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Prominent agent suggests players could boycott spring training in ‘rising tide’

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Building on the stuff from the last post about player dissatisfaction regarding the current free agent market, a prominent player agent — Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA, who represents Buster Posey, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes and a host of other big name stars — made a lengthy post on Twitter suggesting that players could boycott spring training:

“There is a rising tide among players for radical change. A fight is brewing. And it may begin with one, maybe two and, perhaps, 1,200 willing to follow. A boycott of Spring Training may be a starting point if behavior doesn’t change.”

The entire post is reproduced below.

I won’t rehash the stuff I wrote a couple of hours ago about this all being a function of a bad couple of Collective Bargaining Agreements, but that’s certainly the genesis of the problem. What is done with the player dissatisfaction is another thing altogether. What Van Wagenen is talking about here may well be evidence of player solidarity in search of a place to express itself. Until more players get on the record about all of this — or until the union, credibly speaking for the consensus of players talks about — we can’t be sure what will come next.

Video: Matt Carpenter makes history with three home runs, two doubles

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Matt Carpenter pulled his weight and then some during the Cardinals’ 18-5 win on Friday, becoming just the second player in MLB history to tally three home runs and two doubles in the same game… and the first-ever to do so in the first six innings of a single game.

Carpenter wasted little time getting the Cardinals on the board, first drawing a full count against Cubs lefty Jon Lester, then ricocheting a 92.4-MPH fastball off the scoreboard in right field for a leadoff home run. He returned in the second inning for another two-run shot and capped a seven-run spread in the fifth with an RBI double (his first double of the game was a leadoff hit in the fourth) before polishing off his performance with a third, three-run homer in the sixth.

Following Friday’s explosive five-run, seven-RBI performance, Carpenter is now batting .274/.381/.576 on the year with 23 home runs, 30 doubles and a .957 OPS in 388 PA. The last player to record five extra-base hits in one game was the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, who collected four runs and six RBI for the team back in June 2016. As MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch pointed out, Carpenter might have set another franchise record for most home runs in a game had interim manager Mike Shildt not removed him from the game in the bottom of the sixth. The record is still held by former club outfielder Mark Whiten, who collected four home runs (and a staggering 12 RBI) against the Reds in September 1993.