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MLB announces 2018 Postseason shares



Record players’ pool amounts to $88,188,633.49; full share for World Series champion Red Sox totals $416,837.72


A full Postseason share for the 2018 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox was worth $416,837.72, while a full share for the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers totaled $262,027.49, Major League Baseball announced a few weeks ago. The 2018 players’ pool was an all-time high of $88,188,633.49, surpassing the previous record from the 2017 Postseason, $84,500,432.15.

Last year’s share amounts were a record high $438,901.57 for the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros and $259,722.14 for the 2017 NL Champion Dodgers.

The players’ pool is formed from 50 percent of the gate receipts from the Wild Card Games; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first three games of the Division Series; 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the League Championship Series; and 60 percent of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series. The players’ pool was divided among the 10 Postseason Clubs: the two World Series participants, the two League Championship Series runners-up, the four Division Series runners-up and the two runners-up in the Wild Card Games.

The breakdown by Club follows:

World Series Champions

Boston Red Sox (Share of Players’ Pool: $31,747,908.06; value of each of full share: $416,837.72) – The Red Sox issued 66 full shares, a total of 10.025 partial shares and eight cash awards.

National League Champions

Los Angeles Dodgers (Share of Players’ Pool: $21,165,272.04; value of each of full share: $262,027.49) – The Dodgers issued 67 full shares, a total of 13.290 partial shares and 24 cash awards.

League Championship Series Runners-Up

Houston Astros (Share of Players’ Pool: $10,582,636.02; value of each of full share: $154,656.05) – The Astros issued 56 full shares, a total of 12.220 partial shares and five cash awards.

Milwaukee Brewers (Share of Players’ Pool: $10,582,636.02; value of each of full share: $122,957.13) – The Brewers issued 64 full shares, a total of 21.051 partial shares and four cash awards.

Division Series Runners-Up

Atlanta Braves (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $40,375.74) – The Braves issued 65 full shares, a total of 5.875 partial shares and seven cash awards.

Cleveland Indians (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $37,040.29) – The Indians issued 67 full shares, a total of 8.570 partial shares and 10 cash awards.

Colorado Rockies (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $40,335.96) – The Rockies issued 58 full shares, a total of 12.833 partial shares and seven cash awards.

New York Yankees (Share of Players’ Pool: $2,866,130.59; value of each of full share: $43,081.55) – The Yankees issued 45 full shares, a total of 21.470 partial shares and two cash awards.

Wild Card Game Runners-Up

Chicago Cubs (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,322,829.50; value of each of full share: $16,155.34) – The Cubs issued 68 full shares and a total of 13.882 partial shares.

Oakland Athletics (Share of Players’ Pool: $1,322,829.50; value of each of full share: $19,760.35) – The A’s issued 57 full shares, a total of 9.083 partial shares and 15 cash awards.


MLB commissioner suspends two minor leagues for violations




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.

Toronto Blue Jays Minor League outfielder Griffin Conine, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Ritalinic Acid, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

New York Yankees Minor League pitcher Daniel Marten, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Yankees East, has received a 25-game suspension without pay following a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.


MLB announces Mitel as title sponsor for London Series



Mitel globalizes baseball relationship with multi-year pact around league’s first games in Europe


Major League Baseball has named Mitel the title partner of the first two London Series, the historic pair of two-game sets to be played at London Stadium over the next two summers which mark baseball’s first games ever played in Europe. Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 takes place June 29-30, 2019 between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

Mitel signed its first multi-year partnership deal with MLB in February with a focus on North America, adding to their existing relationships with multiple Clubs and signing additional Club partnerships throughout the year. This expanded international partnership between Mitel and MLB now embeds the league’s Official Business Technology & Communications Partner into all activation, branding and marketing surrounding the landmark games in the United Kingdom’s capital city next summer.

Earlier this year, Mitel transformed the 30 MLB Clubs’ independent platforms for dugout, bullpen, video review rooms and press box communications into a common, unified system featuring enhanced security and call recording capabilities. As part of its overall integration with the London Series, Mitel will also develop and execute these communications solutions in the buildout of the dugouts and bullpens at London Stadium. Additionally, Mitel’s creative marks will be featured throughout all ancillary events leading up to the weekend series. Likewise, Mitel will be prominently featured with extensive brand exposure at MLB events during and in the lead-up to Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2020.

The original Mitel-MLB partnership agreement established the brand as the presenting partner of league-wide instant replay reviews. That integrated branding will extend through the London Series match-ups with in-stadium signage, digital exposure and replay technicians sporting Mitel and MLB marks on their apparel. This newly signed pact between MLB and Mitel also allows for unique media integrations across digital and broadcast platforms – including MLB Network, and the MLB At Bat app – in addition to any UK-based media partners that air the contests. These could include the replay reviews in addition to other creative content.

“We are privileged to power the communications and collaboration needs of MLB during the London Series,” said Rich McBee, Mitel President and CEO. “Our heritage runs deep across the UK and Europe, so the chance to help share the game of baseball at the highest level represents a truly unique opportunity for our customers, partners and employees. We look forward to establishing a world-class experience in partnership with MLB.”

“With Mitel expanding its MLB partnership internationally, it tells us how successful this first season together was and how committed Mitel is to our sport,” said Noah Garden, Executive Vice President, Commerce, Major League Baseball. “We’re proud to have Mitel deepen their involvement with MLB as part of an important league initiative like the landmark London Series. We’re excited about growing our partnership and, like our fans, can’t wait for next year’s games to begin.”

In addition to its league-level deal, Mitel has partnerships and customer relationships with several MLB Clubs including the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.

London Stadium, the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, will take on a baseball configuration when Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 and 2020. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 57,000. The United Kingdom will follow other international venues that have hosted regular season Major League games, joining Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia. Fans can stay up to date on all news regarding Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 by following @MLBLondonSeries on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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MLB/MLBPA announce new revised rules for players footwear



Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) in the past weeks have announced that they have reached agreement regarding certain amendments to the Basic Agreement’s rules governing the appearance of footwear worn by Players on the field. These amendments will provide Players increased flexibility with respect to the colors and design of their on-field footwear, while coordinating with the Clubs’ uniform color schemes.

Among other things, MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to eliminate the previous rule that the majority of a Player’s on-field footwear must be in his Club’s designated primary shoe color. Instead, Players may wear shoes displaying any of the following colors, in any proportion: (i) black, white, and gray; (ii) any colors displayed on the Player’s uniform (and certain variations thereof); and (iii) any additional colors designated by the Player’s Club.

MLB and the MLBPA will promulgate new Footwear Supplier Regulations, which will set forth the terms and process by which shoe manufacturers may provide shoes to Players to be worn during Major League games, including a requirement that proposed shoe designs be submitted to the Player’s Club for advance approval.

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “Major League Baseball and its Clubs recognize the desire of Players to have more flexibility in this area and are pleased to announce the loosening of regulations that will permit more personalized and stylized footwear. We believe that this agreement strikes the appropriate balance between the shared goal of permitting Players to express their individuality while maintaining reasonable restrictions on shoe colors and designs.”

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said: “Players welcome the expanded opportunity to express themselves and engage with fans through innovative design. We look forward to seeing their creativity and individuality on the field in 2019.”


Big Ten battle today as #8 Michigan State invades #14 Ohio State at Noon













Opponent No. 8/7 Michigan State (11-2, 2-0 B1G)
Site Value City Arena (18,809)
Time Noon p.m. ET
Television FOX | FOX Sports Go
Talent Gus Johnson (Play-By-Play)
Jim Jackson (Expert Analysis)
Lisa Byington (Sideline)
Radio OSU-IMG Sports Network (67 stations)
Listen Free: Ohio State Buckeyes
Local Radio WBNS-FM 97.1
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Radio Talent Paul Keels (Play-By-Play)
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The Ohio State vs. Michigan State Spartans
Michigan State leads the all-time series with the Buckeyes 68-57. Ohio State owns a 37-23 record in Columbus and is 17-41 in East Lansing. The teams have played on a neutral court seven times with the Spartans winning four. When ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, the Buckeyes are 22-13. Michigan State is 22-10 vs. ranked Ohio State teams. When both teams carry a Top 25 ranking into the matchup, Ohio State is 7-8. The last time both teams were ranked when facing one another was Jan. 12, 2014 in East Lansing. The No. 3 Spartans needed overtime to down the No. 5 Buckeyes 72-68. Ohio State was unranked a season ago when it won at home vs. the No. 1 Spartans, 80-64, Jan. 7, 2018. C.J. Jackson and Andre Wesson each have faced Michigan State three times in their careers to lead the Buckeyes in appearances vs. the Spartans. Jackson averages 8.3 points and 4.3 rebounds.

Scouting the Spartans
Michigan State enters the game with the Buckeyes sporting an 11-2 record and a 2-0 mark in the Big Ten. The only blemishes on the Spartans’ record are losses to No. 1 Kansas to open the season, 92-87, and then at Louisville in overtime, 82-78.

Michigan State took care of Rutgers on the road, 78-67, and then downed Iowa at home, 90-68, in the early December Big Ten Conference games. A trio of Spartans average 15 or more points a game. Cassius Winston (17.5 ppg.), Nick Ward (16.1 ppg.) and Joshua Langford (15.0 ppg.) handle the brunt of the Michigan State scoring while Kenny Goins leads the team on the glass with 9.2 rebounds a game.

Ohio State vs. The Big Ten
The Buckeyes own an overall record of 819-717 against current league members. Chris Holtmann is new to the Big Ten but no stranger to Big Ten competition. He faced six league opponents during his six years as a head coach prior to taking over for the Buckeyes this year. He entered his first year of Big Ten competition with a 4-5 record vs. conference foes. He is 21-9 vs. conference opponents in eight years as a head coach.

Early Notable Numbers
C.J. Jackson is averaging 13.6 points a game and has the Buckeyes off to a 12-1 start … he reached 100 career 3-pointers made with three makes vs. Cleveland State (11/23/18) … for his Ohio State career he is (116-313/.371) from distance … has scored 784 career points after a 20-point effort vs. High Point and is on pace to become Ohio State’s next 1,000-point scorer … Kyle Young is 39-for-56 shooting this season (.696) … Joey Lane has appeared in seven games this season and is 4-5 from the field and 3-4 from 3-point range … he also has five rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals in 3.6 minutes per game … Keyshawn Woods has 44 assists with just eight turnovers this season, that assist to turnover ratio is rates No. 22 nationally (3.38).

Kaleb Wesson Earns First B1G POW Honor
Sophomore Kaleb Wesson averaged 23 points and 9.5 rebounds in wins over Youngstown State and vs. UCLA to earn his first Big Ten Conference Player of the Week honor Dec. 24, 2018. Wesson scored a career-high 31 points vs. the Penguins and then added 15 points and a career-best 12 rebounds in the win over UCLA in the CBSSports Classic in Chicago last Saturday.

Wesson connected on 60 percent of his field goal attempts for the week (15-25) and on 71 percent from the foul line (15-21). He also added five assists. Of his 19 total rebounds, 11 were on the offensive end.

The honor is the first for the Westerville South alum and the first for the Buckeyes since Keita Bates-Diop earned the recognition, his fourth of the 2017-18 season, Feb. 5, 2018 after Ohio State wins over Illinois and Indiana.

Starting Five


  • The Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to Spain for 11 days over the summer. The Buckeyes played a total of three games, one in each stop during the trip, which began Aug. 1 with a flight to Madrid. Three days were spent in Madrid (W, 93-61 vs. Madrid Generals), Valencia (W, 95-63 vs. Valencia All-Stars) and Barcelona (W, 68-66 vs. Catalan All-Stars) before the team returned to Columbus Aug. 11. The team also experienced several cultural tours, team meals and excursions.
  • Just one Ohio State opponent has made more than 24 field goals this season in a game vs. the Buckeyes. Opponents are shooting 38.2 percent from the field against the Ohio State defense (280-733). Foes are connecting on just 29.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (79-270).
  • Ohio State is ranked No. 14/12 in the most recent Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls. The Buckeyes are 16-6 all-time when ranked in the No. 14 position and are 511-149 when ranked among the Top 25 in the AP poll. The Buckeyes were 10-5 as a ranked team in 2017-18. Ohio State was ranked No. 17 in the final game of the season vs. No. 6 Gonzaga a year ago in the NCAA Tournament (L, 90-84).
  • The Buckeyes have four wins in five tries in 2018-19 vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State defeated two of those teams on the road (Cincinnati, 64-56/Creighton, 69-60) and took down UCLA (80-66) on a neutral court while splitting at home vs. Syracuse (L, 72-62) and Bucknell (W, 73-71). Ohio State has at least five games remaining vs. teams that made the 2018 NCAA Tournament: Purdue (2), Michigan State (2) and Michigan.
  • Ohio State will play 11 games against teams among the Associated Press Top 25 or receiving votes for Top 25 consideration. Seven of those games will be played away from Value City Arena. The Buckeyes face No. 2 Michigan (away), No. 8 Michigan State (home/away), No. 22 Wisconsin (home), No. 24 Nebraksa (away), No. 25 Iowa (home/away) and No. 21 Indiana (away). Among teams receiving votes, Ohio State faces Purdue (home/away) and Cincinnati (W-Away).




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