Joba Chamberlain's mom is in trouble again

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Already awaiting trial after being charged with selling methamphetamine to an undercover police officer earlier this summer, Joba Chamberlain’s mother has now been accused of leaving a threatening phone message for another woman in Nebraska. Here’s more, from the Associated Press:
Lincoln police spokeswoman Katie Flood said 44-year-old Jacqueline Standley was cited Monday on suspicion of disturbing the peace. Flood said a 28-year-old woman reported that Standley left a threatening message on her cell phone July 27.
An officer who listened to the message said Standley told the woman “You’d better disappear. Keep your eyes open.” Flood described the two women as former friends. Standley has a court hearing set for Sept. 4.

Not a good sign when you’re assigned a court date and have to check your schedule to make sure that you don’t already have another hearing that day.jobachamberlain.jpgjobachamberlain.jpg

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.

Rockies sign 30-year lease to stay in Coors Field

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Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.

As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.

Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”

The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.