Brewers' Brent Suter talks his favorite Queen song, dollar slices and eco-friendly goals

null Baseball Throughout the 2019 season, Sporting News will run short interviews with players, highlighting their favorite foods, activities and more in a feature we're calling Two Minutes With ...In this edition, SN's Joe Rivera got two minutes with Brewers pitcher Brent Suter. Editor's note: Suter spoke with Sporting News to discuss his #StrikeOut夜网论坛Waste campaign. To learn more, you can read SN's story here.MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZN SPORTING NEWS: What's your goal? What's your measure of success?BRENT SUTER: Ideally, with the StrikeOut Waste campaign, get that image of the dugout clean, in terms of having people use the bottles more than not. -wide, have some adoption of the bottle program and have every stadium have LED-lights, every stadium have 100-percent compost. In terms of all the concession-ware, all the cups, have people sort it out into compost piles. Instead of recycling and trash, you have recycling, compost and trash. That would be a big step for .SN: And for you, personally?BS: Try to live a zero-landfill life, a zero-fossil fuel-energy life. That's what I want to be. That would be tremendous.SN: What do fans need to know about living an eco-friendly life?BS: The easy, low-hanging fruit so to speak, reusable water bottles, reusable grocery bags, recycling, composting, would be great, too. Easy stuff to eliminate waste.SN: Without putting any of your teammates on the spot, present or former, has anybody ever pushed back on your eco-forward ideas?BS: There's been some push back, but more it's been good debate and good dialogue. We actually have a good amount of environmental dialogue in the Brewers clubhouse about that stuff, and it's good learning for both sides. I learn from them what works in terms of motivation, and what they're seeing, and what the skeptical arguments are and how to tackle those. I try to talk to them about the science and the common sense of, this is how we're living, how many resources we're using. It's gotta change to be more in balance. I enjoy the dialogue a lot. SN: OK, now for the fun questions: You're getting pumped in the gym. What's your go-to song or artist?BS: Laughs. "Fat-Bottomed Girls" from Queen.SN: That's a fantastic song. BS: I just love that song. A lot in the offseason, if I was struggling, I'd throw that on. Queen gets me going. Singing the opening lines to "Fat-Bottom Girls:" Oooohhhhh.....SN: Pizza or tacos?BS: I had this veggie pizza at Slice pizza last night, which is probably the best pizza I ever had. So I'm really in that mode right now. I'm gonna say pizza.SN: New York or Chicago style?BS: New York. Deep-dish Chicago style is good, especially with a lot of veggies on it.SN: You know, if you get Chicago-sty[......]

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Dodger Bellinger exits on HBP, X-rays on knee negative

null Baseball null null Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger, one of 's hottest hitters in the early going this season, left Monday night's game after a taking a 96-mph fastball from Reds starter Luis Castillo squarely on the right knee in the bottom of the third inning.The good news for the Dodgers: X-rays of the knee were negative, a result that manager Dave Roberts described as a best-case scenario (per SportsNetLA). Bellinger x-rays on his knee are negative. Hit him flush on his knee but it’s not broken. Roberts said this was best case scenario.— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) April 16, 2019MORE:  Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZNBellinger, who had a run-scoring ground-rule double in his first at-bat, is slashing .433/.513/.925 through his first 18 games. After being hit, he crouched down in pain and eventually limped slowly to first base. He remained in the game at that point, but Alex Verdugo replaced him in right field in the top of the fourth. "It looked bad," Roberts said ( via the Los Angeles Times ). "That's one of those places you don't want to get hit.""You can't miss by that much," said Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw ( via ESPN.com ), who made an impressive first major-league start this season, going seven innings in a 4-3 win capped by Joc Pederson's two-run walk-off homer. "He's a very good pitcher, has tremendous stuff and has dominated basically in three starts. Obviously, a little wild tonight, but you can't miss by that much. That was really bad."Roberts said he expects Bellinger to feel the typical soreness and stiffness on Tuesday that comes from being hit by a 96-mph fastball, but it doesn't appear as if Bellinger will miss 夜网论坛an extended period of time (though it wouldn't be a surprise if he sat out Tuesday's game).[......]

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Kevin Pillar trade means Blue Jays lose their constant

Baseball null TORONTO — Kevin Pillar witnessed drastic changes during his seven-year tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays.From the disappointing underachievement of the 2013 team to the unpredictable overachievement of the 2015 team to the current transitional period that includes an almost entirely new coaching staff, Pillar had been the one constant through it all. But he’ll be a constant no more after being traded Tuesday to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right-handed pitchers Juan De Paula and Derek Law and infielder Alen Hanson.MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZN The trade is part of a full-on rebuild during which the Jays’ front office will evaluate all of its major-league ready young talent in order to evaluate who will be a part of a future that includes the top prospect and 2019 AL Rookie of the Year candidate, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Pillar was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the 2011 Draft and worked his way through the minors until he was first called up in August 2013. A homegrown talent, Pillar has spent his entire professional career in the Blue Jays organization.An emotional Kevin Pillar speaks after the Blue Jays dealt him to the Giants. �=�O(�<�ߥ: @Sportsnet) pic.twitter.com/nH0Ne0L5Aj— theScore (@theScore) April 2, 2019When asked before Sunday’s game about how he felt hearing his name in trade rumors, Pillar, who has a young family and who has been candid about wanting to play in Toronto for the rest of his career, said it was disconcerting.“This is the first time I've been a part of that. So, I mean, it was a little bit shocking, it was a little bit nerve-wracking,” he said. “I understand the business of the game. As I've been here a little bit longer, it's very unrealistic for someone to stay in the same organization for the duration of their career.”Pillar is acutely aware that the Jays are in a transitional phase and acknowledged that, at least on paper, it makes sense for the front office to trade whatever assets it has and turn them into younger, more controllable assets. Although he knows from talking to other players in the game that picking up and moving to a new place would be difficult, Pillar chooses to think about potential trades in terms of what it means from the perspective of the acquiring team.“I think it in some way you can kind of look at it as not necessarily a sign of a slap in the face from the organization but a sign of honor that there's teams out there that appreciate what you bring and want your service,” he said. “So, when I do hear them I 夜网论坛kind of try to turn my mindset to, you know . . . I understand why another team would want my service because I know what I can bring to the table. Obviously, they see what I can bring to the table every single day.”This one hurts. Been my locker-mate since 2014. Goi[......]

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Baseball Hall of Fame: Why Fred McGriff is definitely headed to Cooperstown — in 2022

null Baseball Tom Emanski should have returned the favor. The man behind the famous "Defensive Drills" videos should have done a series of infomercials supporting Fred McGriff’s Hall of Fame candidacy. I can see it now …“I’m so impressed with the exceptional statistics from Fred McGriff that I’ve given him my full endorsement,” Emanski could have said. “When you watched him, you knew why.”After a montage of McGriff highlights — including his Game 1 home run in the 1995 World Series for the Braves — there’s only one way this video could have finished, with Emanski pointing emphatically at the camera: “This is the candidacy video that gets results!”MORE: McGriff provided unsung moment that helped Braves win 1995 World Series But Emanski produced no such video, and in 10 years on the BBWAA ballot, McGriff’s candidacy has failed to gather any real momentum. When the results for the class of 2019 are announced Jan. 22, the slugger known affectionately as the Crime Dog will once again fall far short of the 75 percent threshold necessary for induction. McGriff’s vote totals are up this year, at 36.5 percent according to the invaluable tracker compiled by Ryan Thibodaux, but still nowhere near the number needed. This is his last year on the BBWAA ballot; the Hall shortened a player’s eligibility from 15 years to 10 years before the 2015 vote.Here are McGriff’s year-by-year voting totals, which have remained amazingly consistent (or stagnant, depending on your perspective):21.5 percent (2010)17.9 percent (2011)23.9 percent (2012)20.7 percent (2013)11.7 percent (2014)12.9 percent (2015)20.9 percent (2016)21.7 percent (2017)23.2 percent (2018)The lack of traction is disappointing for a player of McGriff’s caliber, no doubt. But we’ve buried the lede, folks.Fred McGriff will absolutely wind up in Cooperstown. Generations of fans will gaze upon his bronze plaque in the hallowed gallery and read about his 493 career home runs, his career playoff .303 average and 10 home runs in 50 postseason games — he hit .333 with a 1.065 OPS in October 1995, leading the Braves to the World Series title — and his 15 seasons with at least 20 homers. They’ll read about how his arrival in July 1993 helped Atlanta erase a 10-game deficit in the NL West and edge the Giants by a game for the title, 104 wins to 103 wins. Fans will read the story of Fred McGriff, Hall of Famer. This will happen, and it won’t matter that he wasn’t elected by the BBWAA. When his resume is placed alongside those enshrined, his numbers are deserving. It’s true, he’s not one of the 10 best first baseman in the history of the game, but the Hall of Fame hasn’t been elite-of-the-elite since the veterans committee dilution of the mid-1940s. Based on what the Hall actually is, not what some people want it to be, McGriff belongs. MORE: The Braves should've w[......]

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Manny Machado and top prospects give Padres major potential

null Baseball The Padres' signing of Manny Machado is the type of move that could alter the trajectory of a franchise.Machado — owner of a new $300 million contract — has a resume that speaks for itself: Four All-Star Game appearances, two Gold Gloves, four straight 30 home run seasons, and there is much more. He will be paired with fellow veteran and 2018 free agent Eric Hosmer near the top of the Friars' lineup, but that is just the start of a group that has potential to be among the most intimidating in the National League in the coming years. Of course, potential is never a guarantee. But the thought is something that should excite Padres fans.MORE: 10 questions about Machado's 10-year deal As it stands now, the Padres projected 2019 Opening Day lineup has some talent but isn't exactly one that screams playoff contender, especially with a rotation headlined by Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer.Padres projected lineup (via @mlbdepthcharts )2B Ian Kinsler3B Manny Machado1B Eric HosmerLF Wil MyersRF Hunter RenfroeCF Franchy CorderoSS Luis UriasC Austin Hedges— Sporting News (@sn_mlb) February 19, 2019But the Padres didn't make this deal so they could only contend in 2019. No, this was to add a star to an organization that has the best farm system in baseball. According to Pipeline, San Diego has 10 of the top 100 prospects, more than any other team.More help is on the way, too. The Padres have 10 top 100 prospects according to @Pipeline :SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (2)LHP Mackenzie Gore (15)2B Luis Urias (23)C Francisco Mejia (26)RHP Chris Paddack (34)RHP Luis Patino (48)LHP Adrian Morejon (49)(cont.)— Sporting News (@sn_mlb) February 19, 2019RHP Mich夜网论坛el Baez (72)LHP Logan Allen (74)LHP Ryan Weathers (93)Such a good farm system it doesn't even fit in one tweet.— Sporting News (@sn_mlb) February 19, 2019Six of those top 10 prospects are pitchers, but it's the four offensive names that make the Padres' future even more exciting. If the youngsters within the organization can all pan out — a tall order but not completely out of the realm of possibility — the Padres can climb to the of the pyramid of 's most feared lineups. With Machado and Hosmer earning $444 million combined, they are solidly set at the corner infield spots. The youth infusion to the middle infield is coming soon. Within a few months, the Padres could have their ideal second baseman and shortstop in place. Urias — the No. 23 prospect in baseball — is expected to start the season at shortstop. He is a potential .300 hitter year-in and year-out who hit 30 doubles in 450 at-bats in Triple-A last year. He won't turn 22 until June.Tatis is ranked behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as the top prospect in baseball and will likely force Urias to move to second base, in turn forming a formidable left side of the infield with Machado. Standing at 6[......]

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. should be among 's best from moment he debuts

null Baseball In some sports, the choice for Sporting News’ Faces of 2019 series was easier than others.For baseball, the only real option was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Not only is the potential superstar baseball’s best prospect on the cusp of making the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays, but his adorable 3-year-old face left an indelible mark on the baseball field in 2002, when his Hall of Fame-bound father was a star for the Montreal Expos.   MORE: Vlad Jr. says he's start in 2019: "I believe I am ready"Who can forget tiny Vlad Jr., doffing his cap to the adoring crowd at Olympic Stadium? If you haven’t seen the pictures, take a look now.  The younger Vlad was back in Montreal last spring, this time as a player, drawing an unforgettable standing ovation. The Blue Jays were playin夜网论坛g the Cardinals at Olympic Stadium in the final exhibition game of the spring, and the game rolled into the ninth inning, tied at 1-1. Junior sent everyone home with a no-doubt home run just to the left of center field.He had just turned 19 years old less than two weeks earlier. Blue Jays fans were ready to see Guerrero in the majors immediately, but the parent club spent the 2018 season preaching patience, even though Guerrero spent the summer proving that probably wasn’t necessary. In 61 games playing for Toronto’s Double-A team, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Guerrero hit .402 — not a typo — with a 1.120 OPS, 14 homers, 60 RBIs, 21 walks and only 27 strikeouts.The Blue Jays moved him up to Triple-A Buffalo for the rest of his season, and he continued to rip through minor-league pitching. In 30 games, he batted .336 with a .978 OPS, six more home runs, 15 walks and only 10 strikeouts. Ridiculous, really. Charlie Montoyo, a baseball lifer whose background is heavy in player development in the minor leagues, was named the Blue Jays’ new manager in late October. He wasted no time heading to the Arizona Fall League to watch Guerrero play and get to know the new face of the Blue Jays franchise. Montoyo said Junior seemed just like Senior — a humble, good ballplayer. “From the moment he gets there … he could be one of the best players in baseball. So that's exciting,” Montoyo said at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. “And again, being at the Triple-A level for eight years, I know sometimes that doesn't translate to the big leagues. But what they say about him, he's going to translate and be one of the best players when everybody starts playing, so that's exciting for me to hear. I'm looking forward to seeing it every day.”FLASHBACK: Vlad. Jr. among Jays minor leaguers carving own name amid family shadowGuerrero, by the way, hit .351 with 17 RBIs in 19 games in the AFL, though it should be noted that statistics in that league are notoriously unreliable, in large part because clubs often send their players there with specific[......]

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Patrick Corbin signing marks latest push by Nationals to build championship rotation

null It's not a radical concept, the idea of a strong rotation leading a club to October success. The Red Sox claimed the World Series title in 2018 on the backs of David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, Chris Sale and Rick Porcello. The Astros did the same in 2017 with Justin Verlander, Charlie Morton, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. leading the way.  It hasn’t worked for the Nationals — ever — but the front office is determined to give it another shot. News broke Tuesday afternoon that the franchise in our nation’s capital landed prized left-hander starter Patrick Corbin to add to a rotation that already includes Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg up top.Scherzer and Strasburg are both slated to earn $35 million this year (with deferred money in that equation). For most teams, that probably would be enough high-end investment in the rotation. Not for the Nationals. The package that convinced the former Arizona stalwart to set up shop in D.C. was a reported $140 million over six years.  Corbin, 29, was considered the best available free-agent starter this offseason. He was coming off what was easily his best season: a 2.47 FIP, 11.1 K/9 and 6.3 fWAR. It was no secret that he was the top target of the Yankees, his boyhood favorite team, and the Phillies, a franchise with money to burn and a powerful motivation to get back into the postseason after years of an often-ugly rebuilding process. But it was the Nationals who handed out the largest contract for a free-agent pitcher since both Price and Zack Greinke landed deals north of $200 million after the 2016 season.Will this latest attempt to build baseball's best rotation produce October success for the Nats? SN TRACKER: The biggest offseason free-agent movesThey have made the playoffs four times in the past seven years. In each of those seasons, the team won at least 95 games and the rotation was stellar — and the Nats failed to make it out of their first round. In 2012, they won 98 games and their starters had a National League-best 3.40 ERA. They were bounced in the NLDS by the Cardinals in five games.In 2014, they won 96 games and their starters had an NL-best 3.04 ERA. They were bo夜网论坛unced in the NLDS by the Giants in four games. In 2016, they won 95 games and their starters were second in the NL with a 3.60 ERA. They were bounced in the NLDS by the Dodgers in five games.In 2017, they won 97 games and their starters were third in the NL with a 3.63 ERA. They were bounced in the NLDS by the Cubs in five games.But you knew all this already.HOT STOVE: Red Sox reportedly want Eovaldi back  The fault, Nationals fans, lies in the execution. The build-a-better-rotation plan is just fine. The front office clearly believes so. It reinforced that belief with the somewhat surprising signing of Corbin. Maybe the move shouldn't be at all surprising; remember, Washington signed Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million contract after the 2014 season e[......]

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