Mike Trout, Angels finalizing a record 12-year, roughly $430 million extensionMike Trout, left, is getting an extension $100 million richer than Bryce Harper's recent contract with the Phillies. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)By Dave SheininMarch 19 at 11:28 AM
The climax of an offseason spent contemplating and debating the value of some of baseball’s biggest stars, as it turns out, was not the record-setting free agent contracts signed last month by Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, but what came Tuesday: a massive extension in its final stages for Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout that zoomed past those other deals like a 600-foot home run.
Trout’s extension is worth “roughly” $430 million over 12 years, according to two people familiar with the negotiation — $100 million more than the 13-year, $330 million deal Harper signed March 2 with the Philadelphia Phillies, which previously stood as the largest in North American sports history. The new deal effectively adds 10 years and roughly $360 million to the $66.5 million Trout was already owed for 2019 and 2020 from the extension he signed in 2014, according to an industry source, but for luxury tax purposes it will be considered a 12-year contract.
Trout’s dollar figure, with its echo of Harper’s total payout, was either a strange coincidence, or an expert-level troll job, which happened to come just days after Harper made a public pitch for Trout to come join him on the Phillies — the team for whom Trout, a New Jersey native, grew up rooting. Trout, 27, was to have reached free agency for the first time after the 2020 season.
Trout, a seven-time all-star and two-time American League Most Valuable Player, is already considered the best player of his generation, and at his current trajectory could rank as the best of all-time by the time he is done. And now, it appears, he will finish his career with the only franchise he has ever known; the new contract reportedly has no opt-outs.
The theoretical availability of Trout on the free agent market at the end of 2020 was already shaping long-range strategies at the top of baseball’s talent marketplace, possibly helping to explain, for example, the relative absence of such behemoths as the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers from this winter’s high-end market. The Phillies, with more money to spend and a built-in geographical and emotional advantage, would have almost certainly made a major play for his services.
But those possibilities all disappeared on Tuesday. The Angels — who, notably, have made just one playoff appearance in Trout’s eight seasons — worked quietly behind the scenes in negotiating with Trout, as word of those discussions failed to leak until Tuesday’s blast that a deal was near. For the Angels to retain Trout, it cost owner Arte Moreno more than twice as much as the $184 million he paid for the entire franchise in 2003.
Trout’s deal is believed to have smashed every other worldwide benchmark for an athlete’s on-field compensation. Before this winter, Giancarlo Stanton’s 13-year, $325 million extension with the Miami Marlins in 2014 was the record for largest contract, a number that was exceeded by Harper last month. Boxer Canelo Alvarez’s deal with sports streaming service DAZN, for 11 fights over five years, was worth a reported $365 million.
At nearly $36 million per year in average annual value, Trout’s new deal would also make him the highest-paid player in baseball year-to-year, topping Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million AAV with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harper’s Phillies deal, by contrast, is worth just over $25 million in AAV.
Elizabeth Warren just had her best moment of the 2020 campaign
Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 12:00 PM ET, Tue March 19, 2019
(CNN)It's been a bit of a rough start for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2020 presidential campaign.
She's been hounded by her botched handling of claims of Native American heritage and has watched as fellow senators like Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris have zoomed past her in the early jockeying for the chance to take on President Donald Trump next November.Which makes what happened Monday night in Jackson, Mississippi, very important for Warren and her supporters. At a CNN-sponsored town hall, Warren delivered a very strong performance in which her policy chops, which we knew about, were bolstered by the powerful -- and emotional -- re-telling of her childhood struggles.One moment in particular stood out. Here's the exchange between Warren and CNN's Jake Tapper:TAPPER: You talk about how your family stood at the brink of financial disaster through a good part of your childhood. How has that shaped your life in the Senate?WARREN: I'll tell you about that. I have three older brothers. They all went off and joined the military. That was their ticket to America's middle class. I was the late-in-life baby. My mother used to call me the "surprise" and about the time I was in middle school, my daddy had a heart attack and it was serious. Thought he was going to die. The church neighbors brought covered dishes. It was a scary time. He survived but he couldn't go back to work. We lost our family station wagon and at night I would hear my parents talk and that's where I learned words like mortgage and foreclosure and I remember the day that I walked into my parents' bedroom and laying out on the bed is the dress. And some people here will know the dress. It's the one that only comes out for weddings, funerals and graduations and my mother is in her slip and she is stocking feet and she's pacing back and forth and she's crying. She is saying "we will not lose this house. We will not lose this house." She was 50 years old. She had never worked outside the home. She was truly terrified. And I watched her while she finally just pulled it together, put that dress on, put on her high heels and blew her nose and walked to the Sears and got a minimum wage job, and that minimum wage job saved our house, but more importantly, it saved our family.To get the full effect of the answer, you need to watch it. Warren is visibly emotional, her eyes welling up with tears as she recounts the courage of her mother. Watch this:Elizabeth Warren shares emotional story about her mom 02:46(The Warren campaign, sensing their candidate had just had a moment, tweeted out the video of her answer.)Why did this moment matter? Because presidential campaigns are about moments, about glimpses into who a candidate really is and what motivates them to run for the highest office in the country.For most voters, Warren was just a jumble of policy proposals before Monday night. She is a self-admitted policy wonk who has put her meaty policy prescriptions front and center in the campaign. But voters don't choose a candidate based solely on policy papers. If they did, every president would be a former think-tanker. Who the candidate is, really, plays an absolutely critical role in the presidential decision. At root, people usually vote for president based on a belief that the person they are choosing "gets" them in some fundamental way.Which brings me back to Warren's emotional recounting of her family's economic struggles and her mother's bravery in the face of possible financial ruin. It wasn't the first time she's told that story. As MJ Lee, who covers Warren for CNN, noted, that retelling of her childhood is a staple of Warren's stump speech. But most people haven't seen a Warren stump speech. They have likely read or seen coverage of her struggles to clear up whether she is of Native American descent (or not). Maybe they know she is a senator from Massachusetts who previously worked in the Obama administration. But that's about it.Warren's powerful delivery of her childhood struggles Monday was on national TV and in primetime. Lots and lots of people either saw it live, watched a snippet of it on social media or read about it on a website just like this one. That matters. To win a presidential nomination, you have to be able to perform when the bright lights come on and everyone is watching.Warren did that on Monday night. Which should serve as a shot of momentum for a campaign that needs it.
Kodak Black's Trolling Forces Young M.A to RespondBYFNR ZAY
The Reason The Cutlass Is Blue |@FNR_ZAY
MAR 18, 2019
Although Kodak Black's eccentric personality has gotten him into some awkward situations, it has also gained him a cult-like following. However, for Young M.A, his trolling has forced the Brooklyn rapper to address Kodak's "weird" comments.
On Sunday, Young M.A took to Instagram Live where she spoke candidly about the fiasco surrounding the "Tunnel Vision" rapper and herself.
"And y'all keep talking about this Kodak situation. Y'all n****s is weird, bro," M.A said. "And it be n****s on that sh*t. What's wrong with y'all? Is y'all n****s alright? Come on, bro. Like obviously the n***a's weird..."
Young M.A then went on to say that they both have a show in the same city and she will address the situation in person.
Sunday's comments were the first time Young M.A touched on Black's sexual advances towards her. Kodak Black's pseudo-courtship of the openly gay rapper began in February when he left a comment under a picture of M.A and Nicki Minaj that read "Both Of Y'all a Get It." This then became a running joke that Black continued to toy with on his latest single "Pimpin Ain't Eazy."
"I go Young M.A on these dumb b*****s/Like a dyke man, you n****s can't f**k with me," Kodak raps on the song's chorus before using the term in other parts of the record.
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"I swapped out the spice for the bud/F****n' on a dyke, I'm in love," Kodak spits. "I'm f****n' on a dyke, she the one."
Kodak's antics were only amplified by his fans who for the past few weeks have been spamming M.A with allusions to Kodak and the song. That, combined with the rumored street activity of both artists, had many assuming that Young M.A would take a direct issue to Kodak's jokes. However, in another Instagram Live, M.A explained that her frustration is mostly geared towards his internet followers.
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"They always take sh*t out of proportion. They always try to take sh*t and make it something that it ain't," M.A explained. "In the live video... I'm literally talking about the people in the comments... and I'm like 'Why y'all still on that? Get off that situation. Y'all d*ckeating.' I know I'm a female stupid... but at the end of the day, that's not my preference... that's why I said y'all weird."
Despite Young M.A clearly explaining her sexual orientation, Kodak Black still doesn't seem to understand. He hosted an Instagram Live of his own where he slightly addressed the controversy.
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"I do more good than I do bad and more people love me than hate me," Kodak said before slipping in another Young M.A comment. "I'm talking 'bout, how you a girl but don't want your p***y penetrated?"
Outside of the unwelcome jokes, Black did try to call his fans off of Young M.A by letting it be known that no real beef will ensue from this exchange.
"That's my Dawg Bae. Ain't no smoke we vibing," Kodak said. "We straight that's my dawg... they the homie... we vibing and stuff."
Bernie Tormé, Irish guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne band, dies aged 66
‘Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold – tributes paid to Dublin musician
Hard rock guitarist Bernie Tormé performing on stage at the 2013 Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales. Photograph: Kevin Nixon/Metal Hammer Magazine/Future Publishing/Getty Images
Bernie Tormé, the Dublin musician who found moderate fame and fortune as a guitarist with some of rock music’s biggest names, died on March 17th, one day short of his 67th birthday. The musician was rushed to a London hospital in mid-February with double pneumonia, and had been on life support.
“What a sad day,” Ozzy Osbourne sympathised on Twitter. “We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed.”
According to a report in Planet Rock magazine, Osbourne credited Tormé with salvaging his career in the aftermath of the tragic death of guitarist Randy Rhoads in 1982. “If it wasn’t for (Bernie), I wouldn’t be doing it now. I’d have given up.”
Another tribute was paid to Tormé by former Twisted Sister singer, Dee Snider, who had worked with the guitarist in the band, Desperado. Snider tweeted: “I loved that man & today my heart is broken. RIP Bernie. Your guitar weeps.”
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Born on March 18th, 1952, Bernard Joseph Tormey began his life as a professional musician in 1969, playing with bands in Dublin (including The Urge). He moved to London in 1974 to play with various rock and pub rock outifts, but subsequently formed the Bernie Tormé Band.
Although admitting the group was more “second wave” than New Wave, the band played punk haunts such as The Roxy and The Vortex, and supported acts such as Generation X and compatriots The Boomtown Rats.
The band had musical muscle aplenty, but Tormé’s guitar playing (“a brilliant technician in the Jimi Hendrix mould . . . with razor sharp, whiplash lines and beautifully controlled feedback”, noted a 1977 gig review in NME by future U2 producer Chas De Whalley) set him apart from the punk rock music he admired and which influenced him. “The energy and the simplicity and power was something that I was totally sold on,” he told webzine punk77 some years ago.
Tormé never really gained a foothold on the punk/post-punk scene, but quickly established himself as an accomplished guitarist for hire. In 1979, he joined Gillan, the rock group founded by former Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan. From the early 1980s onwards, Tormé was one of the few technically dependable guitarists that rock bands could call on. Other musicians and groups that Tormé worked with included Ozzy Osbourne, Desperado, Rene Berg, Mammoth, and Gary Barden.
As late as last November, he was working on music, releasing the double album, Shadowland. His last performance was on December 1st as part of his Final Fling tour, the naming of which was perhaps a nod to his health issues.
He recorded more than 24 albums in his career as a solo artist or band member, his later few solo records (which included 2017’s Dublin Cowboy) recorded in his home studio in Kent, and crowdfunded through campaigns that ensured connection with and feedback from his fans.
A working musician through and through, Tormé never made the so-called big time, but his love of music never waned. “It’s not just about notes and technique,” he said in a 2006 interview with the website getreadytorock.com. “That’s the easy part. It’s about heart and soul and feel, which no one can teach . . . Some of the most emotionally moving music on the planet has been made by musically illiterate people who could not play very well. That’s not an excuse for not learning how to play well, but it does mean it’s better to try to move people emotionally rather than to be clever.”
Dirk Nowitzki Moves Past Wilt Chamberlain on NBA’s All-Time Scoring List
BY MARCEL MUTONI MARCH 19, 2019
Nowitzki, 40, was happy to “get it over with” quickly by making his first two shots of the game.
The New Orleans Pelicans then went on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 129-125 in overtime.
“I took my time and faced him up like I’ve done a million times and tried to shoot over him,” Nowitzki said. “It was good to get it over with in the first two shots.”
Nowitzki finished with eight points, giving him 31,424 in his 21 seasons — trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
“The league wanted a change, and I came in at the right time,” Nowitzki said. “They basically forced teams to do a little more movement and more pick-and-roll. All the guys now can shoot and spread the floor. It was just perfect for me and for my skill set.”
[Elfrid] Payton had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Dallas rookie Luka Doncic turned in a triple-double of his own with 29 points, 13 boards and 10 assists, including the pass that put Nowitzki higher up in the record book.
“He deserves everything good that happens to him,” Doncic said. “It’s amazing the things he has accomplished, but this one is really amazing for him.”
Vanderpump Rules: Lala Kent rants at James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss during major raging meltdown
PUBLISHED: 04:32 EDT, 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:56 EDT, 19 March 2019
Lala Kent revealed on social media Monday that she was an alcoholic in a moving video.
Just hours later, the 29-year-old reality star was shown having a complete raging meltdown on the latest episode of Vanderpump Rules.
Lala during the episode titled Trouble In Lala-Land admitted she was 'road-raging through life' when she angrily called Billie Lee a 'snake' at the weekly brunch she hosts at SUR.
Open wound: Lala Kent was shown having a complete raging meltdown on Monday's episode of Vanderpump Rules
She then completely lost it when she heard James Kennedy's girlfriend Raquel Leviss accuse Lala of 'dad blaming' – using the death of her father, Kent Burningham, as an excuse for her bad behavior.
As James looked on nervously, Lala turned on Raquel, accusing her of having a 'screw loose' and not empowering other women, snapping as Raquel tried to answer: 'Be quiet – I'm speaking!'
'I don't empower you because I think you're pathetic,' she screamed at Raquel as their friends in SUR looked on.
'How f***ing dare you say that I am using my dad as an excuse – shut the f*** up. Don't ever – do not ever f***ing bring up my dad.'
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Holding hands: James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss held hands as they arrived at SUR for his brunch gig
Finger point: Lala lost it after hearing Raquel accuse her of 'dad blaming' – using the death of her father, Kent Burningham, as an excuse for her bad behavior
Lala finally told her: 'Guess what? I thought you were a f***ing dummy before my dad died you f***ing Bambi-eyed b***h.'
Billie Lee finally pulled them apart, with Raquel complaining to others: 'I get that she's going through so much, and I can't even comprehend, but that doesn't give her an excuse to treat people like this.'
Lala was comforted by Brittany Cartwright, 29, who sympathized when Lala complained about her dad's death being spoken about.
Held back: Brittany Cartwright intervened as Lala also went after brunch host Billie Lee
But Lala lost her when she insisted that she was 'above' James and Raquel.
'I don't think I'm better than people. But I know when I'm above someone. And I'm above you,' she said of Raquel. 'I'm better than them.'
James – who had been elated to DJ for the first time at SUR since getting fired – finally came over to calmly confront Lala.
Stepping in: James stepped in to defend Raquel after Lala went off on her
When he said he did not appreciate her talking to Raquel that way, Lala snapped: 'She should stop being a c***.'
After sayin her gut told her James was a 'bad f***ing guy,' she grew further incensed that he did not react.
'You're still sitting there loving the fact that you got to f*** Lala,' she said of her ex.
High road: The British DJ kept calm while dealing with Lala
'Good for you baby – the only successful thing you'll ever have in your life.'
As he tried to reply, she snapped: 'Get the f*** out of here James before I f***ing peel your face from your skull.'
She then further alienated Brittany when she told her: 'I'm going through so much more than anybody in this room could ever imagine.'
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Too far: Brittany didn't agree with Lala saying she was 'above' James and Raquel
Billie Lee finally threw out Lala, who snarkily told her: 'Not only are you boring to speak to you're boring to look at.'
'Really? Your dress is 1995,' Billie Lee replied, with Lala insisting to camera later that it was 'J-Lo from 2000 at the Grammys and it's one of the most iconic looks ever.'
While Lala claimed her meltdown was sparked by the 'dad blaming' comment, the seeds of her discontent were shown earlier when she had complained of her growing hatred for James and Raquel.
Iconic look: Lala was channeling Jennifer Lopez at the 2000 Grammy Awards
'I feel like it's a luxury to be friends with me,' she told Stassi Schroeder, 30, and Ariana Madix, 33, as they supported her at a recording session.
'You don't just get that opportunity and then f*** it up and get it again. No. That's not how life works.
'It's taking everything in me not to f****ing put my paws on this clown. I wanna drag his skinny British a** so bad. He and his girlfriend are both f***ing twots.'
Showing support: Stassi Schroeder and Ariana Madix supported Lala at a recording session
James was worried that the fight at SUR would be misconstrued by owner Lisa Vanderpump, 58, and so he went to tell her about it and report on how well behaved he was.
She was suspicious because of his previous behavior, with him admitting he was suffering as the 'boy who cried wolf.'
But he tried to prove his changed ways by telling her he would stay away from the official opening party at TomTom to avoid 'drama.'
Not happy: Lala also badmouthed James and Raquel at the recording studio
'As gutted as I am, I won't come tonight,' he told Lisa.
That will prove welcome news to Tom Sandoval, 35, who had begrudgingly invited James to the opening despite knowing it would spark trouble, especially with business partner Tom Schwartz's wife Katie.
'Is the world gonna end? No,' Tom said.
Brunch date: Tom Sandoval and Ariana watched the drama go down during brunch
'Should I probably keep the motorcycle running just in case Katie tries to murder me? Yes, maybe,' he said of a motorbike and sidecar the Toms bought to ride up to the opening.
Earlier, James had insisted Katie was trying to 'sieve me out of this entire group,' saying: 'I haven't met the devil yet but she's coming f***ing close.'
Katie, Stassi, and Kristen Doute, meanwhile, went for a girls' night at Scheana’s new apartment – with her 'bestie' Adam there as a 'hot bartender.'
The hostess: Scheana invited the girls to her new place in Marina del Rey
Stassi was baffled over her friend's 'facade that they're not in a relationship' despite Adam being a great choice compared to her usual bad matches.
'This is legit the most Scheana thing Scheana’s ever Scheanaed,' Stassi said.
She later told Lisa how they were 'friends with benefits,' saying: 'He doesn't want a relationship; I don't want a relationship.'
Candid conversation: Katie Maloney-Schwartz and Kristen Doute had a candid conversation after arguing about Kristen's boyfriend
'Then you shouldn't be sleeping with him,' Lisa, 58, insisted. 'You're gonna get hurt. I know you – if you're sleeping with somebody your heart's involved.'
However, Scheana joked later: 'Everyone needs to let me do me – and Adam do me. That's it.'
The get-together at Scheana's was also the first time the girls got together with Kristen after their fight over her boyfriend Brian Carter.
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Good one: The reality star joked ''Everyone needs to let me do me – and Adam do me. That's it'
After Kristen, 35, told Katie she 's*** on the person I love,' Katie finally apologized, insisting her outbursts came from 'genuine good intentions.'
'All we want for Kristen is for her to be in a happy, loving relationship where she feels appreciated and that there's mutual respect,' Katie said later. 'I love her and I just want her to be happy and everything she deserves.'
Kristen also went to see Lisa Vanderpump about TomTom's official opening after being the only one not invited to the DailyMailTV party at the bar.
Apology offered: Katie apologized after Kristen expressed her disappointment
Lisa begrudgingly allowed her to attend because she was being invited by both Toms, which Kristen wrongly took as the mogul warming to her.
Lisa, however, was more amazed at Kristen's cleavage-revealing dress.
She joked later: 'Maybe she wants to keep me abreast of the situation. Clearly, she wants to get something off her chest.'
Plunging neckline: Kristen wore a revealing dress for a meeting with Lisa Vanderpump
Brittany Cartwright was told she may have an ulcer – and was warned by her doctor to avoid all alcohol, saying 'even a little bit could tip you over.'
'I'm going to go to Mexico on Wednesday so I don't know,' Brittany admitted to the doctor, with boyfriend Jax Taylor warning: 'It's not worth it.'
Vanderpump Rules returns on Bravo next Monday.