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Jon Lester crushes Rob Manfred for devaluing World Series trophy 'quite significantly'

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Jon Lester crushes Rob Manfred for devaluing World Series trophy 'quite significantly'

Add three-time World Series champion Jon Lester to the growing list of players who are pissed.

On Tuesday, Lester was asked about MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's comments regarding the reasoning behind MLB's lack of player punishment. Manfred recently spoke to ESPN about why he ultimately decided to not strip the organization of their 2017 title, saying that "The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act." 

Now, that didn't sit particularly well with players who won that piece of metal, mainly because, yeah, it's a stupid quote. Why not just call the Hall of Fame a house while you're at it, Rob? 

Anyways, Lester obviously took offense to the idea that the Commissioner's (lmaoo) Trophy was simply a piece of metal: 

That's somebody that's never played our game. You play for a reason. You play for that piece of metal. I'm very proud of the three that I have. I mean, if that's the way he feels, he needs to take his name of the trophy, you know? That's the first thing, when people walk into my house, if they've ever been to my house, I take them to where the trophies are. There they are. I'm proud of them. A lot of years, a lot of hard work. Then, just to bring it down like that, I mean, I'm sure it hurt a lot of guys when they saw that – especially guys that haven't won it that are striving for years to get it. I'm sure if Adam Dunn heard that – he played one playoff game – he'd probably be pretty upset. It's a very, very, special thing that he brought down quite significantly. 

Put aside the enormous flex that is Lester bringing all his house guests to the trophy case first – hell yeah, Jon – and you can tell that literally not a single player considers the trophy "a piece of metal."  Manfred will have a chance to backtrack on the like, half-dozen, dumb comments he's made when he talks with reporters in Arizona this afternoon. 

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Joe Maddon has specific plans to rewatch entire Game 7 of 2016 World Series

Joe Maddon has specific plans to rewatch entire Game 7 of 2016 World Series

One of the joys of life is basking in our past accomplishments. There’s nothing like recalling great memories with a fond appreciation for what once was.

Joe Maddon’s biggest accomplishment as a big league manager is leading the Cubs to their first championship in 108 years. We’re nearly four years removed from the 2016 World Series, and by now, Maddon has to have watched the series’ grand finale, right? Heck, MLB Network just reaired Games 5-7 two weeks ago.

Wrong.

On the latest Baseball Tonight Podcast, Maddon told ESPN’s Buster Olney he has yet to rewatch Game 7 of the ’16 Fall Classic all the way through. However, the now-Angels manager already is envisioning when that moment will ultimately come.

“It’s one of those things that I think when I’m done, totally done (retired)…when I get settled in and I’m hanging out in Pennsylvania somewhere,” Maddon said, “I’ll get this 95-inch television by that time, with the great surround system. 

“I’ll pop it up there and sit there with a really good glass of red [wine], some kind of delicacy from a local hoagie shop and watch the whole thing.”

Sounds like a plan, Joe. Let us know how your viewing goes.

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Javier Báez catches for Twins' starter José Berríos, looks like a natural

Javier Báez catches for Twins' starter José Berríos, looks like a natural

You gotta think wherever Javier Báez plays on defense, he’s going to succeed. The Cubs infielder has emerged as one of the best shortstops in the game, but we’ve seen him flash the leather at second and third base time and time again.

Heck, if the Cubs put Báez in the outfield, it’d be unwise to bet against his ability to succeed. Based on one video, the same can probably be said about El Mago behind the plate.

MLB Puerto Rico tweeted a video Monday of Báez catching for Twins All-Star starter José Berríos, his brother-in-law. Unsurprisingly, Báez — who played catcher in high school — looks like a natural.

Báez has never caught a big league game, but he was the Cubs’ emergency catcher in 2016 when Kyle Schwarber was sidelined with a knee injury.

The Cubs will never put Báez behind the dish due to the risk of injury, and there's a lot more to the position than catching and throwing. Still, it sure would be fun to see how he’d look back there.

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