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MLB investigating after Turner put others ‘at risk’ to celebrate title - Sportsnet.ca
The MLB's commissioner's office is beginning a full investigation after Justin Turner disregarded protocol Tuesday night following a positive COVID-19 test to join the Los Angeles Dodgers' on-field celebrations of their World Series win.
The MLB commissioner’s office is beginning a full investigation after Justin Turner disregarded protocol Tuesday night following a positive COVID-19 test to join the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ on-field celebrations of their World Series win. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turners decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk,” said a statement from the league. “When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.” The third baseman was lifted from Game 6 of the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in the top of the eighth inning. The league said he was placed into isolation, but Turner was spotted by cameras celebrating with teammates on the field after the Dodgers’ 3-1 win, sometimes wearing a mask and sometimes not. After the game, Turner tweeted that he was feeling great and wasnt experiencing any symptoms. Thanks to everyone reaching out! I feel great, no symptoms at all. Just experienced every emotion you can possibly imagine. Cant believe I couldnt be out there to celebrate with my guys! So proud of this team & unbelievably happy for the City of LA#WorldSeriesChamps — Justin Turner (@redturn2) October 28, 2020 ESPNs Jeff Passan reports that MLB was notified during the second inning that Turners COVID-19 test on Monday had come back inconclusive. According to Passan, Turners test taken Tuesday morning then came back positive shortly after, at which time MLB notified the Dodgers that Turner needed to be lifted from the game. In the second inning tonight, the lab doing COVID tests informed MLB that Justin Turners test from yesterday came back inconclusive. The samples from today had just arrived and were run. It showed up positive. The league immediately called the Dodgers and said to pull Turner. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 28, 2020 MLB says the Dodgers’ travelling party was tested for the novel coronavirus Tuesday night, and both the Dodgers and Rays have been tested Wednesday. When they can return to their home cities will be determined after being approved by the “appropriate authorities.”
Cash’s call to Kershaw in the clutch: 5 most memorable World Series moments - Sportsnet.ca
From Kevin Cash's shocking pitching move to Clayton Kershaw's narrative-reversing efforts, here are the five most memorable moments of a riveting World Series.
The short, sweet, unpredictable and unprecedented 2020 MLB season is over. The Los Angeles Dodgers, unequivocally baseballs best bunch this year, are champions. In the cold months ahead, there will be plenty of time to bemoan the absence of baseball. Lets not do that just yet. Instead, lets look at the most memorable moments from a riveting World Series between the Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Here are five that stand out: The decision When Rays manager Kevin Cash emerged from his dugout in the sixth inning on Tuesday, Blake Snell dropped an F-bomb. In a game Snell was leading (and largely controlling), Cash had come to remove his ace a move that was immediately questioned around the baseball world and surely will be for some time. Game 6, and ultimately the series, turned in the moments that followed. Nick Anderson entered in relief, promptly allowing a double to Mookie Betts to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. In the next at-bat, Anderson spiked a curveball that allowed Austin Barnes to score and Betts to advance to third. One pitch later, Corey Seager brought Betts home on a fielders choice to secure the lead. Cashs call to yank Snell was largely based on the fact that the top of the order (Betts, Seager and Justin Turner) was coming up for a third time. The third trip through an order typically spells bad news for pitchers, but in its first two go-rounds, the Dodgers top trio was 0-for-6 with six strikeouts. Further complicating matters is the fact that Cash removed Snell (a lefty) for Nick Anderson (a righty) to face Betts, who slugged .218 versus lefties this year (fifth-lowest among qualified hitters) and .677 versus righties (second-highest). Anderson had also allowed at least one earned run in each of his six previous outings. Cash called it a gut-wrenching decision after the game, and that almost seems like an understatement. Seagers MVP moment Admittedly, Corey Seagers World Series MVP resume was built over the entire series. But lets not overlook the fact he brought in the championship-clinching run, too. Aaaaaaand the @Dodgers take the lead! #Postseason | #MLBonSNhttps://t.co/Grp7MLDGcOpic.twitter.com/9u1tpFk8cI — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 28, 2020 In the aforementioned meltdown of a sixth inning for the Rays, Seager managed to pull a curveball on the outer-third of the plate to first base, which allowed the speedy Betts to run on contact and score the eventual winning run. Seager has had flashier swings this series, no doubt, but sometimes a good ol fashioned ball in play is enough to get the job done. MVP! MVP! MVP! Corey Seager has been named the 2020 #WorldSeries MVP. #postseasonpic.twitter.com/KFPUf3IqFx — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 28, 2020 As a whole, Seager was truly the MVP of the Dodgers post-season run. Not only did he earn NLCS MVP honours, but the 26-year-old shortstop led the team throughout with a blistering 1.171 OPS in 18 games, bashing eight home runs and notching 20 RBIs along the way. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but Seager is on track to be part of a loaded free-agent class next winter. What he accomplished this October is sure to pay dividends. Kershaw stops steal attempt Clayton Kershaw was in a groove and taking his time when something chaotic happened. But he didnt panic. In the fourth inning of Game 5, holding a 3-2 lead with two outs and runners on the corners, Kershaw started his motion from the stretch by slowly raising his arms skyward. Behind him, Manuel Margot took off down the third-base line on a rare attempt to steal home. First baseman Max Muncy saw Margot and yelled to Kershaw, Step off! Step off! Kershaw took his left foot off the rubber and fired home in time to nab Margot, ending the threat and the inning. It was also the last whiff of drama for Kershaw, who retired the final five batters of his start. As the victor of Game 5, Kershaw pushed his 2020 playoff stats to a 4-1 record, 2.93 ERA and .211 opponent batting average. Not bad for a guy whose post-season woes have been well-documented through the years. Game 4s insane ending Words cant really do this one justice, so lets just make sure everyones memory is jogged on this first: Trailing 7-6 with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth in Game 4, the Rays sent Brett Phillips to the plate for just his third at-bat of the post-season. He singled and the Rays won, but its a bit more complex than that. Phillips single to centre was booted by Chris Taylor, which enticed Randy Arozarena to try to score from first base. Taylors throw home was cut off by Max Muncy which catcher Will Smithdid not anticipate and Muncys relay throw got by Smith as he tried to catch the ball and perform a swipe tag in one smooth motion. Arozarena, meanwhile, had come barreling around third so hard he somersaulted on the base path. He was momentarily frozen on the chalk, before scoring easily as the ball rolled to the backstop. The image of an awestruck Arozarena smiling and smacking home plate is pure art. Randy rewrites the record books Goofy Game 4 ending aside, let us not forget about what Randy Arozarena did this month. On Tuesday, the 25-year-old rookie smacked his 10th home run of the post-season, building upon a single-season record he already owned. He also set a record for most hits in a post-season (29), as part of his 1.273 OPS compiled over 20 games. Arozarenas thunderous arrival into baseball stardom is understandably overshadowed, given that the Rays came up short. But his playoff performance was one that transcends 2020, title or not. And its fun to think about what he and others can do to make next years post-season even more memorable.
Joey Moss bled Edmonton sports and taught a generation about vulnerability - Sportsnet.ca
Joey Moss bled blue and orange by winter, green and gold by summer, teaching a generation of Edmonton sports fans about vulnerability, and putting it all out there even when you’re a bit off-key some of the time. Or all of the time.
EDMONTON The players and coaches, so many of whom have been tribute tweeting over the past day, saw one side of Joey Moss. The behind closed doors, Once an Oiler/Edmonton Football Team player, always an Oiler/Edmonton Football Team player, view. Us sportswriters, dressing room visitors for a select few hours of the week, we saw another. And the fans here in Edmonton and across Canada they saw some part of it all as well, from yet another angle. But the people who really knew Joseph Neil Moss, who picked him up in the morning, shared a traditional game-day hot tub, or moved him in with their families for weeks at a time during training camps or road trips, were the training staff. People like Lyle Sparky Kulchisky, Dwayne Mandrusiak, Ken Lowe and Barrie Stafford the equipment and medical staff who are the inner workings of the pro sports wristwatch never rotated in and out the way coaches and players always do. They saw it every day for a few decades, the impact Moss -- who hailed from a local, musically-inclined family -- had on 35 years of hockey and football players who passed through this city. We saw a side of Joe that was compassionate, but serious at times, said 49-year Edmonton Football Team equipment man Mandrusiak. Joe knew when things were not going well and you didnt joke around. Whether it was vacuuming, doing the laundry or whatever it was, when it was time to go, he took his job seriously. But hed also come up to you when you were having a bad day, put his arm around you and say 'Youre OK with me. You had to smile.' The #Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the passing of our dear friend & colleague, the legendary Joey Moss.Once an Oiler, always an Oiler.RIP, Joey. pic.twitter.com/KJSkN9oO9W The entire EE Football Team organization is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joey Moss.Edmonton lost a hero today. Joey's bravery, humor, strength, work ethic & perseverance in our dressing room & in our community left indelible impressions that will live with us all. pic.twitter.com/8ATs8ckQMS At the time he was brought into the Oilers dressing room, Moss was better known to the organization as the 21-year-old younger brother of Wayne Gretzkys then-girlfriend, singer Vikki Moss. It was an act of inclusion on the part of Gretzky, Glen Sather and the Oilers organization giving a chance to the 12th of 13 kids born to Lloyd and Sophie Moss in a small home on Edmontons east side. In the end, it was Joey who did all the giving, migrating over to the Edmonton Football Team dressing room and leaving behind a legacy that had Staffords phone alight since news of Joeys passing broke on Monday night. Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky, Eric Brewer, Steve Staios, Ethan Moreau, Gretz, of course I have over 200 text messages, said Stafford. Anyone in the inner circle has a feeling for the impact Joey had on people lives. How can such a small person have such a large impact? The sports community, the disability community Is there a person with Down syndrome who has had this kind of an impact in our country? In any country? I do believe hes an iconic Canadian. In the heartless world that pro sports can be, Joey became the goat in the horse barn, putting an arm around a player that had just been released, assuring him better days lie ahead, and leaving an impression that no coach, GM or teammate possibly could. He changed my life immensely, Kulchisky said on Tuesday, the morning after Moss passed at an Edmonton hospital. I was ignorant to Down syndrome I didnt understand it and I didnt want to. He made me become a more patient, sensitive person. "He made all of us you included better people. More understanding. As the rosters became fluid, as the once-mighty Oilers and the Edmonton Football Team took their turns at the bottom of the standings, their rosters churning through forgettable name after forgettable name, Moss was a rare constant. You could look down on the Edmonton Football Team sidelines and ask, Who is No. 76? Hes standing next to Joey.' Or walking out of what seemed like a decade-long string of Oilers losses, you could think of Joey on the scoreboard belting out the anthem before the game, and there was at least one smile your team gave you that night. Moss bled blue and orange by winter, green and gold by summer, teaching a generation of Edmonton sports fans about vulnerability, and putting it all out there even when youre a bit off-key some of the time. Or all of the time. Janet & I are saddened to learn about the passing of Joey Moss. Not only was Joey a fixture in the Edmonton dressing room, he was someone I truly considered a friend. We will miss you Joey and you will always live on through our memories. Our thoughts are with Joey's loved ones. With the greatest of all-time... and #99. Oil Country sure won't be the same without you, Joey. Thanks for always brightening up any day and may you rest easy my friend. pic.twitter.com/p7yGRqTdbk Someone who could brighten your day with just a smile or a wink. May you rest in peace Joey, you will be missed by so many. pic.twitter.com/ecuxIBiWPU Its OK to blindly love your team, win, lose or draw. And if youre going to sing "O Canada" in front of 18,000 people and a national TV audience, youd better not leave anything in the bag. His anthems were legendary, sung from a seat a few rows above the Oilers bench. He loved to sing and he loved to dance, Stafford said. My wife and her mother took tap dancing lessons. He went in one of their recitals and was the star performer, the hit of the recital. The thing that Joey did was, he gave pure joy to people. He made everyone smile His two loves were dancing and singing, and they came naturally through his family. Along the way, he became a cornerstone of the teams, sent down the hall to the visitors dressing room to wish Mathieu Schneider a "Happy Hanukkah!" or to deliver the organizational handshake to a new husband or father. He was as welcome in the dressing rooms of every visiting CFL or NHL team as he was in Edmonton's. Part of that was due to his ability to fit in seamlessly. In sports, if theyre not kidding around with you or pulling your leg, its because you havent been accepted yet. If they treat you with kid gloves its because you are seen to be on the outside, and the closer you get to the heart of a team the sharper your wits had better become. If they dont mess with you, dont tease you, they dont like you, said Mandrusiak. What struck me about Joey, began long-time Edmonton sports columnist Cam Cole, was how no one treated him like a special needs guy. He was just a completely integrated part of the dressing room culture, going about his business, giving and taking chirps from the players. Like the time he was vacuuming the rug, in between reporters' feet while John Muckler was doing a stand-up interview. Muck interrupted himself to say, '---- off, Joey, then continued his comments, and Joey simply kept vacuuming, a few feet away. He was a part of the scenery, a part of the mood, often happy, sometimes crabby like everyone else. One of the boys. Moss dancing, bellowing version of La Bamba was legendary inside those rooms, as Moss blasted out a brand of Karaoke that most of those elite athletes, with their muscles and macho, would never have the courage to attempt. It was while he was dancing a few months back that his hip gave out. He was dancing by the lunch table, said Kulchisky. His body just gave way. A broken hip, advancing Alzheimers and the pox that is this COVID-19 era combined to hand Joey a final few weeks he surely did not deserve, distanced in palliative care from those loved ones who would have loved to put an arm around him the way he did so many others, so many times. By the time closed his eyes at age 57, Moss had lived perhaps 30 years longer than doctors would have predicted back in 1963. The football club and the Oilers kept him alive that long, Kulchisky reckoned. A lot of time, as Down syndrome people age, they just put them in front of a TV in the morning and call them for dinner. Joe woke up every day to a challenge. With the Oilers, at least 40 people a day were counting on him. He had a purpose, Joe. Thats what kept him alive, kept him going. Until Monday, when the song finally ended for Joseph Moss, Edmonton legend. They come and they go, in this sports world where the speed of change seems to have quadrupled as my career passes the 30-year mark. There was, for me, no comparable for Joey Moss. They broke the mould, either before or after they made Joey.
Senators sign forward Filip Chlapik to one-year, two-way deal - Sportsnet.ca
The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Filip Chlapik to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Tuesday.
The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Filip Chlapik to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is worth $735,000 in the NHL and $70,000 at the AHL level. Filips a competitive player who works hard, said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a press release. He has applied himself to becoming an important player for us in Belleville. Were confident that same work ethic will be equally as effective for him as he strives to become the same type of player in Ottawa. The 23-year-old, who was selected the Senators in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft, split the 2019-20 season between Ottawa and its farm team in Belleville, recording six points in 31 NHL games and 22 points in 37 AHL contests. Over the course of his career, Chlapik has put up 11 points in 56 NHL games.
Senators re-sign forward Chris Tierney to two-year, $7M contract - Sportsnet.ca
The Ottawa Senators have re-signed forward Chris Tierney to a two-year, $7-million contract, the team announced Tuesday.
The Ottawa Senators have re-signed forward Chris Tierney to a two-year, $7-million contract, the team announced Tuesday. Another years! @tierney71pic.twitter.com/zOwyZUFUZK — Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 27, 2020 Tierney, a native of Keswick, Ont., will carry a $3.5-million salary-cap hit with his new deal. Were pleased to reach an agreement with Chris that will see him under contract here for multiple seasons, general manager Pierre Dorion said in a press release. Hes a reliable veteran who has very good hockey sense and who is consistently among our best centres in faceoff success rate. That hes accumulated significant NHL experience in a short period of time is also of considerable importance to our lineup. The 26-year-old notched 37 points in 71 games last season, good for sixth on the youth-laden Senators. The season prior, he hit career-highs in assists (39) and points (48) in his first campaign with Ottawa after coming over from the San Jose Sharks as part of the return in the Erik Karlsson trade. In 436 career games with the Sharks and Senators, the 2012 second-round pick (55th overall) has recorded 189 points.
Longtime Oilers locker room attendant Joey Moss dies at 57 - Sportsnet.ca
Joey Moss, a longtime Edmonton Oilers locker room attendant, died Monday at the age of 57.
EDMONTON -- Joey Moss, a longtime Edmonton Oilers locker room attendant, died Monday at the age of 57. The #Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the passing of our dear friend & colleague, the legendary Joey Moss.Once an Oiler, always an Oiler.RIP, Joey. pic.twitter.com/KJSkN9oO9W — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 27, 2020 Moss was born in 1963 with Down Syndrome, the 12th of 13 children to Lloyd and Sophie Moss. He became the Oilers' locker-room attendant in 1984 when superstar Wayne Gretzky was dating his older sister, Vikki. Moss joined the Edmonton Football Team in 1986 and held roles with both organizations for over 30 years. Heartbreaking to hear about Joey Moss passing away. He is the soul of the @EdmontonOilers. Ill remember him singing the anthem w/pride, getting fired up about wrestling and always asking if I combed my hair with a pork chop. My deepest condolences to the Moss family. pic.twitter.com/Ssa0ZBcoSn — Andrew Ference (@Ferknuckle) October 27, 2020 He worked with the CFL club from the opening of training camp in June until mid-August, at which time he headed over to the Oilers locker-room for the NHL season _ capturing the hearts of Edmonton sports fans along the way, particularly with his enthusiastic participation in the national anthem before the start of every hockey game. Moss helped the training staff with such tasks as filling water bottles and equipment duties, but became more than an attendant over the years by providing inspiration to everyone in the locker-room. Moss was awarded the NHL Alumni Association's ``Seventh Man Award'' in 2003, for those ``whose behind-the-scenes efforts make a difference in the lives of others.'' A little numb and horribly saddened by the news... but #yeg legend Joey Moss has passed away at the age of 57. Not even sure where to start... but condolences to the entire Moss, Eskimo & Oiler Families. He left a wonderful legacy & will be deeply missed by so many. #RIPJoeyMosspic.twitter.com/GvyeqTFjiB — Bryn Griffiths (@BrynMightyMouth) October 26, 2020 In October 2008, Moss was honoured with a mural in Edmonton for his service with both clubs. In 2012, he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal honouring significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Moss also inspired the Joey Moss Cup, a tournament held at the end of Oilers' training camp.
Buehler’s remarkable start in Dodgers’ Game 3 win puts pressure on Rays - Sportsnet.ca
With Friday's 6-2 win, the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead in the World Series and shifted the pressure squarely on the Rays' shoulders heading into Game 4. Here are the biggest takeaways.
Walker Buehler shoved, Charlie Morton suffered a rare post-season misstep and the Los Angeles Dodgers had their bats going as they motored to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. With the win, the Dodgers take a 2-1 lead in the World Series and shift the pressure squarely on the Rays’ shoulders heading into Game 4. But before we get there, lets look back at some takeaways from a commanding Dodgers victory. Dominant Buehlers had a bit of a spotty post-season, battling his command at times and blisters at others. His results have been perfectly fine, with only four runs allowed over four outings. But anyone whos been watching closely knows he hasnt pitched as efficiently as he couldve, walking 11 over those four starts and completing just four innings in two of them. But you know Buehlers on when hes beating guys with high-90s fastballs: Locating his curveball back door for strikes: Walker Buehler, Nasty 82mph Back Door Curveball. pic.twitter.com/cISkcmYHCq — Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 24, 2020 And getting awkward, off-balance swings like this: Walker F'n Buehler, Filthy 83mph Curveball. 10th K. pic.twitter.com/Dwd7Ik6PXt — Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 24, 2020 And this: We could really just display nothing but Buehler GIFs here, because the Dodgers right-hander was featuring truly devastating stuff Friday. He was flawless through his first two innings, going six up, six down on only 22 pitches while striking out four. He walked Kevin Kiermaier in the third, but quickly erased him with a double play, ensuring hed face the minimum entering the fourth. It was right back to automatic outs from there, as Buehler retired his next four consecutively to carry him through one out in the fifth. Thats when he faced trouble for the first time, as Manuel Margot shot a well-located, full-count fastball into left for a double, the first hit Buehler allowed on the night. Buehler rallied to strike out Joey Wendle with a nasty curveball at the end of a long battle, but then he made one of his few mistakes on the night, leaving an 0-2 slider a little too far up to Willy Adames, who put the Rays on the board: But that was all theyd get off him as Buehler completed six innings, allowing only that run on three hits and walk, striking out 10. He threw 67 of his 93 pitches for strikes, a ridiculous 18 of them swinging. His pitch chart demonstrates how effective Buehlers stuff can allow him to be with a relatively simple game plan featuring fastballs up, curveballs to either side of the plate and sliders either down-and-away from righties or at the back feet of lefties: Thats about as good as it gets and when you have a bullpen like the Dodgers do, six innings on 93 pitches is all you need. Buehlers now lined up to start a potential Game 7 of this series on Wednesday, and the Dodgers have to feel pretty good about that should the situation materialize. An unlikely outcome Friday, the Rays turned to Charlie Morton, a veteran stater whos defied the traditional athletes trajectory and gotten better with age. Since 2017 his age-33 season Morton has a 3.94 ERA over 97 starts with strong peripherals of 10.6 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9. But the 37-year-old has done his best work in the post-season, pitching to a 2.81 ERA over 11 playoff outings in that span. Hes shoved in must-win games, hes closed out a World Series clincher and hes excelled in Game 7s, like last week in the ALCS against the Houston Astros. Which is just one of the things that made his struggles Friday so curious. The other is how the trouble came out of nowhere. After two swift outs in the first, Morton quickly got ahead of Justin Turner, 1-2. But then he left a fastball up, right over the heart of the plate. And bad things tend to happen when you do that: Justin Turner drills one to left field to get the @Dodgers on the board. #Postseasonpic.twitter.com/KAXTM3Qoxz — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 24, 2020 In the third, Morton again got two quick outs, both via strikeout on only nine pitches. But then he clipped Corey Seagers foot with a splitter and got burned by Turner with two strikes again, as the Dodgers third baseman lifted a Morton curveball on the plate into left for a double, putting two runners in scoring position. Max Muncy was next. Morton got to two strikes again. And another pitch was left over the plate: This is extremely unusual. In two-strike counts this season, Morton held hitters to a .170/.207/.284 line. He gave up only six extra-base hits in 92 plate appearances that went to two strikes. Of the 53 batters he faced with two out in an inning, only three came away with extra-base hits. Friday night he was tagged for two through three innings. But credit Dodgers hitters for a typically elite approach. Mortons as good as he is because he doesnt leave many pitches in hittable locations especially when hes ahead in the count. When he makes his rare mistakes, its imperative that you capitalize on them. And the Dodgers did just that. Adding on While the early damage was done with two-strikes, the Dodgers werent waiting around against Morton in the fourth. Cody Bellinger led off with a line-drive single to right that beat the four-man outfield the Rays deployed against him. And after Chris Taylor struck out on three pitches, Joc Pederson sent a first-pitch curveball up the line, pushing Bellinger to third and putting the Dodgers back in business. No. 9 hitter Austin Barnes was next, in the lineup not because his OPS is off the charts but due to his rapport with Buehler. You wont see the Dodgers sacrifice bunt often. But with Barnes at the plate, it made plenty of sense: AUSTIN BARNES BUNT! Watch Game 3 of the #WorldSeries on SN + SN NOW.#Postseason | #MLBonSNpic.twitter.com/EETNa0T7ye — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 24, 2020 After all, the Dodgers had baseballs second-best player coming up next in Mookie Betts. And he became the latest hitter to get to Morton with two strikes, rifling a full-count sinker back up the middle to cash another. Mortons five runs allowed were one more than hed given up in his last five playoff starts combined. The seven hits he surrendered were tied for his most in a game since August 10, 2019 a span of 22 outings. This isnt how its usually gone. And if this series goes seven, the Rays will have to hope Friday was merely a glitch in Mortons matrix. Managing for tomorrow Despite Mortons struggles, Rays manager Kevin Cash needed as much length from his starter as possible with a bullpen day on tap Saturday. So he sent him back out for the fifth with five runs already in. But after Morton issued Muncy a one-out walk, Cash had seen enough. From there, it was crucial that Cash got efficient, effective relief. You never know how many arms youll need on a bullpen day and its possible Sundays Game 5 could be an elimination game. The Rays needed to preserve as many bullets as possible. John Curtiss was first out of the bullpen and did a serous solid for his manager, getting the Rays out of the fifth with only eight pitches. And he started the sixth similarly, retiring the first two batters on seven. But then he hung an 0-2 slider to Barnes, who doesnt hit many homers but wasnt missing that cookie: Austin Barnes goes yard to make it 6-1 for the @Dodgers! Watch Game 3 of the #WorldSeries on SN + SN NOW. #Postseason | #MLBonSNpic.twitter.com/8oa8JmMAs9 — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 24, 2020 As an aside: it really is unfair that a lineup as deep as the Dodgers gets a bomb like that from Barnes out of the nine-hole. He has three home runs in 348 MLB games. He entered the night a .194/.262/.247 career playoff hitter with exactly one home run in 103 post-season plate appearances. Hes in the game for his defence. But the Dodgers continue to be a cheat code. Anyway, Curtiss then turned things over to Ryan Sherriff, who had yet to pitch in the post-season. And Sherriff gave way to Ryan Thompson, who hadnt pitched since Game 3 of the ALCS. Thompson then passed the baton to Shane McClanahan, who made his MLB debut two-and-a-half weeks ago and has pitched only three times in these playoffs. That usage tells you all you need to know about how Cash was managing the end of this one. It had more to do with tomorrow than today. The gambit he ran was that itd be better to have a full stable of high leverage arms in Games 4 and 5 rather than marginally increasing his teams dwindling odds of a comeback in Game 3. Cash got what he was after. And now the pressures on him and his pitching staff in Saturdays Game 4, as the Rays try to navigate their way through 27 outs in a series of short stints, while producing enough offence to avoid a 3-1 deficit. Odds and ends Randy Arozarena made history in the ninth with a solo shot off Kenley Jansen, tying an MLB record for the most homers eight in a single post-season: Randy Arozarena closes this one out by tying an MLB record for most home runs in a single #Postseason with. #WorldSeries | #MLBonSNpic.twitter.com/YlyYafaxoq — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 24, 2020 Justin Turner made a ridiculous snag on a Mike Zunino grounder in the third, starting an inning-ending double play. It was impressive enough at full speed, but the super slow-motion replay demonstrates just how tricky the ball was to track: This glove work by @Dodgers 3B @redturn2 is absurd pic.twitter.com/xLW1q1zcOo — FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 24, 2020 Ji-Man Chois six-foot-one, 260-pounds and can do the splits. Whats your excuse?
How Raptors could be impacted by potential changes to 2020-21 season - Sportsnet.ca
The NBA Board of Governors convened Friday. The reportedly wide-ranging discussions covered details of how next season would play out, including a proposed start date that's just months away. What would these changes mean for the Toronto Raptors and Canadian …
The NBA Board of Governors convened Friday to discuss the still-unknown plan for next season. The highlight of the day were the reported discussions that the league was aiming to start the 2020-21 campaign just before Christmas Day, but plenty more was discussed between the NBA’s decision-makers. Here’s a quick look at how some of what has been put out there may impact the future of the league — and the Toronto Raptors, in particular, who are in an even more unique situation as Canada’s lone NBA team. Impact of a near-Christmas Day start Should the season start just before Christmas it would have wide-reaching impact on every team in the league, most notably on decisions teams need to make now. The next big event on the NBA calendar is the NBA Draft on Nov. 18, but after that its a blank slate. This includes free agency and the start of training camp and if the season were to start on Dec. 22 as reported, that would leave a very short window for free agency to get done and probably a truncated training camp. Neither of these situations are ideal. Sometimes free agency can drag a bit as players usually wait for the big fish to set the market first before committing afterwards, not to mention the fact that this would be a pretty short turnaround on a season that lasted, essentially, a full calendar year before and guys might need more time off to rest and recover before diving back into the grind. Still, though, it would make a lot of financial sense to start the season at the end of December, in time for the 25th. Christmas Day is historically among the NBAs biggest days, one that usually features a five-game slate of high-profile matchups. Over the years, even just being chosen to play on the day has been dressed up into something of a prestigious accomplishment.dressing up getting chosen to play on the day as something of a prestigious accomplishment. More than anything, it would be good for the NBA to try to please their TV partners after a season that saw the league lose a lot of money. The push for a Christmas Day start to the 2020-21 NBA season, which would naturally please the league's TV partners, is gaining momentum, league sources say — Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 23, 2020 On the other hand, the Lakers just won the title not even two weeks ago. Would the Players Association be willing to sign off on allowing the players to return so quickly after the season ended? Theres speculation that the PA will push for a later start date — perhaps on Martin Luther King Day weekend in mid-January. Union officials have been pretty consistent, including Michele Roberts to SI this summer: Early 2021 is the most realistic start. Cant discount that the NBAs most influential player (LBJ) on its marquee franchise (Lakers) may push for a longer break. https://t.co/DUHzWeqYRe — Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) October 23, 2020 And in regards to the Raptors, specifically, the sooner the NBA season starts, the sooner the team will have to figure out its own unique situation of being a team in Canada. Both Toronto FC and the Toronto Blue Jays were forced to find temporary homes for themselves down in the United States — as the government didnt allow them to play in Toronto because of the COVID-mandated travel restrictions — and the Raptors probably wont be seeing any special treatment themselves in this regard, either. As such, if the NBA elects not to go with a bubble, the Raptors will need to find a home away from home for themselves. And if the season is actually starting just before Christmas, then that search will need to get started immediately if it hasnt started already, that is. Season ends before the Olympic Games? According to reporting from both The AthleticsShams Charania and ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the league’s target date is Dec. 22, with the season lasting just 72 regular-season games and concluding before the Summer Olympic Games — assuming they can be held. If youre a fan of Canadian basketball, that last part about the Olympics is a pretty good argument for starting the season at that early date and knocking off those 10 games from the schedule. This would allow NBA players a window to play in the Tokyo 2021 Games and might even open up the possibility of Canadian NBA players suiting up for their country in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, B.C. The OQT would start on June 29, so theres a chance that enough of the Canadas NBA contingent may be free to play for the country and help it qualify for the Olympics later on down the road when, presumably, Canadas full complement will be available. Of course, this is just looking at things purely from the perspective of Canada Basketball and, more generally, FIBA basketball. The NBAs view of things likely differs in that truncating the season and starting it as early as possible would be made in an effort to return to a normal schedule as best as it can, and if that means sacrificing the Olympics to do just that, expect the league to do so. Making players available for the Olympics isn't a priority for the NBA. Owners, frankly, don't care. Getting back on a normal schedule, however, is. Regardless of when it starts, expect the season to end in June/July. — Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) October 23, 2020 Possibly no All-Star Game Another sacrifice that may need to be made next season is the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Indianapolis. According to Wojnarowski, the event may need to be cancelled, though no decision has been made yet. Another potential casualty of the 2020-2021 season and the coronavirus, sources tell ESPN: The All-Star Game. The event is scheduled for Indianapolis. No final decision has been made. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 23, 2020 Cancelling All-Star weekend makes sense because the event — a big, fun exhibition weekend — would be strange without the captive sold-out audience in attendance to take it all in. Not to mention, the weekend isnt just limited to what happens in the arena with a convention-like fan zone and parties happening all over the city in honour of the league’s finest. In other words, a bunch of things that involve getting a large group of people together — something that would be too risky in this COVID-climate. The cancellation of the event would be another way to accelerate the season and try to get things back to a normal schedule as the traditional All-Star break could then be eliminated and games could just be played straight through. The Players Association may have something to say about that, but its still an option that could be tabled. A potentially bigger headache of cancelling All-Star weekend would be what to do with players who may have performance incentives and bonuses in their contracts tied to the All-Star Game such as being named an All-Star or winning All-Star Game MVP? For example, lets say Pascal Siakam gets a nice bonus for being voted in as an All-Star starter again next season. But if theres no All-Star Game, would a vote even still happen? Would All-Star teams even be selected? Theres a workaround for this to have mid-season awards and mid-season Eastern and Western Conference teams selected, perhaps, but it would have to be something else the league considers before moving forward on a decision. To bubble or not to bubble As Charania reported, The NBA continues to prefer in-market play for the 2020-21 season instead of a bubble or multiple bubbles. Thats well and good to say, but the question of feasibility is still in the air — especially with the holiday season upon us when people are more likely to travel and see friends and family in tighter spaces indoors. Something league officials are wary of: There have been predictions from health officials of significant COVID spikes over the holidays, specifically Thanksgiving. Coming back in a non-bubble environment may not be feasible in some parts of the country. — Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) October 23, 2020 Still, the argument against a bubble isnt to be dismissed, either. The three-month Disney World experiment, while successful, took a huge mental-health toll on players and its unlikely theyll want to subject themselves to that kind of isolation again — particularly for a longer period of time. Instead, as Wojnarowski reported, the league may be looking into scheduling baseball-like series of games to keep teams in one spot for longer periods of time in an effort to reduce travel. Sources: NBA and Board Governors continued discussion on call today about playing something resembling more of a baseball series to limit travel outside of bubble. For example, a team might travel to New York and play its two road games against Knicks and one vs. Nets. https://t.co/ObuqSkNXCB — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 23, 2020 It sounds good in theory, but theres a big difference between ball-parking an idea and actually executing. Given the exploding cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., any amount of travel will be risky. And for that matter, any option on the table is a risk while trying to play pro sports in the middle of a global pandemic, its just a matter of what risks youre willing to live with. Were still waiting to see what the NBA is willing to live with now.
Maple Leafs sign defenceman Travis Dermott to one-year extension - Sportsnet.ca
The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked defender Travis Dermott to a one-year extension, the club announced Friday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked defender Travis Dermott to a one-year extension, the club announced Friday. Putting pen to paperTravis Dermott has signed a one-year contract extension! #LeafsForeverDetails: https://t.co/II8XdVKlPbpic.twitter.com/Mee7gwNCu1 — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 23, 2020 Dermott's new deal will pay him $874,125 next season, a slight uptick from his $863,333 cap hit in 2019-20. The 23-year-old has spent four seasons with the Maple Leafs organization since being drafted 34th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft. After a season and a half with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, Dermott's spent parts of the past three campaigns with Toronto at the NHL level. He posted 11 points through 56 games for the blue and white last season, averaging a career-high 17:19 minutes of ice per night sixth-most among Maple Leafs defencemen.
NHL postpones Winter Classic, All-Star Weekend for upcoming season - Sportsnet.ca
The NHL has postponed the 2021 NHL Winter Classic and the 2021 NHL All-Star Weekend.
The NHL has postponed the 2021 NHL Winter Classic and the 2021 NHL All-Star Weekend. The Winter Classic was set to feature the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues at Minnesota's Target Field on Jan. 1, 2021, while the Florida Panthers were set to host the 2021 All-Star Weekend at BB&T Center. The postponements come "due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus," the league said via a statement, adding that it intends to return to Minnesota and Florida for these events in the future. "Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events," NHL senior executive vice president and chief content officer Steve Mayer said via a release. "Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should be able to enjoy and celebrate these tentpole events in-person, as they were always intended. "We are also considering several new and creative events that will allow our fans to engage with our games and teams during this upcoming season." The league's release added that the postponement announcement does not affect the NHL and NHLPA's previously stated goal of starting the next NHL season on or around Jan. 1, 2021.