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Swarbrick on Maryland, Big Ten rumor: It 'does not come as a surprise'

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Swarbrick on Maryland, Big Ten rumor: It 'does not come as a surprise'

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- In a season in which the Big Ten has struggled to make waves on the field, a rumored move from the ACC to Big Ten by Maryland created plenty of noise on Saturday afternoon.
Multiple reports indicate Maryland is engaged in talks to become the Big Ten's 13th member, with Rutgers then joining the conference from the Big East as school No. 14. The report comes a little more than two months after Notre Dame agreed to become a partial member of the ACC, moving all its sports into the conference except football and hockey, with the football team playing five games against ACC opponents as part of the deal.
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick, though, wasn't fazed by the report.
"If this this occurs, this particular outcome, does not come as a surprise," Swarbrick said Saturday.
While the potential move seemingly came out of nowhere, but Swarbrick said he knew through various conversations if the Big Ten were to expand, it would look toward the East. He added the acquisition of the YES Network by FOX -- which operates the Big Ten Network with the conference -- makes the rumor more believable.
Adding Maryland and Rutgers, on the surface, would appear to be a move that would dilute the Big Ten's football product, which hasn't been strong in recent years as is. But Maryland brings the Washington D.C. and Baltimore markets, while Rutgers can deliver New York. For the Big Ten Network's bottom line, that's huge.
But even if Maryland does indeed bolt for the Big Ten, it wouldn't alter Swarbrick and Notre Dame's feelings toward moving to the ACC.
"It doesn't have any impact," Swarbrick said. "It has absolutely zero impact, and it wouldn't change anything about our decision-making process. If we were going to engage in it today, it wouldn't change at all."

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.