Sports Shorts

  • National Labor Relations Board: College athletes who earn millions for their schools are “employees” not “student-athletes.” NCAA: “College athletes are students who compete against other students. Not employees who compete against other employees.” Reality: There are “student-athletes” and there are athletic mercenaries.
  • Rays and their fans: Ready for TROPtober.
  • Rays hitting coach Chad Mottola was the fifth overall draft pick in 1992—by Cincinnati. That was one spot ahead of Derek Jeter.
  • “You know, nothing gets you going like some ‘F you, Fleming’ chants when you’re in the bullpen.”—Rays pitcher Josh Fleming’s reaction to home-team chants aimed at the opposition at Yankee Stadium.

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