Former Reds Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce teammates again

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 1:  Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by teammate Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds after Frazier hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on May 1, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Milwaukee 8-3.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 1: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by teammate Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds after Frazier hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on May 1, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati defeated Milwaukee 8-3. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)(Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Former Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce are reuniting in the city that never sleeps. 

Pending a physical, the New York Mets will sign Frazier, who turns 32 next week, to a two-year contract reportedly worth $17 million. 

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Frazier split last season between the Chicago White Sox and New York’s other team, the Yankees, hitting 27 home runs with 72 RBIs. 

The New Jersey native batted .213 with a .428 slugging percentage, both career lows, while raising his on-base percentage to a career-high .344. 

He was a first-round pick of the Reds in 2007 and ended up spending five seasons in Cincinnati, where he hit 108 home runs and made two All-Star teams. 

A December 2015 trade with the White Sox and Dodgers brought back Scott Schebler, Jose Peraza and Brandon Dixon, making it one of the more successful moves the Reds have made during their rebuild. 

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In January, the Mets signed Bruce to a three-year, $39 million deal. 

The 30-year-old has played 153 games for the club, which acquired him from the Reds at the deadline in 2016 and sent him to Cleveland midway through last season. 

Bruce was a first-round pick of the Reds in 2005 and enjoyed a meteoric rise through the farm system before spending nine years in Cincinnati. 

He hit .249 with 233 homers and 718 RBIs in a Reds uniform. 

The deal that sent him to New York two years ago brought back minor-league pitcher Max Wotell and infield prospect Dilson Herrera. 

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Wotell appeared in two games with the Class-A Dayton Dragons last season and also pitched three times in rookie ball at Billings before being shut down with a shoulder injury. 

A shoulder injury also slowed Herrera in spring training last year before ultimately requiring surgery in July.  

In the meantime, Peraza won the starting job at second base before giving way to Scooter Gennett. 

Peraza is expected to be the club’s shortstop this season

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Twitter reacts to stunning news that Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro reportedly will be fired

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:10 AM

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Surprising news broke Monday night, with 247Sports’ David H. Murray reporting that Mississippi State will fire baseball coach Andy Cannizaro for cause.

On Monday night, the reason for Cannizaro’s firing was not known. The school is expected to make an official announcement Tuesday morning. The timing of the development is stunning, given how the Bulldogs began their season last weekend, with Southern Miss earning the sweep.

Cannizaro led the team to a 40-27 record last season, and Mississippi State went 17-13 in the SEC. During his two seasons at the school, he posted a 40-30 record. This was his first head-coaching job in college baseball.

Shortly after the news surfaced, and well into Tuesday morning, many Twitter users shared opinions about the development. We’ve collected a sampling of the reactions below.

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All the curling stones used in every Olympics have come from the same small island

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:48 AM

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Few people quite understand what exactly curling is, but every four years, people across the world suddenly find themselves invested in a sport that, at first glance, can be described as people pushing rocks across ice with brooms.

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For those who are using this year’s go-around to learn what they can about the sport, here’s a fun fact to tell at the next watch party: Olympic curling rocks aren’t just any old bits of earth; they all come from the exact same kind of stone from the exact same place.

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According to the Huffington Post, the curling stones are made from a specific kind of granite that can only be located on a deserted island off the coast of Scotland. 

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The island — Ailsa Craig, also known as “Paddy’s milestone” — is a volcanic plug, meaning it coalesced over an extinct volcano, apparently leaving the granite in the perfect condition to make curling stones. All the stones used during the Olympic Winter Games are produced by the only company with rights to the Ailsa Craig granite: Kays of Scotland, which has been creating the stones since 1851. According to the Huffington Post, thousands of tons of two varieties of stone are removed from the ground once every decade: a blue hone granite, which is impenetrable by ice and water and makes up the insert and running band of the curling stone, and a green granite that composes the body of the stone. There is apparently a third variety, red hone granite, but it isn’t used in curling stones.

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Paul Finebaum jabs Jim Harbaugh again; how Michigan’s Jim McElwain can help wide receivers

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 AM

Michigan footb all is always the main topic in Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily Wolverines notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Wolverines sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Michigan football, recruiting, basketball and more .  

Paul Finebaum jabs Jim Harbaugh again

On Monday, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum took another shot at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh when he joined WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala. When asked if he thought recent hire and former Florida coach Jim McElwain was a good fit for the Wolverines, Finebaum said, “Well, I don’t think there is a good fit with Jim Harbaugh.”

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How Michigan’s Jim McElwain can help receivers

Land of 10’s Rachel Lenzi details how McElwain will help Michigan receivers in his first year with the team. The Wolverines’ wideouts need a spark after finishing 11th in the Big Ten in receiving in 2017 (171.2 yards).

Wolverines return loads of experience in 2018

Lenzi breaks down which starters have left and which are returning, and there’s reason for optimism: In 2017, the Wolverines only returned six starters, the fewest of any FBS school. This season, the Wolverines will return 26 players with starting experience.

Jim Harbaugh fatigue looks real

Land of 10’s Sean Keeler reveals why the turnover in Michigan’s coaching staff might be a sign that Harbaugh is wearing out his welcome in Ann Arbor. Then again, Keeler notes, other Big Ten teams have had similar turnover and haven’t missed a beat.

Key issues Michigan must resolve before September

After a disappointing 8-5 season, the Wolverines are looking to rebound in 2018. Rob White of isportsweb argues  the offensive line will be the biggest key to turning things around next season.

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Alabama football: Craig Kuligowski reportedly will become new defensive line coach

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

Alabama football drives the conversation here at  the Rammer Jammer , SEC Country’s daily Alabama athletics recap, but we’ll cover news for every facet of the Crimson Tide. Every morning, we’ll be here for the latest on Alabama football, basketball and every other sport on campus.

Alabama fills coaching vacancy

Alabama lost defensive line coach Karl Dunbar to the Pittsburgh Steelers this month, and the Crimson Tide have reportedly filled that vacancy. Coach Nick Saban is expected to hire longtime Missouri assistant Clark Kuligowski as the new defensive line coach. Kuligowski spent 15 years at Missouri before joining Mark Richt at Miami for two seasons. While at Missouri, he developed players such as Michael Sam, Kony Ealy and Shane Ray.

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Alabama football players as Marvel superheroes 

Marvel released Black Panther this past weekend to widespread acclaim from viewers and critics. The film is the 18th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the first one being Iron Man back in 2008. Marvel has already developed most of its heroes and will release Avengers: Infinity War on May 4. It will feature upward of 60 characters. With all of the buzz surrounding Marvel, our own Marq Burnett described which Alabama football players compared to the main heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tua Tagovailoa attracts 5-star defensive tackle

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s performance in the national championship turned a lot of heads. Now, its helping Alabama with recruiting. Five-star defensive tackle Faatui Tuitele, a former teammate of Tagovailoa, said Tagovailoa’s performance inspired him to want to be a member of Alabama. Tuitele also announced that he will take an official visit to Alabama.

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Alabama golfer Lee Hodges is atop the leaderboard after the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic.

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