“When I got this opportunity, I wasn’t going to do that again,” he said. “I’ve just been trying to enjoy every day up here. I’m not going to worry about what might happen. It’s been pretty exciting.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.This was also the soundtrack to Chris Taylor’s career. Trapped in the Seattle system, dismissed after a small sample of major league work, Taylor was traded to the Dodgers even though he had once been the Mariners’ minor league player of the year. Taylor’s 2017 was good enough to earn him a major league bobblehead this week.The Dodgers did the same thing in 2016. They needed a lefty reliever with handcuffing stuff. They found Grant Dayton in the Marlins’ system and traded Chris Reed, a former first-round draft choice, to get him. Dayton had a gaudy 0.759 WHIP for the Dodgers and struck out 39 in 26 innings. He got hurt and was waived and is now healing with the Braves.But it again showed that, sometimes, the Dodgers front office knows its neighbors’ infrastructure better than the neighbors do.Andrew Toles, released by Tampa Bay and leading off for the Dodgers in the 2016 National League Championship Series, is on that list too.Farhan Zaidi, the Dodgers general manager, was in Oakland’s front office when Muncy’s name up. Scouting director Eric Kubota thought Muncy could go in the third round and wound up taking him in the fifth.“Eric really liked the bat and the approach,” Zaidi said via e-mail, “and identified him as a sneaky good athlete for a first baseman. The whole group was high on him.”At Baylor, Muncy set the freshman record for home runs (11) and had a .501 slugging percentage for his three-year career. He also hit a walk-off grand slam against Rice in a regular-season tournament. The victim was JT Chargois, who began this season in the Dodgers’ bullpen.“He could always hit, which is why he was so highly recruited in high school,” said Steve Smith, Muncy’s coach at Baylor and now an assistant coach at Auburn. “The question was always going to be what position he’d play.“I think he can be one of the best defensive first basemen around. And he’s battled to play third base. I remember one scout was asked where Max would play and he said, ‘As far away from the ball as possible.’ I don’t think that’s the case anymore.”Muncy grew up in Keller, Texas, near Fort Worth, and was coached almost exclusively by his father, Lee, a geologist.“Wiffle balls in the garage, you name it,” Muncy said. “He’s taught me what I know about hitting. But when I was in Oklahoma City last year, I tweaked a lot of things about my approach. It’s made me feel more comfortable.”The major tweak was in Muncy’s shoulder. It’s hard to hit when you’re looking over it. Through Tuesday, Muncy was 8-for-23 with Dodgers in scoring position. His OPS was a healthy .887. He had six home runs, and he had cashed his few opportunities against southpaw pitching (.364).“I’ve gone through this once before,” Muncy said. “And I think I learned my lesson.”Muncy was promoted by Oakland in 2015 and 2016. The first year, he got into 45 games and hit .206. The second year, he got into 51 games, hit .186 and compiled a puny OPS of .565.“It was the first time I’d had to deal with failure,” Muncy said. “I didn’t deal with it very well. I started second-guessing myself on a lot of things. I was too worried about being sent down, about what might happen.”The consequence came at the end of 2017 spring training. The Athletics welcomed new prospects into their infield. They released Muncy. Not until late April did he find a new gig with the Dodgers, but he spent the entirety of 2017 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES — Every base hit delays the plane.Every time Max Muncy takes the short stride and delivers the authoritative stroke his father taught him, and every time it works, he puts off the second half of the round trip to Oklahoma City.He came up April 17, with Logan Forsythe freshly on the disabled list, with Justin Turner working his way through rehab.The Dodgers threw Muncy into the lineup without a great deal of choice. Most of the time, the stand-in serves his time and hesitates to send out his dry-cleaning. But when Forsythe came back and Turner came back, somebody else went down. Muncy is still there. He even batted leadoff Tuesday night. A live bat can change a lot of plans.
In June, a relatively unknown boxer named Andy Ruiz Jr. shocked the world and took down the then undefeated, unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.Ruiz wasn’t even supposed to face Joshua, but after Jarrell Miller failed three drug tests, the heavyweight champ was in need of someone to fight. Ruiz stepped up to the challenge, and gave Joshua more than he expected. The historical upset led to one of the most anticipated fights of the decade, Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 in December. The top 10 events streamed on DAZN in 2019Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 (Dec. 7)UEFA Champions League: Tottenham vs. Liverpool (June 1)UEFA Champions League: Liverpool vs. Barcelona (May 7)Canelo vs. Kovalev (Nov. 2)KSI vs. Logan Paul 2 (Nov. 9)UEFA Champions League: Tottenham vs. Bayern Munich (Oct. 1)Serie A: Milan vs. Internazionale (Sept. 21)UEFA Champions League: Ajax vs. Tottenham (May 8)UEFA Champions League: Barcelona vs. Liverpool (May 1)Canelo vs. Jacobs (May 4)Both of Canelo Alvarez’s fights from 2019 also made the list as the four-division world champion defeated Daniel Jacobs and Sergey Kovalev. YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul also proved they can pull in an audience, placing fifth with their highly anticipated rematch in November.Overall, DAZN saw the most viewership across the globe in soccer as the sport accounted for 314.6 million hours viewed. Placing second was baseball (38.1 million hours), third was motorsport (37.9 million hours), fourth was American football (37.2 million hours) and boxing (22.6 million hours) was fifth.With so many high-profile events, DAZN was able to grow dramatically in 2019 with 507 million hours streamed. This was a 98 percent increase from the 256 million hours streamed in 2018. There were 107 events on DAZN that surpassed over 1 million streams in 2019. Millions of people around the globe tuned into the event on the streaming platform DAZN, and it ended up as the company’s most-watched stream of 2019. Ruiz was unable to retain his titles as Joshua won via unanimous decision, but the anticipation was clear.Ruiz vs. Joshua 2 wasn’t the only fight that drew in millions of viewers. In a press release, DAZN listed four fights from 2019 that ranked among its top 10 most-viewed events.
WESTERN BUREAU: The dazzlingly new Flow Super Cup was unveiled yesterday in Montego Bay at the launch of the 2015 edition of the cash-rich schoolboy competition, which, according to Carlo Redwood, vice-president, marketing and products, FLOW, promises more money and lots more fun. The more than $2 million on offer makes this year’s staging a super football event, with all the top eight qualified schools rewarded. This also includes prize money for the Golden Boot winner. “We remain committed to the players that will participate, the schools that will benefit, an,d of course, the wider community,” stated Redwood. “This is why we modified the event to improve on what we delivered last year and chart the course for this competition, which, we believe, has tremendous potential for growth,” he added. Sixteen teams, the eight daCosta Cup interzone winners and eight Manning Cup quarter-finalists, will lock horns in the monthlong Super Cup competition, with the winner guaranteed the big prize of $1 million and the wonderfully crafted Italian-made trophy. All the qualifiers are set to make $25,000 upfront, with the added incentive from Western Sports that will provide every player with Nike football boots. The overall money will increase with each round for which the schools qualify. In total, $25,000 goes to each qualifier; $50,000 to the schools that reach the quarter-finals, while the four semi-finalists will pocket $100,000 each and the winner an additional $625,000, making the overall value in cash to the winning school $1 million. Three venues have been selected to host matches in the Flow Super Cup. These are the National Stadium, Sabina Park and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. The draw for the first round – which will involve a triple-header and double-header – takes place on October 22, with Match Day One set for October 24 and each Saturday thereafter. The final will be played at a venue yet to be determined, on November 14. happy for improvements ISSA President Dr Walton Small was delighted with improvements on the Flow Super Cup and congratulated the sponsors for “the most highly anticipated schoolboy sporting event”. “They were the ones with the vision and it’s something we are happy about, with their bold innovations, and it is something that has captured our hearts,” he said. Unlike last year when patrons accessed tickets from buying newspapers, this year, they will be asked to pay $500 or $200 to see the matches, or purchase $500 and $200 FLOW phone credit vouchers to get tickets. A $500 ticket gets a seat at the National Stadium and Montego Bay Sports Complex grandstand areas and a $200 voucher provides access to the bleachers. For Sabina Park, it’s a $500 voucher for the George Headley Stand and $200 for other areas. In addition, there will be a Super Cup Tour on October 7, which comprises visits to the campus of five title contenders.