Baseball writers love staying in Marriotts

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People say a lot of things about baseball writers and the baseball writing lifestyle. They say that baseball writers love Bruce Springsteen. That they like to wear Dockers, preferably pleated ones. That they are all addicted to Diet Coke. That, if they’re gonna quote a movie, that movie will be at LEAST ten years old. If you spend a lot of time on Twitter following baseball scribes, you’ve heard all of these, I’m sure.

To be clear, they are generalizations. I know at least two baseball writers who don’t like Springsteen and who prefer jeans to Dockers. But just two. Otherwise, it’s 100% accurate. It’s not nice to stereotype.

Another thing you hear about baseball writers is that they all stay in Marriotts. This is 100% true with no exceptions. They’re always in Marriotts, mostly because of the points thing and how much travel they have to do. And, with anything people have to spend half of their life doing, they’re prone to become somewhat obsessive about it.

Evidence of that is this article by Joe Lemire, detailing just how crazily into the Marriott Lifestyle sports writers are. It’s an amazing article, with a dozen anecdotes showing you just how far these ink-stained wretches will go to get some Marriott points. Like the one about the sportswriter once booked a second room because the rate was so low on his first room that he wasn’t earning any points. Which, whoa.

Just some slice of life stuff you don’t think much about every day.

Bogaerts reportedly heading to the Padres for 11 years, $280 million

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster 11-year, $280 million contract, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup.

A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical.

The Padres already had Fernando Tatis Jr. at shortstop, but he missed the entire season because of injuries and an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

San Diego also met with Aaron Judge and Trea Turner before the big stars opted for different teams. The Padres reached the NL Championship Series this year before losing to the Phillies.

“From our standpoint, you want to explore and make sure we’re looking at every possible opportunity to get better,” general manager A.J. Preller said before the Bogaerts deal surfaced. “We’ve got a real desire to win and do it for a long time.”

The 30-year-old Bogaerts was one of the headliners in a stellar group of free-agent shortstops that also included Turner, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

Bogaerts, who’s from Aruba, terminated his $120 million, six-year contract with Boston after the season. The four-time All-Star forfeited salaries of $20 million for each of the next three years after hitting .307 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 150 games.

Bogaerts is a .292 hitter with 156 homers and 683 RBIs in 10 big league seasons – all with Boston. He helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013 and 2018.

Bogaerts becomes the latest veteran hitter to depart Boston after the Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 2020. Rafael Devers has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he can hit the market.

Bogaerts had his best big league season in 2019, batting .309 with a career-best 33 homers and 117 RBIs. He had 23 homers and 103 RBIs in 2018.

In 44 postseason games, Bogaerts is a .231 hitter with five homers and 16 RBIs.