Reggie Jackson has heated exchange with autograph-seeking fan

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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson got into a heated exchange with an autograph-seeking fan Friday while in Cooperstown, New York for this weekend’s ceremonies.

The incident occurred after Jackson and other Hall of Famers attended a party at the home of Hall chairperson Jane Forbes Clark. Jackson left to go to dinner with four friends and said he found himself in a crowd of people when he tried to exit out the back of the restaurant.

Jackson recognized one of the autograph seekers. He had already obtained Jackson’s autograph earlier in the day at their golf outing and tried to get a second one, Jackson said, which led to an exchange on the golf course.

“’I told you, I want to sign autographs,’’’ Jackson said that he told him, “’and you’re screwing it up for everyone, but no more.’

“The same guy turned up for dinner. I said, ‘Hey, this guy, no autographs.’ I used profanity, and told him no more autographs with profanity in it.

“I turned and walked away.’’

TMZ posted a 17-second video clip of the exchange, which includes very graphic and regrettable language. According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Jackson appeared to shove the fan in question. However, Jackson vehemently denies that the altercation turned physical.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.