Tough break for Rockies prospect Kyle Parker

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Literally, a tough break. Rockies prospect Kyle Parker — who doubles as Clemson’s starting quarterback — just went down with broken ribs in the Meineke Bowl.  His college career is now over.  With spring training less than two months away, one has to assume that his pro baseball career is going to be somewhat delayed.

Parker was offered a $2.2. million signing bonus when he was drafted by the Rockies last spring with the condition that he quit football. He turned it down.  He later signed a $1.4 million bonus that allowed him to play.  By all accounts he had a pretty miserable year under center for Clemson. It has now cost him $800,000, broken bones and a late start.

Remember people: friends don’t let friends play football.  No good comes of it at all.

Brandon Crawford homers off brother-in-law Gerrit Cole

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You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.

The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.

Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.