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Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock searched for hotels near Fenway Park

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NBC News is reporting that Stephen Paddock, the gunman who killed 59 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night, researched possible attack locations in Boston and Chicago, including locations near Fenway Park.

Law enforcement officials are not yet sure what the purpose of the research was, but it apparently included locations near Grant Park in Chicago, where the annual Lollapalooza festival is held, and near Fenway Park. He did not travel to either location. It’s worth noting that there are no hotels near Fenway with views into the park, with the closest high rise hotel standing over a half mile away.

There are several major league ballparks, however, which do have hotels with nearby, bird’s eye views. In light of what happened in Las Vegas, it would not be at all surprising if security at any hotels with nearby sight lines of stadiums and parks where many people gather is ratcheted up in the coming days and weeks.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.