Rob Gronkowski commits to 2018 season with Patriots

Rob Gronkowski isn’t calling it quits just yet.

The subject of retirement and trade rumors this offseason, the Patriots tight end committed to the 2018 season with New England during a meeting with coach Bill Belichick Tuesday.

Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski and his agent Drew Rosenhaus met today with Bill Belichick, and told him that Gronkowski is playing this season for the Patriots.

“It was very positive and Rob is committed,” Rosenhaus said.

Manfred tries to visit as many big league teams as he can each season and, having not been to Toronto last year, was eager to come early this season. The timing of his trip was unrelated to Monday’s deadly attack in Toronto in which 10 people were killed and 14 injured when a driver deliberately struck pedestrians with a van along a busy sidewalk.

“All of us at Major League Baseball were devastated,” Manfred said. “You were in our thoughts all day yesterday and will remain there for some time. I hope that maybe our game tonight will provide a little bit of the beginning of a healing process that will be important for this city.”

A blue banner reading #TORONTOSTRONG was hung from the second deck in center field before Tuesday night’s game, Toronto’s first since the deadly incident. Similar signs were hung on the wall behind home plate, and the team honored the victims and first responders who helped at the scene of the attack before the first pitch.

In addition to Darnold, how many quarterbacks will go in Round 1? Oddsmakers released that prop bet in addition to many others ahead of the NFL Draft later this week, via BetOnline.

AJ Mass: I wrote a bit about Baez and his strong start to 2018 Thursday and how I don’t want to give too much weight to his early-season success. After all, through the first 14 games of 2018, Baez was batting just .191 with a 27.7 strikeout rate. His rise on the Player Rater has really come primarily from what he’s done over the past eight games, hitting .459 with a 16.2 strikeout rate.

True, Baez has shown unusual (for him) power this season, with 7 HR and 24 RBIs on the year, but that may also prove to be streaky as all of the homers and 19 of those RBIs fell in a 10-game stretch from April 10-22. His fly ball rate (36.5 percent) is currently well in line with previous seasons, but the 30.4 HR/FB rate is not sustainable. I expect a .275 season with at most 30 HR and 80 RBIs — and more likely 25 and 70. That’s good for a top-10 finish at his position and perhaps top-75 overall on the ESPN Player Rater, but not much more than that.dolphins_090

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