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Noah Syndergaard Forced to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

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The New York Mets were dealt with a devastating blown on Tuesday, when it was announced that star pitcher Noah Syndergaard will have to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Syndergaard will have the procedure on Thursday, effectively ending his season before it starts and even putting his status for the 2021 season into question as well.

The New York Mets are luckily covered to deal with Syndergaard’s injury, as they signed Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello to replace departed starting pitcher Zack Wheeler in free agency. With Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz already in place, the Mets still feature a five-man rotation.

Still, the ceiling of the Mets was tied to Syndergaard’s ability to be another ace next to the two-time reigning Cy Young Award winner in deGrom.

Now the Mets have to wonder when they will even get Syndergaard back on the mound, as it usually takes over a year for pitchers to return to full health after this surgery.

This injury could not come at a worse time for Syndergaard, as he is just two years away from becoming a free agent for the first time.

Now Syndergaard’s path to a potential nine-figure contract is likely far more uncertain than it would have been had he remained healthy and productive for the next two seasons.

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New York Yankees Minor-League Affiliate Cancels ‘OJ Trial Night’

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Minor league baseball teams will do anything to get fans to come out to the ballpark. Gimmicky promotional events drive people to come to these games, but not every idea is worth doing.

The New York Yankees Single-A affiliate, the Charleston RiverDogs, made an ill-advised decision to host a “OJ Trail Night”. After receiving immediate backlash they have rightfully cancelled the event.

The RiverDogs have made a name for themselves in Charleston for their wacky promotions in the past. Back in 2002, they hosted a “Nobody Night”, where they did not allow fans into the ballpark until the sixth inning so that they could set a record for the lowest attendance at a game.

This latest promotion was made to give fans a “unique twist” on the most infamous murder trial of the 1990s.

According to the team’s website, the ‘OJ Trial Night’ was described as follows:

“The trial of the century gets a juicy new spin. We will finally receive the verdict that everyone has been waiting for … pulp or no pulp?

“Fans will act as our jury, voting with custom paddles to reach verdicts on various topics throughout the night. The eyes of the nation will be upon us. Fans will receive an “OJ Trial” shirt upon entering the stadium. If the shirt don’t fit, you must … see if we have a different size.”

Charleston’s PR staff completely missed the ball on this one, as they should have understood the backlash that would have come with making light of a murder trial.

Back in 1995, Simpson was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.

The families of the victims of that tragedy probably should have been taken into account before the RiverDogs made this promotional event public.

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Former NL MVP Christian Yelich Nearing Contract Extension North of $200 Million

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In 2015, Christian Yelich signed a seven-year, $49.6 million contract extension with the Miami Marlins.

At the time, Yelich was coming off a Gold Glove season for the Marlins in 2014 and was a solid outfielder that Miami looked to build around. A few years later, the Marlins traded Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers as part of rebuild ahead of the 2018 season.

Once he arrived to Milwaukee, Yelich became a different ballplayer altogether and is now regarded as one of the best players in the MLB.

Because of his incredible production in his first two years with the Brewers, Yelich is nearing a contract extension that would make him the highest-paid player in franchise history.

Yelich is clearly deserving of a pay raise after being an All-Star in each of the last two seasons. In his year in Milwaukee, Yelich hit .326/.402/.598, with 36 home runs, 110 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Following the season, he was named the 2018 NL MVP.

Last season, Yelich hit .329/.429/.671, leading the league in batting, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He has won the batting title in each of his two seasons as a Brewer and just set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases.

This is an incredible time for sports in Milwaukee, as the Brewers have made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and the Bucks currently feature the best record in the NBA.

The city has featured a pair of MVP’s in Yelich and Giannis Antetokounmpo and now one of them is locked into a contract to stay put for the better part of this decade.

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