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A motivational speaker smashed a cinderblock on Don Mattingly’s chest

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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly brought in a motivational speaking — er, motivational acting — group to the Marlins clubhouse yesterday. But they didn’t lead cheers or tell Marlins players that they were good enough, smart enough and doggone it, people like them. Nope.

Rather, they smashed a gosh darn cinderblock with a sledgehammer as it lay in Mattingly’s chest:

Fredi Gonalzez did this back in 2015, by the way. The Braves lost 101 games that year and Gonzalez was fired after 37 games the following season. So, like, there is no link between team performance and motivation or anything.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.