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Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts claims that the team is not concerned about the Freddie Freeman sage with his former agent.

Freddie Freeman has dominated the news cycle this week. He recently returned to Atlanta to play his former team in the Braves. Then a report indicated that Freeman had moved on from his Excel Sports Management agent, Casey Close, following his free agency negotiations this past offseason.

Then, there were the allegations made by Fox Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb that Freeman left because Close had withheld a final contract offer from the Braves.

With everything going on, Roberts said that all of the drama surrounding Freeman, Close, and the Braves does not have an impact on the team.

“No, I’m not. I think that athletes, teams have a way of compartmentalizing. I think that that’s something that Freddie’s got to deal with,” said Roberts, h/t Dodger Blue.

“Certainly there’s more talk of it in our clubhouse, but when the first pitch is thrown, we’re here to win a baseball game. So it has not affect. Us losing the last couple nights, believe me, that had nothing to do with us losing baseball games.”

Dave Roberts claims Dodgers are not impacted by Freddie Freeman drama with agent, Braves

In Freeman’s return to Atlanta, he was overcome with emotion when speaking with the media, receiving his World Series ring and stepping into the batter’s box for the first time in the series. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw made some interesting comments regarding Freeman.

“It was very cool (to see Freeman’s reception Friday night),” said Kershaw to Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s obviously been a big contributor for our team. And I hope we’re not second fiddle. It’s a pretty special team over here, too. I think whenever he gets comfortable over here, he’ll really enjoy it. It was a good night for him (Friday).”

The “second fiddle” comments stood out for sure. In fact, Freeman did say, via The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya, that he and Kershaw discussed those comments and that everything was good between them.

Freddie Freeman said he and Clayton Kershaw discussed Kershaw’s “second fiddle” comment to the @ajc and things are all good between the two.

— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) June 28, 2022

Talks between the Braves and Freeman fell apart over a discrepancy in the term of the contract. Freeman wanted six years, while the Braves wanted five. Eventually, the Braves traded for Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson, while Freeman signed a six-year, $162 million contract with the Dodgers.

Close recently denied the allegations made by Gottlieb, and said that the Braves were creating a “false narrative” regarding Freeman’s exit from the team.

This likely won’t be the last we hear about the Freeman-Close-Braves drama. But Roberts insists that it is not a distraction for the Dodgers.

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Omar Kelly: Possession of playlist power inspires Dolphins players to shine

Never underestimate the power of a good playlist because the vibe music can create often sets the tone for whatever you’re embarking on.

So far, the reward system new coach Mike McDaniel created, letting the top performer of the previous day’s practice pick the music for the next session, has been one of the main motivators during training camp’s grueling work, often keeping the practices light and upbeat.

As a result, the playlist creator serves as the center of attention for a day.

Shine in practice with a dominant showing, which must be paired with consistency throughout the week, and an orange jersey and the team’s auxiliary cord is yours.

Players get a text the night before and must come to practice early to deliver the playlist they’ve curated.

Since the spring everyone acts as if receiving playlist power and the orange jersey that comes with it, is the highest honor one could receive from the team.

“It’s exciting,” said linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, who provided camp’s most well-rounded playlist on Friday. “You get a text that says that you were the practice player of the day, so when I got that, I was happy just knowing all the hard work that I put in really is paying off.”

So far there have been people-pleasers like Van Ginkel, players who simply want everyone to be happy with their music choices so they put something in for everyone.

Then there are those who want the music to reflect the region of the country they are from, or the genre of music they are into.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, the orange jersey player on Wednesday, had that day’s practice feeling like the Dolphins had just relocated to the lobby of a Hawaiian resort, taking the tunes back to his childhood home.

Safety Jevon Holland’s music had a heavy West Coast flavor, as he paid tribute to his Oakland roots. And receiver Jaylen Waddle’s Houston upbringing was reflected on his orange jersey day.

Defensive tackle Zach Sieler’s orange jersey day was a throwback to 80′s rock.

Then there’s defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who controlled the playlist on Saturday and gave the fans in attendance some dancing to accompany his musical taste, which was highlighted by his 2 Live Crew, Bobby Brown and Teddy Riley selections.

“I got to show my range,” said Wilkins, who used his first song of practice, Jay-Z’s “Public Service Announcement,” as a tribute to fellow defensive lineman John Jenkins, a 10-year veteran whom he stressed has “been having a heck of a camp.”

“It’s a lot of pressure because you have to set the tone for the day,” Wilkins said about the playlist power. “But you also have to be yourself a little bit. Guys are always hitting up other guys [for recommendations].

“I’m a man of the people, so I have to give the people what they want.”

What the players want is music that will inject energy into these dog days of summer practices in 100-degree heat. But the team’s standards are high.

“The whole point is, if you have any comments or critiques over the DJ list become the DJ,” McDaniel said when explaining how the orange jersey and playlist powers were created.

Tight end coach Jon Embree, who also serves as the assistant head coach, recommended that the playlist should be put in the hand of the previous days top performer after there was widespread complains about McDaniel’s music taste. Since then the coaching staff has routinely put it to a vote after the days film session.

When offensive lineman Liam Eichenberg’s playlist got messed up, and the same four songs kept playing over and over again during the early portion of practice last week, he heard about it nonstop during practice until the equipment people fixed it, and got his playlist going again.

“Man, that was a mess,” Eichenberg said. “I hit up the O-line and said ‘send me some songs.’ Then towards the back end, I put some country stuff.”

The hope is that the playlist continues to be a motivator, helping the team not only increase their musical taste and range but ultimately improves the on-field performance of the team this season.

The orange jersey has been around since the spring, and now some players — Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and Wilkins — are getting their second spin at being the practice DJ.

“Not yet. Not yet,” linebacker Jaelan Phillips said when asked if he’s a repeat orange jersey wearer. “Striving for it though.”


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