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The are still deciding who will back up Erik Kratz at catcher to begin the season with Carlos Ruiz servdelighted with their 4-1 victory at Osasuna.Real went behind early on at El Sadar but rallied to produce an impressive comeback in the end.”They scored a goal from a set piece and came out with intensity,” Zidane said.”There was a tohe top-flight leagues in North America and Mexico respectively, have announced a new cross-league, annual cup competition that will debut this July, reports, /.The Leagues Cup will feature four teams from MLS and four from Liga MX. Chicago Fire, Housugh moment, 10 miing a 25-game suspension, according The Philadelam this season.On Friday, Moyes challenged Rice to use Sunday’s game at Manchester City to showcase his talents and continue “carrying” this team towards safety.”Declan is arguably the best holding midfield player in the country,” Moyes said. “The bephia Inquirer. was considered the favorite at the beginning of the spring, but has impressed the coaching staff with his defense, making it a tougher decision as the spring winds down.

“I’d love to make the big-league team and be a part of what they have going on here, but I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and let everything play out how it’s going to,” Lerud said.

Lerud is batting .235 this spring, while Quintero is hitting .296.

this summer.The highly-rated Newcastle United midf

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Remember how this time last year, was the young pitcher Fantasy owners were happy to stash for when the Athletics inevitably caorked his way into manager Nuno’s plans this season. The winger has enjoyed 16 appearances in the Premier League so far this term. Saiss has also been a regular in the Europa League, playing a significant role in Wolves’ qualification for the round olled him up.

He may not have the same hype this year, but he does have a major-league job.

The haven’t specified whether it’s in the starting rotation or th joined the battle for Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes.A Bola says Manchester United have requested a meeting with Sporting this week to thrash out a deal for Fernandes – as Tottenham enter the race.United are willing to splash around £70million foe bullpen, but with Alex White, Peacock’s remaining competition for a starting gig, getting knocked around this spring, Peacock at least has a shot to factor in Fantasy. His stuff may be a little mora, have hit out at comments by Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora criticising the lack of free-to-air access to matches amid the country’s coronavirus crisis, reports SportBusiness.The Italian government last week ordered all sporting events e hittable than the prospects hounds perceived it to be at this time a year ago, but much of his struggles at Triple-A Sacramento last year likely had to do with pitching in the hitter-friendly PCL.

His 14 stirkeouts in 14 2/3 innings this spring suggest his stuff is still good enough to make him worth a flier in AL-only leagues.

he goalkeeper has extended his deal at the Allianz

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The are attempting to reach a deal with starting pitcher on a contractThe Brazilian could not replicate the form from his first loan season at Toon during the 2018/19 campaign.He will not return to Chelsea, where the Chronicle claims he will be put on the market for a cut-price.Kennedy has only one year remaining on hi extension but realize the clock is ticking, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Monday. 

Wainwright has made it clearated during Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium.The Foxes fell behind on 29 minutes when Harry Kane converted, despite Wilfred Ndidi having a goal disallowed by VAR early on.Serge Aurier also had a strike ruled out in that come April 1 opening day he nite an indifferent performance, the Reds had the defensive solidity and clinical finishing to see off the challenge of Tottenham in the final on Saturday with a 2-0 victory.It allowed them to secure their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp and their sixo longer wants to discuss his contract. Wainwright, who starts opening day against Arizona, wants to concentrate on the season at that point. 

Wainwright has allowed seven runs this spring over 21 innings for an ERA of 3.00 with 15 strikeouts. After his last start he proclaimed himself ready for the season. 

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pitcher was hit hard in Saturday’s Cactus League game against the A’s. Lincecum, who made his fourth start of the spring, allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first and a run-scoring single to Eric Sogard in the second. He also gave up two er their Europa defender Jonny Evans has likened manager Brendan Rodgers to his former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal.Leicester have shocked many with their performances this season and are on course to qualify for the Champions League for only the second timLeague defeat to Olympiakos.The Gunners fell to Olympiakos in extra-time, losing 2-1 at home and being dumped out of the competition on the away goals rule.Arteta said, “I’ve seen today the way they fight and the way we try to pla of Ireland international has attracted tentative enquiries from Juventus in recent days. However, they’re not alone.Tuttsport says Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are also keen on tempting Parrott away from London.Juve sports directy runs in the fourth before being pulled. He yielded five runs on six hits in three innings of a 12-5 loss. Lincecum struck out five and walked three and reached 80 pitches, which puts him in line for a full workload when he makes his season debut. He has allowed at least three runs in three of his four outings.

“I’m just letting batters get away and not finishing guys off,” Lincecum said. “It goes back to location. I’m not repeating my mechanics, but I don’t feel like I’m too far off.”

r United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out

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The finalized their rotation plans Thursday for the start of the season. As expected, will start opening day, April 1, at Pittsburgh. He will be followed by on April 3 at Pittsburgh and the following dayshford was delighted after their Carabao Cup win at Chelsea.Rashford scored a sensational free-kick winner as United beat Chelsea.The England striker gave United the lead with a penalty after Marcos Alonso fouled Daniel James.Michy Batshuayi equalise to finish the series. will open a three-game series at Atlanta on April 5 and be followed by before the rosay the Turin club intends to move for the Brazilian next summer, when his contract with thoma winger Cengiz Under is on the radar of Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho.Gunes says he has impressed Mourinho enough to make him a key Spurs target.However any move for the 22-year-old would only come if Spurs can retain their place in the Champions Le Londoners expires.Willian’s agreement with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2020 – and so far negotiations for its extension have not been successful .The 31tation resets. Jackson, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in three spring starts.

schamps has told Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea i

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Yankees catcher was the first significant cut of the spring for New York on Monday, reportS says ween boss Maurizio Sarri and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.The latter refused to come off in a game, despite Sarri wanting to substitute the young keeper.The two eventually made up, but it was an incident that caught the football world by storm last sDC United are keen to sign Modric.However, the operation will not be possible at this time, since Modric’s salary demands would be too high for the MLS franchise and because the Croatian wants to see out his contract at Real Madrid, which runss the Journal News. Romine was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with LHPlsea are set to bid for Metz star Habib Diallo.French publication LA Republicain Lorrain claims Diallo would be the subject of a £16.8 million offer from the Blues.Chelsea can now sign players after their transfer ban was reversed.Another Chelsea ta and RHPs and . The team also optioned LHPs and , RHP and OF to Double-A Trenton. New York also reassigned pitcher , catcher and first baseman to minor league camp.

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The Royals announced Tuesday they optioned pitchers and to Triple-A Omaha. The team also optioned pitcher to h has defended the club’s transfer sool striker Rhian Brewster says Virgil van Dijk deserves to be crowned as FIFA’s Ballon d’Or winner.Seven of their players have been nominated for the FIFA Ballon D’Or, with van Dijk and Firmino appearing alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Motrategy.Roy Hodgson expressed concerns about the lack of depth in his squad after Saturday’s win over Aston Villa.”They were the priority areas [full-backs and a striker],” Parish told sure he was fit for the Europa League final.Manager Maurizio Sarri declared Kante’s chances ’50-50′ of making the clash against Arsenal in Baku.The World Cup winner started in the 4-1 victory and reserved praise for the club’s medical staff for theirthe HLTCO podcast. “It was a Northwest Arkansas.

2013 Team Preview: New York Yankees

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With owner Hal Steinbrenner shooting to get the club’s payroll south of the $189 million luxury tax threshold by 2014, the showed relative restraint this past offseason. Relative is the key word here because they still spent more than $60 million on free agents, though they did limit themselves to oter United.United have added Williams, 19, to their Europa League B list along with fellow teenagers Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, James Garner and Mason Greenwood.Left-back Williams did not train with the United first-team squad during their open sessine-year contracts to retain future flexibility. was the only player to receive a multi-year contract. The Yankees have several prominent players coming off injury and perpetual age questions, so they appear more vulnerable than they have been at any point in the last 10 years.

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The Yankees dealt with a number of injuries last season, specifically losing Gardner (elbow) for most of the year and (hand) for most of the second half. While those two were on the shelf, manager Joe Girardi inserted former Athletic Eric Chavez into the lineup — first at DH with Raul Ibanez taking over in left for Gardner, then at third base for A-Rod. The 35-year-old responded by producing a 138 OPS+ with 16 homers in 313 plate appearances, by far his most productive season in about a half-decade. It’s unclear if Chavez can repeat that performance — or avoid the DL again — but the Yankees won’t get a chance to find out since he took a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks and moved closer to home. That leaves a big hole on New York’s bench while A-Rod recovers.

You might have heard Granderson followed up his breakthrough 2011 campaign with a down year last year — down, as if it was simply the result of natural fluctuation. But what if the reason was more scientific than that — biological, even? He’ll be 32 before opening day, so he’s no spring chicken. Not only did he strike out a career-high 195 times last year, but his swing-and-miss rate was by far his highest in six years. Even on pitches in the strike zone, which could indicate his bat is slowing down and explain why his numbers took a nasty turn in the second half. Of course, he might have just been slManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he’s happy where he is.Guardiola has been linked with Juventus after it was confirmed Max Allegri is leaving at the end of the season.But he said: “I’m not going to Juventus or to Italy. I have two more years here.”I’m not going to move, I’m satisfied here, I’m not going anywhere.”Next season I will be manager of Manchester City.”umping. He did keep homering during that stretch, after all. Still, at the point you’d have to draft Granderson, you’re better off taking a shot on young’uns like Jason Heyward and Adam Jones. If you wanted a .220-hitting, 40-homer type, which is what Granderson is at risk of becoming, you’d target Adam Dunn 15 rounds later.. — Scott White []

The Yankees are a relatively balanced team with no standout strength. But since I have to pick one, I’m going to go with the pitching staff as a whole. The rotation is led by two workhorses — Sabathia (124 ERA+ in 2012) and Kuroda (126 ERA+) — who will be joined by a full season of the always-reliable Pettitte (146 ERA+ during his comeback). In the bullpen are super-high strikeout setup men Robertson (12.0 K/9 in 2012), Logan (11.1 K/9) and Chamberlain (9.6 K/9) in front of Rivera, simply the greatest reliever in the history of the universe. That’s a strong rotation front three and a dynamite bullpen back four.

The team’s overall age gets all the attention, but the bigger issue is injury. Rivera (knee), Jeter (ankle) and Sabathia (elbow) are all coming off surgery while new additions Youkilis and Hafner have a propensity to get hurt. Gardner (elbow), Teixeira (calf), Robertson (oblique), Pettitte (.Although the signings of Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos (loan), William Saliba, Nicolas Pepe, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz cost well in excess of £100m, much of that outlay will be paid by way of instalments over the course of their contracts.Mleg) and Chamberlain (ankle, elbow) all spent time on the DL last summer, plus A-Rod’s latest hip injury will keep him on the shelf until at least the All-Star break. Ichiro and Cano are two of the most durable players in the game — both are among the — but nearly every other important player on the roster has some kind of injury concern. There is no easier way to sink a season than having to overuse the DL.

I also think it’s worth noting that defense on the left side of the infield could be a major issue. Youkilis is not the third base defender that he once was, and Jeter was never all that great at shortstop (despite all the Gold Gloves). Add in the ankle injury, and he could be even less mobile that usual. Ground-ball pitchers like Pettitte (56.3 percent in 2012), Kuroda (52.3 percent) and Sabathia (48.2 percent) could run into trouble with balls sneaking through the left side of the infield for base hits.

As I said before, the Yankees are a balanced club capable of winning a pitching duel or a wild, back-and-forth affair. The lineup features power (Cano, Teixeira, Granderson), speed (Ichiro, Gardner), and on-base skills (Youkilis, Hafner) while the pitching staff is heavy on strikeout pitchers who limit walks. The best-case scenario calls for a fifth consecutive 95+ win season and another division title thanks to all the star talent and veteran experience.

The worst-case scenario is basically everything that has been written about the Yankees over the last seven or eight years: their old age finally catches up to them, and the Evil Empire crumbles. The last remnants of the late-1990s dynasty fade away while all the, ahem, veteran players brought in this offseason are unable to hold up their end of the bargain. Injuries ransack the roster and, in the ultra-competitive AL East, it leads to not only missing the postseason but also a fourth- or even last-place finish.

As has been the case the last few years, the Yankees are likely to see some veterans outperform expectations while others get hurt and don’t contribute. They’ve become masters at finding gold with veteran reclamation projects in recent seasons, as guys like Chavez, Ibanez, Bartolo Colon, Luis Ayala, Marcus Thames and others essentially came out of nowhere to contribute. They’re bound to find another one or two surprises like that in 2013, which will help them remain in the thick of the AL East and playoff races. If they don’t qualify for the postseason for only the second time in the last 19 years, it won’t be because they went down without a fight.

That said, it’s not all that clear if the Yankees are a playoff-caliber team for the first time in a long time. They’ve been doubted year after year and continue to prove everyone wrong, but there are some major cracks in the dam exacerbated by ownership’s demand to lower payroll. Steinbrenner is reportedly “” by the negative reaction to the payroll slashing — seriously, what did he expect? — and could scrap the whole thing. That would mean major upgrades at the trade deadline if necessary. Everyone will pick against the Yankees because they are baseball’s villain and it’s the trendy thing to do, but they have their work cut out for them this year because the lineup isn’t as deep or as strong as it has been. The Bronx Bombers are still very good, but very good might not be enough in 2013.

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Todd Helton arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence

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Long-time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Rockies have confirmed the arrest with the :

We were extremely disappointed to learn that Tncia are chasing West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.He is an £8million target for La Liga side Valencia.The Mexico striker will be allowed to leave Manuel Pellegrini’s squad this summer for the right price, says The Sun.And Valencia are willing to taodd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization. We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Majora “step back”.Gnabry, 24, was voted Player of the Year for Bayern Munich last season and has realised his full potential in the Bundesliga after struggling in English football.Kovac said: “It is hard for young players, he was young when he went to League Baseball.

Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.

Helton has now released the following statement himself:

“Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house. I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.

I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies Organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

Aside from these two statements, there are no further details at this time.

Helton, 39, has played for the Rockies since 1997 and avoided off-field trouble his entire career. He hit .238/.343/.400 with seven homers and 37 RBI in just 69 games last season. He plans on returning to the Rockies for his 17th season in 2013.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and . Ae the Premier League title sewn up.This time last season, City had long since secured the Premier League and were ready to be presented with it.However, the destination of this year’s crown is still up in the air with two games to go.City have 92 poilso, individually interact with us on Twitter: , and .

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FOXSports.com reports that the a scan on his injured calf.The Reds booked their place in the Champions League final after they overturned a 3-0 deficit against Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday night. Robertson had to watch the second-half from the stands after injuring his calf in Mariners are in agreement with starting pitcher on a one-year contract, pendingPorto forward Moussa Marega has been offered to West Ham.Sky Sports says West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Marega in recent days.Marega has a €30m release clause and wants to move to the Premier League.The player scored 21 times last season, including six Champions League goals in nine appearances.The Hammers were in talks to sign Marega last summer. a physical. Saunders split last season between the Diamondbacks and Orioles, going 9-13 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Saunders also went 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in two playoKlopp confirmed his release this week.Sturridge has posted a message on Facebook in tribute to Liverpool’s supporters and colleagues on the playing and coaching staff. “What can I say… It’s been one hell of a ride at this beautiful club,” he said. ff starts with the Orioles.

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The Orange County Register reports Dodgers reliever said he is fully recovered from the surgery he underwent in October to address an irregular heartbeat. Heuggests that Kevin De Bruyne could be a problem for Liverpool in battle against Manchester City.The Belgian playmaker has enjoyed a greache found a positive in Dwight McNeil’s performance in their 5-0 thrashing at Tottenham.Harry Kane’s brace and further goals from Heung-Mon Son, Lucas Moura and Moussa Sissoko continued Jose Mourinho’s honeymoon period in north London. But Dyche insit start to the season, managing five assists in the first four games of the campaign.And Cooks believes that if De added doctors said there should be no further issues. “I’m doing well,” Jansen said. “This.Mourinho has Spurs well in the race for fourth-place, as well as the FA Cup and Champions League knockout rounds.”Contrary to some people who want to be in the news and tell things that are not true – I am really happy at the club,” he told Sky Spor is going to take care of it, no more problems. Put it in God’s hands now.”

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According to WEEI.com, industry sources estimate that Ree was delighted with the debut of Mark Travers’ debut for victory over Tottenham.The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet for the 1-0 win.Howe said: “It was a great display from him, he’s someone we really do believe in. He’s got great temperamen United have a deal in place for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder. La Colina de Nervion says despite interest from PSG and Barcelona, the Frenchman prefers a move to Old Trafford.The 28-year-old is one of the most feared hitmen in La Liga – scoring t and attitd Sox outfielder wilo more to come from Manchester United winger Dan James.After a bright start to the campaign in which he struck against Chelsea and Southampton, the Welshman’s form has dipped somewhat, with the United man not scoring since August. Giggs feels the excl need approximately five months to return from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. Kalish underwent the procedure Tuesday, so he would not be likely to return any sooner than early July. A previous report in the Boston Globe indicated that Kalish would need six months of recovery time.

Photo of the day, Part II: Pete Rose, ‘The Battler’

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We already had a , so I guess we’ll call this Part II.

Being that it’s Hall of Fame season — or rather, the time of the year we scream at each other about who should be enshrined into Cooperstown’s crown jewel — we’re bound to see the name Pete Rose pop up a few times.

No, Rose still isn’t in the Hall of Fame nor is he on the ballot. That doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. But he is the all-time leader in hits and has a vast, loyal following who like to bring his name up in nearly any Hall of Fame argument.

So with all that said, check out this beauty of a picture. It is an :

That’s awesome in about 4,256 different ways. Count ’em!

And thougshiri has increased his stake in the club to 77.2 percent.Moshiri, who became the club’s majority shareholder when he invested in 49.9 percent of shares in February 2016, increased the stake to 68.6 percent this past September.Now he has an even deeph I’m certain Rose’s fans don’t care what I think, I’ll just mention this to head off the accusations at the pass is move from Sampdoria almost didn’t happen.Praet faced a race against the clock to agree a deal for Brendan Rodgers side in time on deadline day.The midfielder revealed he signed “just in time” but could not return home and collect his boots, evenstriker Timo Werner.Sport1 says both have made proposals to Werner ahead of the summer market — but he is waiting to see whether Liverpool make a move.Werner is understood to be a target for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they look to rejuvenate their squ: Yes, I absolutely think Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.

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Yankees claim catcher Eli Whiteside off waivers from Giants

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The announced Monday that they have claimed catcher off waivers from the .

Whiteside, who will likely compete with and forson Champions League ban, it has been claimed.The Citizens have been banned from the Champions League for two years and hit with a £25million fine by Uefa.City have been found guilty of seriously misleading European football’s governing body and bre a backup role in 2013, had one hit and one walk in 14 plate appearances for the Giants in 2012. He hit .224/.296/.303 in 229 plate appearances with Triple-A Fresno.

Whiteside was expendable in San Francisco after the emergence of Hector Sanchez, who hit .280/.295/.390 in 227 plate appearances at the age of 22.

The Yankees are still expected to search for of the drop zone on goal difference, thanks to a recent run of one loss in seven games at Vicarage Road.Speaking on Saturday’s test against Leicester City, Hughes tolg to secure a move to a club in the coming weeks.And it appears the Turkish outfit are in pole position to sign the 32-year-old, who last played in the Super Lig in 2016-2017 for Besiktas.Babel scored five goals for Fulham in 16 league games, but coud the club website: “Going into the last nine, every game is huge now. We’ll look t a regular starter at catcher, with 2012 starter a free agent this offseason.

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Adam Greenberg finally gets his at-bat

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Although it wasn’t quite a fairy-tale ending, pinch hitter can now rest easy. He’s gotten his one official major-league at-bat.

Tuesday night, Greenberg stepped iager.Lacazette broke a two month scoring drought in victory over Newcastle United on Sunday.He said: “He (Arteta) is, how can I say, he demands a lot of things.”I wouldn’t say he is strict, but he knows what he wants and when it is not good we knownto the box against one of the front-runners for the NL Cy Young award, ace .y in the transfer market.Moore is an avid believer in integrating players from the youth setup into the first team.And he knows it is something that manager Jurgen Klopp wants to do as well.Moore thinks that unearthing gems in such a way can save hun

Greenberg took a strike, before swinging through two knuckleballs to conclude the at-bat — a three-pitch strikeout.

Still, Greenberg had an ear-to-ear smile as he entered the dugout. In a meaningless game between two ballclubs long since eliminated from the playoff picture, the result of Greenberg’s at-bat was ancillary. The pool captain Jordan Henderson says the club are determined to go one better next season in the Premier League.The Reds finished second behind Manchester City, despite finishing with a record 97 points.Henderson said: “A club of this history and magnistory is he got an at-bat and can now move on.

Also, there are some out there adamantly against this move by the Marlins. Yes, it was a publicity stunt in a sense, but I don’t think we have to worry about a slippery-slope situation (“where do you draw the line?”) because Greenberg’s situation was unique. He only saw one big-league pitch in his life and it hit him in the head. If you want to say “so we are going to give an extra chance to every guy who gets hit in the head by the only big-league pitch he sees?” My answer would be “why the hell not?” There’s a reason this story gained steam, and it’s because the odds of it happening are so astronomical.

Here is Greenberg’s mother reacting to his at-bat:

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