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  • Photos hint at new, brighter color scheme for Padres in 2016

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew20 hrs ago

    After the unveiling of the 2016 All-Star game logohinted at a potential change in the San Diego Padres color scheme, new photos have seemingly confirmed at least a temporary change for the upcoming season. 

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    According to Tom Arzaga, a Lids employee in the San Diego area and a self-proclaimed Padres hat collector, new hats are now in stock that match the brightened color scheme included in the logo. 

    Here's a picture in natural sun, finally.

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  • Blue Jays add another starter, sign J.A. Happ to three-year deal

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago

    The Toronto Blue Jays continued compiling depth in their starting rotation Friday, signing veteran left-hander J.A. Happ to a three-year deal worth $36 million. 

    The team announced the deal early Friday evening, its third notable move to its starting rotation this winter. Toronto also re-signed right-hander Marco Estrada to a two-year, $26.5 million deal and acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez in a trade with the Oakland A's on Nov. 20. 

    The Blue Jays have been adding depth with the expectation that David Price will leave in free agency this winter. Price has shown interest in re-signing, and fans are definitely clamoring for his return, but the Jays seemed to realize quickly that he would be priced out of contention. Hence, the move to build depth with cheaper options. 

    For what it's worth, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi says this signing all but officially ends the possibility of Price returning. 

    David Price won't return to Toronto. #BlueJays announce their longest-term rotation investment of winter: J.A. Happ, three years, $36M.

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  • Hank the Ballpark Pup to make stage debut in 'A Christmas Carol'

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 days ago

    It's been awhile since we've heard from Hank the Ballpark Pup, but it turns out there's a good reason. The Milwaukee Brewers canine mascot, who stole the hearts of baseball fans when he trotted on to the scene during spring training in 2014, is preparing to steal hearts again on the theater stage.

    According to Cait Moyer, author of the Brewers' blog Cait Covers The Bases, Hank will make his acting debut at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater on Dec. 9, during a production of the Charles Dickens’ classic 'A Christmas Carol.' 

    Everyone from @MayorOfMKE to @Brewers's Hank "Ballpark Pup" will join us onstage #ACC40th.

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