Spring training is when you meet players for the first time, so when they make their major league debut in September, you have a working knowledge of who they are. The first time I met Royce Lewis, a young shortstop in the Twins system, he came rolling into the clubhouse at 8 a.m. on a skateboard. The first time I met Rangers outfielder Mickey Rivers in spring training 1982, he F-bombed me for no reason, then walked away. He quickly became one of the guys I loved to talk to. Three weeks into that spring training, the Mick, who was making $450,000 a year, asked me if he could borrow $2,000.
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Bauer, signed to a three-year, $102 million contract with opt-outs throughout, said Thursday that he is evolving.
1. Alex Verdugo (L) 2. Xander Bogaerts (R) 3. Rafael Devers (L) 4. J.D. Martinez (R) 5. Christian Vazquez (R) 6. Andrew Benintendi (L) 7. Hunter Renfroe (R) 8. Bobby Dalbec (R) 9. Enrique Hernandez (R)
While the universal designated hitter is not expected to be a controversial issue, labor negotiations are expected to be contentious, leading some to believe a lengthy strike could be coming.
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With an ever-present smile, Ibarguen changed the face of Colombian sport as one of the greatest triple jumpers of all time. She recorded the sixth-longest jump ever -- 15.31 meters (50.23 feet), achieved in 2014 -- and won Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016. She is also a five-time medalist at the world championships and a two-time winner at the Pan American Games. Ibarguen's run, including dominant performances in the triple and long jumps at the Diamond League, earned her IAAF honors as the Female Athlete of the Year in 2018.
The result is a group of teams that all seem overly aware of their meh competition. So the goal is one win more than the rest of the mediocre pack. Not the catchiest rallying cry.