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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.

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.

Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.

Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.

The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.