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The coming MLB lockout is a bummer for dream offseason: Sherman

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The shame of the coming lockout — I will believe we are getting one when the owners and union don’t have a deal before midnight Dec. 1 — is that this would set up as a sensational Hot Stove campaign.

There are intriguing, difference-making players. More pertinent, however, is a forecast of motivated buyers.

The Yankees and Mets both worked strategically to stay under the luxury-tax threshold in 2021. There is no certainty what the next system will look like — or if there even will be a luxury tax. Regardless, neither New York team will have an excuse not to spend. Plus, if you watched this baseball season, they will have plenty of reasons to fix their teams.

The Red Sox also went under the tax and have done a lot of the heavy lifting to better position their financial future while simultaneously becoming contenders again. The Giants have a ton of money coming off their books. The Phillies — especially if they keep the NL’s longest playoff-less streak (since 2011) — should be motivated buyers because they also stayed under the threshold this year, have Andrew McCutchen’s pact coming off the books and have few other avenues to improve except to spend.

On the subject of the longest postseason-free runs, the Mariners look like they will keep theirs intact (since 2001, the longest in the four major sports leagues). Both agents and executives anticipate Seattle will be the surprise muscle flexer this offseason, trying to augment a young core.

The Rangers and Tigers also will be more willing to spend — expect a lot of Trevor Story going home to Dallas and Carlos Correa/A.J. Hinch reuniting in Detroit talk. I don’t think the Cubs and Nationals will spend lavishly, but I also don’t anticipate either will try a sink-to-the-bottom rebuild, positioning them to play in the middle and maybe even upper-middle of the market.

There’s more. The Blue Jays have room to further grow payroll, and the Dodgers will be heard from (especially if Trevor Bauer and his salary are suspended next year). The Angels and Twins have to find pitching, in particular.

Will teams and agents try to jump a potential Dec. 1 lockout by aggressively trying to sign players in November? One veteran player rep told me that because there is money to spend in the industry, we should anticipate the lockout, as ownership strategy is to condense the market to, say, a few weeks in March when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.

Whenever the market arrives — and I will at least root for a timely owner/union settlement and a fun offseason — there will be those who raised their stock in 2021. Thoughts on three:

Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer
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In 2012, the righty finished with a 3.74 ERA in his age-27 season and followed with seven years that included three Cy Young wins and no worse than a fifth-place finish. His ERA was 3.74 in the pandemic-shortened 2020. His body seemed to be showing signs of the workhorse/power/age combination.

Yet, he just might win his fourth Cy this year. In the final season of arguably the best free-agent contract ever signed by a team (seven years, $210 million by Washington), Scherzer might turn out to be the best in-season trade acquisition ever (by the Dodgers).

For much of this season, I suspected Scherzer, who turned 37 in July, to sign a deal similar to the two-year, $66 million extension that Justin Verlander received after finishing as the AL Cy Young runner-up in 2018. Now if Scherzer is kept to two years, that number will start at $40 million per, I would think, and could go higher or stretch to three years at $120 million.

He should have lots of teams bidding it up in the biggest markets. It is not hard to make a case that the Mets or Yankees should pair him with Jacob deGrom or Gerrit Cole, respectively. What do the Dodgers do if they have limitations on their payroll — keep Clayton Kershaw in their uniform for his career or sign Scherzer? A strong postseason will only intensify a frenzy.

Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien
Marcus Semien
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In the ninth year of his career and age-30 season in 2019, DJ LeMahieu had a 136 OPS-plus and finished fourth for the AL MVP. In the ninth year of his career and age-30 season in 2021, Marcus Semien had a 136 OPS-plus before the weekend and seems headed toward no worse than fourth in the AL MVP race. He also finished third ahead of LeMahieu in that 2019 race and can still play short, as he did that year for Oakland as opposed to second this year for Toronto.

LeMahieu used an AL MVP third in the abbreviated 2020 campaign to net a six-year, $90 million pact from the Yanks. But he never wanted to leave. Semien, a year younger, and proving that last year’s downturn was aberrational with the ability to play shortstop and no overpowering ties to Toronto, is going to do better than LeMahieu, helped by his rep as a great teammate.

Also there is this: Once Fernando Tatis Jr. ($340 million) and Francisco Lindor ($341 million) signed extensions, the glamour walk-year shortstops — Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager and Trevor Story — probably built expectations of their value. Even in this market, none of these guys is likely to approach $340 million. Semien is likely to come in for well less than those dreams, which perhaps gives him and teams a chance to jump the market.

Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray
Robbie Ray
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In 2019-20, Ray had the worst walk percentage (12.9) among the 61 pitchers who made at least 35 starts, the 15th worst ERA (4.86) and the 11th worst OPS against (.803). For 2021, Toronto signed Ray to a one-year, $8 million deal. He might win the AL Cy Young, leading the league in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts while dropping his walk rate to 6.3 percent.

Toronto will feel pressure to re-sign both of its terrific one-year deals, Ray and Semien. It should be noted that the Blue Jays might be onto harnessing pitchers with stuff because the starter with the ninth-worst ERA (5.09) in 2019-20 also has done well in his walk year. That is Steven Matz (12-7, 3.87).

One of Matz’s talented ex-Mets teammates, Zack Wheeler, translated a strong platform year in his age-29 season and elite stuff into a five-year, $118 million deal with the Phillies (and might win the NL Cy Young this year). Ray, who is in his age-29 season, could be shooting in that stratosphere as clubs look to replicate Wheeler.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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