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Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber doesn’t want to be next Pete Rose with sports betting looming

Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has heard the news about the federal court’sruling on sports betting, but he won’tbe partaking any time soon.The Supreme Courtruled Monday by a 6-3 margin theProfe sional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, orPASPA,afederal prohibitionofstate-sanctioned sports betting, was unconstitutional. New Jersey had challenged the law in a bid to allowsports gambling at casinos and racetracks.The decision not only opens the door for legalized gamblingin New Jersey,but also nationwide. Currently, legalizedgambling on sports is allowed onlyin Nevada and a handful of other states where it has been grandfathered in from before the pa sage of that 1992 law.Still, Schwarber doesn’t think it will directly impact athletes.”My gue s is it will be good for people outside of the game of baseball,” Schwarber said, via ESPN. “Obviously, we’re not going to do that, we’re not going to be betting on baseball. We also know what happened to good old Pete Rose, there. That’s a good example of just not to do it, for us.”Schwarber’s manager, Joe Maddon, said he supported the ruling.”As far as I am concerned, it was already legal,” Maddon said (via 670 The Score). “If it has been going on in Vegas and every bar room, whether it is in Chicago or Hazelton, it has been a part of our culture. I think it is all out front now. As far as the potential manifestations, in a negative way, I don’t really see that. I think it will be controlledproperly.”The Braves beat the Cubs 6-5 Monday with Schwarber collecting a hit, a run scored and two walks.

Baseball takes back seat as players, teams honor Jose Fernandez

Each night in the 2016 baseball season we’ll run down the top news, facts and highlights from around Major League Baseball.Playoff pictures, Cy Young awards and MVP contenders took a back seat Sunday after the stunning news thatMarlins ace Jose Fernandez was one of three killedin a boating accident nearMiami Beach.MORE: Jose Fernandez showed importance of embracinghumanity of baseballThe Marlins canceled their scheduled game against the Braves to grieveand allow Fernandez’s friends and family to mournthe lo s of a 24-year-old who had the world ahead of him. Around MLB, players and managers rallied to show their support and dismay over the fallen star, and moments of silence were observed.At Marlins Park, a graphic featuring Fernandez’s No. 16 overtook every screen.Marlins manager Don Mattingly reflected on the joyous time he got to spend with Fernandez while in Miami.A very emotional Don Mattingly reflects on his joy managing Jos Fernndez. MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was in tears while he told reporters:My friend, my brother. You know how much I loved you. I have no words.Red Sox slugger DavidOrtiz was supposed to be honored by theRays as he played his final game in Tampa Bay, but canceled the celebration out of respect for Fernandez. He then decided to honor Fernandez during the game.. @davidortiz pays his respects to Jos Fernndez: MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Many other teams and players followed suit, including Mets star outfielder and fellow CubanYoenis Cespedes, who hung a Mets-themedFernandez jersey in the dugout.Bigger than Bo Jackson Jersey baseball. #RIPJose #brothers New York Mets (@Mets) September 25, 2016 This mound will always belong to No. 16. MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Players of the dayWith many players shining in the Royals’ 12-9 win over the Tigers, Alex Gordon and Kendrys Morales were the brightest. Gordon collected three hits with two runs scored, a home run, three RBIs and a walk. Morales went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.Detroit fell 1 1/2 games behind the Orioles for the final AL wild-card spot with the lo s.HighlightDodgers players salute Vin Scully as they walk to the plate. The legendary broadcaster called his final game at Dodger Stadium, a 4-3 win over the Rockies that clinched the NL West.Saluting a legend. #VIN MLB (@MLB) September 25, 2016 Three things to knowThe Mets defeated the Phillies17-0, marking theirlargest margin of victory in a shutout in team history. Rays hitters struck out in 11 consecutive plate appearances in a 3-2 lo s to the Red Sox, the longest single-game streak in MLB history. Carlos Rodon led the White Sox to a 3-0 win over the Indians by allowing just two hits in eight scorele s innings while striking out 11 batters. The White Sox are well out of the playoff picture, but they will be encouraged by Rodon heading into next season.What’s nextIndians (90-65) at Tigers (83-72), 7:10 p.m. ET There are two keythings to watch in this game.The Orioles are off Monday, so the Tigers have a chance to again get within a gameof the final AL wild-card spot.Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.11 ERA) will take the mound for the Indians, and he is still firmly in the race to win the AL Cy Young award.

Why are we always surprised by costs to acquire proven MLB talent?

The cost to acquire proven big-league talent has been rather stunning this offseason.At least, it’s been a topic of constant conversation. We’ve heard the same Wait, what? reaction echo acro s the sport on a daily basis lately.MORE: The worst MLB free-agent signings of all timeThe Nationals gave up how many elite pitching prospects to get Adam Eaton? The Yankees and Giants spent how much money on one-inning pitchers? The list goes on and on. The Red Sox paid an incredibly hefty price to trade for ace Chris Sale. Ian Desmond and Dexter Fowler, guys who couldn’t find acceptable multiyear free-agent contracts last offseason, landed five-year deals with the Rockies and Cardinals, respectively. Fans of pretty much every team have been doing their best metronome impre sions, what with the constant shaking of heads in disbelief as each transaction is announced.It’s gotten to the point where a deal that could very well be mutually beneficial the Cubs getting one year of an elite closer (Wade Davis) and the Royals getting four years of a potential star outfielder (Jorge Soler) seems like a ma sive win for the Cubs, the team getting the proven star.Here’s the thing, though: The cost to acquire/pay proven big-league talent ALWAYS seems stunning. Always, always, always.MORE: Worst in-season trades for every NL franchiseBack in 1930, Babe Ruth uttered maybe his most famous quote ever, when he was asked if he felt guilty that his $80,000 salary demand was more than Herbert Hoover was making as president: I know, Ruth said, but I had a better year than Hoover.Every year, we shake our heads at the same thing. Especially over the past couple of decades, when yearly salaries, spurred by competition on the free-agent market, jumped into the millions.Look at this headline from the November 23, 1989 edition of The New York Times: Puckett Hits the Jackpot: First $3 Million Man.Seems quaint now, doesn’t it? A measly $3 millionper year over three years.MORE: Worst in-season trades for every AL franchiseWell, before the start of the 1990 season, five more players owned the record for biggest deal. First, Rickey Henderson signed a four-year, $12 million deal. Then it was Mark Langston ($3.2 million average annual value), then Mark Davis ($3.25 million AAV), then Dave Stewart ($3.5 million AAV) and then Will Clark ($3.75 million AAV). The sky certainly was falling.Except it wasn’t.Remember when the Braves traded for a year-and-a-half of slugger Mark Teixeira at the 2007 non Kent Hrbek Jersey -waiver trade deadline? They sent a package of prospects that included Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Matt Harrison. Andrus and Saltalamacchia were Atlanta’s top two prospects heading into the 2007 season, and Feliz and Harrison were highly regarded, too.There are so many other examples over the years, more than we need to dig into to illustrate the point. OK, maybe one more guy. In 2001, Alex Rodriguez signed a $252 million contract with the Rangers. In 2007, he signed a $275 million contract to stay with the Yankees.The sky didn’t collapse on baseball.MORE: Who were the biggest winners at the annual winter meetings?Baseball’s economics are constantly shifting, which is to say the price tags are constantly going up. That change/increase is constant. Another constant is the shocked reactions we’ve seen again this year at the change/increase.So why are we always surprised? Teams will pay market price. They won’t spend money they don’t have or trade prospects they can’t afford to give up (well, most of them).The Yankees gave Aroldis Chapman nearly $90 million because they had nearly $90 million to spend. Did the Cardinals want to give Dexter Fowler a five-year deal worth $82.5 million? No, they would have much rather given him three years and $45million, but $45million wasn’t going to get the job done. If they thought $82.5 million would have been truly detrimental to the franchise, Tommy Pham would be starting in center field on opening day.Fowler gets props here for taking 1-yr deal, betting big on himself, and coming up aces. 82.5M called “insane” by rival. Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 9, 2016Same thing with prospect cost. The Red Sox gave Yoan Moncada and three other prospects to the White Sox to Chris Sale because they believed the cost was worthwhile. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have done it.That basic premise is the same now as it was when the Yankees gave Babe Ruth his series of mind-boggling contracts yearly.MORE: Wade Davis trade is another championship move for the CubsWe shouldn’t be surprised, of course, but don’t expect that to change anytime soon. In fact, the biggest shocks are on the horizon, and they’ll get here when the the free-agent cla s of 2018 arrives.You’ve heard the talk of Bryce Harper potentially landing a deal north of $400 million, right? Folks, he ain’t alone.Manny Machado will probably get a deal equal to Harper’s. Josh Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, will be a free agent. Star left-handed pitchers David Price and Clayton Kershaw are eligible to opt-out of their deals.Matt Harvey, Andrew McCutchen, Dallas Keuchel, Andrew Miller, Dee Gordon and Craig Kimbrel are also on track to hit the free-agent market.The money that will be thrown about that offseason shouldn’t blow your mind, but it will. No matter how much you expect to be surprised.

Join K104 & Urban Specialists – Peace On The Streets 11/24

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High School Holla 10/4: Richardson, Carter, and Hebron Making Noise in District!

On this edition of the “High School Holla” with Bay Bay and Ron Murray, we shine the spotlight on Richardson’s QB & WR Duo (Logan Sawyer, Stone Carter), Carter Cowboys (Kace Williams, Jarvis Williams, Justice Wade-Harris), and Hebron’s Trejan Bridges! Kace Williams, Jarvis Williams, Justice Wade-Harris (Carter) vs. North Dallas Logan Sawyer, Marcus Johnson, Stone… Read more »

Bill Cosby To Face 3 To 10 Years In Prison

Earlier this week Bill Cosby had a two day hearing in which six women testified giving their official victim statements. It was finally ruled that Bill Cosby will be considered a violent sexual predation in which requires him to go through a lifetime of counseling monitor and as apart of the sex offender registry. In… Read more »