LaTroy Hawkins: the ump wanted the Cubs to win

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Major League Baseball is contemplating discipline against LaTroy Hawkins for accusing a home plate umpire of wanting the Cubs to beat the Astros the other night:

It all began when Everitt ejected Hawkins in the eighth inning after
he disputed a called ball to Aramis Ramirez and continued to complain
after Everitt ordered him to “knock it off.” After the game, which the
Cubs won 5-1 on Alfonso Soriano’s walk-off grand slam in the 13th
inning, Hawkins sounded off.

“Maybe he was having a bad day,” Hawkins said. “I thought he had determined who he wanted to win the game anyway.”

. . . Asked by Houston reporters whether he regretted the remark, Hawkins replied: “Why would I?”

The best part of it is that Hawkins’ defense to accusing an umpire of
intentionally tipping the outcome of a game — which is about as
serious a charge as one can level — is “It’s America, dude.”

I think we have the front runner for CTB’s official motto.

Josh Donaldson is still seeking a long-term deal with the Blue Jays

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If it were up to him, Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson would finish the remainder of his career in Toronto. In fact, he’d be “ticked pink” if the club decided to sign him to a long-term deal. Whether the Blue Jays share that sentiment is still unclear, as Donaldson said Saturday that the team has yet to engage his agent in extension talks.

“I’ve said that I wanted to be here,” he told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm. “That’s pretty much all I can say. I’m not the one who makes the decisions, nor would I try to put them in the position to do that. Like I said, I believe the situation will become more fluid when the time is right.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean an extension is out of the question. The Blue Jays reached an unprecedented one-year, $23 million agreement with the three-time All-Star in arbitration, and have been reticent to field trade offers despite continued interest from the Cardinals this winter.

Donaldson, 32, is poised to enter his eighth season in the majors and fourth with the Blue Jays. In 2017, he batted .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and a .944 OPS in 496 plate appearances, ranking sixth among all major league third baseman with 5.0 fWAR. He’s scheduled to enter free agency following the 2018 season.