Adam Jones' mother would like to set the record straight

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We had some fun with Adam Jones earlier today, but I just received a comment that provides much more in the way of background.  Except where the Mets are involved I’m nothing if not fair, so take it away Mrs. Bradley:

Let me clarify any misconceptions that are currently out there with
reference to my son Adam Jones being pulled over during his interview.
First of all, Jonesy was on his way to pick me up for our weekly lunch
date and was doing the interview via his cell phone with which he wears
a headset, even though the laws in our state do not require he uses
one. Second, while driving and doing the interview he was pulled over
for his windows being too dark and NOTHING ELSE!!!!! Adam is a very
conscientious young man and he knows RIGHT FROM WRONG! Not being
biased, I am being honest. If our state had a no cell phone or text law
he would abide by it, but we don’t. This was not the problem!!!! The
problem was his tint on his windows and if any of you have ever been to
Arizona when it is 117 degrees or higher here, you would understand the
circumstances!!!!

Adam happened to come directly to me after the stop and the interview
and explained the ENTIRE SCENARIO and I can the entire situation
because I also live in AZ and have been told that MY WINDOWS ARE TOO
DARK, so what would that make me? 6 out of every 10 cars in certain
parts of Arizona a tinted due to the extreme heat factor, so before you
start paasing judgement, come on out to AZ and get heated in the 117
DEGREE SWELTERING HEAT AND THEN WE CAN TALK! Until then, STEP!!!!

Respectfully,

Andrea Bradley, mother of Adam LaMarque Jones, Centerfielder for the
Baltimore Orioles

And yes, she’s legit. She’s been mentioned in Peter Schmuck’s column before, and the IP address checks out.

So here’s the deal, guys: ballplayers’ moms are hanging around here, so let’s clean up our act, OK?  Watch that language and for God’s sake, Gator, put some pants on.

Reds acquire Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers

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The Reds acquired utilityman Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

This is the second time that the Dodgers have traded Sweeney. The club sent him to the Phillies along with John Richy in August 2015 for Chase Utley. The Phillies sent him back to the Dodgers this past offseason with Darin Ruf in exchange for Howie Kendrick.

Sweeney, 26, made his major league debut in 2015 with the Phillies, hitting a meager .176/.286/.353 in 98 plate appearances. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, he hit .227/.290/.412 in 131 PA. While Sweeney’s bat hasn’t proven to be anything special, he has played second base, third base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions, so his flexibility will make him useful at some point.

Bryce Harper to Little League players: “No participation trophies, first place only”

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Nationals’ star outfielder Bryce Harper had some words of advice for a local Little League team on Saturday, telling a crowd of young players and their parents that winning matters far more than any participation trophies they might receive for their efforts on the field.

“As much as they might tell you, ‘Oh, it’s okay, you guys lost…’ No, Johnny, no,” Harper explained. “No participation trophies, okay? First place only. Come on.”

The panic over participation trophy culture has swelled over the last few years as studies continue to suggest that children are happier when they’re praised for their accomplishments, rather than rewarded for simply trying their best. The general idea is that kids aren’t motivated to succeed when they know they’ll receive a ribbon or medal celebrating their efforts at the end of the day — regardless of whether they win or lose. (Granted, it stands to reason that every kid can feel the difference between winning a championship trophy and receiving a participation ribbon.) Some have taken the idea to an extreme, claiming that when a child receives too many accolades for mediocre or poor performances, it can warp the way they view the world by generating a sense of undeserved entitlement.

Harper kept his tone light during the Q&A session, however, drawing cheers and applause from the majority of parents and a few of the kids. The 2015 NL MVP has routinely taken his own advice over the years, earning Rookie of the Year honors, four All-Star nominations and a Silver Slugger award since he broke into the major leagues in 2012. Next on his list? A World Series championship.