Missouri made a comeback that I couldn’t believe. They were down as much as 20 points at 59-39 with 13:33 left in the game before they went on a 33-10 run to win by three.
The Royals brought back a relief pitcher, who helped them in their successful years, on a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
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MISSOURI (72) VS GEORGIA (69)
I’m not exactly sure what I watched. This game was very strange. Missouri battled back from a 12 point halftime deficit, which grew to as much as 20 points, before battling back and winning by three.
Missouri’s first-half defense was pretty bad. Fortunately for them, Georgia’s second-half defense was equally bad. Missouri just happened to score three more points in the first half than Georgia did in the second half and that was the difference.
The numbers tell the story in this game. Free throws were essentially a wash. Georgia had a 17-16 advantage there. Both teams made 23 field goals in the game. The difference was that Missouri made ten three-point shots to Georgia’s six.
Xavier Pinson and Dru Smith led Missouri with 16 points each. Mitchell Smith had 12 points and seven rebounds.
The win improved Missouri to 2-5 in the SEC. They next play at South Carolina on Saturday at 2:30 pm on the SEC Network. South Carolina has had an up-and-down season to this point.
The Royals agreed with Greg Holland on a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Trading. If he makes the roster he will get $1.25 million with another $1.125 million in incentives.
The Chicago Cubs reached an agreement with RHP Jeremy Jeffress on a one-year, $850,000 contract with a possible $200,000 in bonuses.
The Boston Red Sox agreed with 1B Mitch Moreland on a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $3 million club option and a $500,000 buyout.
MLB – MILB NEGOTIATIONS
Massachusetts Democrat Lori Trahan introduced a resolution encouraging Major League Baseball to keep affiliations with 160 minor league franchises. MLB has proposed eliminating 42 of those franchises. The resolution is meaningless and essentially a waste of time.
MLB responded that it believes that they can modernize minor league baseball, improve playing conditions and protect baseball in communities across America. MLB said that Minor League Baseball needs to return to the bargaining table so the two parties can work together to address the issues.
Minor league owners claim that they have attempted to work with MLB but say that Major League Baseball is lying.
WHAT TO WATCH
There are three interesting Big 12 games Wednesday night. Locally, Kansas State hosts Oklahoma at 7 pm on ESPN+. West Virginia travels to Texas Tech and the Red Raiders have to start worrying about not making the NCAA Tournament if they don’t start winning a lot more. But perhaps the best game is Baylor at Iowa State. Iowa State, however, was crushed at home by Kansas which is unusual. Can the Cyclones stay with Baylor? I doubt it. Regardless, there are three games to switch between. Hopefully, we can get at least one good game.
In the Sunday podcast this week, I talked a lot about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in Major League Baseball. I went through the arguments and punishment and explained why Scott Boras is completely wrong regarding his reasons for why he said that the players do not need to apologize. I compared Scott Boras’ arguments on why he thinks Astros players should not apologize for cheating to George Costanza’s argument against losing his job for having sex in the office. I also talked a little about the games played by the local college hoops teams over the weekend.
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