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Archive for February 10th, 2018

MLB Commissioner suspends two minor leaguers for violations of drug policies

 

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Landon Hughes has received a 68-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Hughes will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.

Boston Red Sox Minor League catcher Jacob Romanski, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League, has received a 100-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Program. The suspension of Romanski will be effective at the start of the 2018 International League season.

 

 

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Washington Nationals’ Read suspended by MLB

Raudy Read

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Washington Nationals catcher Raudy Read has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Read will be effective at the beginning of the 2018 regular season.

 

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MLB responds to MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark’s comments

 

Tony Clark (left), Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend (center), and Rob Manfred (right) before the Fort Bragg Game in 2016 By Staff Sgt. Jason Duhr, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

Major League Baseball issued the following statement today in response to the comments made by MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark:

“Our Clubs are committed to putting a winning product on the field for their fans. Owners own teams for one reason: they want to win. In Baseball, it has always been true that Clubs go through cyclical, multi-year strategies directed at winning.

“It is common at this point in the calendar to have large numbers of free agents unsigned. What is uncommon is to have some of the best free agents sitting unsigned even though they have substantial offers, some in nine figures. It is the responsibility of players’ agents to value their clients in a constantly changing free agent market based on factors such as positional demand, advanced analytics, and the impact of the new Basic Agreement. To lay responsibility on the Clubs for the failure of some agents to accurately assess the market is unfair, unwarranted, and inflammatory.”

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Andre Dawson honored as MLB renames upcoming HBCU Baseball Tournament after Hall of Fame outfielder and alumnus

 

Andre Dawson in CF 1988 photo By Sacoo - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https en.wikipedia.org

 

The 2018 “Andre Dawson Classic” will feature six HBCUs, the most in the 11-year history of the event designed to highlight HBCU baseball programs; Dawson, Curtis Granderson, Dmitri Young, Marvin Freeman and Jerry Manuel all to make special appearances at tournament scheduled for Feb. 16th-18th; Games played at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy on Saturday, Feb. 17th will air live on MLB Network & MLB.com

 

Major League Baseball today announced that its annual collegiate tournament designed to highlight baseball programs at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) has been renamed the ”Andre Dawson Classic,” after the Chicago Cubs and Montreal Expos legend who is one of only two HBCU alumni enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 2018 edition of the event, formerly known as the “Urban Invitational,” will feature six HBCU teams, the most in the event’s 11-year history, as well as the University of New Orleans (UNO) and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dawson said: “It is with the utmost appreciation that I take this opportunity to thank MLB for this honor. I am a product of an HBCU program that provided me an opportunity to pursue a college education while chasing a childhood dream. I am both honored and humbled to play a role in empowering students to be leaders in their communities and strive to improve and impact the lives of others.”

The Andre Dawson Classic will be hosted primarily at the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy (MLBYA), with games also being played at Maestri Field, the home of the UNO baseball team, from Friday, February 16th through Sunday, February 18th. Two of the games played at the MLBYA on Saturday, February 17th will air LIVE on MLB Network and MLB.com at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. ET, with play-by-play from Scott Braunand analysis from former All-Star outfielder Cliff Floyd.

Alabama State University (Montgomery, Ala.; 2nd appearance), Alcorn State University (Alcorn, Miss.; 4th appearance), Grambling State University (Grambling, La.; 7th appearance), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas; 4th appearance), Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.; 11th appearance) and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, Ark.; 1st appearance) will represent the HBCU programs at the round-robin tournament. Southern University is the only school to have participated in every tournament, while the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will be making its tournament debut. The University of New Orleans has participated in every event hosted in the New Orleans area (5th overall appearance) while the University Illinois at Chicago is making its second straight appearance.

Former Major Leaguers, including Dawson, two-time MLB All-Star Dmitri Young, former MLB Pitcher Marvin Freeman, and former American League Manager of the Year & current MLB Youth Programs consultant Jerry Manuel all will attend various portions of the event. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Curtis Granderson will also make a special appearance to support his alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s contest between UIC and Southern. Additionally, Granderson’s cousin, Calvin Rucker, is an infielder on Prairie View A&M. Young’s son, Owen Young, is a member of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball team and Freeman’s son, Justin Freeman, is participating in the tournament for the second consecutive year as a Pitcher for Southern University.

HBCUs have long offered quality educational and athletic programs and have a proud tradition of attracting outstanding baseball players. Baseball Hall of Famers Lou Brock (Southern University) and Dawson(Florida A&M University) played in HBCU baseball programs. In the event’s 11-year history, more than 25 HBCU players who have participated in the tournament have been selected in the MLB Draft. In 2015, Earl Burl III, who played for Alcorn State University and was the first player to be drafted out of the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy, was selected. Since then, Tyree Thompson (Texas Rangers – 2016) and Tyler James (Kansas City Royals – 2017) have also been drafted out of the New Orleans MLB Youth Academy.

MLB’s youth initiatives will be well represented at the Andre Dawson Classic, as 22 players on this year’s rosters are alumni of MLB Youth Academies, RBI programs or MLB Amateur Development Camps. Nine players on Prairie View’s roster have participated in one of the aforementioned programs, the most out of all participating schools. Additionally, eight players will represent the White Sox A.C.E and RBI program in the tournament, six of whom have also participated in the Breakthrough Series (BTS), MLB’s signature amateur development camp. Among them are Tyler Laux (BTS), Tyler Gordon (BTS), and Andrew Garcia (BTS) from Prairie View A&M; Reggie Johnson (BTS) and Robert Fletcher II (BTS) from Alcorn State; Marshawn Taylor (BTS) and Nick Wheeler from Grambling State; and Freeman from Southern University. MLB’s RBI program will have 17 total alumni, with six coming out of Prairie View, five out of Grambling State, four out of Southern University and two out of Alcorn State.

Below is the tournament schedule (all times CT):

Date Time Teams Location
Feb. 16 12:00p.m. Southern University vs. UIC New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 16 12:00p.m. Alcorn vs. Arkansas Pine Bluff University of New Orleans
Feb. 16 3:30p.m. Grambling State vs. Southern University New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 16 6:30p.m. UIC vs. UNO University of New Orleans
Feb. 16 6:30p.m. Alabama State vs. Prairie View New Orleans MLBYA
Date Time Teams Location
Feb. 17 2:00p.m.* UIC vs. Southern University New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17 3:00p.m. Prairie View A&M vs. Alcorn State University of New Orleans
Feb. 17 6:00p.m.* Alabama State vs. UNO New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 17 6:30p.m. Arkansas Pine Bluff vs. Grambling State University of New Orleans
Date Time Teams Location
Feb. 18 12:00p.m. Prairie View A&M vs. UIC New Orleans MLBYA
Feb. 18 12:00p.m. Arkansas Pine Bluff vs. Alabama State University of New Orleans
Feb. 18 3:00p.m. Southern University vs. UNO University of New Orleans
Feb. 18 3:00p.m. Alcorn State vs. Grambling State New Orleans MLBYA
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Atlanta Hawks buyout Marco Belinelli’s contract

Marco Belinelli 2014 photo By Matteo Della Malva - IMG_6885, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

The Atlanta Hawks, at 17-39 last in the Eastern Conference and Central Division races, have bought out the contract of Marco Belinelli.

The 31-year-old who is a 3-point specialist, has played for several NBA teams: Golden State, Toronto, New Orleans, Chicago, San Antonio, Sacramento and Charlotte.

The Italian native was having a solid season averaging 11.4ppg. The 6’5, 210 pound sharpshooter can help a contending team win a championship.

The 11-year veteran won an NBA championship in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs.

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