Rockies exercise option on 42-year-old LaTroy Hawkins

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It’s not often you see teams pick up a contract option for a 42-year-old reliever, but that’s exactly what the Rockies just did in bringing back LaTroy Hawkins for $2.25 million next season.

And it was probably an easy call, because Hawkins threw 54 innings with a 3.31 ERA and has now posted an ERA under 4.00 in seven of the past eight seasons. He even saved 23 games after being labeled incapable of closing at times early in his career.

This season Hawkins became one of 16 pitchers in MLB history with 1,000 or more appearances and if healthy he’ll move into the top 10 next season.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.