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Pedro Martinez 'couldn't hold his emotions' during Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s Home Run Derby performance

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Pedro Martinez 'couldn't hold his emotions' during Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s Home Run Derby performance

Watching Vladimir Guerrero Jr. compete in this year's Home Run Derby was a surreal experience for anyone that remembers his father's days in the league.

But it was especially surreal for Red Sox great Pedro Martinez, who has known the 20-year-old slugger since he was a baby and just so happens to be his godfather. Martinez was teammates with Guerrero Sr. for parts of two seasons with the Montreal Expos in 1996, and the Dominican duo has maintained a close bond ever since.

Tuesday on MLB Network's "High Heat," Martinez described the emotions of watching Vlad Jr. go from being a baby in his arms to a star on MLB's biggest stage.

"It's like I have my own kid competing against someone else, and I couldn't hold the emotions," Martinez told MLB Network's Chris Russo. "I was really happy. I found myself yelling and kicking and screaming because I never felt so close to another person competing like I did ever before.

"It was weird. I saw Vladdy play, but I mean, Vladdy Jr. was like the baby I had in my hands, and he's a big boy. Now I cannot even lift him up."

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Martinez didn't just get to watch Vlad Jr. compete in the Derby, he got to watch him put on a show. The Blue Jays rookie totaled 91 homers and defeated Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson in an epic second-round showdown before falling to Mets rookie Pete Alonso in the final round.

Although he didn't get to see Vladdy win the $1 million prize and hoist the Home Run Derby trophy this time around, there's no doubt Martinez will get plenty of chances to cheer his godson on in the years to come.

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Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Ex-Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli joins Cubs coaching staff

Yet another former member of the Boston Red Sox has joined the Chicago Cubs.

Former Sox slugger Mike Napoli has joined the Cubs as a quality assurance coach, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Napoli joins fellow 2013 World Series champion David Ross on the Cubs staff. Ross replaced Joe Maddon as Chicago's manager last month.

Ex-Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein has served as Cubs president of baseball operations for the last eight years. Former Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie recently interviewed for the Cubs' bullpen coach job.

In three seasons as Boston's DH/first baseman, Napoli hit .242 with 53 home runs.

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Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

Red Sox, Alex Cora are 'fully cooperating' with MLB's sign-stealing investigation

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scheme was rather elboarate, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora reportedly played a major role in the operation.

Cora was Houston manager A.J. Hinch's right-hand man as the Astros' bench coach in 2017, winning the World Series with the organization. So, quite frankly, it's not surprising that Cora was involved in the matter. 

Major League Baseball now is investigating the Astros organization, as well as anyone involved with the team in 2017 -- A.K.A. Cora and current New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran. Cora was interviewed Wednesday, and the Red Sox are offering the MLB "full cooperation" in the ongoing investigation, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. 

According to our Red Sox Insider John Tomase, the Red Sox really only need to be concerned with the matter if Cora used some of those tactics to lead Boston to a World Series Championship in 2018, and throughout the duration of a rather upsetting 2019 season. 

It remains unknown if Cora will receive any disciplinary action from the league. 

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