Madden 19 will steer clear of anthem issues

jets_015For decades, EA has marketed the Madden series by claiming, If it’s in the game, it’s in the game.

Here’s one thing from the game that won’t be in the game: The national anthem controversy.

At the EA Play event, which precedes E3 2018, producer Ben Haumiller told GameSpot that the Madden 19 game will not include anything related to the anthem.

The people who play just want to play, and that means minimizing everything else, from the amount of time it takes to load the startup screen to the amount of time that elapses from starting a game to the actual kickoff to the various delays that pop up in connection with penalty calls, the end of quarters, and replay reviews, any moment spent doing anything other than playing the game feels like wasted time.

The Pirates led 5-0 behind Musgrove until the right-hander opened the seventh inning by hitting Owings on the first pitch retaliation for Josh Harrison being plunked in the top half. Nick Ahmed followed with a run-scoring single, Daniel Descalso had another off Edgar Santana and Lamb tied it at 5-all on a three-run homer to left.

Ketel Marte singled off Kyle Crick (0-1) to lead off the eighth, moved to second on a walk and raced to third after a pickoff attempt at second base by catcher Elias Diaz. Marte scored when the next pitch by Crick bounded to the backstop . Descalso put Arizona up 8-5 with a two-run triple and scored on Dovydas Neverauskas’ wild pitch.

The Bombers, in clear need of starting pitching, face the Mets’ aces this weekend. If not them, whom might the Yanks add by the deadline?

Hired as the Indians’ pitching coach in 2013, he helped turn Corey Kluber into a two-time Cy Young winner. He let Trevor Bauer be Trevor Bauer after the Diamondbacks quickly gave up on him. Carlos Carrasco developed into one of the better starters in the league. Cody Allen had just reached the majors in 2012. Danny Salazar was a rookie in 2013. Mike Clevinger had a breakout season in 2017. Few teams have developed pitchers like the Indians in recent years.

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