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Cubs draftee Bryant makes impression as special player, person

A friend tells a story: It was close to eight years ago when he coached a fall baseball team that competed in a wood bat league in Las Vegas. The team added an eighth-grader as a pickup player for one tournament, a kid who arrived with a reputation in town for being incredibly talented.

More locals taken on final day of MLB Draft

Junior right-handed pitcher Michael Wagner, a Centennial High School graduate who attends the University of San Diego, was selected in the 15th round on the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft. He taken by the Chicago Cubs with the second pick of the round, the 438th overall selection.

Cubs tab Bonanza product Bryant at No. 2

Third baseman Kris Bryant could have flown to New Jersey and sat in the dugout of the MLB Network set with other top draft prospects. He could have invited local media to his Las Vegas home to record his reaction. He did neither.

A-Rod’s future with Yankees is uncertain

As Major League Baseball ramps up its investigation into performance-enhancing drugs to more than a dozen major league players, three-time AL MVP Alex Rodriguez quietly rehabs his surgically repaired hip at the Yankees’ minor league facility in Tampa, Fla., with plans to return in the second half of the season with “a lot of unfinished business.”

Umpire’s son knew little about his dad or his line of work

When I was 12, I knew all the umpires. Shag Crawford. Emmett Ashford. Nestor Chylak. Satch Davidson. Augie Donatelli. Tom Gorman. Bill Haller. Chris Pelekoudas. Ron Luciano. Frank Pulli. Ed Runge. Marty Springstead. Harry Wendelstedt. Big Lee Weyer, who sometimes during a rain delay would join Jack Brickhouse in the broadcast booth and perform card tricks.

Ex-Bonanza star Kris Bryant could be No. 1 pick in Thursday’s MLB draft

Kris Bryant will be one of the top picks in Thursday’s Major League Baseball draft. Bryant, a Bonanza High School graduate and University of San Diego star who put up mind-numbing power numbers as a junior this season, probably will go in the top five with a chance to be selected first by the Houston Astros.

Political thinking: Don’t bet on any MLB players getting suspended

The difficult part, for once, is coming down hard on Bud Selig and Major League Baseball. But before handing the sport’s top executives gold stars for drawing a line when it comes to chasing those cheaters that still exist on the base paths, know that situations like this are always defined by an underbelly of political strategy.

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