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Washington state Republicans propose bill to allow guns in sports stadiums

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Three Republican legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill which would allow fans to bring guns into stadiums. Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, would be among those stadiums. Safeco Field is privately operated and has a no-guns policy. The legislature seeks to prevent private operators from banning concealed pistols as long as the gun owners are properly licensed.

The bill’s sponsors are Matt Shea, David Taylor, and Bob McCaslin. The bill is HB 1015 and it can be read in full here.

It’s easy to see how this bill would make sports stadiums a much less safe area for fans. The mixture of tense sports action, alcohol, and guns would inevitably lead to injuries and deaths. Studies have shown that having a gun in the home significantly increases the risk of an unintentional gunshot fatality. A home typically only has a handful of people in it. Imagine a stadium of 30-50,000 people. Only a microscopic percentage of those people would need to be armed to put all of the fans in potential danger.

All this being said, it is unlikely that HB 1015 will pass. The Washington state House of Representatives is controlled by the Democrats. Furthermore, Democrat governor Jay Inslee received a grade of F from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Rays acquire Peter Bourjos from the White Sox

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The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club acquired outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

As all three starting outfield jobs in Tampa Bay are spoken for, Bourjos is looking at a bench role to open the 2017 regular season. Last season with the Phillies, Bourjos hit .251/.292/.389 with 20 doubles, 23 RBI, and 40 runs scored in 383 plate appearances. The bat is still weak, but he also still plays solid defense and runs the bases well.

Reds claim Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers

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The Reds claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday.

Gennett, who turns 27 years old on May 1, was expendable as the Brewers planned to use Jonathan Villar on an everyday basis at second base. He’ll provide infield depth in Cincinnati.

Over parts of four seasons in the majors, Gennett has hit .279/.318/.420 with 35 home runs and 160 RBI in 1,637 plate appearances.