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Mookie Betts bowled a 300 in the PBA World Series of Bowling IX


Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts isn’t just one of the best baseball players on the planet. He’s also a very talented bowler. The Red Sox announced on Sunday evening that Betts bowled a 300 — a perfect game — in the PBA World Series of Bowling IX. The PBA has video showing his ninth and 10th frames:

For the uninitiated, a perfect game in bowling requires the bowler to record a strike in every frame. A strike counts as 10 pins whatever pins fall in the next two frames for a maximum of 30. In the 10th frame, a bowler can record as many as three strikes as opposed to the one in each of the first nine frames. So, Betts rolled 12 consecutive strikes in that particular game.

This was not the first perfect game of Betts’ career. He also rolled a 300 on January 27, 2013 and on February 2, 2016. It was, however, his first in a PBA competition. It was not the first time Betts has competed in the PBA, as he competed in 2015.

Giants, Cardinals reportedly have offers on the table for Giancarlo Stanton

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We’re entering what is typically one of the slowest news weeks in the baseball calendar. Occasionally some big free agents sign around now. For example, it was 20 years ago today Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves, and I still remember being in an airport on the way home to visit my parents when I heard the news. I’m an old man.

The biggest news that is likely to happen this offseason is Giancarlo Stanton being traded. That hasn’t happened yet, but here are the latest bits of news on that:

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for Stanton. No word what they’re offering, but the clubs have been in discussion for some time and it has been reported that the Marlins are the most interested in doing a deal with St. Louis due to the prospects they could send to Miami. There is a sense, however, that Stanton would be hesitant to approve a trade to the Cardinals because he prefers to play on the West Coast;

The Giants play on the west coast, and over the weekend they were reported to be the “most aggressive team” in trade talks for Stanton at the moment. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have likewise made an offer. Their farm system is nowhere near as stocked as that of the Cardinals, so it’s unclear whether they have the prospects to make Miami happy. They could, of course, eat a lot of Stanton’s $295 million contract to make up for that, of course, but (a) doing so would put them over the luxury tax; and (b) the Marlins no doubt want to spur a rebuild with a Stanton trade, so if they can’t get some blue chip prospects back in return, what’s the point?

UPDATE: Who knows if this is anywhere close to enough — I’m guessing not — but this is what the Giants reportedly have on the table:

Anyway, that’s where we are as we begin Thanksgiving week.