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December

31
Mets hire former player Tony Tarasco as first base coach

The New York Mets have hired Tony Tarasco to be their first base coach, bringing the former outfielder back to the franchise where he ended his playing career. The Mets revealed the hiring Wednesday. The 50-year-old Tarasco will take over for Tony DeFrancesco, who is moving to a new role as senior advisor for player development and scouting. Tarasco was born in Manhattan and is one of 139 players to play for the Yankees and Mets, but he’s best known in New York for a play in the 1996 AL Championship Series when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Tarasco was chasing Derek […]

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December

30
Blake Snell stunned but excited by move to San Diego Padres as trade finalized

Blake Snell gave up the ball in Game 6 of the World Series, shaking his head after manager Kevin Cash’s curious pitching change. With three years left on his contract, Snell hardly considered that could be his final moment as a Tampa Bay Ray. The San Diego Padres, determined to go all the way, just wanted him that much. The upstart Padres ended their acquisition of the ace left-hander from the Rays on Tuesday, sending four prospects in exchange for the 2018 American League Cy Young Award winner. The Rays will receive right-handers Luis Patino and Cole Wilcox and catchers Francisco Mejia and […]

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December

29
Charlatan ends bumpy year with Grade 1 win in Malibu Stakes

Charlatan tracked favorite Nashville to the quarter pole and then drew off to a 4½-length triumph in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita’s opening day. Ridden for the first time by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Charlatan ran seven furlongs in 1 minute, 21.50 seconds. Trained by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the chestnut colt had been idle since May 2. Charlatan paid $5.20, $3.60 and $2.60 as the 8-5 second choice. It was the first loss for Nashville, who had won his first three starts by a combined 24¾ lengths for Hall of Fame trainer […]

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December

28
RHP Kohei Arihara, Texas Rangers reach 2-year deal

Japanese right-hander Kohei Arihara has signed a two-year deal with the Texas Rangers, the team revealed Saturday. The deal is in the $6 million to $7 million range, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The 28-year-old was 8-9 with a 3.46 ERA in 20 starts for Hokkaido during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season in Japan. He led the Pacific League with three complete matches and was second in innings with 132⅔. “The addition of Kohei Arihara strengthens the depth in our starting rotation,” Rangers president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said. “He has had success in Japan over the last six years with […]

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December

25
Pittsburgh Pirates trade Josh Bell to Washington Nationals

First baseman Josh Bell has been traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Washington Nationals, it was informed Thursday. In return, the Pirates will get young pitchers Wil Crowe, who made his debut with the Nationals in 2020, and Eddy Yean. “We are thrilled to be adding a player of Josh Bell’s caliber to our team,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “He adds a switch-hitting power bat to our lineup. And we know Josh will be an outstanding addition to our clubhouse and our community.” The 28-year-old Bell was an All-Star in 2019 following a torrid first half in which he hit […]

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December

24
Perez’s ‘surprising’ move to Red Bull the best outcome

Lewis Hamilton says Sergio Perez “truly deserved” a move to Red Bull, and relishes the challenge of fighting both he and Max Verstappen in Formula 1 next year. Perez was installed as Alex Albon’s substitute at Red Bull for next year on a one-year deal, with the Anglo-Thai driver handed a test and reserve role after a season and a half racing for the team. Hamilton likened the scenario to his past seasons at McLaren, in which team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was rarely able to support his battle with the Ferrari drivers. The value of a second strong car was seen […]

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December

23
Philadelphia Phillies promote Sam Fuld to GM

Sam Fuld went from interviewing to become Boston’s manager to being named general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. Fuld was promoted to GM on Tuesday, filling the role previously held by Matt Klentak. The team also promoted Jorge Velandia to assistant general manager and Terry Ryan to special assistant to the general manager. Dave Dombrowski was hired to run baseball operations two weeks ago. Fuld was a finalist for the managerial position with the Red Sox before they hired Alex Cora. “The interview process with Boston was an enlightening one,” Fuld stated. “It [helped] me in appreciating what a manager’s role is, […]

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December

22
CHARLATAN VS. NASHVILLE IN GRADE I RUNHAPPY MALIBU

Charlatan, one in a battalion of bluebloods based in Bob Baffert’s bountiful barn, faces off versus Nashville in the Grade I Runhappy Malibu Stakes on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, the marquee event as historic Santa Anita ushers in its 84th season of world-class racing. This year’s Malibu is arguably one of the most anticipated in the classic event’s 70 runnings, pitting two extremely talented sons of 2004 Eclipse Award champion male sprinter Speightstown versus one another. The Malibu has been won in the past by a Who’s Who of Thoroughbreds, among them Runhappy (2015), Ferdinand (1986), Precisionist (1984), Spectacular Bid […]

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December

21
Tampa Bay Rays, Michael Wacha agree to one-year, $3 million contract

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million contract, the team informed Friday, filling a void in the rotation left by the departure of Charlie Morton. Wacha spent the 2020 season with the New York Mets, going 1-4 with a 6.62 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts). The chance to compete for a World Series title played a big role in Wacha’s decision to sign with the Rays. The chance to work with pitching coach Kyle Snyder and the rest of the organization also factored in, given Tampa Bay’s long reputation of helping pitchers return to top form. Snyder and […]

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December

18
Why Online Gambling Stocks Will Surge in 2021

When the coronavirus caused nationwide lockdowns in March, state governments captivated a tough financial blow, watching countless tax streams evaporate. Lawmakers’ hunger for new income sources has opened the door for up-and-coming vice industries, like online sports gambling, to fill the void the virus has created in states’ budgets. The virus has caused immense state deficits COVID-19 and its economic shutdowns have inflicted a cruel crunch on many states’ finances. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that on average, states will sustain a 10% cut to their tax revenue in fiscal 2020, with a 20% shortfall looming in fiscal […]

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