Logan Morrison was wrong to call out Gary Sanchez for Home Run Derby selection

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison is having a fine season, perhaps even one worthy of representation in the MLB All-Star Game. He might have had a point when lamenting not getting chosen for the Home Run Derby, but it was lost when he called out New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.

Judge is an earthquake of a man. He won the Home Run Derby with long, long, long home runs, and we’re lucky to watch him.

What I can’t stop thinking about is how players keep getting bigger and bigger. And bigger and bigger. It’s not just the baseball players. Twenty years ago, I was the same height as the average American male. Now I’m two inches shorter because these damned kids with their beef hormones in the hamburgers, I don’t even know. Everyone is getting bigger. But especially the baseball players.

Remember that Cal Ripken was supposed to be a freak because he was 6’4 and a shortstop. Now those kinds of shortstops are the rule, not the exception.

My question to you is if we’ll be here in 2047 watching a 7’0, 320-pound man in the Intergalactic Home Run Derby, marveling at the spectacle and forgetting just how big Judge was.

There are two answers to that. The first is that people don’t really talk about Frank Howard anymore, even though he was definitely a proto-Judge:

It’s more likely for a league like the 2017 AL to exist, with several teams in contention.

One more time with feeling: There’s nothing special about Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys August 9. The Orioles and Angels could lose three in a row and fall right the heck off this chart Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys forever, and the 2017 season suddenly isn’t much different than several other seasons in the Wild Card Era.

Doug Gottlieb’s ‘questioning’ whether Adrian Beltre is on steroids sparks media Twitter brawl

Doug Gottlieb wonders whether Adrian Beltre is on steroids. He’s just wondering, mind you.

Other national media figures aren’t going to let the Fox Sports Radio host skate on that.

At the heart of Gottlieb’s suspicion is Beltre’s late-career production, which included career hit No. 3,000 on Sunday. Armed with little more than the Clay Travis-esque “I’m just asking the question,” Gottlieb on Tuesday loosely tied Beltre to the dozens of failed PED tests by players from the Dominican Republic, in the majors and the minors (Beltre, 38, is the first Dominican player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits).

Gottlieb also dragged out the old argument that baseball writers didn’t properly cover PED use in the game during the late 1990s/early 2000s, and he added that today’s media might be turning a similar blind eye to Beltre.

The most recent wild-card team to win the World Series was the San Francisco Giants in 2014. They defeated another wild-card winner in the Kansas City Royals. A wild-card team has won the World Series six times since the wild card was added in 1994. The Marlins are the only team to win the World Series twice as a wild card (1997, 2003).

This season, the MLB All-Star Game did not determine which league will have home-field advantage for the World Series. The team with the better record will now hold home-field advantage in the World Series.

The New York Yankees hold the most all-time World Series titles with 27, and Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys are in a position to challenge for a 28th with rookie Aaron Judge Manchester United Cheap Jerseys making an MVP case. The Los Angeles Dodgers are another favorite from the regular season to win the title, as long as Clayton Kershaw is fully healthy.

Brett Gardner’s power surge is legitimate — but don’t ask him about it

Brett Gardner is not a power hitter. Or so he says.

Never mind that the Yankees outfielder has a career-high 19 home runs as August begins or that he has the second most on the team, trailing only Aaron Judge. His .469 slugging percentage, another personal best, and 17 doubles, second best on the Yankees, are no reason to start throwing the label around either, he says.

At the time of the trade, Headley was hitting .258/.341/.371 and was somewhat of a liability in the Yankees lineup. With the addition of Frazier, it looked like Yankees fans were getting their wish, which was to see Headley play less and eventually not on the lineup card.

Since the Yankees acquired Frazier from Chicago — and further, over the last month — and moved Headley over to first base, Headley has been one of the Yankees’ best hitters.

Elite players need a chance to prove their greatness on the big stage in October, and Votto simply hasn’t had a real chance to do that. He’s appeared in just nine postseason games and has hit .250 (8-for-32) with no extra-base hits and just one RBI in those contests.

And with the Reds rebuilding, it’s unlikely he’ll get the chance to improve those numbers and add to his legacy. While a trade to a contender in the future would be Votto’s best chance to improve his postseason pedigree, his massive contract — he’s in the middle of a 10-year, $225 million deal he signed Mls Cheap Jerseys in 2014 — makes a trade unlikely.

So Votto seems destined to spend the rest of his career with the Reds in relative New Vikings Jerseys Cheap anonymity as his greatness continues to be undervalued across the sport.

David Price on Dennis Eckersley incident: ‘I’m just standing up for my teammates’

David Price told reporters Saturday he is frustrated by the fact that NESN Red Sox broadcaster Dennis Eckersley “doesn’t ever show his face in the clubhouse.”

The Boston Globe revealed last week that Price blew up at Eckersley on a June 29 team flight, mocking the Hall of Fame pitcher (“Here he is — the greatest pitcher who ever lived! This game is easy for him!”) and telling him to “get the f*** out of here.”

While several high-ranking members of the Red Sox organization have apologized to Eckersley, Price didn’t sound apologetic in his first public comments about the incident.

Price noted that his frustration stemmed from the fact Eckersley is critical of the team but is never around the clubhouse.

Gonzalez struck out five Marlins batters with three walks and hit a batter in the eighth inning before leaving with a 1-0 lead. Sean Doolittle came on to preserve the 1-0 victory and record his seventh save of the season.

“Look at this passion. I mean, I’m not an all-star, my career numbers aren’t the best. I came out here in the game and the crowd was unbelievable, just showing me love,” he told AT&T SportsNet in the postgame interview.

That’s why he prefaced that statement with a simple “I love it here in Pittsburgh.”

And now he has a chance to stay in Pittsburgh through next year. The Braves signed him to a two-year contract as a free agent last offseason. After the injury, and after the emergence of young infielders Johan Camargo and Ozzie Albies in Atlanta, Rodriguez was expendable. The Pirates, who don’t know if Jung Ho Kang will return in 2018, can use Rodriguez to, at minimum, fill the utility role in which he Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys excelled the past two seasons.

If he gets to do that, then he can view the past six months in much different, much Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys more positive, way. He can look at them as the time it took to get him back to a place he loves.

Sheldon Richardson asked to take a pay cut during trade talks

Sheldon Richardson is still a member of the Jets despite a whirlwind of trade rumors surrounding the 26-year-old defensive lineman.

Richardson shed some light on the trade talk Thursday, telling the New York Daily News interested teams like the Seahawks and Redskins wanted him to take a pay cut before they would pull the trigger on a trade.

“It’s a business, bro,” Richardson said. “There was one team that asked me to take a pay cut … and it was Seattle. And Washington too. There were a lot of offers. A lot of good offers. You’d be surprised.”

Richardson is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract that was heavy on back-end pay. After the Jets selected him with the 13th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, Richardson earned $9.35 million over his first four seasons. He is due $8.069 million for the 2017 season.

Taylor said “gratitude was at the core” of everything he said Saturday, but he first thanked his mother.

“I played 15 NFL seasons, but the toughest person I’ve ever met in my life is right there,” he said pointing to his crying mother, Georgia.

Taylor also got choked up when discussing his agent, Gary Wichard. Taylor said Wichard, who died of cancer in 2011, was “so much more” than just his agent.

“He was a dear friend. He was an advisor. And he was truly the father I never had,” Taylor said. “No one believed in me the way Gary did. As a football player, as a person. Even Lakers Cheap Jerseys as a dancer, he talked me into doing ‘Dancing With the Stars.'”

Taylor also joked that he “stole a lot of money from” Redskins owner Dan Snyder with Manchester United Cheap Jerseys just 2 1/2 sacks during his lone season in 2008 with the Redskins before returning to Miami.

Former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, who drafted Taylor, presented him and Taylor joked he played for a lot of coaches and was sort of a “coach killer.”

It was an exhibition game, sure, but the beginning of football season is supposed to feel good.

That feeling started earlier in the day. Baker helped dedicate the new stadium and the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village with Tom and Gayle Benson, 2017 Hall of Fame enshrinee Morten Andersen and several other community leaders.

Benson helped renovate the stadium with an $11 million donation, $1 million more than the amount for which the Hall of Fame asked. It’s an intimate stadium positioned in the buckle of the Rust Belt that is just another can’t-miss attraction for visitors. There’s more to come in the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, including a luxurious Hall of Fame Hotel. The project’s completion is scheduled for 2020, which links with the NFL’s 100th season.

Tony Romo: It’s almost unimaginable that a team — other than the one coached by Cutler’s old coordinator — wouldn’t have chased Romo before Cutler if they were in need of a quarterback who could immediately start. That’s despite the fact he’s in much the same boat as Cutler: retired, aging, beat up and in transition at a new job.

Shaun Hill: Started the Vikings’ opener last season while late trade acquisition Sam Bradford got up to speed. That’s another non-Kaepernick option teams would surely employ in an emergency, by the way: Deal for a quarterback rather than sign a free agent, as the Vikings did when they lost Teddy Bridgewater. Speaking of …

Teddy Bridgewater: The still-rehabbing Bridgewater set off a brief flurry Jerseys From China of speculation when he liked a Dolphins tweet last week. It’s not unreasonable to see a team take a flyer on him, with Got Cheap Jerseys the Vikings declining his fifth-year option and with secrecy still shrouding his health.

Brock Osweiler: The Bradford/Bridgewater scenario applies here. Who’s to say a free-agent flop of epic proportions wouldn’t be deemed as a “safer” move than signing Kaepernick? The Browns sure did.

Much of what happened Wednesday wasn’t Fleury’s fault.

Before you know know it, the kids in Toronto are going to be ruling the Eastern Conference. The Connor McDavid-led Oilers will be a Stanley Cup contender for the foreseeable future. At least other aging teams like the Blackhawks and Penguins have Stanley Cups to show off.

What the Rangers have done since Lundqvist first took the crease in 2006 is remarkable, but also disappointing. The Blueshirts have gone to the playoffs 11 times in the past 12 seasons, but have just one Stanley Cup Final and two conference finals trips to show for it. That stretch includes three different head coaches, a reminder that winning and winning championships don’t always go hand in hand.

For those 12 years, Lundqvist has been the Rangers’ cornerstone. The guy fans around the league associate with the Rangers. He has won an Olympic gold medal and a Vezina Trophy, and he owns franchise and NHL records. He is a Hall of Famer.

“’Flower’ has carried us here,” Cullen said. “He’s played so well for us. That makes it even worse that we kind of hung him out to dry. Bottom line is we didn’t play well. We have to figure it out here as a group. We have to understand that it’s not going to be easy. We have to put our best effort out there. We Cheap Barcelona Jerseys have to win battles. We have to fight a little bit. We didn’t tonight.”

Cullen is right. Much of what happened Wednesday wasn’t Fleury’s fault.

3. Flip Forsberg, Predators — With a goal and an assist, Forsberg will ride a seven-game point streak into the Cup Final. His 15 points set a franchise playoff record.

2. Pekka Rinne, Predators — Rinne, like much of these playoffs, was Cheap Chelsea Jerseys sensational, stopping 38 of 41 shots. Credit his resurgence for the Preds’ unlikely run.

1. Colton Sissons, Predators — Sissons joined Forsberg as the only players in franchise history to score a hat trick in the playoffs.

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Penguins pour it on in 7-0 rout, push Senators to brink

If goals carried over in aggregation, the Penguins would be sitting pretty. A 7-0 massacre of the Senators in Sunday’s Game 5 meant the defending Stanley Cup champions are one win from becoming finalists once again, having outscored their opponent a whopping 16-5 in the Eastern Conference finals.

Ottawa, though, has managed to suffocate the NHL’s highest-scoring offense enough for an opportune pair of wins.

Therein lies a glimmer of hope for the underdog Sens, who are decidedly banged up and demoralized after the beatdown but not yet eliminated and perfectly capable of pushing this series to an all-decisive seventh game. It won’t be easy now the Penguins, injuries notwithstanding, seem to be hitting their stride.

Pittsburgh brought the house and with it saw the return of a balanced scoring attack with 11 different players entering the scoresheet Sunday.

The Penguins’ greatest competitive advantage is the luxury of deploying two of the world’s most talented players on separate lines. The discrepancy down the middle — Nashville will be without No. 1 center Ryan Johansen for the balance of the series — is Pittsburgh’s to exploit. A 1-2 punch of Colton Sissons, his Game 6 scoring binge notwithstanding, and Mike Fisher will have trouble keeping up with Crosby and Malkin.

Yet the Predators possess the defensive ability to negate anything the Penguins throw their way.

“We just beat a really good team that was a defense-first team, always had numbers back, tried to limit opportunities off the rush, and had more of a counterattack mindset,” Pittsburgh Hockey Cheap Jerseys coach Mike Sullivan said. “What I love about our group is I believe we have the Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap type of team that can have success against our opponent regardless of who our opponent it is. We have to take what the game presents.”

Stanley Cup playoffs three stars: Erik Karlsson’s best act yet has Senators in East finals

To think Erik Karlsson, two Norris Trophies and eight seasons into a career fast-tracked for the Hall of Fame, still had something to prove seemed a little dubious.

The dynamic Senators defenseman laid to rest any lingering doubt now that he, in his best act yet, has Ottawa in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 10 years following Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Rangers, ending their second-round playoff series in six games.

Hampered by hairline fractures in his left heel since March, Karlsson’s playoff run has been nothing short of remarkable.

The captain’s brilliance was on display yet again. He set up the game’s first goal and scored the eventual winner in the second period, then limped into the Senators’ dressing room having skated a game-high 28:44. He leads all playoff defensemen with 13 points in 12 games, including a three-assist effort in Game 5.

The Sens held a lead just 13:10 through the first five games of the series. Mike Hoffman’s deflection 4:27 into Game 6 meant things would be different this time.

Game 7s galore! A pair of wacky series rightly will be decided in winner-take-all fashion on what promises to be a great night for hockey fans. First the Penguins and Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the nation’s capital, then the Oilers and Ducks (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in Anaheim. Neither home team is known for having a great recent track record in Game 7s, so the notion that anything can and probably Discount Code For Cheap Jerseys will Chinese Cheap Jerseys happen is alive and well.

Warriors blow 24-point lead, chance for revenge vs. Grizzlies; eyes turn to Feb. meeting

The Warriors were out for revenge Friday night at Oracle Arena when the Grizzlies came to town. The Grizzlies did the unthinkable back on Dec. 10, blowing out the Warriors, 110-89 in Memphis.

So after the Warriors jumped out to a 24-point lead, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and company were ready to celebrate their payback. No contender blows a 24-point lead at home, right?

But incredibly, the Warriors somehow did, with shades of last season’s blown lead in NBA Finals still haunting their memory.

Memphis shocked Golden State again, erasing a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to force overtime. As the suddenly silent Warriors crowd sat and watched in horror, the Grizzlies continued their roll in OT to win 128-119.

There have been worse meltdowns in sports history, sure, but these types of collapses don’t usually happen to teams like the Warriors (31-6), playing at home against a team it definitely had circled on the schedule.

Kevin Durant led the way with 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Stephen Curry chipped in with 24 points and Klay Thompson added 23 points.

Draymond Green provided the glue by dishing out 13 assists and hauling in nine rebounds. This is exactly what the Warriors envisioned when they put this super team together.

Detroit, who has now lost 11 of its last 16 games, was led by Marcus Morris’ 21 points. Andre Drummond added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic scored 22 points while hauling in 10 rebounds and dishing out New York Giants Cheap Jerseys seven assists in a convincing 140-112 win over the Pacers. Jokic now has 11 double-doubles this season. Denver NHL Jerseys China had six players in double figures Thursday in London.