After the Thursday vigil, Rizzo met with families of victims and visited with other survivors at a local hospital.

Rizzo stressed that he doesn’t have all the answers, as he’s just a baseball player, but it’s obvious to him things can’t go on as they are.

I said there needs to be change, but I don’t know what the change needs to be, Rizzo explained. I think it’s good for the kids to go out and show they have a voice. For them to be outspoken about it, it shows they’re not going to sit back and be another statistic.

He returned to the Cubs this past weekend to begin spring training, but he says his heart will always be in Parkland.

After hosting Oregon on Saturday, the Bruins play their final three games in hostile environments, starting with the daunting Utah-Colorado trip and a finale at archrival USC. With wins over all three of those foes currently qualifying for Group 1 status, Steve Alford’s squad can put itself in great position by taking two out of three.

Honestly, the Atlantic 10’s struggles have negatively impacted the Bonnies’ hopes. With only St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island ranking in the RPI top 50, and only Davidson joining the pair in the top 100, quality win opportunities in the league are almost non-existent. And it doesn’t help that none of the Bonnies’ top four victories — Buffalo, Vermont, Syracuse and Maryland — is guaranteed to be in the field as of right now. This is why defeating URI at the Reilly Center is absolutely vital for Mark Schmidt’s squad’s chances.

The Tigers gave Martinez a four-year, $68 million deal after that season, but they haven’t made the playoffs since. Martinez struggled to a .245 average in 2015 before bouncing back (.289, 27 HRs) in 2016. Then last year, he hit .255 with 10 home runs in 107 games — and the concerns about his offensive numbers were nothing compared to the health issues he ended up facing.

As you read this, whether you do so soon after this is sent out to the Say Hey, Baseball mailing list and posted to SB Nation’s MLB page or well into spring training, there will likely be upwards of 100 free agents at the training camp in Bradenton, Fla. put on by the MLB Players Association. Some signed players may attend in solidarity. Scott Boras clients won’t attend, as they have their own facility provided by the agent. The camp remains a manifestation of the offseason’s screwy economics, and the number of seemingly deserving players are out of a fair-paying job because of it.bears_001

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