2020 MLB Mock Draft Version 1.0

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We don’t have any actual real sports, anywhere, for the foreseable future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While playing games again, especially with fans present, is most likely months away, the respective drafts can still go ahead as planned, albeit in a very modified version.

As of now, the first of the four major U.S. sports drafts, the NFL edition, is still on. They’ll have to scale down and do it completely different, so as to adhere to CDC social distancing protocols, but it’s better than nothing. In that spirit, here is the link to our latest NFL mock draft. NBA can be found here, MLB is below and NHL is on the way.

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Dock Ellis “D”: Story of Pirates Pitcher who Threw a No-Hitter on Acid

There have been approximately just 300 no hit games pitched in the history of baseball, a sport that goes all the way back to the 1870s. Of all those no-hitters, only one was achieved while tripping balls on LSD.

Yes, lysergic acid, or “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was one of many controlled substances in the bloodstream of Dock Ellis on June 12, 1970. The Pittsburgh Pirates hurler, known for not never pitching sober in his career, and a frequent user of “greenies,” dexamills and other metamphetamines, tossed a no no that night against the San Diego Padres. Listen below as we tell you the tale, in the 17th episode of “Let’s Get Weird, Sports.”

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How Major US Sports Leagues Have Been Hit by Coronavirus Outbreak 

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep around the globe, almost all of of the top tier sports leagues have gone into almost complete lockdown. The four major leagues in North America have all been affected, and it seems almost certain the impact rise over the coming weeks. 

Here’s the latest state-of-play in the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB with regards to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Revisiting the Spanish Flu and 1918 World Series (Podcast)

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In October of 2018, we published a podcast, “Let’s Get Weird, Sports #5” that focused on the Spanish Flu and the 1918 World Series, in which the Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs. The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe in recent history, actually deadlier than World War I, and it was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin.

The Coronavirus outbreak, and the worldwide hysteria it is causing, are drawing a tremendous mount of comparisons to the Spanish Flu, hence we are re-publishing our podcast from 18 months ago, which is embedded and easily accessed below:

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Major Sports Leagues Start Establishing their Online Betting Solutions

In 2018, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) was invalidated, opening the floodgates and triggering a gambling gold rush in the richest country in the world. For years, sports betting had been frowned upon and limited to casinos in cities like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. But as soon as this act was abolished, new opportunities and new possibilities arose.

PASPA essentially made it impossible for states outside of Nevada to set their own laws regarding sports betting and online/mobile betting. Just 18 months after the act was invalidated, 13 states had legalized these activities and a further 6 had passed bills to push legalization through. As of 2020, it’s looking like at least 30 states will have some form of legal sports betting within the next year or two.

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Marquee Sports Network Debuts Today, Cubs Fan Backlash Strengthens

We’re just hours away now from the start of the Chicago Cubs exhibition season, so you now what that means? Time to like cable carriage fees! And broadcasting license agreements! All that fun stuff that Cubs fans typically associate with the start of spring training games.

We’re joking of course, but this is the world we live in, as Marquee Sports Network commences broadcasting, mere minutes from now. As it stands, Marquee Sports Network STILL has no deal in place with Comcast or Xfinity, and that’s just the start of a long list of service providers who have not reached agreement with MSN. It’s easier and shorter to just run through the list of who is hooked up at this point. And for convenience, here is where you can get Marquee, if any of these are your service provider.

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Average Pitching Speed for 15 year old in baseball

Baseball is a tough game and a lot of competitiveness is involved in it as well. Pitching is one of the key activities involved in this game. An honest fact is that anyone cannot be a pitcher. An individual needs to develop certain skills including arm speed, momentum, velocity and direction to become a good pitcher. Most professional pitchers start at a young age and get the speeds monitored. It is recommended that pitchers should have a good speed so that they can perform well against the striker.

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Mike Bolsinger Sues Houston Astros, Receives Porn Site Job Offer

It’s a very interesting time to be former Major League Baseball pitcher Mike Bolsinger. He’s filed a civil suit against the Houston Astros, asking them to concede $31 million of their ill-gotten gains. At the same time, a porn website is offering him the chance to make up to $100,000 as a nude model.

Yes, the Astros sign-stealing scandal is sending reverberations all across multiple segments of American culture. It’s something that greatly transcends Major League Baseball, and CamSoda, an adult entertainment webcam platform is inserting themselves into the conversation.

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Cubs Let Nick Castellanos Go, Continue Falling Behind in NL Central

When the Cincinnati Reds dominated the season series against the Chicago Cubs in 2019, it was an upset to say the last. If/when it happens in 2020, it won’t surprising at all. While Nick Castellanos was widely-expected to be a rent a player in 2019, the positive impact he had on the team, both tangibly and intangibly, should have made re-signing him a priority.

He’s the doubles machine of all doubles machines, and his uplifting effect on the club house is difficult to quantify. The Cubs letting him in go is one thing. Letting him go to a NL Central division rival is another. Letting him go, to a rival, and doing nothing to replace him is another animal entirely.

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Despite Scandal, Houston Astros Still Have Very Favorable World Series Odds

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It remains to be seen how the Houston Astros will perform this season, in the wake of the what is perhaps the worst cheating scandal in baseball history. Will being called the Asterisks (and a lot of much worse things, many NSFW) everywhere they go be a distraction and hindrance?

Or will wearing the black hat and becoming everyone’s least favorite team galvanize and unify them? The bookies are banking on the latter. The Houston Astros currently have the second best championship odds behind only the New York Yankees right now.

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Backlash Against Marquee Network Story of 2020 Cubs Convention

During his session today at 2020 Cubs Convention, club President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said he feared no boos; not for Marquee Network, nor anything else. Kenney told the assembled crowd he’s been booed before, for several things, including the jumbotron and the team mascot Clark.

The latter reference is poignant as the pants-less but friendly and inviting cartoonish bear was pretty much the headline story of Cubs Convention 2014. Why? Because he was a new addition to the club in a winter when the team made no real new additions to the player roster. The team was coming off a bad season (66-96) and moving towards the next one in which they were projected to be bad (they were, 73-89) again.

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Theo Epstein Says He Wants to Improve the Cubs Roster, but ‘Obstacles’ in Way

Chicago Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts may not be aware of how disgruntled the fan base currently is, but President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein sure is. He understands how malcontent (and deservedly so) Cubs supporters are right now and he’s hoping to get something done between now and opening day that will make the fans feel better about what kind of team they’ll have in 2020.

Epstein, along with his long time business partner, Cubs Vice President and General Manager Jed Hoyer appeared at the first panel on the second day of Cubs Convention. During the session, two fans basically asked the same question, but in different wording, and it’s one of only two Q&As that actually matter right now. Why hasn’t the team done anything at all to improve the roster this offseason?

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