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Junior college to sign daughter of former major league reliever to its baseball team

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Sarah Hudek will not be the first woman to play college baseball — there have been a couple others before — but it’s a rare enough thing to be noteworthy. From The Sporting News:

History will be made when the Bossier Parish (La.) Community College baseball team signs pitcher Sarah Hudek, the first female to play baseball at BPCC, to the roster. She is also one of the first females to play at the collegiate level.

Pet peeve: try substituting the word “males” there for “females” and see if it makes sense. It doesn’t, right? You’d say “men.” So why not say “women?” I have no idea why you see that construction so often, but whatever.

Hudek is reported to have an 82 m.p.h. fastball, a change-up, curve and she says she’s working on a cutter. On the fastball, her future coach says “that’s as good, or better, than most boys around here.”

Of interest to some: Hudek is the daughter of John Hudek, who was a relief pitcher for the Astros, Mets, Reds, Braves and Blue Jays in the mid-to-late 90s.

“In socialist Cuba they decided on the most democratic way to elect Hall of Famers”

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Jorge Arangure Jr. of Vice Sports continues his “Cuba Diaries” series. Today he writes about the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, which stood dormant from 1960 until very recently, with no inductions or anything. Basically, it just ceased to be due to socialism, its reluctance to acknowledge professional baseball as opposed to national team baseball and other related complications.

Arangure talks to the man behind the resurrection of Cuba’s Hall of Fame and, interestingly, notes that the new Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame has a much more sensible means of inducting players than does its counterpart in the United States:

Each committee member would serve a two-year term. After that two-year term a brand new set of committee members would be elected. The goal was to make the process more inclusive. No one person, or set of persons, would have too much power. In other words, they wanted to make the process as different as possible from the American system in which the Baseball Writers Association of America elects players to the Baseball Hall of Fame, usually with controversial results. Curiously enough, in socialist Cuba they decided on the most democratic way to elect Hall of Famers.

Their Hall of Fame features Minnie Minoso. Ours does not. Advantage: Cuba.

UPDATE: No charges will be filed against Danny Salazar

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UPDATE: No charges will be filed:

9:55 AM: Hoynes has corrected his report to say that it is only Salazar, not Perez, who is being investigated:

9:46 AM: We have no details on this yet, but Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer just tweeted this out:

Salazar, 25, is expected to be a key part of the Indians’ rotation this year.

Two Cuban players defect during the Caribbean Series

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Jorge Ortiz of USA Today reports that two players on the Cuban national team, playing in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, have defected. The players: shortstop Dainer Moreira and pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez.

Neither are thought to be elite prospects. Moreira is 30 and Gutierrez, while only 19, is not a hard thrower. Given his age and early success, though, Gutierrez is thought to have major league potential.

Derek Jeter explored buying the Buffalo Bills last year

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Derek Jeter is such a dedicated champion and winner that, last season, he attempted to work his greatness on not just one New York franchise, but two!

Two sources have informed me that Jeter, while playing his farewell season with the Yankees, explored purchasing the Bills when they were for sale last year.

Uncertain is whether Jeter wanted to lead a group or be a minority partner. But given the Bills eventual, record-breaking sale price of $1.4 billion, he likely would have needed to settle for shareholder status.

Meanwhile, A-Rod was seen with a real estate brochure in his bag, leading some within the Yankees organization to anonymously voice their displeasure at his lack of focus. Then Clay Buchholz was seen at a charity function. His remains have still not been found.