and righty Jol Concepcion was banned for 60 games. Jimenez, Paulino and Concepcion tested for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance. Jimenez and Paulino are on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Blue Jays, and Concepcion is on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue…

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Joe Morgan asks voters to block PED users from Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame voters grappling with the steroid issue received an email advisory Tuesday from an unexpected source. With new names joining deserving holdovers, making Hall calls is no easy task. Here’s a look at which ballot additions are Cooperstown worthy. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 24. 1 Related A day after the Hall released the names of…

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Rumor Central: New York Mets, Detroit Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler? – MLB Rumor Central

The New York Mets and Detroit Tigers have had “preliminary discussions” regarding a trade that would send second baseman Ian Kinsler to Queens, sources tell MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Kinsler slashed .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBIs and a team-high 14 stolen bases for Detroit last season, posting a career low in batting average. He was named an American League Gold Glove Award finalist, one year after winning the honor for the first time in his career. The 35-year-old is considered one of the more valuable chips — if not…

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New York Yankees raise available money for Shohei Ohtani to $3.5 million

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees raised their available signing bonus money for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to $3.5 million, acquiring $250,000 in pool money from the Miami Marlins on Monday for left-hander Caleb Smith and first baseman Garrett Cooper. New York has the second-highest total of available international signing bonus money behind the Texas Rangers, who have $3,535,000. Minnesota is third at $3,245,000. Right-hander Michael King also went to New York as part of the trade. The Yankees’ available signing bonus money for Shoehei Ohtani is second behind…

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