Around the Diamond – March 27, 2014

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I don’t have enough time today to flush out my thoughts and give you any hard-hitting opinions or in-depth analysis. But I have just enough to link you with some juicy headlines from all over the league. Let’s take a little trip Around the Diamond!

Major League Baseball has unveiled the new, state-of-the-art instant replay nerve center. The 900-square-foot room inside the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media will be the site where every under-review call will be analyzed in real time. It looks like an absolute technological marvel. I’m ready for a video tour.

The Detroit Tigers couldn’t come to terms on a deal with Cy Young winner Max Scherzer this past week, but the club is closing in on an extension with MVP Miguel Cabrera, sources have told CBSSports.com. The terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but should be announced soon so long as Miggy passes the necessary physical.

Speaking of the Scherzer situation, it looks like he and the club are beginning to play a little makeup. General Manager Dave Dombrowski has reportedly apologized to Scherzer for the way the organization handled the contract negotiation process. For those catching up on the news, a six-year, $144 million offer had been extended but denied. The club posted a message through it’s public relations department announcing Scherzer’s decision to decline with a public statement. The move miffed Scherzer and his agent, and for good reason. It’s never a good idea to air out dirty laundry, especially concerning star players set to become free agents…not if you want to keep them around.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from L.A.’s United States opener with back inflammation. The two-time Cy Young award winner was dominant in the season opener in Australia. Let’s hope this is just a minor flare up, and not the beginning signs of a more serious condition for one of the game’s best hurlers.

There’s been a crazy run of starting pitcher injuries this Spring, and really no explanation for it other than bad luck. People can’t blame the World Baseball Classic this year.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention that Major League Baseball and the players’ union are close to an agreement on new PED rules. The proposed changes would increase the suspension for a first-time violation to 80 games and for a second-time violation to 162 games. It would also lessen the penalties for non-intentional, or accidental, offenses. Reader Pops will be happy to hear that the two sides hope to have the new drug policy in place by this coming Sunday.

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About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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