3 things we approve: MLB Draft telegrams, Aaron Rodgers' bro and Manny Machado

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Manny Machado charges mound, fights Yordano Ventura

It's much more enjoyable to talk about the things you enjoy than the things you dislike, right? Right. So before your Wednesday gets started, here's a quick rundown of sports things that we've enjoyed so far this week.

First awesome thing comes from MLB Network analyst Dan Plesac, who was drafted with the 42nd overall selection by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980. Earlier this week, he shared a photo of how he was notified.

No Twitter back in the day (or any other form of consumer-friendly internet), and drafts were hardly newsworthy enough to crack television broadcasts. So even when it came to telling players of their own MLB status, telegrams were the method of choice.

Weird, but pretty cool to look back on. Thanks, Dan. Here's this:

Next up: Aaron Rodgers' little brother, who's among the favorites in this season's installment of The Bachelorette.

We got a double-dose of Jordan Rodgers this week, with not one but two episodes airing for Week 3. Most notably: He got to play football. With the Pittsburgh Steelers, no less.

THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 1204" - Chris Harrison faces off with Chad about his bad behavior, letting him know that violence is unacceptable, but will Chad make amends with the rest of the men? The pool party continues, but JoJo can't help notice the guys are distracted by the house drama. After the rose ceremony, 14 men leave Los Angeles and begin their worldwide journey to find love, traveling first to the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern, Pennsylvania. One lucky man and JoJo escape to a surprising romantic date deep in the woods. The night is topped off by a dreamy slow dance at a Dan + Shay live concert. Pittsburgh's Heinz Field plays host to a group of 11 bachelors and superstars Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Brett Keisel. Teams face off in a heated battle to win a special after party with JoJo. Finally, the dreaded two-on-one date looms, and it ends with a chilling stand-off and the possibility of revenge, on the finale of the special two-night event on "The Bachelorette," TUESDAY, JUNE 7 (8:00-10:01, ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Donald Rager) JORDAN, EVAN, JOJO FLETCHER, DEREK, BRETT KEISEL
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We have the full recaps here and here, but let's just say that we loved all of this, and we're patiently waiting for later in the season when Aaron could make an appearance in the family episode.

Jordan, this is for you:

Finally, our third recognition goes to Manny Machado.

Now, listen: It's almost always ridiculous to resort to violence as a way to solve problems. But in this very specific circumstance, Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura may have needed a wakeup call.

The 25-year-old has a history of plunking batters with his mid-90s fastball, to the point that it's become a fairly major safety concern. And if it takes one of the MLB's most prominent personalities charging his mound, then so be it.


Machado probably has a suspension coming his way, but thankfully he didn't connect in a way that seriously hurt Ventura.

Thanks, Manny. Unfortunately, this needed to happen, and you were the right one to do it. Here's something for your efforts:

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