You can vote on which player has the best dog if you’re into that sort of thing

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My bonafides as a cat person are sterling. I don’t need to tell you that, even if I do sometimes. But just because I am a cat guy, it does not mean I do not like dogs.

Dogs are cute and loving and loyal and in many cases useful. I can see and appreciate that even if my own particular tastes and lifestyle lends itself to cute, sometimes loving, annoyingly calculating and, frankly, useless cats. The heart wants what it wants.

To that end, I happily link you to Cut4’s little survey, asking you to rank the best MLB player-owned dogs. I’m partial to Joc Pederson‘s for what it’s worth.

Still, if I’m gonna go with a winner here, it has to be Matt Duffy. No, his dog did not make the list. Because he doesn’t have one. He has a cat and cats rule, dudes.

 

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.