Things didn't look great for Julia Marino after posting a 30.61 in her first run at Sunday's women's slopestyle final. But despite starting from the back of the pack and dealing with the sub-zero morning temperatures, the 24-year-old American put together the run of her life in her second heat—and got Team USA its first medal at the Beijing Games in the process.
The Albert Pujols signing was made by the St. Louis Cardinals for a multitude of reasons. First, it was to add his bat to the lineup, specifically against left-handed pitchers, a role he thrived in with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Second, it was to reunite him with Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright which, by all accounts, will be their Last Dance. It’s good for the three career-long friends. It’s good PR by the Cardinals. The move, which was low-cost, came at virtually no risk to the team. It was a move that they should have made and ultimately ended up doing after initially calling it highly unlikely.
The MLBPA released their own statement on the cancellation to the first two series of the regular season.
Following the tragic events at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, the Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they are hosting fundraisers to help those impacted. Tomorrow, on Tuesday morning, Freddy Peralta, Craig Counsell, and David Stearns will be at Colectivo Coffee on Prospect Ave in Milwaukee. On Wednesday, the Magic of Lights begins at American Family Field. Thoughts and prayers are with the people and families impacted by these events, including my daughter's third grade classmate.
Several players, when they come to Milwaukee, talk about how friendly the city is and how much everyone supports the team. Kolten Wong is the most recent player to discover this, and he talked about his experience in The Players Tribune.
Burnes (1st), Hader (3rd), Narvaez (1st), Peralta (1st), Woodruff (2nd)
Before Monday night's series opener against the Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers activated Hunter Strickland to the 26-man roster and optioned Patrick Weigel back to Triple-A. The veteran Strickland was recently acquired after being designated for assignment by the Angels, and debuted for the Brewers with a scoreless inning in the 10-2 loss.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals will play a twin bill today (assuming the weather cooperates) and that means each team will get an extra player for the day. This morning, the Brewers announced that their 27th man would be Alec Bettinger. The 25 year old has appeared in three games so far at the big league level and has yielded 14 runs in 9.0 innings. He's made one start in Triple-A, throwing five shutout innings.
Earlier this week, the Brewers designated Josh Lindblom for assignment in order to clear roster space for Eric Lauer. Lindblom officially cleared waivers today, and the Brewers announced that he has been outrighted to Triple-A. Lindblom did have the right to refuse the assignment, but Adam McCalvy noted that Lindblom has accepted the assignment. The Brewers plan is to get Lindblom regular work in Triple-A to see if that will improve his results. He will slot into the Nashville starting rotation beginning on Thursday, and will get regular starts from there.
The Milwaukee Brewers designated Jacob Nottingham for assignment on April 22nd, and today his fate was learned when the Mariners announced that they had claimed the 26 year old backstop off of waivers. Nottingham arrived as a prized prospect in the trade that sent Khris Davis to Oakland prior to the 2016 season, but his promising offensive numbers in the lower minors did not continue as he ascended up the ladder. Nottingham did improve his defensive prowess dramatically, however, and debuted with the Brewers in 2018. During parts of three MLB seasons, he totaled 85 plate appearances and hit .203/.306/.432 with five home runs for a 95 OPS+, although with a 35% strikeout rate. As someone who now profiles best as a "backup catcher with pop," Nottingham could be in line for some legitimate playing time in Seattle as both their current catchers Luis Torrens and Tom Murphy have struggled this year. (Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference)