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    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have never seen" geschrieben. 22.05.2019

      this side of Jason Heyward.The way this season has been going Travis Wood Jersey , they were due for a pleasant surprise.Heyward hit two home runs for his first multihomer game in a Cubs uniform, and Victor Caratini and Javier Baez also went deep as Chicago snapped a six-game skid with a 14-8 victory over the Brewers on Saturday night.Heyward’s last multihomer game was on Aug. 16, 2015 for St. Louis against Miami, a season before he signed a $184 million, eight-year contract with Chicago.“It was a great day,” Heyward said. “It’s good to be a part of the offense. A lot of guys out there fighting their tails off and looking for a result to help the team win. It was good to contribute to that.”The Cubs struggles have been more about pitching, of course, and starter Cole Hamels provided the kind of stability Chicago had in mind when it picked up the veteran left-hander’s $20 million option this offseason.Hamels gave the Cubs six innings, holding Milwaukee’s offense to two runs and six hits while striking out five.“Cole was outstanding,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.Hamels (1-0) labored early, throwing 51 pitches over the first two innings, but he mostly cruised through the next four innings , retiring 12 of his final 14 batters. He limited the damage, stranding two by striking out Christian Yelich to end the second. He also got Lorenzo Cain to chase a changeup that would have been ball four with two on and two out in the fourth.“I was able to go a little bit deeper in the pitch count for early in the season,” Hamels said. “I know they’ll be some times when I’ll get a breather when we are rolling.”Chicago improved to 2-6 with its first win since opening day. The front office revamped a struggling bullpen earlier Saturday, demoting right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A and putting lefty Mike Montgomery on the 10-day injured list. Kyle Ryan and Allen Webster were called up to replace them but didn’t fare well. Ryan allowed two baserunners while getting two outs to start the seventh, and Webster followed and allowed a three-run homer to Ryan Braun.Brewers starter Corbin Burnes (0-1) struck out six but gave up six hits and three walks.Braun had three RBIs for Milwaukee. Cain and Eric Thames also went deep.ROCKY START FOR BURNESBurnes allowed just four home runs in 38 innings as a rookie last season but has given up three in each of this first two starts in 2019. He’s the first Brewers pitcher to allow at least three home runs in consecutive starts since Jason Bere in 2000.“He has not been a homer-prone pitcher in the minor leagues and wasn’t in the big leagues last year,” Counsell said. “We’re going to have to work on that. It’s a little puzzling.”EDWARDS DEMOTEDEdwards was rocked in his first four outings, allowing six earned runs over 1 2/3 innings of work. Eight of the 13 batters he’s faced have reached safely.“He’s done such great work for us,” Maddon said. “We’ve got to get him back right.”NO WORRIES FOR MADDONWith a 1-6 record coming into the game and no contract beyond this season, Maddon said he wasn’t worried about his job status.“The last four years have been pretty good,” he said. “If I have to rely on a week’s worth of baseball games, that’s a bad process. I’m willing to shoulder the blame, but I really have zero concern.”Chicago is 389-267 under Maddon Jose Iglesias Jersey , who has led the Cubs to the postseason in each of his first four seasons. HIs .592 winning percentage is the third-highest in franchise history, behind Frank Chance (1905-1912) and Al Spaulding, who led the Cubs in 1876-77.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Montgomery has a strained left lat muscle. After missing most of spring training with shoulder soreness, Montgomery made four appearances this season, posting a 16.88 ERA in 2 2/3 innings of work.Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress could be back with the Brewers sometime during their next homestand. Jeffress has been sidelined with shoulder soreness since his first and only spring training outing but felt good after allowing two runs over 1 1/3 innings for Triple-A San Antonio on Friday night.UP NEXTAfter holding the Reds to two runs over five innings in his 2019 debut, RHP Zach Davies (0-0, 3.60) gets the series finale against Chicago. He’ll go up against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 4.15 ERA). Beware the Ides of March"I hate the way the D-backs line-up Tweets are formatted. When it first loaded, for a moment there, I seriously thought that Nick Ahmed was playing first-base. Hmm. maybe that’s an idea for Rob Manfred if he wants to revive interest in the game: teams submit a roster of eight players, and their positions are determined by random drawing just prior to game-time. I’m sure the prospect of Jake Lamb catching would bring people flocking to the ball-park...In case you missed it being mentioned in the Snake Bytes comments, the D-backs made some more roster cuts this morning. Optioned to Triple-A Reno:RHP Joey KrehbielRHP Jimmie Sherfy Reassigned to Minor League camp:OF Andrew AplinC Tyler HeinemanOF Rob RefsnyderThe Sherfy move is probably the first genuine surprise cut so far Denny McLain Jersey , given his ERA of exactly 1.00 over his first 26 major-league appearances. That said, his fielding-independent figure was far higher (3.27), though even this is still by no means bad. However, he has looked “off” this spring, and only Merrill Kelly + Nick Green have walked more people. With an option left, sending him to Reno was always a possibility. I think he may end up taking over the role occupied last season by Bus-pass Bracho, and getting used for taxi squad purposes, as and when needed this year. Merrill Kelly starts for Arizona, and will be hoping to build on a third start which was considerably better than the first two. Fingers crossed those early outings were just part of the process of transitioning from the KBO to the major-leagues. This game is on Fox Sports Arizona, so we’ll be able to see him in action.

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "" geschrieben. 22.05.2019

      GOODYEAR Kevin Long Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — The Indians have signed infielder Brad Miller to a major league contract.Miller was signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Feb. 27. He opted out of it on March 21 and signed with the Indians, who will start the season with second baseman Jason Kipnis and shortstop Francisco Lindor on the injured list.The Indians cleared a roster spot for Miller by placing pitcher Danny Salazar on the 60-day injured list while he rehabs his right shoulder from surgery.Miller joins Max Moroff and Eric Stamets in the middle infield.“He has a done a lot of damage against right-handed pitching,” manager Terry Francona said. “We will mix and match a bit depending how guys are swinging the bat. Our guys did a good job of finding someone who could help us at this late stage of spring. That’s not an easy thing to do.”Miller played with the Rays and Brewers last season, his sixth in the league since he was the Mariners’ second-round pick. He played three seasons with the Mariners before moving on to the Rays.Miller hit .230 in 75 games last season. He has a .239 average with 75 home runs in 680 games. He has played all four infield positions, 375 at shortstop and 156 at second base.The Indians will keep Hanley Ramirez on the opening day roster as a designated hitter and part time first baseman. It took the entire season, but the Orioles eventually figured how to get the best of of Jimmy Yacabonis, and it was not as a middle relief pitcher."The previous regime of Orioles baseball decision-makers liked to move their players around a lot. The “Norfolk shuttle” became a running joke within the local media and fanbase. The first, and perhaps most frequent, rider of that shuttle this season was Jimmy Yacabonis, who was called up on seven different occasions in 2018 alone. Following his final promotion, in September, the 26-year-old right-hander finally seemed to find his groove, and he may now have a shot to become a crucial piece of a forward-thinking O’s rotation.Starting a game was a new experience for Yacabonis. The Orioles drafted him as a reliever out of Saint Joseph’s University back in 2013. Between his debut in short-season Aberdeen that summer and the completion of the 2017 season with the Tides , the New Jersey native had appeared in 190 minor league baseball games, all out of the bullpen. Then, there was a change of plans.Jon Meoli from the Baltimore Sun has the full story. In short: As spring training approached, there was a ton of uncertainty, both inside and outside of the organization, regarding the Orioles starting pitching depth. Given his physical frame and pitching repertoire, Yacabonis was deemed to be an ideal candidate to switch from bullpen to rotation.The plan made some sense. Yacabonis had worked his way to the majors in 2017, appearing in 14 games as a reliever, but it did not inspire much confidence. He had an xFIP of 6.65 over 20.2 innings to go along with abysmal 3.48 K/9 and 6.10 BB/9 rates. His high-effort delivery was part of the reason he had a fastball in the mid-90s, but it could also be why he was so erratic. Stretching him out might force him to slow things down and reign in his precision a tad.Down to Norfolk he went to be extended into a starter capable of going (eventually) five or more innings. He had modest success until a run from May 17 through June 9 in which he started five games, threw 23.2 innings and allowed just two runs on 12 hits, six walks, and 19 strikeouts. All told Ryan Zimmerman Jersey , he had a 3.38 ERA in April, 3.10 ERA in May and 3.00 ERA in June as a minor leaguer. He was impressive, albeit in relatively abbreviated outings for a typical starter.Unfortunately, things did not go as well when he was called up to Baltimore. From the start of the season through August 25, Yacabonis pitched in six games for the Orioles, including four starts. In those games, he coughed up 18 runs on 25 hits, nine walks, five home runs and 16 strikeouts across just 19.1 innings. Opponents were hitting .313/.389/.563 and his MLB ERA for the year was all the way up at 8.38. Perhaps, it seemed, the conversion to starter was misguided after all.Those struggles continued back down to Norfolk, where Yacabonis made his final start of the season on August 30, allowing four runs in just 2.2 innings of work. Despite the trouble he had experienced throughout the season in the bigs , the Orioles promoted him up once more as part of their September roster expansion. It turned out to be a stroke of genius to bring Yacabonis back into the fold. He put together his best month of the season, throwing 20.2 innings over six appearances (three starts) while serving up just six earned runs, which converts to a 2.61 ERA. Those numbers are buoyed by his final three outings of the year, all of which were starts (11.1 innings, one earned run, seven hits, seven walks, seven strikeouts).No one is going to mistake Yacabonis for a Cy Young candidate, but he showed that he can be productive. He can get major league hitters out, but that success comes in a specific scenario. Lucky for the righty, now may be the best time in baseball history to have this exact ability.It’s an extremely small sample size, but if the Orioles are going to make any one of their pitchers into a Rays-style “opener”, Yacabonis is the obvious pick. In the seven games he started with the Orioles this season Bryce Harper Jersey , opposing hitters batted .172/.226/.259 the first time they faced him. Likewise, pitches 1-25 produced much better outcomes (.153/.286/.288) than the offerings that followed. Same goes for the first (1.29 ERA) and second (1.12 ERA) innings when compared to the third (8.00 ERA) frame and beyond.Yacabonis’s struggles as a starter should come as a surprise to no one. He was a reliever in college and throughout the pros with a fastball-first approach that relied on good velocity, slight movement and a good-enough slider. A real third pitch never developed, and it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. That does not sound like the package of a pitcher that can get major league hitters out multiple times in a game.For Yacabonis, that can be a feature of his game rather than a bug. “Openers” have become a viable strategy for MLB teams. The Rays rode that model to a 90-win season. The Athletics tried (and failed) to implement the plan in a real live playoff game. Given the current construction of rosters, it’s not viable to employ nothing but openers and bullpen-style pitchers, but it could work for the Orioles once or twice a week. It sure looked like Buck Showalter had started to figure out how to best utilize Yacabonis as the 2018 season came to a close. Showalter won’t be back next year and neither will his boss, Dan Duquette. But Yacabonis has done more than enough to show off the extent of his abilities. What the next manager and coaching staff do with that information remains up in the air. Yesterday: Paul FryMonday: Austin Wynns

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "The Orioles have their coaches for the season." geschrieben. 22.05.2019

      Now they just need to get some players. Or Shohei Ohtani Jersey , you know, keep the 47-115 guys."Hello, friends.There are now 63 days remaining until the next Orioles game. We’re down to fewer than three weeks until pitchers and catchers report to start spring training, and even closer than that, just two days until FanFest.Two days until FanFest is as good of a time as any to at last have a coaching staff. If you missed yesterday evening’s news, the Orioles finally announced theirs. There are four former MLBers including two who played for the O’s, and three of the eight coaches were in the O’s organization last year. There is no bench coach, but there is a major league field coordinator/catching instructor.The Orioles are going to be a bad baseball team this season. They were going to be bad no matter who was hired for their coaching staff or when. It’s nice that it’s finally settled, though, and the O’s can move on to... whatever is next. Maybe they will actually sign a free agent just for fun? I make this request mostly as a blogger who would like for there to be some news for content on his website over the next month.Around the blogO’sphereEsskay Orioles franks to soon disappear from Camden Yards, store shelves (Baltimore Sun)Longtime readers of Camden Chat know what a tragedy this is for me on a personal level.The trip started in Montoursville and will end up in Cooperstown (Steve Melewski)Can I get enough “Mussina is in the HOF” content? The answer is no. I cannot get enough.Martinez, Rivera, Mussina humbled by HOF news (’m not even going to get offended that Mussina listed two Yankees moments as his most memorable pitching outings.This, that, and the other (School of Roch)Roch predicted a coaching staff announcement “soon” and it happened yesterday. He also expects minor league coaching staffs and spring training invites soon. Maybe today!Birthdays and anniversariesA pair of former Orioles were born on this day. They are: 2016 reliever Ashur Tolliver, and 1978-83 reliever Tim Stoddard, who turns 66 today.Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: wall-building Roman emperor Hadrian (76), Prussia’s Frederick the Great (1712), novelist Edith Wharton (1862), musician Warren Zevon (1947), actor John Belushi (1949), comedian Yakov Smirnoff (1951) Brandon Phillips Jersey , gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton (1968), and early Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs (1982).On this day in history...In 41, the infamously cruel Roman emperor Caligula was assassinated by his own Praetorian Guards.In 1848, the California Gold Rush began upon the discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento by James W. Marshall.In 1933, after ratification by four states the previous day, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified nationwide. The main purpose of theamendment was to move the beginning of Congressional and presidential terms from March to January.In 1972, a Japanese soldier, Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi, was found hiding in the jungle of Guam, where he had been since the island fell to the Allies in 1944. Upon returning to Japan, he reportedly said, “It is with much embarrassment that I return.”In 1984, Apple’s Macintosh computer was first placed on sale in America.**And that’s the way it is in Birdland on January 24 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday. Diamondbacks Affiliates Took Three Out Of Five Games Played TodayDiamondbacks affiliates went three for five on the day, with Reno losing and Jackson splitting the double header.Pitcher Of The DaySam Lewis, Jackson Generals 4.0 scoreless innings pitched, four strike outs, one walk and four hits allowed. Hitter Of The DayAndy Young: 2-2 with home run and a walkReno Aces 3 Fresno Grizzlies 6Vinny Nittoli got the start and was roughed up for six runs, four earned, on seven hits and two walks in just three innings. The four earned runs came via long ball, with a two run homer in the first and third inning, and the unearned runs coming courtesy of errors by Abraham Almonte and Yasmany Tomas. Alex Young followed up with three scoreless inning Barry Larkin Jersey , allowing just a hit and a walk, while striking out four. Robby Scott pitched an inning and a third scoreless innings, allowing a hit and two walks while striking out two. Rubby De La Rosa would allow a hit in two thirds of a scoreless innings.The Aces only had three hits in the game, with two of them coming courtesy of Kevin Cron, who was 2-4 with a double and knocked in all three of the Aces’ runs in the eighth. Travis Snider had a solid night despite going hitless by drawing three walks in the game. Caleb Joseph also reached twice with a walk and the only other hit of the night. Jackson Generals 1 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2The Generals picked up where they left off in yesterday’s game with a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but despite runners on base, they weren’t able to score any more runs in the inning, or the rest of the game. Instead of Bo Takahashi, Matt Peacock got the start, and though he was solid in five innings, he still was tagged with the loss due to a lack of run support. Peacock allowed two runs on six hits and a walk and struck out three. Tyler Mark allowed a hit and two walks in two scoreless innings. Bud Jeter replaced Tyler Mark, and pitched a scoreless inning, despite giving up two hits, two walks, and a wild pitch in the eighth inning. thanks to a well timed double play.Pavin Smith was hitless, but walked twice, and scored the lone run of the game in the first. Jeffrey Baez was 2-4, and knocked Smith in the first, while Ben Deluzio had the only other hit of the game.Jackson Generals 2 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0The Generals rebounded with a seven inning shutout, with just enough offense to win it. Sam Lewis went four innings and allowed four hits and a walk, and struck out four. Ryan Atkinson pitched a perfect fifth inning, and struck out one. Kevin Ginkel pitched two scoreless innings Chris Sabo Jersey , allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Andy Young was 2-2 with a walk and a solo homer to lead off the game yesterday. Jamie Westbrook was 1-3 with an RBI double.Visalia Rawhide 9 San Jose Giants 3Travis Moths got the start, and went three and a third innings, giving up one run on three hits and three walks, and struck out five. Cole Bartlett went three and a third innings as well, with three hits, allowed no walks or runs and struck out three. Junior Garcia went two and a third innings, and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk, and struck out four. Visalia’s offense combined for ten hits and five walks, with every Visalia batter getting at least one hit, except for Camden Duzenack who did reach base via walk. Ryan Grotjohn was 2-4 with a double, Anfernee Grier was 2-3 with a double and a walk. Mark Karaviotis and Luis Alejandro Basabe both tripled and walked. Kane County Cougars 4 Clinton Lumberkings 3Franklyn Soriano got the start for the Cougars, and pitched four and a third innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Soriano struggled with his command, issuing four walks and hitting a batter. Ethan Larrison struck out two intwo innings, and allowed a run on a hit and a walk. Chester Pimentel allowed two hits and two walks, while striking out two in two and a third scoreless innings to close out the game. Down 2-0 in the sixth, the Cougars would get a run across the board to make the score 2-1, but an Alex King home run with two on in the eighth is all the offense the Cougars would need to scratch out a win.Geraldo Perdomo went 2-4 with a double, scoring a run and knocking in the Cougars first run of the game. Tra Holmes was 2-3 with a walk and a stolen base. LT Tolbert was 2-3 with a walk.

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "Disco takes the mound."Fresh off a rest day" geschrieben. 22.05.2019

      Chipper Jones Jersey , the Cincinnati Reds will take in a game under the lights in Goodyear, as they’ll host the San Diego Padres in Cactus League play. Remember earlier in the spring when it was referenced that there were ample night games on this schedule that could potentially help Nick Senzel get used to fielding fly balls under the lights? Well, it turns out he’s not going to get that chance tonight John Smoltz Jersey , as apparently he’s been dealing with a bit of a tight hamstring according to manager David Bell. That said, it seems it’s just a very minor thing and that he could well be back in the lineup tomorrow, as’s Mark Sheldon relayed.Nerbs. Have to think that if this were a big spot in the regular season Matt Kemp Jersey , we might well see him playing through it. It’s spring training, though, so there’s obviously no need to risk it.The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans was kind enough to spell out tonight’s team sheet and travel roster in nice Hank Aaron Jersey , embeddable format. It includes Anthony DeSclafani as the starter as well as a lineup full of many, many regulars - the inimitable Joey Votto included. First pitch is set for 9:05 PM ET, but unfortunately there’s no TV feed for this one.Go Reds. They are George Foster’s favorite team! PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell.“I don’t know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw ,” Bell said. “He felt something in his groin.Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp earlier Friday.

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "The Chicago White Sox are reportedly interested" geschrieben. 12.04.2019

      in signing both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this winter.Jon Morosi , is reporting that the White Sox are indeed interested in signing both Harper and Machado. He reports that along with the Philadelphia Phillies, the White Sox are another team that wants to acquire both of the former all-stars.Both Harper and Machado are currently free agents and are looking for long-term contracts. No free agent can officially sign with a new team until the free agency period begins on Saturday.The White Sox are currently still in a rebuilding phase, which would seem to make them an unattractive destination. Last season, the White Sox finished with a record of 62 wins and 1oo losses.advertising#WhiteSox interested in *both* Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, source confirms, although it too early to know how realistic it is for them to sign either. #WhiteSox have second lowest current 2019 payroll commitment of any @MLB team. Story: @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 5, 2018That record earned them a fourth-place finish in the American League Central division. However, the White Sox do have one of the best minor league systems in the MLB, so they could look to surround all their young talent with proven all-stars like Harper and Machado.They also have the second-lowest payroll in the league. Currently, their payroll sits at $14.3 million. Now, that number doesn't mean much at this moment because the White Sox still have arbitration to deal with.Which means their payroll will increase a fair amount, but they do have just over $28 million coming off the books due to free agency.advertisingAt the end of this past season, the White Sox had a payroll of over $71 million. Which means with money coming off the books, there's no reason to say the White Sox wouldn't have the money to pay both Harper and Machado.Harper and Machado are likely to command a large annual salary on their new contracts. It has been speculated that each of them will command $30 million plus per year.Which would likely disqualify teams like the Dodgers , Cubs, and Giants to acquire the pair due to their already high payrolls.With the way teams like to lock up young players until they reach their late 20s, it will be very unlikely we will ever see two players with this much talent both on the open market at the same time again.advertising DENVER (AP) — Charlie Blackmon and his teammates walked around the field tossing T-shirts, replica jerseys, lunch bags and backpacks into the sellout crowd.A more precious gift, though, remains up for grabs — an NL West title.The playoff-bound Colorado Rockies are headed to Los Angeles for a tiebreaking game to decide the division crown after routing the Washington Nationals 12-0 on Sunday behind Blackmon’s cycle.“Not many times in our past have we had a chance to play for a divisional title this late in the season,” Trevor Story said.As in, never — Colorado (91-71) is trying for its first division title.Tied atop the division with the Dodgers entering the last day, the Rockies won for the ninth time in 10 games, while Los Angeles routed San Francisco 15-0 to send the season to game 163.The one-game tiebreaker will be Monday at Dodger Stadium, and the loser goes to the Chicago Cubs or Milwaukee for Tuesday’s wild-card game.Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers as the defending NL champions try for a sixth straight West title. The Rockies will counter with German Marquez, who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.“It’s two of the best young starting pitchers in the big leagues pitching in this type of game,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “It’s great.”Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies’ five homers and took over the National League lead with 37 , one more than teammate Trevor Story — who also went deep. David Dahl homered for the sixth time in seven games.Blackmon finished his first career cycle and the ninth in Rockies history with a double in the eighth. He tripled in the first, homered in the third, singled in the fifth and struck out in the sixth.“Charlie is a really hard worker and we understand how much work he puts in,” Carlos Gonzalez said. “When he does something special on the field, we all feel really proud.”Tyler Anderson (7-9) didn’t look the least bit bothered by a sore shoulder that sidelined him for about a week. He scattered four hits over 7 2/3 innings for his first win since July 4, combining with Seunghwan Oh and Chris Rusin on a five-hitter.“He was efficient. He was throwing strikes in good spots. That’s the type of game when he’s on that he can throw,” Black said.Arenado got the Rockies rolling in the first, with a two-run shot off Erick Fedde (2-4), who was starting after the Nationals elected to skip NL Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer. Blackmon added a two-run drive in the third.Fedde lasted four innings and gave up four runs in place of Scherzer, who wound up with a big league-best 300 strikeouts.Colorado went 19-9 in September, one shy of the team record set in 2007, when the Rockies made a late surge, beat San Diego in a wild-card tiebreaker and reached the World Series for the only time, only to be swept by Boston.Before the game , Story said he planned to do sneak peeks at the large scoreboard in right field to see how the Dodgers were faring. It wasn’t pretty, as Los Angeles scored early and often.Late in the game, the fans chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA!” The only cheer louder was the one Anderson received when he was taken out.“It was good to hear,” Anderson said.Anderson appeared iffy for this start after complaining of shoulder soreness that led him to be bumped from his outing last Monday. He steadily progressed throughout the week.The left-hander was 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA over his past 13 starts. But he found his command and worked out of trouble courtesy of three double plays.Arenado and Story hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to help the Rockies earn their 91st win of the season, which is the second-most in team history. The record is 92 turned in by the 2009 team.Washington (82-80) finished with a winning record for a seventh straight season.“The last two months have been fun. I enjoyed it,” said Dave Martinez, who replaced Dusty Baker as manager last offseason. “Unfortunately my first year as manager is over and I’m looking forward to seeing my family.”HARPER’S FINAL NATS AT-BAT?Soon-to-be free agent Bryce Harper doubled in perhaps his final Nationals at-bat. He was 2 for 4 with two doubles.“Nobody knows if I’m going to be back or nobody knows if I am going to be in a different uniform,” said the 2015 NL MVP, who turns 26 next month. “If something happens, I am not afraid of change.”Asked whether the outfielder remains in the team’s plans, general manager Mike Rizzo said: “Of course he is in our plans. He’s a guy that we would love to have.”UP NEXTNationals: Open the 2019 season on March 28 against the New York Mets at Nationals Park.

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will put in" geschrieben. 12.04.2019

      place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5 ,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial remarks.MLB’s political action committee donated $472,500 from the start of 2017 through this Oct. 17, according to Federal Election Commission records. Among the distributions were two $2,500 contributions to Hyde-Smith’s Senate campaign on June 26 and Sept. 24 this year.“Our lobbyists had a lot of discretion as to what they were doing, particularly with contributions of that size, and there’s just going to be additional oversight here in New York,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday. “We did not review in advance contributions of that size.”MLB intends to have its legislative affairs committee discuss new procedures before making any decisions.A video showed Hyde-Smith praising a supporter this month by saying: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”Opponents characterized the comment as insensitive given Mississippi’s history of racially motivated lynching. Hyde-Smith Matt Andriese Jersey , who defeated Democrat Mike Espy in Tuesday’s runoff election, said her remark was “an exaggerated expression of regard.” More than a week after the video’s release, she said she apologized to “anyone that was offended” but also said the remark was used as a “weapon” against her.Hyde-Smith was seen in another video talking about making voting difficult for “liberal folks,” and a photo circulated of her wearing a replica Confederate military hat during a 2014 visit to Beauvoir, a beachside museum in Biloxi, Mississippi, that was the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.Hyde-Smith’s victory made her the first woman elected to Congress from Mississippi. She was appointed to temporarily succeed Sen. Thad Cochran after he retired in April and will complete the final two years of Cochran’s term. Espy was seeking to become Mississippi’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction.Manfred did not want to comment on Charles Johnson, one of the San Francisco Giants‘ principal owners, and his wife Ann each making a contribution to Hyde-Smith for $2,700 C. J. Cron Jersey , the individual maximum.“The Giants have more than 30 owners,” team president Larry Baer said in a statement Monday. “Just like our fans, they come from different backgrounds and have their own political views. Many give to Democratic causes, many to Republican causes and some refrain from politics altogether. Neither I nor anyone else at the Giants can control who any of our owners support politically, just as we cannot and should not control whom any of our employees support politically.” ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas traded infielder Jurickson Profar to the Oakland Athletics on Friday in a three-team deal that included Tampa Bay and netted the Rangers four prospects.Oakland also finalized a $15 million, two-year contract with free agent right-hander Joakim Soria, giving the A’s a reliable and versatile reliever.The 34-year-old Soria, a two-time All-Star, went 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 66 appearances and 60 2/3 innings this year for the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.He gets $6.5 million next year and $8.5 million in 2020 , and he can earn $500,000 annually in performance bonuses for games finished: $250,000 each for 35 and 40. Soria would get a $750,000 assignment bonus the first time he is traded during the contract.Profar, who at 19 in 2012 homered in his first big league at-bat before shoulder issues forced him to miss two full seasons, hit .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIs in 146 games while playing all four infield positions for Texas this year.In Oakland, he will take over at second base for departing free agent Jed Lowrie. Profar had been expected to become the starting third baseman for the Rangers after Adrian Beltre retired last month.The Rangers acquired right-hander Yoel Espinal and left-handers Kyle Bird and Brock Burke from Tampa Bay, and infielder Eli White from Oakland. Texas also got $750,000 international signing bonus pool allocation from the A’s.Texas sent right-hander Rollie Lacy to Tampa Bay. The A’s also sent right-handed pitcher Emilio Pagan and a 2019 competitive balance Round A pick to the Rays, a selection projected to be in the high 30s overall.The Rangers had two more seasons of arbitration eligibility for Profar before he can become a free agent. General manager Jon Daniels said there had been discussions about the possibility of an extension but that it became clear that wasn’t going to happen.Daniels said the A’s had been consistent in their interest in Profar Jonny Venters Jersey , and with Tampa Bay in the deal it enabled the Rangers to get the full value they felt was needed to consider trading away the player that signed with them as a 16-year-old in 2009.The GM said all four players coming to the Rangers are at the upper levels of the minor leagues and knocking on the door of the big leagues.“There is definitely an emotional piece to this one,” Daniels said. “We have seen the ups and downs. Seen the really precocious talent and the big smile and the way he loves to play the game, to looking like he was going to be our second baseman and the shoulder issue that went on for a year longer than I think any of us would have liked it to.”Bird and Burke will be added to the 40-man roster for the Rangers. The 22-year-old Burke was selected the Rays’ top minor league pitcher after combining to go 9-6 with a 3.08 ERA and 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in his 25 games (22 starts) on at the High-A and Double-A levels.The Rangers also signed four players to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training. They were lefty Miguel Del Pozo, infielder Nolan Fontana, and right-handed pitchers Ariel Hernandez and Phillips Valdez.Fontana was the only of the four to play in the majors this year. He reached the big leagues each of the last two seasons with the Angels, appearing in 20 games in two stints with Los Angeles this year.

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "PITTSBURGH (AP) — A long rain delay did not dampen" geschrieben. 12.04.2019

      the Milwaukee Brewers‘ hopes of catching the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.Travis Shaw Paul Molitor Jersey , Mike Moustakas and Erik Kratz homered during a six-run sixth inning, and the Brewers rallied for an 8-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. Milwaukee trailed 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning when rain stopped play for two hours and 14 minutes.The Brewers drew within 1½ games of the division-leading Cubs, who lost 10-4 to the crosstown White Sox. Milwaukee leads the NL wild-card standings by three games over the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s challenging when you (restart) a game at 10:30 at night,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “For us right now, we know these are important games so it’s easier to get locked in. There was energy in the dugout. This is the time of year you’ve got to use what’s going for you to your advantage.”Shaw’s two-run home run, his 30th, followed Jesus Aguilar’s RBI double and put the Brewers ahead 4-3. After Ryan Braun walked, Moustakas and Kratz hit back-to-back homers. Kratz’s drive cleared the 410-foot sign in left-center , the deepest part of the park.“Once that momentum gets rolling, it’s contagious,” Shaw said. “It was a good win for us.”The Brewers insist they are not obsessively watching the scoreboard, though.“We’re just taking care of our business each day,” outfielder Christian Yelich said. “It’s been working for us that way.”Pittsburgh had its five-game winning streak end. The Pirates fell 5½ games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second NL wild card.Keon Broxton added a solo homer in the eighth for the Brewers.“They have a high-octane offense,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of the Brewers. “They can do it a lot of different ways. They shrunk our ballpark tonight, which doesn’t happen very often.”Corbin Burnes (6-0) pitched a scoreless fifth. Edgar Santana (3-4) allowed three runs in the sixth and failed to retire any of the three batters he faced.The Pirates’ Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer in the fourth — his 12th of the season but first since July 22, a span of 147 plate appearances — and tripled.Josh Bell’s homer gave Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead in the first and Braun tied it with an RBI single in the fourth.Neither starting pitcher returned after the delay. Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs in four innings while remaining winless in six starts against Pittsburgh this season Justin Smoak Jersey , and Ivan Nova gave up one run in 4 1/3 innings.TRAINER’S ROOMBrewers: CF Lorenzo Cain (strained right ribcage) missed his second straight game and there is no timetable for his return. … Braun returned after sitting out three games with back discomfort.Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (gastrointestinal illness) and Santana (right forearm/elbow discomfort) left in the sixth. … RF Gregory Polanco (left shoulder surgery) will begin his rehab this weekend at the Pirates’ spring training facility in Bradenton, Florida.HADER BREAKS A RECORDJosh Hader struck out three of the four batters he faced to break the major league single-season record for strikeouts by a left-handed reliever. He has 136 in 77 innings.John Hiller had held the record since 1974, when he had 134 strikeouts in 150 innings for Detroit.“It’s quite an accomplishment,” Hader said. “I’ve just tried to be consistent with the fastball-slider combination all season.”YELICH’S BIGGEST FANYelich’s MVP candidacy got a potential boost from Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield on Thursday night.Mayfield was wearing a signed Yelich journey when he arrived at the stadium for the Browns’ 21-17 over the New York Jets that ended Cleveland’s 19-game winless streak. Mayfield and Yelich worked out together over the winter in the Los Angeles area.After shining in his NFL debut in relief of injured Tyrod Taylor, Mayfield ended his postgame press conference by saying, “Yelich for MVP.”“That was really cool,” Yelich said.Yelich did not wear a Mayfield jersey to the ballpark Friday.“I have one hanging in my locker in Milwaukee,” Yelich said. “I should have packed it. Bad timing on my part.”THINKING OF BANISTERHurdle was in contact with Jeff Banister , who was fired as the Texas Rangers’ manager Friday. Banister was Hurdle’s bench coach from 2011-14.“Jeff Banister is a good man, a good father and a good husband and that’s the most important thing,” Hurdle said.AWARDS SEASONCF Starling Marte was selected as the Roberto Clemente Award winner, given to the Pirates’ MVP by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. RHP Trevor Williams won the Steve Blass Award for top pitcher and RHP Jameson Taillon won the Chuck Tanner Award for media cooperation.Meanwhile, the Pirates honored 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes and RHP JT Brubaker as their top minor league player and pitcher before the game. Hayes hit .293 in 117 games for Double-A Altoona with seven home runs, 47 RBIs and 12 stolen bases, while Brubaker was a combined 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 28 starts with Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis.UP NEXTBrewers: RHP Zach Davies (2-6, 4.66 ERA) pitches Saturday night. He is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts since being out from May 30-Sept. 2 with rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder.Pirates: Williams (13-9 Aaron Sanchez Jersey , 3.16) has allowed just eight runs over 65 2/3 innings in his last 11 starts for a 1.51 ERA. NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had 11 at-bats in a simulated game and New York closer Aroldis Chapman threw 22 pitches, perhaps the last steps before both are cleared to return to full action.The team said Judge faced right-handers A.J. Cole and Chance Adams along with minor league left-hander Phillip Diehl at Yankee Stadium on Monday. Judge is recovering from a broken right wrist, sustained when he was hit by a pitch from Kansas City’s Jakob Junis on July 26.Judge’s only major league action since then was two innings in right field on Friday night.Chapman threw to Tyler Wade and Kyle Higashioka. He has not pitched in a game since Aug. 21 because of left knee tendinitis.The team said Judge and Chapman did not have any issues. Manager Aaron Boone said last weekend that Judge and Chapman could return during the three-game series against Boston scheduled to start Tuesday. The Red Sox can clinch the AL East by winning any of the games in New York, while the Yankees hold the top AL wild-card spot.

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      JUPITER Jonathan Villar Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Jack Flaherty has done the math, and it all adds up. The young St. Louis pitcher is in line to start the Cardinals‘ home opener.“Freakin’ cool,” the 23-year-old Flaherty said, sporting a huge grin. “To put it as forward as I can, it would be freakin’ sweet.”Other than announcing Miles Mikolas as the opening day starter March 28 at Milwaukee, manager Mike Shildt has yet to make public his starting rotation, nor has he discussed it with Flaherty.But with one Grapefruit League start remaining, Flaherty is in position to make the Cardinals’ second start of the season. And if that schedule plays out as expected, his second turn figures to be the home opener on April 4 against San Diego.“We know Jack’s commitment, that’s really evident,” Shildt said. “We know Jack is athletic, that’s on display. We know Jack’s got all the pitches. We know Jack competes really well.”The right-handed Flaherty throws a mid-90s mph fastball, a curve and a changeup, but it’s a hard-biting slider that led Flaherty to win four of his five August starts last season.He lasted at least six innings in every one of those starts , never allowing more than two runs.“He’s got a wipeout pitch in that slider and he’s got a sinker he’s been using that’s been effective, too,” Shildt said.Pitching in a minor league game on Monday to allow the Cardinals better control of his workload, Flaherty struck out nine during six scoreless innings against the Double-A Marlins.It’s the second time in three spring starts Flaherty’s struck out nine, replicating his four-inning performance two outings prior against Philadelphia. Flaherty struck out seven consecutive Phillies that day.“He can throw any pitch for a strike,” catcher Yadier Molina said. “Obviously he can strike out guys. That’s fun. But he can be a different pitcher if he wants. He can be a contact pitcher, he can be a strikeout pitcher.”Being called “fun” by Molina elicited another Flaherty smile.“To hear him say something like that and truly believe it — that’s one of the best of all time to be back there behind the plate, if not the best. All it does is instill confidence in you,” Flaherty said.Prior to Monday’s outing, Flaherty had allowed four runs on 10 hits in 13 Grapefruit League innings. He’s aiming to improve on last season’s 3.34 ERA over 151 innings, an average that took a hit as Flaherty appeared to wear down in September.He finished 8-9 in 28 starts during his first full season in the majors.“Coming away from there, getting up and down six times, pitch count up and still feeling like there’s something left in the tank — I feel like it’s a really good spot to be in,” Flaherty said.NOTES: Shildt announced that reliever Brett Cecil will begin the season on the injured list because of an on-going arm issue. …Utility player Jedd Gyorko’s lingering calf injury puts his opening day availability in jeopardy Jhoulys Chacin Jersey , Shildt said. …Originally expected to return on Wednesday, Matt Carpenter’s back tightness now might keep him out of action until the weekend. Shildt isn’t concerned about Carpenter’s opening day availability. Tim Warner/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees are interested in improving their pitching this offseason and reportedly have eyes for players likeCorey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and James Paxton in potential trades and free agent options like Patrick Corbin, J.A. Happ and CC Sabathia, according to Jon Heyman of Fancred.Kluber is the marquee name on that list, and his inclusion isn't a surprise Buster Olney reported last week that Cleveland would consider moving him in a trade:Buster Olney Buster_ESPNFaced with market constraints, the Indians will listen to trade offers for some of their veteran players this winter, according to sources. Kluber, Carrasco, Encarnacion, Gomes, etc. Lindor, Ramirez will definitely be held.Kluber is one of three AL CY Young finalists after finishing 20-7 with an impressive 2.89 ERA, 0.99 ERA and 222 strikeouts in 215 innings. At 32 Alex Wood Jersey , there are questions about how much longer Kluber will remain an elite, top-of-the-rotation ace, though he's been downright dominant for the past five seasons.He's also under contract for a reasonable $15 million in 2019, with club options for $15.5 million in 2020 and $16 million in 2021, according For a pitcher of his stature, that's a fairly team-friendly deal, though he does have salary escalators up to $4 million in those seasons, a consideration for Cleveland as it attempts to shed some payroll.Carrasco, 31, would be a strong consolation prize for the Yankees, fresh off another excellent season that saw him finish 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 231 strikeouts in 192 innings. Carrasco has continued to miss bats at an impressive rate the past two years, even if he isn't quite on the overall level of Kluber.Paxton, 29 Zack Cozart Jersey , is coming off a career year for the Seattle Mariners, finishing 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and career highs in strikeouts (208) and innings (160.1). He'll also almost assuredly be available on the trade market, given that recent rumors have suggested the Mariners will consider trading just about anybody on their roster:Jeff Passan JeffPassanSources: The Mariners are considering a full-fledged teardown this winter. If trade market is strong, options listed, Corbin is the most intriguing. The 29-year-old is also coming off a career year, going 11-7 while setting career bests in ERA (3.15), WHIP (1.05) and strikeouts (246) in 200 innings. He'll be a popular option for teams looking to improve their rotation this winter.The Yankees will be among them. While the Yankees had one of baseball's most fearsome lineups in 2018, finishing second in the American League with 851 runs, the team's starting pitching was not on the same level"Our starting pitchers, except for [Masahiro] Tanaka, they were not good ," Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said, perBryan Hochof, referring to the rotation's performance in the postseason. "All of a sudden, your hitters are down three, four, five, six runs in inning three or four, and it really puts the pressure on them and changes the dynamics somewhat of the whole process. Their pitchers get emboldened, so that just makes it makes it more difficult."In other words, expect the Yankees to aggressivelypursue upgrades to join Tanaka and Luis Severino.

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      Authentic James Conner Jersey , at some point The NFL season hasn’t even kicked off yet, and I’m already tired of all the Le’Veon Bell drama. Will he show up for Week 1 or won’t he? Will Mike Tomlin and the players get tired of answering the same questions concerning Bell, not so cleverly asked in a variety of ways,week after week? In a larger sense, are the Steelers and Bell simply in a no-win situation this season, which promises to be an even bigger distraction than last season’s circus? You better believe it. At least last season there was still hope Bell and the team might meet somewhere in the middle on a long-term contract deal during the offseason. Now we all know that, at the end of the season, he’s gone.One thing’s for certain, Bell’s contract drama has separated Steelers Nation in a manner similar to how the modern political landscape has divided our nation — definitely not in a good way.A large portion of Steelers Nation is beyond fed up with Bell’s antics and wants the Steelers to rescind his franchise tag or work out some sign-and-trade scenario. These options aren’t realistic, though, and they’re out of the realm of possibility. Like it or not, Bell and the Steelers are bound together at the hip this season. If he plays at all, it will almost assuredly be for the Steelers.Another portion of Steelers Nation just wants to see the situation work out for the best for all parties involved. They don’t begrudge Bell’s pursuit of a fat contract, any more than they accept the Steelers financially motivated decision not to budge on their contract offer they felt was mutually responsible.That leaves a small group of fans in a place where Mr. Le’Veon Bell can do no wrong. Salary cap be damned and screw the long-term success of the team — Bell deserves whatever his little heart desires and the mean ol’ Rooney family are a greedy bunch of rich jerks for refusing to give it to him. After all, he’s only trying to take care of his family.This might sound funny, but that rationale reminds me of my parents. Growing up, my friends and I would play football in the front yard. It was about the size of half a football field. It was a great place to play football, but my dad was always concerned we were going to break the picture window in the front of the house. He warned me one time that if we broke that picture window, I could pack my bags and leave for good. Was he serious? I don’t think so, but I sure didn’t want to find out.Fast forward a couple of decades and suddenly my parents have become grandparents, and they’re singing a whole different tune. My son was the apple of my parent’s eye and could do no wrong. He could have stood in front of their house and threw the football straight through that window on purpose, and guess what my father would have said. “Did you see the arm on that boy?” That’s pretty much how some of Bell’s biggest supporters view his many questionable decisions. Maybe instead of allowing all this drama to separate us fans Youth JuJu Smith-Schuster Jersey , we can actually have a little fun with it this season and even maybe let it have some kind of unifying effect. There are a lot of hilarious moments sprinkled through all this drama, if we will only take the time to look for them. Some of this stuff writes itself. Like Bell patronizing strip clubs with his significant other. Some great material came from that little adventure, but it’s been well covered.There are countless other moments that may have slipped under the rug. Like how Bell has been working on his street cred to gain acceptance in the rap community. He has been seen hanging out with many accomplished rappers like 50 Cent and Snopp Dogg. Bell has insisted that he doesn’t need to be shot to gain entrance into the esteemed fraternity, because he already bears the scars left behind from the Steelers insulting contract offers and the ultimate betrayal perpetrated on him by so many Steelers fans.There have also been reports of Bell working this offseason on his punting and place-kicking skills. This has been a concerted effort to assure Bell would never have to come off of the field for any offensive possession and therefore would increase his overall value to any potential suitor. Any franchise willing to run a wildcat package as their predominant offense may prove to be an attractive destination for Mr. Bell next season. Who needs a quarterback anyway? Just snap Bell the ball and get out of the way.Now before any of Bell’s biggest supporters get their bloomers in a bunch, I’m writing all of this tongue-in-cheek. This is an attempt to make light of a situation that has the potential to derail a promising season. Hopefully Bell will sign his contract, have a wonderful season, lead the Steelers to another Super Bowl title and, in the end, everyone gets what they deserve.Wouldn’t that be a happy ending? Now, have you heard the one about Bell, a nun, and Todd Haley walking into a bar? The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at the scathing criticism by Steelers great Hines Ward very well could right on the money. Like it or not, sometimes hear these things just doesn’t sit well, but it doesn’t make it fiction.Let’s get to the news:Tim Benz: Hines Ward is right – Steelers are now the Bengals, must become the PatriotsBy: Tim Benz, Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewIf you don’t value my opinion on the declining state of the Steelers , that’s fine. Maybe you’ll value the opinion of another guy many folks said was too short. Except he did play in the NFL.He was pretty good at it. You might remember him. His name is Hines Ward.”When we’re talking about the Steelers off the field more than we’re talking about the Steelers on the field, it’s a problem,” Ward said to USA Today. “Remember those Cincinnati Bengals, when they were worried about the shenanigans with (Chad) Ochocinco and T.J. (Houshmandzadeh)? That’s who the Steelers are now.”Sounds familiar, no?”I just think the culture that Mike Tomlin has created, or that exists in Pittsburgh, that’s not the standard of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Ward added.The former Steelers receiver made those comments during Super Bowl week, a few days after I sent that tweet. So, apparently, we are of like mind on this front. The one-time Super Bowl MVP also used the word ”circus” to describe the Steelers. That’s another word I have used myself, much to the chagrin of Steelers management.Ward is right. The Steelers have become like those other teams: A talented but disorganized and underachieving lot that’s more known for their headlines off the field than the ones they make on it.The only people refuting that belief are those in the organization trying polish the horse droppings of 2018, some fans who can’t bring themselves to admit the truth, and some media members who feel like carrying water for the team.Ward said those things from a place of concern for his NFL alma mater. Not to get folks retweeting his quote with flame emojis.Frankly, I was doing the same. I hate admitting what the Steelers have become. I’d love to see the team get back to what it was when Ward was playing.It wasn’t the smoothest of times back then either, mind you. Ward played a role in that. He once griped about not getting the ball enough ... in training camp. He questioned Ben Roethlisberger for not playing when the quarterback had a concussion.Roethlisberger created a monsoon of negative press. Joey Porter constantly found himself in off-the-field situations. Plaxico Burress, too. Not to mention Cedric Wilson and James Harrison.But when it was time to play — and practice — in the early 2000s, those guys shelved those issues and took care of business and went to Super Bowls.Remind you of anyone else?(To read more, click in the link in the headline above...)Steelers still considering using transition tag on Le’Veon BellBy: Adam Schefter, ESPNThe Pittsburgh Steelers are still considering using their transition tag on Le’Veon Bell, which would give them the right to match any offer sheet the free-agent-to-be signs with any other team, a league source told ESPN.The prospect of using the transition tag on the star running back creates an interesting situation Chris Boswell Jersey , considering the fact that receiver Antonio Brown is likely to be traded, while Bell could possibly be back in Pittsburgh for 2019.Pittsburgh’s decision depends on how much another team would value Bell and whether the Steelers would be willing to match the offer sheet.There also is a battle brewing between the NFL and and NFL Players Association over the value of what the transition tag would be on Bell if the Steelers did use it. Bell and the NFLPA will argue that the transition tag is close to $14.5 million based on the escalating value of tags, and the Steelers and the NFL will say it’s closer to $9.5 million because Bell sat out this past season.No player has ever been in a situation like this. If the league wins the ruling, it will add even more leverage to teams using franchise and transition tags. If the NFLPA wins, it will give players more rights if they decide to skip seasons when tagged.Kansas City Chiefs early favorites to win Super Bowl LIV next seasonBy: Ben Fawkes, ESPNThe New England Patriots are champions for the second time in three seasons after defeating the Los Angeles Rams, but Las Vegas doesn’t believe they are the favorites to win the Super Bowl again next season.Instead, the Kansas City Chiefs and NFL MVP QB Patrick Mahomes are getting oddmakers’ respect.The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opened odds to win Super Bowl LIV in early January. The Chiefs had the second-best odds at 7-1, with the Rams as the favorite at 6-1. However, in the weeks since, Kansas City has shifted to the 6-1 favorite there and at multiple other Las Vegas sportsbooks.New England, Los Angeles and the New Orleans Saints have the second-best odds at 8-1 at Westgate. No other team has odds in the single digits.The teams with the next-best odds are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Chargers and Chicago Bearsat 14-1 at the SuperBook. The Cleveland Browns are among six teams with 20-1 odds.”One word: Mahomes,” Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook director John Murray told ESPN, citing why the Chiefs are now the favorite.”We’ve got the Chiefs as the favorite,” vice president of risk at CG Technology Jason Simbal told ESPN. “We’ve taken the most bets and money on them so far.”The story is the same in New Jersey, where the Chiefs are the 6-1 favorites at SugarHouse and DraftKings. Kansas City is the second favorite (9-1) behind New England (8-1) at DraftKings.(To read more, click in the link in the headline above...) Custom San Francisco 49ers Jerseys

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      Bad calls Cheap Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , dropped balls, diva falls, we've got them all. The Super Bowl will contain at least one team that shouldn’t be there. The Patriots will be there, though they likely shouldn’t have been last year. Our Steelers this year should have been in the playoffs, and while it mattered little, we showed this year we know how to beat the Patriots. Meanwhile, the Rams are in the fitting room trying on Roger Maris’s asterisk.I know it’s all so disgusting. It starts with the Steelers and their many unfathomable failures along the way. Ben on the bench in Oakland, the ball on the ground after a free kick, Antonio Brown playing a hippopotamus, and Chris Boswell playing Shank-opotamus. Now Youth Bud Dupree Jersey , however, we’re not even playing anymore and the bile and disgust keep on flowing. Now it’s not just the Steelers in danger, but the game itself. Something must be done.And something will be done. The Super Bowl will be played. The winner will celebrate. The draft order will be finalized. The combine will happen. The draft will draw interest and give birth to more opinions than there are stars in the galaxy. Football’s version of hot stove will take place, then reports from OTAs, followed eventually by camp, preseason football and next season. For which I can’t wait, despite my own swelling reserves of disgust.What I’m trying to get at is that all the stuff we grumble about that is ruining the game, has always been a part of the game. Tuck rule anyone? Horrible calls, bad decision making, unlucky bounces Cheap Antonio Brown Jersey , prima donna players have been around as long as the ball has not been round. The league can hold a summit on officiating. It can add this technology or that to the mix. Coaches will be fired, then hired elsewhere. Locker room distractions will get traded, and distract other locker rooms. Nothing can be and nothing will be done to “fix” what are not bugs with the NFL, but features. As long as we feed off the drama, even if by feeding we mean bemoaning it, denouncing it, it too will continue. We seem to think that blind zebras and bad attitudes and roughing calls for gentle tackles are bad for the brand. Because we think the brand is football. But the brand is actually our eyeballs. We are the product, delivered by the NFL to the advertisers, who write the checks that make it all happen. Football is the bait, and we are the catch. “Football” is year round now Authentic Artie Burns Jersey , because our eyes are on the game all year.OK. I’ll bite. And I’ll keep on biting. I will keep paying attention even though there will be no meaningful games for the next six months. All because come September it will still matter to me. I will still watch every Steeler game, waving my towels. I will complain about the same things I complained about this season. But I will put up with just about anything just to make the season last another week longer, until we get back to the show.Random Thoughts From a Black-and-Gold Mind: Dynamic duos, bad behavior and Cincy week edition It’s Bengals week. Typically a time when tempers flare with the white-hot intensity of a Supreme Court confirmation hearing or the Applebee’s customer base upon hearing that the riblet supply has run out. With all of the noise and bulletin board material rising to a fevered pitch, my black-and-gold brain is swirling with the nervous energy surrounding a pregnancy stick test in a college dorm. As always, I will pass the ravings on to you. But first I should really offer up a pumpkin patch of apologies for what and to who found offense with my thoughts last time out.Walter WhiteRipping on Disney straight-to-video sequelsAdam West’s closetMaking anybody picture Ving Rhames on a jet skiPinkPeaches and HerbThe Burger King Drive ThruAnd now the latest edition of Random Thoughts from a Black-and-Gold Mind.JuJu Smith-Schuster is the ultimate WR2. Pairing him with Antonio Brown is on par with Lennon/McCartney, Ponch/Jon and Zach Morris/AC Slater. Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsMike Tomlin, the coach, gets a ton of criticism. I’m not saying it’s 100% undeserved. But Mike Tomlin, the human being , is top notch. His involvement in the crusade to combat sex trafficking and his wearing Duquesne garb (to show support to the college after the death of football player Marquis Brown) is a grand indicator of the quality of his character. Memo to Keith Butler: Blitzing the opposing QB does not need to be a limited engagement. It works. And in other news...water is wet, puppies are cute and over exposure to Flo from the Progressive commercials causes seizures.‘Cowboy Ben’ is back and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. That guy racks up wins like Charlie Sheen racks up tabs with escort services. However, a few months of ‘Consistent Ben’ would be nice.The Brothers Watt currently lead the NFL with six sacks a piece. That news made me want to call up my brother and chastise him for being the reason our parents are disappointed in us for not leading in any aspect of life. Then I came to a stark realization...I don’t have a brother and I need to see a therapist.At this point of the season, Joe Haden could possibly be the most integral part of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Mike Mitchell is back in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts. There goes the Steelers stranglehold as the most-penalized team in the NFL.Speaking of Steeler penalties, I’ve seen more discipline at an early-80s high school kegger in Maryland.My crystal ball shows me getting major s#@t for that one.I blame the Bengals for a lot of things like excessive thuggery, global warming and the JFK assassination. However, Bud Dupree’s implying that Cincinnati was even remotely responsible for Ryan Shazier’s injury last December 4th is ridiculous.Speaking of Bud’s comments, the war of words for Bengals Week is officially underway and I find myself a little more than mildly entertained.Speaking of Bengals thuggery, does anybody else wonder if Le’Veon Bell’s alleged choice to wait until the bye week and after the Steelers play Cincinnati is more than just a co-inkydink?Could it be possible that the media is overthinking the allegations that Antonio Brown threw a vase and furniture out a 14-story window? Maybe he was trying to throw that stuff to himself and, at that moment Authentic Chris Boswell Jersey , inspired his recent “I can’t throw the ball to myself” comments as gospel.And finally,I wonder what Andre Coleman is doing these days.Until next time, I implore you all to offer up $1.29 to the iTune gods and download the ditty that offers hope to the Steelers for the remainder of 2018...Frank Stallone’s Far From Over.Back in the race I’m movin’ in ‘cause I am getting closer.I’m diggin’ inI want it more than anything I’ve wanted.Save me darlin’I am down but I am far from over.Save me darlin’I am down but I am far from over.Give me somethin’I need it all ‘cause I am runnin’ overTake that for what its’ worth, Go Steelers and Don’t Stop Shalievin’. Custom Houston Texans Jerseys

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "" geschrieben. 18.03.2019

      Johnathan Abram , SafetySchool: Mississippi State | Conference: SECCollege Experience: Senior | Age: 22Height / Weight: 5-11 / 205 lbsProjected Draft Status: 2nd or 3rd RoundNFL Comparison: DJ SwearingerCollege StatisticsPlayer OverviewJohnathan Abram is going to be a savage in the secondary for the team that drafts him in April.The Columbia, Mississippi native was considered a three-star recruit coming out of East Marion High School.Abram originally committed to playing for the University of Georgia as a result of heavy recruitment by defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt.Abram played his Freshmen season in Athens before current Head Coach Kirby Smart was hired by the Bulldogs and Pruitt left to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Alabama.After this coaching personnel shift, Abram decided to leave Georgia.For his Sophomore season he would play at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi.After that year 24/7 Sports ranked him as the 10th overall JUCO prospect.By leaving the conference completely, Abram was allowed to play in the conference of his choosing for his Junior and Senior seasons. For Johnathan’s Junior and Senior campaigns he returned to the SEC Conference, enrolled at Mississippi State University, and became a terror on the back end of their defense.Abram quickly became known as a big-hitter and enforcer in the SEC.In 2018, the Mississippi State Bulldog defense was the number one scoring defense in the country.Abram was a big part of that, along with his fellow draft prospect teammates Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons.Abram’s outstanding Senior season earned him AP First-Team All-SEC & Third-Team All-American honors.Abram is a downhill force against the run game and a more than acceptable coverage man in the passing game.He is a Safety who appears to diagnose a play quickly and get to the ball in a hurry.And in watching film, one thing is certain, he is not afraid of contact.However , his aggression can get the best of him at times as his adrenaline seems to send him into plays a bit out of control.With the correct coaching and patience, this should be able to get cleaned up at the next level.Strengths Hard hitting classic Strong Safety who plays with violent intentions. His coaches and teammates love his high motor and energy.Was not observed “taking plays off” on film Vocal team leader on the back end of the defense and in the huddleHas the range and speed in run support to get downhill in a hurry. Had 9 tackles for a loss as a Senior Above average blitzing skills that are ideal for an in-the-box type SafetyConsistently observed attempting to strip the ball away from the ball carrierPossesses a thick frame, which should help him stand up to the violent contact that comes with playing Safety in the NFLWeaknessesNeeds to improve his ball skills, only generated two interceptions in his college career. Seems to struggle with tracking the ball in the air. Aggressive style at times has led him to overrun plays and take bad angles. Needs to do a better job of playing under control and cutting down the missed tacklesPlays with stiffness in his hips, which can be a liability in man coverageHe could stand to raise his target as many times he just throws himself at the ankles of the running back or receiverLet’s See His Work:How He Would Fit On The RedskinsWith a hole at Safety created by the release of defensive captain DJ Swearinger the Redskins could look to the draft to fill a need.Currently the roster has Montae Nicholson (probable suspension coming for involvement in a physical altercation), Troy Apke (a project at the position who would need to make enormous strides to be a large contributor this year), Adonis Alexander (Another project and former supplemental draft pick), and Deshazor Everett (meh) slotted as possible starters at Safety for next season.Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is an unrestricted free agent and may decide to sign elsewhere.Even if they were to re-sign Clinton-Dix, more help is needed.Abram could come in and immediately start at Strong Safety for the Redskins.His playing style is eerily similar to Swearinger, so the defense could move forward without missing much of a beat.While he may not have the “swag” or the mouth that DJ had, he has the potential to be an early contributor and future defensive leader.Plus , it would be wise for the Redskins to bring in a player with his prowess for attacking running backs.After all, we play in a division that features Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley.Should he be available when the Skins are picking on day two of the draft, Abram could be just what the doctor ordered for the team’s secondary.Will he even still be on the board by then?Stay tuned Skins fans. The last mock draft I did was solely based on Senior Bowl prospects. While that turned out fairly well, I wanted to do a mock that encompassed every prospect as a potential pick. For this mock I didn’t go in with a particular thought process in mind, and wanted to make selections based on how the draft played out. I used just the standard On the Clock, and didn’t incorporate any trade options. You can follow along with the draft here!15:QB DREW LOCK, MISSOURI-Right now I think three quarterbacks have separated themselves from the rest of the group in Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Kyler Murray. All three carry questions with them and involve a bit more risk than we’ve seen from recent first round QBs. While it’s quite possible that all three are off the board before the Redskins select, it’s also possible that they slide given their questions.Lock has succeeded in the SEC with big passing yard and TD numbers, but his accuracy hasn’t been where you’d like it. In watching his games you see inconsistency throughout, with some incredible throws and then others that leave you scratching your head. That being said his arm talent is very high and he has the potential to be a true franchise QB. There are likely to be growing pains with him , but given where the Redskins are at with the position it’s something they can handle. 46:WR MARQUISE BROWN, OKLAHOMA-If you are looking for a receiver who can give the Redskins a Tyreek Hill type of impact, Marquise Brown is the top option in this class. Brown is a dynamic receiver who can beat you vertically and has the quickness to turn short slants and screens into huge games. While he often gets compared to DeSean Jackson, I do see more Tyreek Hill or T.Y. Hilton in his game as I believe while undersized, he’s more than a deep threat. Brown would be a major addition to the Redskins passing attack and would be a fantastic weapon to develop with your brand new QB. 76:C ELGTON JENKINS, MISSISSIPPI STATE-Though listed as a center and that is his primary position, Jenkins has the ability to play guard as well and I believe he could be a day one starter for the Redskins at LG. His center ability is a plus as well as he could move over if Rouiller was ever injured. Jenkins is better as a pass blocker, but he’s still very capable as a run blocker. 96:EDGE OSHANE XIMINES, ODU-Ximines has led ODU in sacks for four straight years tallying 33 in his career. He’s a long speed rusher off the edge, who has the upside to be a very good starter at the next level. He was a little one dimensional at the Senior Bowl (which is why I believe he’s more likely a 3rd RD prospect), and struggled to get off blocks when he didn’t win with his speed. I think he can contribute early on as a pass rush specialist who comes in on pass rushing situations. While he won’t replace Preston Smith entirely as a rookie , he can contribute a fair amount and develop into more down the road. 154:CB JUSTIN LAYNE, MICHIGAN STATE-Layne started his career at Michigan State as a receiver, but switched to the defensive side of the ball his freshman year. For the last two seasons Layne has been a full time starting corner for the Spartans. While he only has 3 career interceptions, he’s really strong in coverage and can match-up with bigger receivers given his 6’3” size. He’s still developing some and could even fall back as a safety given his size and range. Layne is a solid mid-round pick for the Redskins, who has some future starting potential. 172:WR KEELAN DOSS, CALIFORNIA-DAVIS-Doss is a highly productive FCS receiver who is a good blend of size and speed. At 6’2” Doss has good size and shows decent leaping ability making him a quality big target and capable of jump ball situations. Doss shows the ability to attack vertically and gain separation deep. While we will need to see his speed at the Combine, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s in the high 4.4’s which is really good for his size. The Redskins have only two WR spots locked up for next season with Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson at this time, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them double up at this spot in the draft. 207:OT OLI UDOH, ELON-Udoh was a four year starter at Elon who never missed a game. He’s a big physical offensive tackle who is almost 6’6” and 330 lbs, and showed well both at the East West Game and the Senior Bowl. He’s raw with heavy feet, but the size and strength are real. While he’s been primarily a tackle some believe he may be a better guard at the next level. With the Redskins lacking offensive line depth , he’s a solid late round target.229:LB CAMERON SMITH, USCSmith was a four year starter at USC and led the Trojans in tackles the past three years. He’s really strong in run defense capable of fighting off blocks and still making the play. His coverage ability is lacking as he figures to be a bit limited at the next level. As a day three pick I think he gives a decent bit of value as a back-up LB, who can contribute a lot on special teams as well. Overview:I’m a bit indifferent with this draft class as it’s got more questions than I’d ideally like. While I don’t dislike the idea of drafting Lock, I do believe that like all the QBs in this class he’s more of a project. It could take 2-3 years before you really see him pay off. The same is true with most of the other picks who have high upside, but questions of will they reach it. Xmines and Layne have a lot of potential, but both are raw and might not develop as expected. Jenkins is clearly best at center, so while he can handle the guard position it’s not maximizing his strengths. Despite that I do this this draft can produce three starters in Lock, Brown and Jenkins, with potentially a fourth or fifth if Xmines and Layne develop. That is pretty good haul, but obviously this class will live or die by just what type of starter Lock develops into. What do you think? How would you change this draft? Do you think the Redskins should take Lock at 15 if they don’t have to trade up? Custom Seattle Seahawks Jerseys

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "Redskins fall to New England Patriots 26-17 in Pre-Season Opener" geschrieben. 18.03.2019

      The Redskins got off to a great start against the New England Patriots in their pre-season opener. The decision to give the starters the night off was extremely questionable given the circumstances. Washington has had a significant amount of turnover in the off-season Womens Dustin Hopkins Jersey , regardless of how many repetitions the starters get in the outing against New England, the bottom line is the starters should have seen some time on the field. Nonetheless, the Redskins got off to a 17-0 start offensively and allowed just one first down in the first 29 minutes of the game. The second-string offense, led by quarterback Colt McCoy, was able to pick apart the New England secondary ending his night going 13-18 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Solid night overall for McCoy as multiple times he was able to extend plays outside of the pocket and convert for first downs and touchdowns. While receiver Maurice Harris had a good outing, second-year receiver Robert Davis and rookie Cam Sims had even better showings. The two, who combined for five catches for 109 yards, connected with Colt on numerous occasions and showed an ability to gain yards after the catch. Although his time was ended short due to a knee injury, rookie Derrius Guice displayed strength and vision in a couple of his carries. Unfortunately for Guice, his best run of the night was negated and happened to be the play he was injured on. Guice ended the night on six carries for just 19 yards, but it was his abilities with the football in his hand that made him separate himself from others on the depth chart.Defensively, inside linebacker Martrell Spaight and defensive end, Matt Ioannidis led the front seven in the first half. Washington’s second-string defense stifled the Patriots offense until the end of the second quarter’s final minute, when they began to show cracks in their armor. Rookies Greg Stroman and Tim Settle were very impressive in their debut with Washington as well. Stroman also displayed his versatility in being able to return punts and gain positive yards doing so. Although the Redskins third-string defense was putrid, allowing the Patriots to score 23 second-half points, Tim Settle dominated at the nose tackle position for Washington. Settle’s performance is an encouraging sign for the Redskins staff, he displayed his strength and motor with the ability to penetrate the offensive line the backfield nearly every snap. The lead did not last. The Patriots scored 26 unanswered, dominating the time of possession in the second half outgaining the Redskin by a large margin. Third-year quarterback Kevin Hogan had a very dull performance along with the other members of the third-string unit, ending his night with seven completions for just 44 yards and a fumble on the night. There were positives and negatives on the night, with all the positives belonging to the second team, and Tim Settle. The negatives Authentic Deshazor Everett Jersey , injuries to key players Derruis Guice and Matt Ioannidis whom both left with knee injuries, and the third string units on both sides of the football. It will be hard to say who made a case for themselves after this outing. The Redskins will owe Brandon Scherff $12.5m in 2019, with every dollar of that salary being charged to the salary cap.This is true every year for every former first round draft pick who is playing on his 5th year option.This also means that there is no dead cap hit if the team decides to cut the player, as the Redskins did with RG3 in 2016.Let’s be clear about one thing - Brandon Scherff is one of the best players on the Redskins team.He should be extended — not because it will provide salary cap benefit — but because it is the right thing to do.Personally, I count the beginning of the end of the Redskins playoff-bound 2018 season, not from when Alex Smith was so dramatically injured in Week 11, but from when Scherff’s season came to an end in Week 10.That was when the Redskins offensive line was so weakened that the team was no longer able to execute its offensive game plan.Yes... the Redskins right guard is that important to the team.It was a no-brainer to give Trent Williams a 5-year, $66m extension in 2015, six years after the Redskins had drafted him, and it should now be a similarly simple decision for the Redskins to extend Scherff on a similarly lucrative contract.It’s the right thing to do.It’s also the smart thing to do from a salary cap standpoint, and some time between now and March 13th, the Redskins should finalize a contract extension with Brandon Scherff.For a year or two, it’s been common for comments to appear in threads saying that the team needed to keep an eye on the cap space for the purpose of extending Scherff, Crowder and/or Preston Smith when the 2018 season came to an end.We’ve gotten so used to the idea being repeated in the comments section that many people have lost sight of the fact that the 2019 salary cap situation is different for Scherff than it is for the other two because the Redskins have already exercised the 5th year option that came with his status as a first-round draft pick.People still think in terms of a contract extension for Scherff eating into the Redskins salary cap.On the contrary, an extension for Scherff will reduce the 2019 salary cap and increase the available cap space for the franchise.In the cases of the slot receiver (Crowder) and the outside linebacker (Smith), extensions will certainly cut into the Redskins’ already limited cap space, but extending Brandon Scherff won’t put pressure on Washington’s 2019 cap space. In fact, through the magic of accrual accounting, the extension will change the distribution of Scherff’s cap charges, and actually give the Redskins more money to spend on other players, not less Cheap Josh Norman Jersey , if that’s what they want.The “extension” of Scherff’s contract will, in effect, involve the ‘tearing up’ of his current 1-year, $12.5m deal, and replacing it with a long-term agreement that will redistribute his money and cap charges.It’s always hard to project the exact effect of a contract on the salary cap without knowing the structure of the deal.The only way to reasonably project the salary cap impact is to make an educated guess as to what the new contract will look like, year-by-year, in order to assess its overall cap hit, and — most importantly to the Redskins — the immediate impact on the cap in 2019 and 2020, when the team needs to negotiate the difficult salary cap situation created by the Alex Smith injury.I have found that it is often good to have a “proxy” contract to guide my thinking for the purposes of projecting what the Redskins are likely to do with any given contract.Eric Schaffer, who is responsible for negotiating Redskin player contracts and managing salary cap, follows patterns that do not often vary, although he has shown the ability to adapt to specific circumstances, as he did with the large Josh Norman contract that was structured to be molded around the franchise tag(s) of Kirk Cousins, and leave the Redskins with a tradeable commodity in the final two years of Norman’s contract.While contracts for guards have traditionally not been as rich as those of offensive tackles in the NFL, the guard market was reset last season, and the years that have passed since the Trent Williams extension was signed in 2015 have resulted in a situation where Trent’s 5-year, $66m contract provides very good approximate value for a Brandon Scherff extension, with the added advantage, for our purposes, of also providing a model for the structure of the contract itself.There’s every reason to believe that the Scherff 2019 contract extension will be similar in structure to the Trent Williams 2015 contract extension, but that it will be tailored to help the Redskins get past the unusual and specific cap and roster challenges they face as a result of the Alex Smith injury.First of all Cheap Derrius Guice Jersey , let me clarify that — because Brandon Scherff is already signed to a contract in 2019 via the 5th-year option that exists under the current CBA (which did not exist when Trent was extended) — I’m talking about adding 5 years and $66m of new money to his current contract.The effect of this is that the contract that I am proposing for Brandon Scherff will equal his current deal + the proposed new money, resulting in a 6-year, $78.5m contract that will run from 2019 to 2024.Let’s look at the structure of the projected Scherff deal, with the cap hits from the 2015 Trent Williams extension laid in for reference.The Williams contract came with a $20m signing bonus on a $66m contract, meaning that TW received 30% of his contract money at signing, but the first two years of his contract had higher base salary numbers than I am proposing for Scherff and were fully guaranteed, meaning that he received 47% of his contract money (fully guaranteed) in the first two years.I have increased Scherff’s signing bonus to 38%, but reduced his base salary numbers in order to give the Redskins as much salary cap flexibility as is practical in ‘19 and ‘20.I am not addressing the structure of guarantees (beyond the signing bonus) in this model, since my purpose is simply to assess the salary cap impact of the extension.Overall, under this proposed structure, Scherff will receive 43% of his total contract money in the first two years.The slight differences between the Williams & Scherff deals are intended to work around the Alex Smith cap hits in 2019 & 2020.The immediate net effect of this contract extension in 2019 is to reduce Brandon Scherff’s cap hit from $12.5m to $8m, adding $4.5m to Washington’s available cap space.Based on salary cap projections from OverTheCap, this is what would happen to the Redskins available cap:To put a fine point on it, the Redskins do not need to cut, trade or restructure any other players to “make room” for Brandon Scherff’s extension.On the contrary, the extension itself should free up available cap space that can be used for signing other players to contracts in 2019.Not only is the extension the right move for the Redskins roster, it is also the right move for the Redskins salary cap.Signing Brandon Scherff to a multi-year extension in the coming weeks will have the effect of helping to solidify the Redskins offensive line for years to come, as well as increasing the Redskins available cap space in the season ahead.It’s the very definition of a no-brainer, win-win decision. 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    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "" geschrieben. 18.03.2019

      Eli Manning has taken a lot of heat Landon Collins Jersey , from a lot of directions.And the latest to take shots at the Giants quarterback had a hand in not putting enough talent around him to help him succeed.Former when the former college scouting director was fired along with former General Manager Jerry Reese.That means Ross would have had a chance to give them more options, such as the 2017 third-rounder they spent on quarterback Davis Webb (who was cut this year). Ross was also part of the decision-making process which led to back-to-back first-rounders on cornerback Eli Apple (traded to the Saints for a fourth rounder) and left tackle Ereck Flowers (moved to the right Authentic Jon Halapio Jersey , benched, then cut).That kind of resume makes it clear why Ross is available on a weekday morning to say things on television shows. Davis Webb was just as surprised as everyone else when he was cut by the Giants.The second-year quarterback wasn't out of a job for long, though. And, he's ready to move forward with the Jets, who signed him to their practice squad Tuesday."You never see it coming," Webb said after his first practice with his new team. "I think everybody was kind of shocked. At the same time, they made a decision. I don't have to agree with it. But I'm excited to be here and just be the best teammate I can be and just continue to grow."Webb was the Giants' third-round pick in last year's draft Cheap Evan Engram Jersey , but was surprisingly waived Sunday during final roster cuts . The Giants initially had four quarterbacks on their roster before cutting Webb and keeping rookie Kyle Lauletta and veteran Alex Tanney as backups to Eli Manning.Webb didn't play in a regular-season game last season and was inconsistent this summer in three preseason games."I didn't need a reason," he said. "They made a decision. I didn't agree with it. I don't think many people did, especially my teammates. At the same time, I've moved on and I wish them nothing but the best."Webb added that he had an "emotional conversation" with Manning when he was cut after growing close last season.To make room on the practice squad Tuesday, the Jets released quarterback John Wolford.The former Wake Forest star signed with the Jets in August as an undrafted free agent, played the bulk of the preseason finale at Philadelphia and was waived as New York made its final cuts. He was signed to the practice squad Monday.Once Webb was available, the Jets were among the first teams to contact him about an opportunity with them."I felt like this was the best decision for me ," Webb said. "They showed a lot of interest and I felt wanted. I'm excited to be here. There's no doubt about that. I get to keep my house, too."After three years at Texas Tech, Webb transferred to Cal and played one season there. He had a terrific season for the Golden Bears while throwing for 4,295 yards and 37 touchdown passes, and was selected the MVP of the Senior Bowl."He was somebody we looked at coming out (of college)," coach Todd Bowles said. "To have him available and be able to work with him on the practice squad is something that intrigued us about him, with the size and the arm."Webb ended up being the fifth quarterback drafted last year and appeared to be a potential future replacement for Manning.But the Giants B.J. Goodson Jersey , with a new general manager in Dave Gettleman and coach in Pat Shurmur, drafted Lauletta in the fourth round. Davis' future with the franchise then became murky with his uneven preseason during which he was 28 of 53 for 283 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions."I wouldn't say ticked off," Webb said when asked if that's how he felt about the Giants' decision. "I think that's kind of a trick question. I think you have to earn it every single day in this league. I have another opportunity, and I'm excited to be the best quarterback I can be and just continue to grow."Webb joins a Jets offense that has some familiar faces. He got to know offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates while preparing for the NFL draft in 2016.Webb also met quarterback Sam Darnold when the Jets rookie starter was a junior in high school and attending an Elite 11 camp — where Webb was a counselor."I knew he could spin it then," Webb said with a smile. "A few years later, everybody knows he can spin it."

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "The New York Giants are all set with their running back options" geschrieben. 18.03.2019

      Youth Sterling Shepard Jersey , right? Saquon Barkley is coming off of one of the best rookie seasons for a runner in NFL history, and Wayne Gallman has proven to be an effective change-up who should probably be used more. However, running backs are a dime-a-dozen and it never hurts to bring a few extra into camp and see what happens. It is possible that the Giants could want to bring in another late-round or UDFA back to compete with Gallman and Robert Martin. If so, they might look at LSU running back Nick Brossette. Brossette certainly isn’t the collegiate star that Leonard Fournette and Darius Guice were, but his game is well-rounded (resembling that of Orleans Darkwa), and his attitude could catch the coaches’ eye.MeasurablesHeight: 6-foot (listed)Weight: 215 pounds (listed)ProsPrototypical build for an NFL running back.Hard-nosed, no-nonsense runner.Shows some elusiveness near the line of scrimmage. Solid vision when going north-south. Willing pass protector and solid hands as a receiver.Highly regarded by coaches as a “team-first” player.ConsOne-speed runner. Doesn’t have the burst or second gear to run away from defenders.North-South, one-cut runner. Best in inside zone or man-gap schemes. Can show some hesitancy behind the LOS if running lanes are clogged. Does several things well enough, but nothing truly special.Numbers Of NoteAdvanced analytics from Dan PizzutaAmong 50 running backs with at least 200 carries this season, Brossette’s 14.2 percent broken tackle rate ranked 43rd, per Sports Info Solutions. His 25.8 percent first down rate ranked 39th. However, he did run behind a line ranked 81st in Adjusted Line Yards, per Football Outsiders.Prospect VideoWhat They’re Saying “Brossette is balanced enough as a player to provide a capable option on all three downs, but nothing about his skill set will be considered special or irreplaceable. He looks like a day three pick that will need to shine on special teams to ensure his spot on the depth chart.” -The Draft Network (draft profile)Does He Fit The Giants?Probably not.The Giants should be all set at running back between Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman. If anything, they underused Gallman throughout the season in an effort to get Barkley touches. Brossette is a one-speed, one-cut runner who can make a defender miss at the line of scrimmage on occasion, but nothing about his game truly stands out. He has some burst behind the line of scrimmage Alec Ogletree Jersey , but not better than Gallman, and while he can pick up chunk yardage when it is mostly blocked for him, he can’t make it happen on his own. Coaches will love the attitude that made him a great teammate waiting his turn behind Leonard Fournette and Darius Guice, and he offers enough physically to earn looks. He will likely catch on somewhere and could be a solid option as a number two or number three back. But with Barkley, Gallman, Paul Perkins (he’s still around), and Robert Martinalready in-house, that somewhere probably isn’t with the Giants.NFL roster cuts 2018: 10 recently released players who could interest the Giants The 4 p.m. deadline for the New York Giants, and the rest of the NFL, to trim their rosters to 53 players has come and gone. But that doesn’t mean that the roster shuffling is over with and this 53-man roster is the one with which the Giants will take the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Well over 1,000 players have just lost their roster spots, and at least some of them could be improvements at certain spots for the Giants’ depth chart.Between the waiver wire and veteran free agents, here are 10 players who might interest the Giants. The Giants shouldn’t be looking for starters among the rest of the league’s castoffs, but they might find useful depth or players to develop who were forced off the roster due to the numbers game.Offensive lineJonathan Cooper (OG) - Cooper has been on five teams since being drafted seventh overall in 2013. He has never capitalized on the athleticism that got him drafted so highly, but teams keep giving him chances. He is coming off an injury but could be an upgrade to the Giants’ interior offensive line depth.Austin Howard (OT) - Howard was a solid right tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. However, the 31-year-old, 6-foot-7 4Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey , 330-pound tackle seemed to regress badly after being signed by the Indianapolis Colts. However, the Giants wouldn’t need him to be a starter, just a better back-up option than Chad Wheeler.Dorian Johnson (OG) - Johnson was considered one of the top offensive line prospects to come out in 2017, but fell to the 4th round after being diagnosed with a liver condition. He struggled in his rookie training camp and was released by the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson was praised in college for his easy movement in pass protection and run blocking, as well as his power. He could be intriguing developmental depth.Linebacker Kevin Minter (ILB) - Minter was drafted by the Arizon Cardinals in the second round of the 2013 draft. He spent the first four years of his career with the Cardinals, having his best years with new Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Scooby Wright III (ILB) - Another familiar face for Bettcher, Wright was signed off the Cleveland Browns’ practice squad in December of 2016. Wright isn’t an athletic linebacker, but he is incredibly instinctive and plays with a great competitive fire. He was also insanely productive at Arizona, notching 164 tackles, 31.5 tackles for a loss, and 15 sacks in his 2014 season (only played three games in 2015).CornerbackTony Lippett - Well known to Giants’ DB coach Lou Anarumo, Lippett is a 6-2 former wide receiver. He is returning from a torn Achilles, but he has impressive measurables and upside.Quenton Meeks - A surprise cut from the Jacksonville Jaguars who signed him as an undrafted free agent this off-season, Meeks is a well put together corner at 6-1, 210 pounds with easy hips and quick feet. Meeks is also the son of a long-time NFL coach and has a reputation as a smart player with a strong work ethic in the film room.Cre’von LeBlanc - Another undersized slot corner, LeBlanc isn’t a great athlete, but he has quick feet Eli Manning Jersey , and excellent footwork to match receivers in short areas — not to mention an aggressive play style.KickerDan Bailey - Bailey might have been THE surprise cut of 2018. Bailey has been one of the best kickers in the NFL since his second season. Bailey had a down 2017 season, making just 75 percent of his field goal attempts (none blocked), but before that he routinely completed more than 90 percent of his attempts. The Giants could believe that the odds are better that he will improve than will Aldrick Rosas. Daeshon Hall (DL/EDGE) - Dave Gettleman drafted Hall for the Panthers in the third round of the 2017 draft. Hall has a powerful lower body, long (35-inch) arms, and the frame to either fill a role similar to Kareem Martin or Romeo Okwara as an outside linebacker on base downs who plays on the defensive line in nickel situations. He could add muscle and play the 5-technique. 2018 Waiver Wire OrderOrderTeamOrderTeamFun bonusesThese players might not be on the Giants’ radar, but they could be fun additions. Doran Grant - Drafted out of Ohio State in 2015, Grant is a former All Big 10 selection, Grant is short at 5-10, but is still a stout 200 pounds. He is experienced in press coverage and has the quickness to play in the slot. Braxton Miller (WR) - Miller is a converted quarterback, who is still learning the wide receiver craft, but he is an incredible athlete who is dangerous with the ball in his hand. The Giants might want to try and develop a talent capable of plays like this: Dimitri Flowers (H-back) - This is a personal desire. Flowers wasn’t one of the best players in the 2018 NFL Draft, but the fullback/h-back from Oklahoma was one of my favorite players to watch on tape. He was also a favorite target for Baker Mayfield. It isn’t often you find a player capable of lead blocking or catching a pass and picking up a chunk gain from the backfield or slot. The Giants want to use alignments to isolate defenders and force mismatches, and a player with Flowers’ skill set could be a weapon for them.Who would you like to see the Giants sign or claim off waivers?

    • linhui95 hat den Blog-Artikel "The San Francisco 49ers formally announced on Thursday" geschrieben. 18.03.2019

      that they have hired former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods to serve as defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. He replaces Jeff Hafley Authentic Laken Tomlinson Jersey , who departed after three seasons with the team to serve as co-defensive coordinator at Ohio State.Head coach Kyle Shanahan had this to say about the hiring decision.It will be a quick turnaround for Woods as the 49ers coaching staff heads to Mobile this weekend for Senior Bowl week. The 49ers are coaching the South roster with a week of practices followed by the game on January 26th.Here is a rundown of Woods’ biography, courtesy of 49ers PR.Woods, 48, joins the 49ers after spending the previous four seasons with the Denver Broncos as the team’s defensive coordinator (2017-18) and defensive backs coach (2015-16).Prior to Denver Womens Brock Coyle Jersey , Woods spent 11 years as defensive backs coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004-05), Minnesota Vikings (2006-13) and Oakland Raiders (2014). Before his time in the NFL, Woods served as defensive backs coach at Western Michigan University (2001-03), Hofstra University (1998-2000) Womens Adrian Colbert Jersey , Kent State University (1997) and Grand Valley State University (1994-96). He began his coaching career as defensive backs coach at Muskingum College in 1992, followed by one season as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University (1993). He also spent the spring of 1994 as linebackers coach at Northwestern State University.A native of North Vandergrift, PA, Woods played cornerback and safety at Illinois State University where he was a team captain as a senior in 1991 and earned First-Team All-Gateway Conference honors. I really hope this is the last year the 49ers are not making the playoffs. I’d love to go into the Super Bowl next year angry about how a call hosed the 49ers in the playoffs , or (here’s a novel idea) watching the 49ers in the championship game. I’ve gone back and forth on who I’m rooting for and it’s the commercials. Give me a good football game, but it’s a game I’m already knowing I won’t be interested in. I’ll be more interested in the food at the party I go to rather than the game. So I hope I get to laugh hard for some great commercials. Either team winning is going to make me angry, so might as well focus on something else. Beyond that depression, there’s the other depression:football is coming to an end again. I never can appreciate the joy of games on TV until there are no games at all. So I’m sure as the clock winds down I’ll be savoring every last play until we go into the offseason to prepare for the draft. Kyle Shanahan surprised 49ers assistants were raided after 4-12 season (Maiocco)NFL draft prospect Nick Bosa fully healthy heading into combine (Madson)2019 season marks turning point for 49ers (Madson)2019 NFL draft: New name emerges for 49ers in mock draftNFL draft target Nick Bosa met with John Lynch , hopes to get to know 49ers (Maiocco)49ers’ George Kittle on recruiting Antonio Brown: Jimmy Garoppolo started it (Branch)You pick the free agents the 49ers should sign (Cohn)What a horrible night to have a curse...

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      It was not pretty Youth Arik Armstead Jersey , and the San Francisco 49ers found a new way to blow a game. The 49ers led 15-10 in the fourth quarter, and Josh Rosen drove 73 yards to get the game-winning score. The Cardinals won 18-15 after the 49ers blew a snap and Beathard threw incomplete as time expired. It was about as fitting a finish for this team as possible.It was a thrilling finish for the general football fan, and probably if you are rooting for draft positioning, but it was another disappointing finish for a 49ers team that can’t close out a game to save their lives.It was an ugly game early, with neither team able to find the end zone. The 49ers got a safety in the first quarter, and an exchange of field goals had a score of 5-3 49ers at the half. The 49ers finally got things going in the second half, with Marquise Goodwin catching a short pass and turning it into a 55-yard touchdown. The 49ers added a field goal and seemed in control with a 15-3 lead.However, the defense folded in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals drove 75 yards on six plays to cut the lead to 15-10 Womens Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey , capped by a Larry Fitzgerald touchdown. After a 49ers punt, the Cardinals fumbled back to the 49ers but San Francisco could get nothing done. Josh Rosen had a bit of a coming out on the Cardinals final drive, leading them 73 yards in 1:42 for the game winning score.Injury reportThe 49ers once again dealt with more injuries. Teams get banged up fairly regularly, but it seems like the 49ers just can’t stay healthy. This time, strong safety Jaquiski Tartt and linebacker Reuben Foster were lost to injury. Foster suffered a hamstring injury, and was ruled questionable to return. He was replaced by Elijah Lee, and never returned to the game.Tartt injured his shoulder and was replaced by Antone Exum. Tartt was ruled out, and the 49ers later lost Exum to a head injury. He was replaced by Tyvis Powell.George Kittle suffered an injury at one point when he took a huge hit , but returned the next series.Up next: vs. Oakland Raiders (TNF)The final Battle of the Bay Area gets to go under the lights. And given that it’s not Sunday evening, it could not be flexed out! The Raiders dropped to 1-6 following their 42-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. I’m sure the NFL is thrilled about this matchup. The San Francisco 49ers are set to name Wes Welker their wide receivers coach. Welker spent the past two seasons as an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans and interviewed with the 49ers a week ago Monday.Beat writer John McClain had the first report that Welker was leaving for the 49ers, and Matt Barrows followed up to confirm it would be as wide receivers coach. The team has yet to announce the hiring.Welker was a plenty talented receiver, and it will be fascinating to see what he can do with the 49ers receiving corps. As Kevin Jones noted, the team has a host of shifty receivers that could benefit from someone like Welker. It remains to be seen how he will operate as a coach, but if he is a good coach, that bodes well for Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor Womens DeForest Buckner Jersey , Marquise Goodwin, and others.When the 49ers announce the Welker hiring, it is a safe bet they will also announce a new job title for Mike LaFleur. He has served as the 49ers wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator. The team is expected to hire Shane Day as quarterbacks coach, so I am not quite sure what the plan is for LaFleur. Maybe an assistant head coach/offense type of title makes sense.


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