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This Years Mullet Championship Finalists Have Been Announced

According to npr.org, finalists in the kids and teens categories have been selected, and now online voters are finishing up their votes as they have the chance to pick who wins the champion mullet before the polls close this Friday. Organizers have said that the contest has been able to grow from being a local competition in Michigan in 2020 to becoming a national event. Contestants of the contest must pay a $10 fee in order to take part. According to CBS, “all of the donations are going to the Michigan Wig Foundation for kids,” with first place winners receiving a $2,500 prize for their efforts. Finalists are listed and being voted on over at https://mulletchamp.com/, so head on over to check out the competition.

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Bryce Harper is Close to His Rehab Assignment

According to bleacherreport.com, the Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper is expected to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday as originally reported by Fox Sports’ Tom Verducci. The Phillies are expecting his return sometime around September first to the everyday lineup. The team has been without their MVP since June 25th, when a Blake Snell pitch left him with a broken left thumb. Harper is quoted in saying, “I kind of wish it hit me in the face, I don’t break bones in my face. I think I can take 98 (mph) to the face, but not 97 to the thumb. Yeah, I was kind of in protection mode a little bit trying to get my hand up there and not let it hit me again. It’s just a bummer. I am really bummed out.” Harper was in the midst of a great season, hitting .318 with 15 homeruns, 48 RBI, 49 runs and a .985 OPS. However, even without their MVP, the team has done well, going 27-17 since his injury. The Phillies will also be expecting back Kyle Schwarber on Friday, who leads the NL with 34 homers.

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Pittsburgh Pirates’ Castro Was Suspended For One Game for Having a Phone in His Back Pocket During Game

According to timesleaderonline.com, the Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for having a cell phone in his back pocket during a game just last week. The penalty included an undisclosed fine and Castro appealed allowing him to play until the process is finished. Castro through an interpreter is quoted in stating, “I just really want MLB to hear my version of the story and make sure they understand my heart behind everything, None of this was intentional, I didn’t mean for any of this to happen,”

Castro’s phone came out of his pocket when he dove into third base at Arizona on August ninth. The play drew attention at the ballpark and to fans at home. Castro apologized after the game stating that, “I just remember getting dressed, putting my pants on, getting something to eat, using the restroom,” Castro said after the Pirates lost 6-4 to Arizona. “Never did it ever cross my mind that I still had my cellphone on me.” The MLB cracked down on technology after the Astros used live TV feeds to steal opposing teams’ signs on their way to winning the 2017 World Series championship and part of the subsequent season. Castro has been hitting .239 in 27 games in his second major league season. When asked about the instance, Pirates manager Derek Shelton said that, “we respect MLB’s decision.”

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Texas Rangers Fire Manager Chris Woodward

According to sports.yahoo.com, The Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward despite spending over $500 million in the offseason. The Texas Rangers have confirmed the news and that the interim manager was named as being Tony Beasley for the time being.

The decision came months after spending $325 million on Corey Seager and $175 million on Marcus Semien and another $56 million on Jon Gray. Despite all that money, the team is still 51-63 heading for its fourth straight season below .500. In four years with the team from 2018-2022, Chris Woodward went 211 and 287 for his overall record, leading to his firing.

The fact the team was underperforming was more than enough for the team to fire Woodward, despite performing slightly better than it had previously. The team may even see postseason contention if they continue to have another strong off-season. The front office will need to solve what will help the team push forward and find a manager capable of making the most out of the roster they have. The Texas Rangers have not reached a postseason since 2016.

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New York Jets Quarterback Zach Wilson Must Undergo Knee Surgery

According to nfl.com, Zach Wilson, Quarterback for the New York Jets has to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee on Tuesday in Los Angeles. On Friday Night, Wilson was taken off of the field after receiving a non-contact knee injury during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson ended up being diagnosed with a bone bruise and a torn meniscus. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, a specialist in shoulder, elbow, knee surgeries, and sports medicine will be performing the surgery. The current prognosis for Wilson’s return is from 2-4 weeks. Jets head coach Robert Saleh is quoted in saying, “We’re optimistic, But he’s not out of the woods until they get in there and make the decision.” There will be a slim chance that Wilson may be ready to start off the season on September 11th, however, if that is not the case Joe Flacco and Mike White are ready to start if they need to due to Wilson still recovering.

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