Mattingly family makes bid for reality show

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Don Mattingly was considered the epitome of class during his Yankees career. His family, on the other hand, obviously has a ways to go:

A former Central High School baseball standout and New York Yankees
draft pick was arrested Tuesday for allegedly shoving his mother and
then spitting in her face.

Taylor Mattingly, 24, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail on
preliminary charges of battery by bodily waste, battery and criminal
mischief, all misdemeanors. Mattingly, the son of L.A. Dodgers batting
coach Don Mattingly, was released on a $250 cash bond late Tuesday
night.

According to a Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office probable cause
affidavit, Mattingly admitted jumping the brick fence of his mother’s
residence on Darmstadt Road and confronting her. Mattingly told
investigators his mother, Kim Mattingly, had earlier sent him a text
message insulting him, his girlfriend and his father, authorities said.

Taylor Mattingly was a 42nd-round pick by the Yankees in 2003. His pro
career consisted of 24 games in Rookie ball, in which he hit
.224/.387/.224. His older brother, Preston, is currently playing in the
Dodgers system, though he doesn’t project as a major leaguer. He’s a
career .238/.282/.347 hitter in four seasons.

While this is the first time Mattingly’s family has made headlines,
the former superstar initially accepted the Dodgers’ hitting coach job
when Joe Torre was hired, only to later back out because of undisclosed
family reasons.

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.