Florida baseball mob reaches all the way to outfield after Gators’ first walkoff of the season

No. 3 overall national seed Florida is hosting Wake Forest in the Gainesville super regional this weekend, and Saturday’s opening offering lasted just over seven and a half hours and 11 innings.

Much of the game was ho-hum, with both teams netting a 1-1 deadlock after regulation. In the 11th, however, the game got weird. Wake closer Griffin Roberts started the bottom of the frame by beaning consecutive Gator batters, the second of whom, Nelson Maldonado, grew visibly irate after taking a wild fastball on the left hip.

It ended up being an envelope with Cubs tickets for June against the Cardinals. The rest of the video is magic as Kolt burts into tears and tells his mom that they’re going to Wrigley Field.

Kolt’s sister Hannah told Yahoo Sports about how much her brother loves the team.

Her brother watches every Cubs game and even DVRs the ones that are on after his bedtime. His favorite players are Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell. He plays travel baseball and he’s involved in Cub Scouts and 4-H, plus he does great in school.

His work ethic is amazing, Hannah says of her little brother. He’s been carrying around a bat, ball, and glove since he could walk.
Now we just need the Cubs to see this and make Kolt’s day incredible.

But I’m still fascinated with this game, which featured errors and wind and sun and demons. It’s perfect that Jim Leyritz is the left fielder apparently, I’m obsessed with catchers out of water but it’s perfect that Jesse Barfield, one of the finest defensive right fielders ever, is screwing up at the same time.

This was something of a low point for the Yankees. They were a proud franchise with a history that most professional sports teams couldn’t touch. Heck, they have a greater history than any pro team, for my money, but in 1990, they were a joke. They were going to break the franchise record for losses, and then they were going to lose 91 games the next year.

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Red Sox vs. Yankees odds 2017: Boston set as small underdog for Thursday rubber match

The Boston Red Sox are 4-8 in their last 12 games at Yankee Stadium after splitting the first two games of this three-game series against New York. The Red Sox will try to take the series in Thursday night’s rubber game.

Boston is a +106 underdog in New York at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. David Price will make his third start of the season for Boston facing Michael Pineda and the Yankees as -116 home favorites.

David Price had the worst season of his career since his first full year in the league last season, compiling a 3.99 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in his first season in Boston. Both totals were the highest they’ve been since 2009.

Price started the 2017 season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, but has looked sharp in his first two starts of the year with a 3.00 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP and 11 strikeouts through 12 innings. If Price is able to return to career form, the Red Sox would have an elite one-two punch between him and Chris Sale.

All eight teams have been here before, with at least three appearances in Omaha for each school. Three teams have won national titles — LSU is a six-time champion, last in 2009; Cal State Fullerton is a four-time champ, last in 2004; and Oregon State has two titles to its credit, the last in 2007.

These eight teams are split into two groups of four. On one side of the bracket, Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, LSU, and Florida State will battle. On the other side of the bracket, we have Louisville, Texas A&M, Florida, and TCU.

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The Houston Astros have four picks on Monday

Williams added that having the game in November when the Braves’ season will be over will make transitioning the field easier.

We don’t have to make any modifications other than taking the pitcher’s mound out and home plate out, he said via the Atlanta Business Chronicle. November of 2018 is a lot easier to do that than during the season. Our vision for that day is not to just play a game. We’re going to create a festive weekend, celebrate the two schools, give back to this community again and utilize our facility to really expand beyond the game and create a great opportunity for their fans, our fans and the people of Cobb County.

MLB Network will televise the draft on Monday beginning with a preview show at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the draft itself at 7 p.m., with coverage simulcast online through MLB.com.

The Minnesota Twins lost 103 games in 2016 and own the first pick of the draft for the third time in their history and the first time since 2001 when they selected catcher Joe Mauer.

The Houston Astros have four picks on Monday, half of which came as punishment for the St. Louis Cardinals hacking into their database. Houston has its own picks in the first two rounds No. 15 and No. 53 plus two picks forfeited by the Cardinals No. 56 and No. 75 overall.

Syndergaard himself sits on a stool underneath a huge mural that says THE ORDER OF CHOLULA, and a triangle that looks like the Illuminati symbol. His long blonde hair is pulled into an impressively neat man bun, his light blue button-down is immaculately pressed, and the suede of his desert boots is spotless. His expression is that of an eighth-grader bored in the back of a math class.

A buffet of breakfast burritos, chicken and waffles, and bowls of an egg, meat, and avocado mixture sit on a side table. They’re flanked by bottles of you guessed it Cholula.

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the Mets have reportedly decided that the best way to salvage this calamity-ridden season is to sell at the trade deadline.

I’ve written about baseball hair before, and I have asked baseball players about hot dogs before. I have not written about walk-up songs before, because the only take I have is that Wild Heart by Stevie Nicks is the best walk-up song in the world. And I don’t know that anyone is interested in hearing that opinion.

Actually, hold on. It just occurred to me that this is my blog, and I can write whatever I want in this fresh, blank space that I’ve yet to totally mess up with hot takes. So let’s take a detour real quick and do this: Wild Heart by Stevie Nicks is the best walk-up song.

As such, the Mets have reportedly decided that the best way to salvage this calamity-ridden season is to sell at the trade deadline. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets are open for business and will be sellers once the deadline rolls around. Additionally, Asdrubal Cabrera marked his return from the disabled list by requesting a trade once he decided that moving to second base wasn’t a good move for him. He doesn’t think that the Mets have any plans for him, and it’s hard to argue that when they’re continuing to trot out Jose Reyes — who is hitting a paltry .191/.267/.317 with 57 wRC+ — while trying to play Cabrera elsewhere.

While Sandy Alderson doesn’t appear to be eager to move Cabrera, the Mets being sellers at this year’s deadline would appear to be the right move. Their chances of catching the Nationals are minuscule, and their chances of snatching a wild card spot are probably just as small. It’s been a rough, drama-filled year for the Mets, but the best way for them to salvage something from this season would be to sell off some of their veterans and try to get something for them.

Either way, it’s been an extremely rough season for the team on the orange side of New York, and it looks like it’ll end with a bit of a rebulid beginning to get underway.

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Aaron Judge hit a 495-FOOT HOME RUN

Aaron Judge is having an historic rookie season, and if his most recent home run is any indication, he won’t be letting up any time soon.

I don’t think anyone at Yankee Stadium could believe Judge hit it this far, even his teammates in the Yankees dugout. Check out Didi Gregorius’ reaction to the ridiculously long home run.

Instead, today we’ll look at the math involved in a Donaldson trade. We’ll start by looking at his trade value. First, we have to set some boundaries. We’ll use Donaldson’s Fangraphs’ depth chart projection, which is an average from the two best public projection systems, Steamer and Zips. To estimate Donaldson’s 2018 salary, his fourth trip through the arbitration process as a Super 2, we’ll use The Point of Pittsburgh’s arbitration estimates to find the average raise someone with his service time gets.

For years after this year, we’ll use an average aging curve to find their expected production. The price of WAR last offseason was $9M, and for years after we’ll apply a 5% inflation rate. For the current year though, we’ll double the price of WAR when mid-season, based on Dave Cameron’s research. Finally, we’ll apply a 8% discount rate to future production, concurrent with The Point of Pittsburgh’s research.

We’ll also assume this happens at the trade deadline, rather than right now. The Blue Jays aren’t raising the white flag just yet, and they could easily be in the race and forgo any rebuild. At the same time, if things keep going the way they’re going for the Cardinals, they might not even be in a position to buy at the deadline. It’s important to remember that this exercise could all be for nothing; even if the Jays are out of it and the Cards are contending, Donaldson may not be available for anything more than a severe overpay.

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The College World Series is here

It’s a big weekend in the baseball world, with the most important event on the NCAA baseball schedule getting underway. Teams from around the country have been participating in regionals and super regionals for a couple of weeks, but now the college baseball tournament is down to eight teams and it’s officially time to start the College World Series in Omaha.

Participating this year will be: Oregon State, LSU, Florida State, Cal State Fullerton, Florida, TCU, Louisville, and Texas A&M. Six of those eight squads are among the original top eight nationally ranked teams, with Florida State, Cal State Fullerton, and Texas A&M as the unranked teams.

Toronto has 90 games left. If they go .500 the rest of the way, they’d finish with 80 wins. If they play .600 ball from here on out, 89 wins. And remember: They haven’t even been a .500 team yet this season. The distance between them and those they’re chasing isn’t that great, but when you lay it out like that, it sure feels huge. The Jays need to look a lot more like their May selves for the rest of the year to make the postseason happen again. And given the up-and-down nature of 2017 so far, it’s fair to say that team might not exist.

The Braves are working out Freddie Freeman at third base instead of first so he can move to the hot corner when he returns from injury. It’s not a bad idea for a team in Atlanta’s position, but the odds are against them and Freeman.

I’ve never caught a foul ball, and it’s likely you haven’t, either, but this young fan at the College World Series managed to snag two in the same game, barehanded.
The reason Freeman is maybe moving to third is because the Cardinals are losing their breakup with Matt Adams.

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