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Red Sox Hire Camera in Center Field as Next Manager

by Alex Poletti
Photo by John Bazemore, Associated Press

Following their dismissal of manager Alex Cora due to his connection with the Astros cheating scandal, the Boston Red Sox have cut out the middleman altogether and decided to hire a camera in center field as their next manager. Continue reading “Red Sox Hire Camera in Center Field as Next Manager”

Astros Remedy Cheating Scandal by Firing A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow, Murdering Alex Cora

by Alex Poletti
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After Major League Baseball concluded their investigation of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing during the 2017 season by suspending general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for a full season, the Houston franchise decided to take it a step further. In order to drive home the seriousness of this claim, owner Jim Crane took matters into his own hands by firing the two conspirators, as well as murdering former bench coach and current Red Sox skipper Alex Cora.

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Cody Bellinger Gets Ownership of Orange, Ventura County in Record Arbitration Deal with Dodgers

by Alex Poletti
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Following an MVP season, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger was expected to break the record for largest MLB contract for a player in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He did exactly that, not only reaching a deal for $11.5 million, but also getting land rights and complete sovereignty of Orange and Ventura County, two areas near Los Angeles.

“Bellinger is a franchise player,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman says. “We knew that we’d be willing to break the bank to bring him back without going through arbitration. We also knew we’d be willing to break California penal codes by transferring ownership of two counties to Cody without informing any large governing bodies.”

The 2019 NL MVP’s contract broke Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant’s first-year record of $10.85 million. Both players had won MVP awards prior to their arbitration settlement, but Bellinger had the leg up by winning it in the season directly before.

“When money didn’t solve it, we knew we had some good assets to give,” Friedman continues. “Obviously, we couldn’t give him LA county. There’s the city, Santa Monica, all sorts of things make that deal impractical. But no one really gives a shit about Ventura County, so we pretty much threw that in for free.”

Bellinger had a season for the ages in 2019, hitting 47 home runs and driving in 115 runs. He had an OPS over 1.000, and led the majors in WAR. This gave him the edge over 2018 winner Christian Yelich in a tight MVP race. At just 24, the outfield-first base hybrid has shown he’s worth the money.

“Giving over Orange County proved to be a little harder than we thought it would be,” Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten explains. “The Angels play in Anaheim, which is in Orange County, so that proved to be a bit of a logistical problem. If the Angels had any fans, that might have actually been a challenge.”

Now that Bellinger and the Dodgers have agreed to a deal, the new question of what Bellinger will do with his new properties arises. To answer that, The Second String reached out to the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year.

“I’m not sure yet, but it’s pretty cool that I have all that land now,” the Arizona native says. “It’s just good to have some extra space to cry alone when we lose some more World Series in the next few years.”

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Francisco Lindor on Reds Trade Rumors: ‘I’d Love to Explore the Best Other Cities in Ohio’

by Alex Poletti
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Finally speaking to reporters for the first time about potentially being traded to the Cincinnati Reds, Indian shortstop Francisco Lindor tells The Second String that he looks forward to the opportunity of exploring the great world of the one other major city in Ohio.

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Anthony Rendon Signs with Angels, Excited for Extra Month of Vacation in October

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Brett Coomer/Staff Photographer

Another major free agent comes off the board as NL MVP second runner-up Anthony Rendon signed with the Los Angeles Angels during the GM Winter Meetings in San Diego. The star third baseman cites the opportunity to play with Mike Trout and Joe Madden as factors, but says he was mainly swayed by the extra month of vacation time he’ll have in October by not making the playoffs.

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Gerrit Cole Gifted Small Country of His Choice in New Yankees Contract

by Alex Poletti

New perks are being released about starting pitcher Gerrit Cole’s record-breaking nine-year contract with the New York Yankees, including a full no-trade clause and full sovereignty of a small country of his choice, The Second String reports.

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Mike Trout Having Trouble Recruiting for LA Without ‘Space Jam 2’ Pitch

by Alex Poletti
Photo by Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Hoping to get some players to sign with his team for a chance at making the playoffs for just the second time in his stellar career, Mike Trout has been fervently recruiting the top free agent talent this winter. However, he recently revealed to The Second String that this has been a difficult challenge, given that he can’t promise them a role in the upcoming LA-sports-based film “Space Jam 2.”

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