Craig Calcaterra

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes would like to be a professional golfer after he retires


Robin Yount once walked out of spring training with the Brewers to become a professional golfer. Or at least to make the Brewers think he would. John Smoltz was a dang fine golfer and has toyed with becoming a pro himself. But for the most part, baseball players think of golf as a mere hobby.

Yoenis Cespedes just took up golf, but he tells the Daily News that he’d love to do it for a living someday:

“Well, I’ve been playing golf for only a year and a half. Some people who have been playing golf for years and they learn that I’ve only played a year and a half, they can’t believe it and they say ’Incredible.’ I’ve been thinking about it — if there is an opportunity to play professionally later, maybe not PGA, but I would like to play golf professionally,” says Cespedes.

With the year he’s had, I think Cespedes has enough leverage to get himself a fine baseball contract this offseason, so I presume this isn’t a Yountian negotiation ploy.

Braves fans will get to play Frogger to get to the new ballpark in 2017

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Neil DeMause writes at Vice Sports about the ridiculous, clownshoes-esque state of the Braves new ballpark project. Not the stadium itself, which is under construction and seemingly on schedule, but the bridge that is more or less required to get fans from the parking lots to the ballpark, which happens to sit on the other side of an interstate highway.

The upshot: the bridge is not designed or funded and there are no plans for it to be built for various reasons. It’s unlikely that a bridge will exist in time for the 2017 season and it may take even longer than that. The result:

That would leave almost an entire season where Braves fans would have to park their cars, thenedge their way along the side of a eight-lane highway, underneath an overpass, to finally arrive at their seats. It’s walkable, but as one local noted in a web comment, only in the way that “the road in the game Frogger was walkable”— so probably not the sort of stroll anyone will want to attempt after nine innings and a few beers.

DeMause likewise takes us back through the entire saga of the Braves’ move to Cobb County which, while theoretically serving the Braves’ largely suburban fan base better than Turner Field, was pushed through in shady fashion and, as a result, is leading to this parking and access mess.

In other news, who wants to go in with me on a kickstarter to sue Major League Baseball to invalidate the territorial system, move the Rays to Turner Field and actually give baseball fans in Atlanta something they can get to without being run over by commuters heading back to their cul de sacs?

Oakland A’s minor leaguer Mike Nolan shot in the head

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Awful news from Yonkers, New York: Mike Nolan, the Oakland A’s 18th round selection in the 2014 draft, was shot in the head and torso in a drive-by shooting early this morning outside of a fast food restaurant. He is listed in “very serious condition.”

Authorities say the victim was standing outside his car with his friends when he was shot. Police say the suspect drove up on a service road and fired five or six shots at the victim before driving off. There was no return fire . . . Authorities say the two may have been involved in an earlier dispute but police believe Nolan was an innocent victim.

Nolan is listed as a member of the short season Arizona Athletics, though he has been on the restricted list and has not played for them.

(Thanks to Tom P. for the heads up)