Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Baseball Notes: Two plead guilty in 2011 Dodger Stadium beating

One of the greatest tragedies played out at Dodger Stadium in recent years was recalled in a Los Angeles courtroom just miles away as two men pleaded guilty Thursday to a 2011 beating that left San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow brain-damaged and disabled.

They were immediately sentenced by an angry judge who called them cowards and the sort of people that sports fans fear when they go to games.

"You are the biggest nightmare for people who attend public events," said Superior Court Judge George Lomeli as he faced Louis Sanchez and Marvin Norwood across a courtroom crowded with media and members of Stow's family who wept and denounced the two men.

Sanchez, 31, acknowledging he kicked and punched Stow, pleaded guilty to one count of mayhem that disabled and disfigured the victim. He was sentenced to eight years in prison with credit for 1,086 days.

Norwood pleaded guilty to one count of assault likely to produce great bodily injury and was sentenced to four years. His credit for time already in custody appeared to account for at least the majority of that term. Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee said Norwood could be released immediately.

But federal authorities said it would not be so fast. They have charged both men with weapons possession charges that could send them to federal prison for an additional 10 years.

Reds, Bailey have deal

Homer Bailey agreed to a six-year, $105 million contract that makes him a cornerstone of the Reds' formidable rotation. It's the latest big-money deal in Cincinnati, which has committed a lot of money to a core of players over the next few years.

Stanton not happy

The Marlins' full squad took the practice field for the first time Thursday, and Giancarlo Stanton renewed a too-familiar ritual, greeting the numerous newcomers and trying to put names with faces.

He's tired of it.

"I don't want to come in and always feel like everyone needs name tags, you know?" he said.

The precocious slugger said the situation must change before he'll consider a long-term offer from the Marlins.

Associated Press
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