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MLB suspends two minor leagues for violations of drug policies

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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 and Treatment Program.

Minnesota Twins Minor League pitcher Alex Banks, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Twins, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Boston Red Sox Minor League catcher Alberto Schmidt, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League, has received a 76-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

 

MLB, Latin American Trainers announce partnership to combat use of performancing enhancing drugs by amateur players

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The Office of the Commissioner announced on recently the Trainer Partnership Program, a new program in collaboration with Latin American player trainers aimed at combatting the use of performance-enhancing substances by amateur players and improving compliance with Major League Baseball rules.

Under the new initiative, participating trainers will enroll their players in MLB’s drug testing program, submit themselves and their employees to background checks, keep updated records of amateur players in their care, and comply with MLB rules regarding international player signings. MLB will provide partner trainers with enhanced scouting opportunities and promote the use of partner trainers to players and their families. MLB also will work closely with partner trainers to jointly address issues in Latin American amateur baseball.

The program is voluntary and will begin with pilot programs in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Already, 46 trainers – all of whom came highly recommended by MLB Clubs — have agreed to participate in the pilot programs. Attached is a list of partner trainers who have committed to the Trainer Partnership Program from each country. MLB plans to expand the opportunity to additional trainers in both countries in the coming months.

Drug testing for the Trainer Partnership Program began this week and MLB will be holding its first showcase as part of the Trainer Partnership Program on September 18-20 at Temistocles Metz Stadium in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic. Only players from participating programs will be eligible to participate in this event and representatives from all MLB Clubs are expected to attend. MLB is planning a similar event for Venezuelan partner trainers in the coming months.

Morgan Sword, MLB’s Senior Vice President, League Economics & Operations, said: “This new partnership program is an important step forward for our industry and fully supported by our Clubs and the international scouting directors. Independent trainers are an essential part of the player development system and we look forward to working with our partner trainers who are fully committed to developing their players in a safe and healthy environment.”

MLB TRAINER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PARTNER TRAINERS
Trainer | Program | Location
Arias, Alfredo | Arias Baseball Academy | San Pedro de Macoris
Batista, Amauris | Chapita Academy | Santiago
Carmona, John | JC Academy | Santo Domingo East
Encarnacion, Richard | Encarnacion Development System | Santo Domingo East
Espinal, Freddy | Quality Baseball Academy | Santo Domingo East
Ferreras, Franklin | Franklin Ferreras Academy | Santo Domingo North
Fontana, Eddy | J&E Academy | Santiago
Garcia, Fausto | Fausto Garcia Academy | Santiago
Genao, Laurentino | LGS Academy | Santo Domingo North
Genao, Ramon | Papiro All-Star | Santo Domingo East
Guerrero, Wilton | Los Guerreros Academy | Nizao
Guzman, Carlos | CG Academy | Boca Chica
Herrera, Josue | HPP Academy | Santo Domingo East
Herrera, Juan (Mon) | D’Mon Baseball Academy | Bani
Irrizarry, Christian | API Academy | Santo Domingo East
Lezan, Pedro | Bartolo Colon Academy | Puerto Plata
Marrero, Aldo | Aldo Marrero Academy | Santiago
Monero, Valentin | Rinocerontes de Valentin Monero | Boca Chica
Nina, Amauris | Amauris Nina Academy | Santo Domingo East
Pena, Nolan | Nogae Baseball Academy | San Pedro de Macoris
Perez, Angel | Angel Perez Academy | San Pedro de Macoris
Ramos, Jaime | Jaime Ramos Academy | San Cristobal
Rodriguez, Francisco Javier | Alianza Academy | Santo Domingo East
Valdez, William | WV Academy | Santiago
Valera, Raul (Banana) | Banana Baseball Academy | Santo Domingo West
MLB TRAINER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM VENEZUELA PARTNER TRAINERS
Trainer | Program | Location
Bernal, Renny | Magallanes | Valencia
Blassini, Jose | Hermanos Blassini | Valencia
Concepcion Jr., David | Academia David Concepcion | Cagua
De Pablos, Kander | KPL Baseball Academy | Valencia
Gomez, Prospero | PDW | La Guaira
Grasso, Victor | Prospectos Elite | Maracaibo
Guillen, Carlos | Carlos Alfonso Guillen | Maracay
Hernandez, Ramon | RH | Maracay
Izturis, Cesar | Academia de Besbol Maicer y Cesar Izturis | Barquisimeto
Mendez, Guido | Occidental Deportiva | Maracaibo
Mendez, Yassir | 4Pro International Baseball Academy | Valencia
Moscatel, Kevin | Caribes Top Prospect | Puerto La Cruz
Ocanto, Johan | Academia ABAR | Caracas
Olivo, Carlos | OL Baseball | Valencia
Ortiz, Francisco | Just Prospect | Puerto La Cruz
Perez, Robert | Academia Robert Perez | Barquisimeto
Quiroz, Alexis | AQ | Maracay
Salazar, Alexis | BC All Star Academy | Barquisimeto
Suarez, Denni | DS Baseball | Puerto La Cruz
Vahlis, Roberto | Academia Roberto Vahlis | Margarita
Veliz, Andres | Bucaneros | Maracay

 

MLB announces 2019 schedule for Spring Training

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Major League Baseball announced recently that 2019 Spring Training presented by Camping World will officially begin with the start of the Cactus League schedule when the Seattle Mariners visit the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Arizona on Thursday, February 21st. Grapefruit League games will begin on Friday, February 22nd when the Tampa Bay Rays host the Philadelphia Phillies at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. The first full slate of games involving all 30 Major League Clubs will take place on Saturday, February 23rd.

Notable games being played during 2019 Spring Training presented by Camping World include:

Split squads of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks playing two games in Monterrey, Mexico on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th;

The Atlanta Braves playing their final home game of the spring on Sunday, March 24th at the Club’s new Spring Training facility in North Port, Florida, which will officially open for Spring Training 2020;

The Boston Red Sox traveling to Mesa, Arizona to play two games against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park on March 25th-26th;

The Colorado Rockies traveling to Lee County, Florida to play one game against the Minnesota Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex on March 26th; and

Select exhibition games at Major League and Minor League ballparks being played from March 24th-26th.

The complete 2019 Spring Training schedule, subject to change, is available at MLB.com/springschedule.

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Daily Almanac for Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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NFL Analysis: A breakdown of 2018 Opening Weekend Rosters

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A LOOK AT 2018 NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND ROSTERS;

ALABAMA LED ALL COLLEGES WITH 44 NFL PLAYERS​

SEC COUNTRY: Alabama had the most players on NFL Kickoff 2018 active rosters with 44, the NFL announced today. LSU, who ranked second in 2018 with 40 players on Week 1 rosters, tied for first with Alabama in 2017 with 39 players on Kickoff Weekend rosters and had previously ranked first in 2016 (42 players), 2015 (40) and 2014 (38).

A total of 261 colleges were represented on Kickoff Weekend active rosters. The colleges with the most players in the NFL:

COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS COLLEGE PLAYERS
Alabama 44 Florida State 33 Stanford 27 Notre Dame 26
LSU 40 Southern California 32 Tennessee 27 Penn State 25
Florida 37 Clemson 29 UCLA 27 Texas 24
Miami 36 Auburn 28 Iowa 26 Oklahoma 23
Ohio State 36 Georgia 28 Michigan 26 Texas A&M 23

A breakdown by position of colleges with the most players in the NFL:

POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS POS. SCHOOL PLAYERS
C Florida, Missouri, Ohio State 3 DT Alabama, LSU 6
G Iowa, Michigan 4 DE Miami 5
T Texas Christian 6 LB Alabama, Georgia 7
TE Miami, Stanford 5 DB Ohio State 10
QB Michigan State, North Carolina State, Southern California 3 P Tennessee 4
RB LSU 6 K Florida State 3
WR Clemson, Texas Tech 7  

 

QB BREAKDOWN: Quarterbacks were in the spotlight once again on Kickoff Weekend and the NFL has now had at least one rookie quarterback start in Week 1 in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in the NFL since at least 1950.

A by-the-numbers look at the 32 starting quarterbacks in Week 1:

5 Rookie or 2nd-year Peterman, BUF; Trubisky, CHI; Watson, HOU; Mahomes, KC; Darnold, NYJ (rookie)
19 1st-round Draft picks Bradford, AZ; Ryan, ATL; Flacco, BAL; Newton, CAR; Trubisky, CHI; Stafford, DET; Rodgers, GB; Watson, HOU; Luck, IND; Bortles, JAX; Mahomes, KC; Rivers, LAC; Goff, LAR; Tannehill, MIA; Manning, NYG; Darnold, NYJ; Roethlisberger, PIT; Mariota, TEN; Smith, WAS
4 6th-Round Draft picks or later, or undrafted Taylor, CLE (6th round); Keenum, DEN (undrafted); Brady, NE (6th round); Fitzpatrick, TB (7th round)
7 No. 1 overall picks Bradford, AZ; Newton, CAR; Stafford, DET; Luck, IND; Goff, LAR; Manning, NYG; Smith, WAS
9 Drafted No. 75 overall or later, or undrafted Peterman, BUF; Taylor, CLE; Prescott, DAL; Keenum, DEN; Cousins, MIN; Brady, NE; Foles, PHI; Wilson, SEA; Fitzpatrick, TB
16 Younger than 30 years old Peterman, BUF; Newton, CAR; Trubisky, CHI; Taylor, CLE; Prescott, DAL; Watson, HOU; Luck, IND; Bortles, JAX; Mahomes, KC; Goff, LAR; Darnold, NYJ; Carr, OAK; Foles, PHI; Garoppolo, SF; Wilson, SEA; Mariota, TEN
8 From Texas, most of any state Dalton, CIN; Keenum, DEN; Stafford, DET; Luck, IND; Mahomes, KC; Tannehill, MIA; Brees, NO; Foles, PHI


THE TALL AND SHORT OF IT
: On NFL Kickoff rosters, there were 294 players weighing under 200 pounds, 291 players under six-feet tall, and 357 players weighing over 300 pounds.

The New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers each have 13 players weighing less than 200 pounds, the most in that category. Carolina has the most players under six-feet tall with 14, while Pittsburgh has 14 players weighing over 300 pounds, the most in the league.

A team-by-team player dimension breakdown based on 2018 Kickoff rosters:

AFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Baltimore 9   10   10  
Buffalo 11   9   11  
Cincinnati 9   9   11  
Cleveland 9   11   8  
Denver 11   9   8  
Houston 12   10   11  
Indianapolis 9   6   13  
Jacksonville 9   7   12  
Kansas City 9   11   13  
LA Chargers 9   13   9  
Miami 8   9   11  
New England 8   10   10  
NY Jets 9   8   13  
Oakland 5   11   11  
Pittsburgh 10   10   14  
Tennessee 9   10   12  


NFC

TEAM

UNDER 200 LBS. UNDER 6-FEET OVER 300 LBS.
Arizona 7   9   10  
Atlanta 11   10   11  
Carolina 8   14   12  
Chicago 8   5   10  
Dallas 6   6   11  
Detroit 8   11   12  
Green Bay 8   4   13  
LA Rams 12   10   9  
Minnesota 8   7   11  
New Orleans 10   10   11  
NY Giants 13   10   13  
Philadelphia 13   11   11  
San Francisco 13   9   10  
Seattle 4   8   11  
Tampa Bay 11   9   12  
Washington 8   5   13  


HEIGHT, WEIGHT & AGE AVERAGES FOR 2018 AFC & NFC ROSTERS

AFC            
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Baltimore 6.17   247.15   25.96   3.89   12   9  
Buffalo 6.17   243.09 + 26.53   4.55   11   12  
Cincinnati 6.19   246.96   25.38   3.70   11   7  
Cleveland 6.15 + 244.53   25.19 + 3.21 + 13 * 3 +
Denver 6.17   244.23   26.06   3.81   13 * 8  
Houston 6.18   245.98   25.55   3.72   12   5  
Indianapolis 6.21   247.91 * 25.66   3.62   11   6  
Jacksonville 6.20   247.74   25.55   3.83   7 + 3  
Kansas City 6.17   247.30   25.68   3.74   12   6  
LA Chargers 6.16   243.25   25.92   4.02   11   5  
Miami 6.21   243.98   26.47   4.55   9   11  
New England 6.16   245.96   26.83   5.04   7 + 11  
NY Jets 6.20   245.49   26.04   4.08   9   3 +
Oakland 6.17   247.42   27.55 * 5.36 * 11   15 *
Pittsburgh 6.22 * 247.92   26.06   4.28   8   6  
Tennessee 6.17   244.81   26.17   4.43   10   7  
AFC Average 6.18   245.86   26.04   4.11   10.44   7.31
NFC Average 6.18   244.72   26.09   4.17   10.31   7.94
All NFL Average 6.18   245.29   26.06   4.14   10.38   7.63
* AFC high
+ AFC low  
NFC            
Team Height Weight Age (Years) Experience Rookie & 1st year Players Age 30 & Over
Arizona 6.19   244.21   26.70   4.49   12   9  
Atlanta 6.13 + 239.34 + 26.85 * 4.66   11   13 *
Carolina 6.15   247.38   26.72   4.79 * 10   11  
Chicago 6.19   244.81   25.77   3.85   9   4  
Dallas 6.20   246.70   25.51   3.55   13   2 +
Detroit 6.16   245.72   26.55   4.70   7 + 10  
Green Bay 6.22 * 244.75   25.74   4.02   15 * 7  
LA Rams 6.17   240.43   25.62   3.92   10   8  
Minnesota 6.22 * 244.19   25.47 + 3.49 + 11   4  
New Orleans 6.16   242.57   26.26   4.26   9   9  
NY Giants 6.18   245.30   26.06   4.11   10   8  
Philadelphia 6.16   244.81   26.33   4.71   10   10  
San Francisco 6.19   243.81   25.83   3.88   7 + 8  
Seattle 6.18   250.55 * 25.74   3.87   11   4  
Tampa Bay 6.18   244.25   26.13   4.21   9   8  
Washington 6.17   246.77   26.17   4.17   11   12  
NFC Average 6.18   244.72   26.09   4.17   10.31   7.94  
AFC Average 6.18   245.86   26.04   4.11   10.44   7.31  
All NFL Average 6.18   245.29   26.06   4.14   10.38   7.63  
* NFC high
+ NFC low

 

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