Jessica Mendoza will be back in the Sunday Night Baseball booth for the rest of the year

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Last night we learned that Curt Schilling has been taken off of Sunday Night Baseball for the remainder of the season. Now the other shoe drops:

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Regardless of what you think of the controversy that got Schilling taken off the air, it takes a serious set of disingenuous contortions to make an argument that he’s a better presence in the booth than Mendoza is. Go read Jesse Spector’s review of the broadcast if you missed the Cubs-Dodgers game on Sunday and hear some reasons why.

Curt Schilling’s Twitter handle is “Gehrig38.” And the dude just got Wally Pipped.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.