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Jake Peavy and the Padres are considering a reunion

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Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres and free agent pitcher Jake Peavy have been chatting about a possible reunion. You’ll recall that he spent his first eight years in San Diego, where he won a Cy Young Award in 2007 and won 92 games.

Reunions are fun, but this would be sort of like an awkward high school reunion, right? One which happens after you found yourself over the hill and have let yourself go a bit and you’re kind of worried about meeting that old significant other? Sure, you were AWESOME back in the day, but you just got done posting the equivalent of 5.54 ERA in life, while getting demoted in the process. Now you find yourself having to leave that glamorous city in which you were working and heading back home to figure out what to do next in life

But hey, that old significant other from high school isn’t looking that great either! Indeed, they’ve had a few bad years in a row now and, even if they let you go once before, they’re more than eager to have you back now. Heck, you’re probably the best they’ve seen in some time.

Maybe it’s time to check your pride and accept who you are and where you are now and give that old flame a chance? Maybe it’s time to see if, even as you enter your twilight years, you can’t rekindle at least a little something from your salad days?

 

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.