Tyson Gillies hired the lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan's son and pleaded "not guilty" to coke charge

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Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies pleaded not guilty yesterday to a felony charge of cocaine possession stemming from his August 20 arrest in Florida.
According to Bill Conlin of the Philadelphia Daily News the 21-year-old outfielder was walking along a service road at 3:00 a.m. and trying to flag down passing cars when police stopped and offered him a ride back to the team motel.
After he got into the back of the police car officers allegedly found a bag on the seat containing white powder, which tests later revealed to be cocaine. Conlin speculates that pleading guilty and perhaps accepting a misdemeanor charge with community service instead of jail time could have hindered the Canadian-born Gillies’ ability to maintain a working visa
Instead he went with “not guilty”–which perhaps sets him up to negotiate a better plea deal with less of a penalty later–and hired lawyer J. Kevin Hayslett, who Todd Zolecki of MLB.com notes “has represented high-profile clients including Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick Bollea.” If you’re not familiar with Bollea’s case, he spent eight months in prison after pleading no contest to reckless driving involving serious bodily injury following an accident that left his passenger in a nursing home.
Gillies is currently free on $2,000 bond and the Phillies have yet to comment “because this is an open case.”

Braves sign former football player Sanders Commings

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 15:  Cornerback Sanders Commings #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs on the sidelines during the pre-season NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.

Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.

Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.

The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.

Justin Verlander: “I’d like to see the AL and NL have the same rules… I vote NL rules.”

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 10:  Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on August 10, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”

Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:

To that, Archer said:

For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.