The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.03.30

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InsideHook’s Paul Lukas has a full preview of the new Major League baseball uniforms. I know that baseball isn’t happening now, but I do like uniforms and since MLB has moved to Nike (although the change in fabric is minimal). You still get a look at the new uniforms, which is fun (for me).

Of course, this year is a little different. Officially, Major League Baseball has postponed the start of the 2020 season until at least mid-May; unofficially, it seems like we’ll be lucky if they’re ready to go by the beginning of summer.

Still, it seems likely that we’ll have baseball at some point this year. And whenever that finally happens, there will be lots of new uniforms to take in, because teams have been busily unveiling those — along with new patches, logos and related visuals — throughout the winter. So with our bodies and souls feeling that instinctive appetite for baseball, the annual Uni Watch MLB Season Preview is here for you, with the full scoop on all of this season’s new looks … even if we don’t yet know when we’ll get to see them on the field.

The big news this season is that MLB’s uniform contract has passed from longtime outfitter Majestic to Nike, so all 30 teams will be wearing the swoosh this season.

CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish has Jahmi’us Ramsey going 24th to the Utah Jazz. That’s a sticky spot, the idea is that he’d probably go higher if he comes back to Texas Tech, but that’s still a risk and Parrish seems to think that Ramsey is a sure-first rounder:

Ramsey was a borderline top-35 prospect coming out of high school who, just like Zhaire Smith and Jarrett Culver before him, developed into a projected first-round pick after working with Chris Beard at Texas Tech. The 6-4 guard averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 42.6% from 3-point range. There are concerns about what else he does really well besides make shots. But shot-making is super-important in today’s NBA. So Ramsey should be selected in the first round — perhaps in the teens but definitely in the 20s.

NBC Sports’ Kevin McGuire writes about how Lincoln Riley is upset how much of the Power Five conferences are not all playing exactly the same in terms of suspending activity:

“Our conference has been more stringent on it,” Riley said in a radio interview with KREF on Thursday (according to a Norman Transcript report. “So that hasn’t been a positive in that it hasn’t really been an equal playing field.”

In fact, the Big Ten is suspending activity until May 4th, but the Big 12 announced that no organized team activities unitl May 31st. FootballScoop writes that the Big 12 is getting ahead of the game by starting coaches to talk on Sunday rather than Monday.

It is permissible for institutions to provide off-campus student-athletes with apparel and personal equipment that is regularly available to student-athletes when they are on campus for conditioning workouts. The provision of other equipment is not to extend to rental, purchase or arrangement of conditioning or strength training equipment or machines (e.g. stationary bicycles, treadmills, free weights, benches or weight machines) but is intended to allow for reasonable supplies such as stretching band/straps, foam rollers, etc.

Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams wrote on Sunday that the sports shutdown for Texas Tech is expected to cost the athletic department $3.4 million according to associate athletic director Jonathan Botros:

The $3.4 million is less than 4 percent of Tech’s annual outlay for sports, based on the current fiscal year budget of $93.6 million, but Botros said it’s still a bigger blow than that might sound.

“It may be small percentage-wise, but I think it’s still substantial,” he said. “Our goal every single year, when we start with all the revenues that we receive, we try to plow all those back into the student-athlete experience and investing in the fan experience.

“It’s not our mission, as with any other higher-education institution, to maintain a large amount of reserves, or profits if you will. And so for that reason it’s substantial, because we don’t have additional revenues to offset that amount. So we would have to start looking at expense-budget cuts and-or using reserves to cover it.”

Here are some tweets from this weekend.

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