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  • December 11, 2019
    this opportunity.Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Rashard-Higgins-Jersey , Mayfield knew he wouldn’t get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let the Cleveland Browns quarterback get real close — a surprise stint as the first base coach for three innings Saturday.As the split-squad Brewers came to bat in the bottom of the fourth, that’s when third base coach Eddie Sedar suddenly handed Mayfield a batting helmet and stop watch and told him to take over.More Brewers coverageLyles solid again, Brewers top Cardinals 5-2WATCH: Moustakas, Grandal crush two-run dingers in win over CardinalsGoldschmidt helps Cardinals stop Brewers’ 7-game win streakBrewers on a tear, but Cardinals have kept paceTop Tweets: Yelich thanks fans for support after season-ending injuryDid his baseball pals give him any advice?“Pay attention,” Mayfield related. “Watch out for guys ripping one down the line.”Mayfield is friends with Christian Yelich and joined the NL MVP and the Brewers on Friday. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner took batting practice and showed off his arm strength by throwing passes to some of the team’s staff.“I thought he did great,” Yelich said of Mayfield’s BP session. “It was a lot of fun. He’s got a pretty good swing.”As the first base coach, Mayfield deftly handled a foul ball by Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw that ricocheted off the Brewers dugout in the fourth. But Mayfield bobbled a foul carom off the bat of Yelich in the sixth.Mayfield quickly learned not to get too comfortable in the coach’s box.“I don’t know why they have it painted right there,” Mayfield said. “It’s not regulation size and it’s too close. I’m looking over at Eddie at third base and he’s in the outfield.”Mike Moustakas, though, might want Mayfield to hang around some more. The Brewers star hit a ball into the gap in right-center field in the fourth and Mayfield waved him on, pumping his arm as Moustakas reached second safely on the double.In the sixth, Mayfield missed a chance to give Moustakas a high-five after the infielder hit a two-run home run. Mayfield then went to the Brewers dugout and leaned over the railing to celebrate.“I run everything out until I see it go out so it’s hard for me to hit the first base coach on a high-five,” Moustakas said. “I wish I would’ve now. I left him hanging.”Said Mayfield, proudly: “All I know is Malibu Mike was 2 for 2 when I was coaching first base.”10View Gallery Gallery:Top Tweets: Brewers' Yelich is locked and loaded for 2019That was about as close as Mayfield got to a hit.“He’s a professional athlete,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He looks like a ballplayer and he’s played plenty of baseball. We played a game (on Friday) in batting practice, a points game, and he was in it until the final round. He acquitted himself very well defensively, offensively for sure. And in the clubhouse. He did a nice job.”The Brewers outfitted him perfectly with a No. 6 Brewers jersey. Someone updated it on Saturday with white tape saying “16 percent body fat.”“I didn’t put that there,” Yelich said.Mayfield and Yelich met at a gym in Westlake Village, California, when the quarterback was prepping for the NFL combine and 2018 draft. Mayfield did play third base at Oklahoma Joe Thomas Jersey , but he’s better known for leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff semifinals twice in three years.“He’s a great athlete and has a little bit of a baseball background,” Yelich said. “I’ve seen him swing before — I wasn’t too surprised that he did well.”Shaw, an Ohio native, likes Mayfield for what he’s done on the football field.“I’m a big Browns fan,” Shaw said. “I’ve suffered long enough.”Mayfield led the Browns to a 7-8-1 record last season after they went 0-16 the year before.The Rockies’ starting pitcher, incidentally, was Jon Gray, who also attended Oklahoma. Mayfield imagined how it might’ve been to face him in the batter’s box.“It would’ve been (fun) — OU on OU,” Mayfield said. “I’ve never met him. They have his picture all over campus.”Said Gray: “I love the player he is. He’s a favorite player of all the members of my family.”Shaw wanted to make sure they protected the NFL star.“I think he wanted to (get in a game), but he’s the quarterback,” Shaw said. “He’s just a cool dude. That’s my team so I’m a big fan.”Singer Garth Brooks and comedian Will Ferrell both have had token appearances in spring training games but they were doing so to help charities. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who played two seasons in the minors with Colorado, hit an exhibition game for the New York Yankees.“There’s a dangerous precedent if somebody brings their friend in and puts him in a game,” Counsell said. “I know he’s Baker Mayfield, but one of the players is basically bringing his friend in and he gets to play in the game. (Mayfield) is here to have fun.”Mayfield did just that.“I’ve always loved baseball, dreamed of playing it professionally and now I’m part of the Brewers,” Mayfield said. “I love it.”Did he think he might get an at-bat?“I don’t think the Browns would be very happy about that,” Mayfield said.As long as Shaw got Mayfield’s autograph on his Browns helmet, he’s good.“I’m going to get him to sign it before he leaves,” Shaw said.NOTES: Opening day starter Jhoulys Chacin struck out four over 5 1/3 innings. Counsell said Chacin’s final tuneup before the regular season will likely be in a minor league game. … Jimmy Nelson, who missed all of 2018 following shoulder surgery, made his second spring appearance on Saturday. The right-hander gave up one unearned run on two hits over three innings Chris Hubbard Color Rush Jersey , striking out four. Dirty is in the eye of the beholder.When Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams insists that he doesn’t coach “dirty” play, Williams relies upon a specific definition of the term. He’s saying he doesn’t coach illegal hits or behavior that goes beyond the boundaries of football.But Williams does indeed have a history of encouraging players, while staying firmly within the rules (or at least trying to), to attempt to apply clean, legal hits that incapacitate opponents. He also has a history of establishing and maintaining programs for paying players extra money as a reward for rendering an opponent unable to continue, through clean, legal hits.Williams’ involvement in the Saints’ bounty scandal resulted in his banishment for the 2012 season, and it also got him sued for injuries inflicted on former NFL linebacker Barrett Green during Williams’ time in Washington. Indeed, after the bounty story first emerged more than seven years ago, accounts of Williams utilizing bounties popped up from pretty much every team he ever worked for.Then came his voice on tape, captured in a team meeting as part of a Steve Gleason documentary. As the Saints prepared to play what would be Williams’ last game with the team in the 2011 postseason, Williams urged players to apply a “remember me” shot to the chin of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, to target the head of 49ers running back Frank Gore, to attack the knee of 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, and to “find out” about the concussion that had been suffered by 49ers receiver Kyle Williams.“Kill the head and the body will die” was Williams’ mantra, and he somehow ended up back in the league.So by saying he didn’t coach dirty play in Cleveland or elsewhere, Williams sidesteps the question of whether he encouraged players to target then-Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. before a 2017 preseason game. Beckham’s claim that Browns players admitted this to him becomes the most significant aspect of this unexpected-but-not-surprising kerfuffle, and Williams’ effort to quickly turn the page should not prevail.What did he say to the Browns before that preseason game? Did he encourage them to hit Beckham low? Because former Browns defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun did, and it injured Beckham.
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