How to play first base: Kent Hrbek-style

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It’s been over 22 years since Kent Hrbek blatantly and brutally assaulted Ron Gant at first base in the World Series and got away with it. Now, despite the Son-of-Sam laws which prevent criminals from profiting from the publicity of their crimes, Hrbek appears in this “humorous” ad to promote the criminal-accomplice organization, the Twins:

What, me? Not over it? Perish the thought. I am merely pointing out an legal/ethical issues involved. I am approaching this totally objectively and without any personal feelings whatsoever.

Report: Marlins, Mets, Yankees have discussed three-team trade involving J.T. Realmuto

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.

Realmuto, 27, was the best offensive catcher in baseball in 2018, batting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 531 plate appearances. He has two more years of team control remaining until he becomes eligible for free agency, adding to his value.

The Mets’ catching corps currently includes Kevin Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud, so Realmuto would be a significant upgrade. Such a trade would be the club’s second big splash of the offseason as the Mets finalized a trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners earlier this month.

Interestingly, the Mets and Yankees haven’t made a deal involving major league players since December 2004, when the two sides swapped pitchers Mike Stanton and Félix Heredia, Rosenthal points out.