Mets beat writer is a man of his word: wears a Speedo to spring training

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Back during the Winter Meetings New York Daily News reporter Andy Martino wrote the following:

Here’s some of what we’ve been able to gather during the first day here in Florida. Lots of information swirling around the Twitter, some of it questionable. For example, if the Phillies sign Cliff Lee, I’ll cover spring training in a Speedo.

Based on this picture, I think we must conclude that today he fulfilled his promise.

But yes, I agree that even if that is technical compliance, it is a half-hearted effort.  Next time someone says something like that, let’s all be sure we collectively nail down the terms beforehand.  Because when a beat writer says he’s gonna wear a Speedo, we should expect a little skin.

Wait. These are beat writers we’re talking about.  And most of them aren’t in good shape like Martino is.  Let’s just forget I said that, OK?  And if you need me, I’ll be huddled over in the corner, rocking back and forth and trying to make the bad thoughts go away.

Scott Feldman underwent season-ending knee surgery

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The Reds announced on Tuesday that starter Scott Feldman underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation on Friday.

Feldman, 34, made 21 starts this season, posting a 4.77 ERA with a 93/35 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. He’s a free agent after the season but may have to settle for a minor league deal going into 2018 given his age and recent injury woes.

MLB to implement code of conduct for fans next year

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Following an embarrassing scene at Fenway Park earlier this year in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taunted with racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him, Major League Baseball will implement a universal code of conduct for fans at major league ballparks starting next season, ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.

MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said, “We are working with the clubs on security and fan conduct initiatives at all of our ballparks. We will be issuing a league-wide fan code of conduct for the 2018 season.”

As Lauber notes, every team has its own code of conduct but some are more thorough than others. The Red Sox added “hate speech” to their code of conduct after the Jones incident and Major League Baseball, unsurprisingly, wants to make sure fans at every ballpark are clear on what behaviors will and will not be tolerated.

Since the Jones incident, Major League Baseball has been encouraging teams to be more inclusive, though Kennedy clarified that “there’s not been any directive or mandate.”