All these homers are from MLB juicing the ball. Well, maybe.

It’s a discussion that’s far from over. There’s likely some underlying change or, as with the steroid era changes that’s causing all these dingers. A changed baseball could very well be part of it, but we’ll need more testing and more research to know for sure: Especially when UMASS Lowell has already done their own testing again and concluded something different than this pair did.

Regardless, it’s worth reading and thinking about the findings within that Ringer piece. Even if my advice to log off was unwisely ignored.

When is a home run with the bases loaded only worth one run? When Aaron Hicks reaches over the fence and catches it, so all the Angels ended up with was a sac fly.
The College World Series bracket and schedule is set, so prepare for some tournament baseball this weekend.

You won’t have to wait until this evening for the draft to resume. A pre-show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on MLB.com, and then at 1 p.m. we’ll get the Twins making their next selection.

Arrieta is in this phase, and while he can come out of it clean, Verlander-style, there are never guarantees. Tim Lincecum’s availability is proof of that, even if the only similarities they really have is that they throw with their right arm and used to be much better.

A word of caution: Don’t look at the BABIP and consider the case closed. That works swell for Rizzo up there, but pitchers struggling to adjust to a diminished fastball are a different species. The pitchers will often try to do what worked in the past, and hitters have milliseconds more for what they were trying to do in the past. Milliseconds are all they needed in the first place, which means more line drives until the pitcher re-adjusts.

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LeBron James admits sacrificing family for success, apologizes to wife

LeBron James is a big man.

The three-time NBA champion and four-time MVP is listed at 6-8, 250 pounds officially, but most recognize he’s likely closer to 6-9, 270.

Known for his selflessness off the court, James, who’s averaging a career-best 8.8 assists in 2016-17, isn’t too big to admit his selfishness off it. During a recent episode of Cavs’ teammates Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s podcast “Road Trippin,” the 13-time all-star admitted he’d had to apologize to his wife for, at times, sacrificing his family in the pursuit of greatness.

“It’s got to be up to us to change that and the only way to do that, is to do it out there on the court. I think we’re taking steps in that direction. I think our guys want to get there and I think they are learning how to get there, we’re just not there yet.”

If the phrase “soft” and “Lakers” sound familiar together, it’s probably because it’s the same thing Byron Scott said about the team in 2015. Being labeled as “soft” in the NBA is one of the worst insults because it means you’re an easy opponent since you don’t try hard enough.

Julius Randle, who had a triple-double in Tuesday’s game, wasn’t so ready to give his Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys teammates the soft label. Although he admits they need to get better.

“It pisses me off, cause we’re not soft,” Randle said, via Lakers Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys Nation. “But, we’re not the aggressor, when we’re the aggressive team, we give ourselves a chance to win and the soft stuff is out the window. When we’re not the aggressor, then teams have confidence, players have confidence.”