From math to Maverick: Getting to know new Blue Jays signee Zac Cook

On a sizzling afternoon in North Texas, Zac Cook cruises down I-35 on his way home from practice with the Texas Stix, a team for whom he coaches. Wearing a pair of orange-tinted sunglasses and a black Stix hat, he’s relaxed and proud, even if the sports he loves is in disarray at the professional level.
Despite the ongoing issues surrounding MLB’s labour negotiations, Cook is feeling relieved and optimistic about his own future. Five days ago, he signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as an undrafted free agent. Regardless of what is going on now, with the global pandemic or otherwise, he’s a professional baseball player.
“Being a free agent has a new meaning now,” Cook, 22, told Blue Jays Nation. “I’m still happy with the opportunity I’ve been given and the way the team has received me, even being a free agent sign.”
On the day of the shortened 2020 MLB Draft, he was in Oklahoma City, Okla. coaching with the Stix. On Sunday, teams were allowed to start signing undrafted free agents, which they did with immense efficiency.
Immediately, he got a bunch of calls …

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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation

NHL Betting Futures: Stanley Cup Odds Update 11/28/19

by OddsShark (@OddsShark) – Sponsored Post
A sizzling start has propelled the Boston Bruins into the top spot on the Stanley Cup futures.
Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend – which has become a checkpoint of the NHL season, since the vast majority of teams holding a playoff spot by that point usually make the postseason – the Bruins are a +850 favourite on the 2020 Stanley Cup odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Tampa Bay Lightning (+900) are the second favorite, followed by the Washington Capitals (+1000), New York Islanders (+1200), St. Louis Blues (+1200) and Toronto Maple Leafs (+1200).
The next cluster of teams has a new face as the Edmonton Oilers (+1600) are now among the Colorado Avalanche (+1400), Dallas Stars (+1600), Vegas Golden Knights (+1600) and the Carolina Hurricanes (+1800) at online betting sites.
The Bruins enter Thursday with the best goal differential in the league by a considerable margin, with David Pastrnak scoring goals at an incredible pace. Skeptics might note that it is tough to keep up such a pace all season, and of course, recent history is littered with regular-season juggernauts that stalled in the playoffs. The Lightning just last season were one of those teams and, this time around, might be worth fading until they display …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation