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Andrew Miller to close during Aroldis Chapman’s suspension


Sometimes things in the news are shocking. Sometimes they are not. This is one of those latter deals: Brian Cashman said this morning that Andrew Miller was “absolutely” going to be the Yankees’ closer while Aroldis Chapman serves his 30-game suspension.

Miller, of course, knows from closing. He saved 36 games for the Yankees last season while posting an ERA of 2.04 (ERA+ 194) and striking out 100 batters in 61.2 innings. Which is to say that, no, the Yankees will not really be suffering for Chapman’s absence. They already had one of the best bullpens in baseball and will still have it while he’s gone.

And, while it obviously wasn’t drawn up this way, one wonders if Chapman having a month’s worth of rest on the front end of the season won’t make the New York bullpen even more effective in the latter parts of the season.

President Obama will attend the Rays exhibition game in Cuba

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Yesterday the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Cuban National Team in Havana was made official. The game will take place on March 22 at Estadio Latinoamericano and will be televised on ESPN.

Last night it was announced that a VIP fan will be in attendance: President Obama.

The White House released a statement regarding the nation’s most powerful White Sox fan’s attendance at the game:

“Americans and Cubans share a love of baseball, and this is yet another powerful reminder of the kinship between our peoples as well as the progress we can achieve when we leverage those natural ties.”

In other news, between excited Cuban baseball fans, dignitaries, the press corps and President Obama’s secret service detail, this will likely be the most heavily-attended Rays game since the 2008 World Series.

Curt Schilling says Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere”

Curt Schilling

I hope you enjoyed the Super Tuesday results. And by “enjoyed” I mean “survived without succumbing to the urge to tear out your insides” and/or “spent four hours researching emigration laws in-depth.” I have no idea who is going to win this bad boy come November but I do know that, whoever it is, time travelers coming here from 20-30 years ago are gonna step out of their machine, take one good look around and then immediately go back to the time before they were born and make sure their parents never meet. And we will all envy them.

I guess what I’m saying is that, for a guy who knows a little bit about politics, I’m pretty darn confused by the 2016 election. Thank goodness, then, that we have astute political commentators offering their insights on the airwaves. Including the sports airwaves, like 610 AM in Kansas City, which hosted ESPN analyst and should-be Hall of Famer Curt Schilling yesterday. As usual, Schilling set us all straight on how the presidential race should turn out:

The host asked if Schilling thinks Hillary Clinton will go to prison. “I hope she does,” said Schilling. “If I’m gonna believe, and I don’t have any reason not to believe, that she gave classified information on hundreds if not thousands of emails on a public server after what happened to General Petraeus, she should buried under a jail somewhere.”

If one were less respectful of Schilling one might note that he and Hillary Clinton (a) have both done things for which many have called for their prosecution; (b) have both been investigated by the government in an extensive manner; and (c) have both been determined to not have broken any laws and/or have been worth prosecuting and thus should probably be free to go about their daily lives, but I would never point that out because, hey, Schilling was an amazing pitcher and I have too much respect for him.

Also, if you think Schilling was just being partisan, know that he went after candidates from both parties. Specifically, “Schilling criticized Trump for failing to elaborate on his proposals with depth.” Which suggests that, sure, he’s open to crazy, unworkable ideas fueled by rage, delusion and racial and ethnic resentment, he just needs to know how we’ll pay for them. That’s just sensible.

Anyway, glad to see that even now, so many years after his retirement, Curt Schilling still has his fastball.