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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?

 

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.