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College baseball teams are dominating the Mannequin Challenge


The “Mannequin Challenge” is the buzzword of the week, as high schools, colleges, and even the Pittsburgh Steelers have joined the craze. It’s exactly what it sounds like: capturing footage of people freezing in place like statues or mannequins for several minutes. The more people involved and the more elaborate the tableau, the more impressive the footage.

While no professional baseball teams have gotten in on the challenge yet, a fair number of college baseball squads have risen to the occasion. North Carolina Central University posted a video of their team workout frozen in action:

The City College of New York recreated what looks like a casual outdoor workout by comparison:

The Ontario High School baseball team tackled a variety of scenarios, from a collision on the basepaths to a catch at the wall and a brawl in the infield:

UC Riverside put some serious thought into their video, involving the entire team in a still life of a walk-off grand slam:

In the meantime, I’ll be here, patiently waiting for the Cubs to enter the Mannequin Challenge by recreating David Ross‘ home run in Game 7 of the World Series.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.