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Who’s next?GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerFanpost Friday: Extension FeverWho’s next?EDTShareTweetShareShareFanpost Friday: Extension FeverBill Streicher-USA TODAY SportsHello Joey Rickard Jersey , and welcome to another year of Fanpost Fridays, I guess.What is Fanpost Friday? It’s pretty simple. On Friday mornings, a writing prompt of sorts will be posted. No comments will be allowed on the post, because the point of Fanpost Friday is to make Fanposts in response to said prompt. How do you make a Fanpost? It’s easy — just click the “+Post your own” link in the Fanposts sidebar, as shown below:Again, to be very clear: Fanpost Fridays posts will have comments disabled. The point is for folks to make Fanposts, not comments. Anyway, here’s this week’s prompt:Exciting times are afoot in Braves Country , and really, for fans of many major league teams, who have been extending young stars at a breakneck over the last few months. Ronald Acua Jr. and Ozzie Albies are the two newest members of the Recently Extended Club; which Brave do you think will be the next to join them? What will be the terms of the deal? Keep in mind that with two well-below market extensions already signed, a “normal” extension of the sort we would have expected before April 2019 may not be in the cards.So, who’s next? TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka got along just fine with baseball’s new 20-second pitch clock in his first spring training start.Tanaka is one of the majors’ slowest workers, but he didn’t have any violations while working three scoreless innings in New York’s 7-1 win over a Detroit Tigers split-squad on Sunday.Tanaka was ranked 76th out of 78 pitchers throwing 150 or more innings last year at 26.1 seconds between pitches, according to Fangraphs. He was ahead of only Houston’s Justin Verlander (26.3) and Boston’s David Price (26.7).“Yes Tim Beckham Jersey , I was conscious of that,” Tanaka said through a translator. “It’s something MLB is testing during spring training and it might come into effect once we get into the season. You don’t want to be not prepared if that were to happen.”He had 19 of his 40 pitches subjected to the clock rules and saw it hit three seconds left against Christin Stewart with a runner on third and one out in the first.Eight times, including four and five seconds remaining to Ronny Rodriguez during the second, the pitch clock dropped into a single digit.“Everything went smooth for me,” said Tanaka, who does not support the use of the clock. “I felt all in today. It didn’t affect me in a negative way.”John Hicks received time and stepped out of the batter’s box with three seconds to go in his first-inning at-bat.After pushing for an agreement with players last season, Major League Baseball decided on its own to experiment with pitch clocks during spring training this year. Owners have the right to implement them for the regular season but would prefer to reach an agreement with the union.A pitch clock has been used in some minor leagues since 2015. MLB has talked about ball penalties against pitchers for violations once its plan is fully implemented.“I think we’ll just adjust when we’re forced to,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “I’m watching it play out and so far it hasn’t affected anybody. Like anything else , whatever the new norm is, everybody eventually adjusts to it.”TRAINER’S ROOMLHP CC Sabathia (heart stent and knee) threw 20 pitches in his second bullpen session. … CF Aaron Hicks (back) didn’t play but is expected back Tuesday. … LHP Phillip Diehl, hit on the left side by a liner in Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh, is fine and took part in drills.

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