Wakeup call: Should M's trade King Felix?; tears from Paterno

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Wakeup call: Should M's trade King Felix?; tears from Paterno

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Thursday, August 16:

BASEBALL
Who would've thought Dale Sveum would be better off managing the 2012 Cubs instead of the 2012 Red Sox? (CSN Chicago)

After Felix Hernandez' perfect game, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik jokingly held his cellphone to his ear and said, "No, we're not trading Felix" in the crowded press elevator heading down the field level. (AP) But Matthew Pouliot believes Jack ought to re-think that. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

The Double-A Jackson Generals sure got a big kick out of King Felix's perfecto. (Hardball Talk)

Goodbye, Melky . . . and goodbye, playoffs? (Hardball Talk)

Ray Ratto says it's put-up-or-shut-up time for Giants. (CSN Bay Area)

Cabrera's teammates were predictably shocked and stunned at his suspension. (CSN Bay Area)

Oh, and forget about bringing in Alfonso Soriano as a replacement. (CSN Chicago)

Theo's starting to put his imprint on the Cubs . . . at the expense of some long-time employees. (CSN Chicago)

Count Buck Showalter among those who think the Nationals are doing the right thing with Stephen Strasburg. (CSN Baltimore) Of course, he may be looking ahead to a Baltimore-Washington showdown in October.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Mike Aresco channels his inner Kevin Bacon ("Stay calm! All is well!") when discussing the Big East. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
According to excerpts of Joe Posnanski's book published in GQ, Joe Paterno "sobbed uncontrollably" when he was fired as Penn State football coach. (NBC's College Football Talk)

Alabama tries to beat the NCAA to the punch. (AP)

Vultures should move so quickly. (AP)

GOLF
Only a matter of time before someone lined up a Tiger WoodsRory McIlroy showdown. (AP)

HOCKEY
NHL labor talks have gone from cautious optimism to warnings about worst-case scenarios. (CSN Chicago) Really, with Bettman and crew involved, did you expect anything else?

OLYMPICS
Bet you didn't know Jerry Garcia, of all people, had a hand in helping create the 1992 U.S. Dream Team. And via Lithuania, no less. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Andrew Bynum says he's "leaning toward making Philadelphia my home". (AP)

And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks that's a good place for him. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

PRO FOOTBALL
Yeah, Rex Ryan is toning it down . . . a little. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

A "slightly lacerated" spleen has Jason Witten questionable for the Cowboys' opener. (AP)

James Harrison's opening day status is similarly cloudy, though due to a more traditional injury. (AP)

But Adrian Peterson? He's playing. (AP)

Try as he might, Chad Johnson couldn't convince Joe Philbin to keep him around. (AP)

SOCCER
She saidhe said? Why aren't I surprised Hope Solo is involved? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

TENNIS
There's be no Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows this year. (AP)

Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.