Andre Ellington is excited to once again be teammates with his cousin, Bruce.
Commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials have been giving the Ohtani case extraordinary scrutiny, with repeated warnings of bans and penalties for anyone found in violation.
MLB, after finalizing its agreement with the Nippon Baseball League on Dec. 1 that allowed bidding to begin, issued a memo to all teams and baseball executives that contained paragraphs again warning against any form of cheating.
Teams were told, again, that they could attempt to persuade the two-way pitching and hitting star from Japan to join their team based on the merits of their respective organizations and their cities, but they were warned against discussing future contracts and business relationships, and against third-party machinations — paying off someone who might have influence with Ohtani, for example, or making quid-pro-quo promises outside of the rules.
“I also have quickly realized how passionate Jimmy and Dee are about bringing a winning team to the city and would have not taken the job if I didn’t think the right ownership was in place. I am eager to work with Hue, his staff, and our personnel department and help bring us the success these fans so deserve.”
“We’ve gotta learn how to put teams away,” Beal said. “We’ve gotta learn how to put our foot on the gas,” he added. “These are important games and games that we need to win and should have won.”
The Nets are returning after spending the last week on the road, though they were the home team for games against Oklahoma City and Miami in Mexico City.
Brooklyn will be adding Okafor and Stauskas to the roster after acquiring the former first-round picks from Philadelphia on Thursday.
Neither player has played much this season, so it’s unlikely they’ll get big minutes Tuesday.