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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 13, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well NFL free agency is going strong, but wat might’ve come as a bit of a surprise was the trade that was made later in the day.

The New York Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. In return the Giants will receive a 2019 1st round pick, a 2019 3rd round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. It’s clear that the Giants got much, much more that the Pittsburgh Steelers did when they traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders, but I guess the question still is; did they get enough in return for Beckham?

Beckham has missed some games with injuries the last two seasons, but he’s still considered one of the best if not the best wide receiver in the NFL. In 12 games last season Beckham put up 1052 yards on 77 catches with 6 touchdowns. With the exception of the last two seasons when injuries cost him a few games Beckham had been putting up 1300 plus yards and 10 plus touchdowns in his first three seasons.

In Cleveland Beckham will reunite with his former college teammate Jarvis Landry who was the Browns leading receiver last season. Landry had 81 receptions, 976 yards and 4 touchdowns. By adding Beckham it should draw coverage away from Landry and up and coming tight end David Njoku; who where Cleveland’s top two receivers last season.

The Browns have added two top offensive weapons in Beckham and running back Kareem Hunt. Of course will have to see what kind of suspension the NFL gives Hunt for his issue last season that the Kansas City Chiefs cut him for. Even without Hunt the Browns will still have Nick Chubb. Chubb took over as the #1 running back when Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jacksonville Jaquars and ended up leading the team in rushing with 996 yards. He also led Cleveland in rushing touchdowns with 8.

It looks like the Browns are set up for success after years of being the laughingstock of the NFL. If Baker Mayfield makes positive strides in his second year under center the Browns might even dare to say make the playoffs. If that does happen for Cleveland it will be the first time in 16 seasons that they’ll be in the post season.

It might be a little early for you to make a prediction, but with the Moves the Browns have made; do you think they’re a playoff team right now?

If you’re a fan of the New York Jets you woke up this morning to the news that the Jets have signed Le’Von Bell to a 4 year $52.5 million dollar deal. The deal includes $35 million dollars in guaranteed money.

As I’m sure everyone knows by now Bell sat out all of last season rather than sign the franchise tag which would’ve pad him $14.4 million dollar. It was the second straight year that bell had the franchise tag placed on him by is now former team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell will be an interesting case study. There haven’t been a lot of players who have taken a year off and came back and played well, but Bell has some things going for him. Bell is jut 27 years old and while he did miss 10 games in 2015 due to injury; which I believe was a recurring hamstring injury. So Bell hasn’t suffered a serious injury.

Bell is definitely a workhorse type of running back and with his receiving skills he doesn’t have to be replaced in passing situations. Bell has three 1200 plus yard rushing seasons with 35 career rushing touchdowns and an average of 4.3 yards per carry in his career. Bell has caught over 80 passes twice in his career and has 312 career receptions for 2660 yards and 7 touchdowns.

With the addition of Bell the Jets backfield is quite crowded. Bilal Powell is a free agent; so you have to think the Jets will just let him sign elsewhere, but that leaves Isaiah Crowell, Trent Cannon and Elijah McGuire on the roster. You’d have to think that Crowell is probably the odd man out here and that he’ll end up being released. Cannon and McGuire are both 24 years old and should be able to contribute on special teams either as return men or just cover guys. At this point in his career I’m not sure if Crowell sees himself as a special teams player.

The Jets have been busy this off season. They re-sign two of their own players defensive end Henry Anderson and cornerback Darryl Roberts. They’ve added two free agent wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Jamison Crowder as well as signing linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Jets also acquired guard Kelechi Osemele from the Oakland Raiders in a trade over the weekend.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has been very busy, but will have to see if these moves pay off and if the Jets have improved enough to compete with the New England Patriots in the AFC East.

How vastly different are the NFL off season and the MLB off season. The new NFL season hasn’t even officially started, but teams are allowed to negotiate with players and agreed to deal; so things more very quickly. Now in the MLB it’s a very, very different story. Free agency drags and drags to the point where I was sick and tired of hearing about it. Even right now with the season 15 days away; not counting those two games in Japan there are two top players Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrell that are still unsigned. I think the Major League Baseball could really learn something from the way the NFL off season is handle and bring some excitement to there off season instead of everyone just sitting around for months at a time with nothing to report. I seriously doubt that baseball will do anything or try to do anything about it, but if you’re a fan of both sports you can’t tell me that you enjoyed the MLB off season more than you’ve enjoyed this NFL off season. Don’t forget tat the NFL still has the draft coming up as well.

Please MLB learn something!

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How was your week?

Posted: March 9, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the baseball season not quite started and the NHL and NBA seasons winding down the NFL should have a chance to really dominant the media’s attention this week.

The new NFL league year starts on Monday, so all of the trades that where agreed upon will become official. Then on Wednesday free agency starts and even though teams haven’t been allowed to negotiate with players there always seem to be a lot of signings right off the bat. Let’s take a look at some free agents and possible landing spots.

Let’s start with Le’Veon Bell. He sat out all of last season and wants a big contract that would be precedent setting at the running back position. Bell brings wide receiver skills to the running back position and while I doubt he gets the contract he’s looking for, he’ll still end up with a deal that will put him in the upper echelon of running back contracts.

As for fit and who can afford Bell. Well the Indianapolis Colts have the most salary cap space and Bell would be an upgrade in the backfield for them. The New York Jets are right behind the Colts in free cap space, so maybe they’ll take a shot at signing Bell. The Jets went after quite a few top free agents last off  season but didn’t have any luck signing them. Maybe Bell changes that for them. It’s difficult to find a place where Bell wouldn’t fit but it’s just a matter of who has the cap space to sign him. About the only team with a lot of available cap space that might not have an interest in Bell could be the Cleveland Browns. Otherwise I’d look for a lot of teams to talk contract with him.

I was a little surprised to see the New York Giants let Landon Collins go into free agency. To be fair there are a lot of veteran safeties on the free agent market this off season but Collins is the youngest of that group. He should draw quite bit of attention.

This is a spot where a team like the Browns could jump in but also expect the Green Bay Packers to show some interest in Collins. He should also get some interest from the Cincinnati Bengals and possibly the Dallas Cowboys. The question here may be, would a team play top dollar for Collins when you might be able to get an Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu for a little less.

The quarterback market should be an interesting place this week. There really isn’t a franchise changing type of quarterback on the market but there are three solid veteran guys and one of them has won a Super Bowl.

There have been a lot of reports out there that when free agency opens on Wednesday Nick Foles will sign with the Jacksonville Jaquars. This makes sense as Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator is John DeFlippo, who was Foles quarterback coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles isn’t a fit for every NFL offense and landing in a comfortable spot would be the best thing for him.

If reports are true and Foles signs with Jacksonville, where might we see Teddy Bridgewater ad Tyrod Taylor end up?

It appeared that Bridgewater landed in a good spot with the New Orleans Saints but in his one start last season he didn’t look very good. To be fair though it was the last week of the season and the Saints sat some starters. Before he got injured Bridgewater looked like he’d be the Minnesota Vikings franchise quarterback. Maybe there’s a team out there that still sees him as that.

Taylor started the first 3 games of last season for the Cleveland Browns. Of course when the team your with spends a #1 draft pick on a quarterback you know your time is short. Taylor threw for 473 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions bu t completed just 49.4% of his passes. Taylor is a threat as a runner as he averaged 7.8 yards per run last season and scored a touchdown.

It looks like there might be just one starting spot open after Foles fills that role with Jacksonville. The Miami Dolphins could be in the market for a starting quarterback. If you’re the Dolphins would you go with Bridgewater or Taylor?

There aren’t a lot of top pass rusher on the free agent market this season; so teams may have to decide between Trey Flowers and Ezekiel Ansah.

Flowers posted a career high 7 1/2 sacks last season in 15 games while Ansah played in just 7 games last season and recorded 4 sacks. Flowers is just 25 years old and may have his best football ahead of him. Ansah is 29 and did have 14 1/2 sacks in 2015.

If a team isn’t willing to pay Flowers or Ansah maybe they’d be willing to take a chance on Dante Fowler Jr. He’s just and was the #3 pick in the 2015 draft. Fowler Jr. hasn’t really lived up to his draft hype though; so a team would have to hope that he’d reach his potential with them.

Without that top pass rusher on the free agent market this off season we might see teams try to find one on the trade market. There have been some reports that the Kansas City Chiefs might be willing to trade either Dee Ford or Justin Houston.

If your team is looking for wide receivers there are a couple available in free agency. Tyrell Williams seems to be the one getting the most attention, but Devin Funchess and veteran Golden Tate are also free agents.

Williams caught 41 passes and scored 5 touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers last season. Williams did have a 1059 yards in 2016, but was never a #1 receiver for San Diego.

Funchess was in a bit of a crowded receiving corp with the Carolina Panthers. He caught 44 passes for 4  touchdowns after having a career year in 2017 where he had 63 receptions. 840 yards and 8 touchdowns. Could more targets equal more production?

Tate will be entering his 10th season in 2019, but he has four seasons where he’s caught 90 plus passes. Last season he played 7 games with the Detroit Lions and 8 games with the Philadelphia eagles. He caught 74 passes and scored 4 touchdowns combined last season. Tate might not be that #1 receiver that he use to be, but there’s a team out there that he’ll be able to help.

After Bell the running back market seems a little thin, but there are a couple of players that can help a team.

Mark Ingram was a solid contributor to the New Orleans Saints offense for 8 seasons. He had back to back 1000 yard seasons in 2016 and 2017, but last season he ran for 645 yards and 6 touchdowns. Ingram is 29 and could probably be able to carry a teams rushing workload for a couple of seasons if that’s what they need. A team that misses out on signing Bell could benefit from bringing Ingram in.

Tevin Coleman had always been looked at as a 3rd down change of pace back, but when Devonta Freeman went down with an injury last season Coleman was able to step in as the #1 running back for the Atlanta Falcons. Coleman had a career high 167 carries last season; he rushed for 800 yards and 4 touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Coleman has always been a threat in the passing game and last season he caught a career high 32 passes for 276 yards and 5 touchdowns. Could Coleman be more than a change of pace back if given the chance?

Well there’s a look at some of the free agents available right now. Who do you think will sign where?

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How was your week?

Posted: February 23, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

How different will the Pittsburgh Steelers look next season?

Now everyone knows that there’s turnover on an NFL roster between every season but when was the last time a team had to replace it’s top two offensive weapons? I’m trying to think when was the last time an NFL team lost two players as important to their offense as it looks like the Steelers will this off season. What will the Steelers do to replace these players?

As I’m sure you figured out, I was talking about Le’von Bell and Antonio Brown. It does appear as though the Steelers have the players they think can help fill the void when these two players leave but are they correct?

Of course the Steelers had to figure out how to replace Bell this past season as he sat out the entire season after being franchised tagged for the second season in a row.

James Connor stepped in for Bell at running back and I believe he ended up putting up better numbers than most people thought he would. Connor played in 13 games last season starting 12 of them. He carried the football 215 times for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns. Connor also caught 55 passes for 497 yards and 1 touchdown. Missing three plus games with injury prevented Connor from putting up a 1000 yard rushing season. So it looks like he’s a capable replacement in the running game for Bell but can he fill his shoes as a receiver?

The passing game is where Bell’s biggest contention in his pay seems to be. Bell is one of the few running backs in the NFL that a team doesn’t have to take off the field in obvious passing situations and in the NFL receivers are paid much better than running backs are. Bell wanted to be paid not only as a top tier running back but also as the top receiver that he is. In 2017 Bell caught a career high 85 passes for 655 yards and 2 touchdowns. In his 5 year career Bell has caught 312 passes and that’s including 2015 where he played just 6 games due to injury.

Bell was second on the team with those 85 receptions in 2017 behind only Antonio Brown but to be fair to Connor, he was 3rd on the Steelers in receptions last season behind Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Bell appears to be a special combination of a running back who has top flight receiving skills. Do you think that this will get high the contract he wants? Where do you think he’ll end up playing next season?

Of course the other offensive star who wants out of Pittsburgh is Brown, but will be able to force his way out vis trade? Brown has a large social media presence and has already said goodbye to the Steelers fans on that platform. He also had a meeting with Steelers owner Dan Rooney and it appears that both sides seem to think that trading Brown is the teams best options.

Brown will have some big receiving numbers to replace. He has caught at least 101 passes in a season since 2013. Over those six seasons he’s led the NFL in receptions twice and yards twice. Last season his 15 touchdown receptions led the league. Brown has seven 1000 yard season in his nine year career.

Brown’s numbers last season where very good again as he caught 104 passes for 1297 yards and those 15 touchdowns, but for the first time in six seasons Brown wasn’t the Steelers leaders in receptions or yards. JuJu Smith-Schuster led the team with 111 receptions and 1426 while adding 7 touchdowns.

After Brown and Smith-Schuster the next wide receiver; Ryan Switzer had 46 receptions. Of course tight ends Vance McDonald with 50 receptions and Jesse James with 30 receptions also help in the passing game.

It doesn’t appear that Switzer would be the guy to take over for Brown as a starting wide receiver though. There have been reports that if the Steelers don’t use a high draft pick on a receiver, that James Washington would be the guy they turn to take over as the starting wide receiver opposite Smith-Schuster.

The Steelers took Washington in the 2nd round, 60th overall of the 2018 draft. Washington played in 14 games starting 6 of them. He caught 16 passes for 217 yards and 1 touchdown.

Can Washington step up as a second year player and help shoulder the load that Brown carried in the Steelers offense? Or could he at least provide enough help so that Smith-Schuster can ascend to the top eschelon of NFL receivers.

What do you see the Steelers doing; will they go with Washington as their #2 receiver next season? Will they use a high draft pick on a wide receiver? Or is it possible that they’ll try to sign a free agent to help replace Brown?

One thing is for sure if the Steelers want to return to the playoffs next season which they missed out last season for the first time in five years. They’re going to need both Connor and Smith-Schuster to take that next step into NFL superstardom.

We didn’t even get into the Ben Rothlisberger discussion and I’m not talking about the stories that have come out in the media this week but the fact that Rothlisberger is in the final year of his contract and he’ll turn 37 years old in March.

Rothlisberger himself has mentioned retirement the last couple of off-seasons and you have to wonder if the offense struggles next season with new pieces being put in place for Bell and Brown if Rothlisberger might just walk away.

The Steelers do have three other quarterbacks under contract. Do you think that Mason Rudolph, Joshua Dobbs or Brogan Roback is the heir apparent to Rothlisberger?

Without Brown and Bell the Steelers will look different on offense next season. If Rothlisberger walks away after the 2020 season imagine how much change the offense will go through.

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How was your week

Posted: February 9, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well the NBA trade deadline came and went and Anthony Davis is still a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Now that Davis will be with the Pelicans for the rest of this season the question became if New Orleans would play him. Now the NBA does have a rule regarding “rest” of a player and they reminded New Orleans that a violation of that rule carries a $100,000 fine.

Davis player for the first time since January 18th and had played well as the Pelicans beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-117 on Friday night. Davis played 25 minutes in the game, but sat out the entire 4th quarter. In his return Davis ended up scoring 32 points. Davis shot 11 of 15 from the floor; missing the only 3-pointer he took. He was also 10 of 11 from the free throw line. Davis added 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocked shots to his stat line.

I’m sure with Davis on is way out the door at the end of the season that the Pelicans would prefer to land in the draft lottery and take their chances there, but sitting at 25-31 New Orleans is just 5 games out of the 8th and final Western Conference playoff spot. Now I don’t expect the Pelicans to make an actual effort to get into the playoff, but they do have a chance to get into them. my guess is if they start to trend upwards that Davis minutes will decline, but will have to wait and see how they play that and him.

So who was the biggest star traded at the deadline? I guess you’d have to pick between Tobias Harris or Marc Gasol unless you’re an Otto Porter Jr. guy.

Harris was the first one in that group dealt. Harris went to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott. In return the 76ers sent Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a lottery protected 2020 1st round draft pick, a 2021 1st and 2nd round pick and a 2023 2nd round pick.

The Washington Wizards where able to move Porter Jr. and his big contract to the Chicago Bulls for Bobby Portis, Jabri Parker and a 2023 2nd round pick.

The Memphis Grizzlies had talked about moving their top two players before the trade deadline expired, but in the end they only moved one of them. Memphis sent Gasol to the Toronto Raptors for Jonas Valanciunias, CJ Miles, Delon Wright and a 2024 2nd round pick.

While he was playing on Wednesday night Harrison Barnes was traded by the Dallas Mavericks to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.

Now depending on which report you want to believe either Barnes was notified by the Mavericks that this could happen and he wanted to pay or he was caught completely by surprise while have was playing. Now it’s not the first time a player has ever been traded during a game, but for some reason LeBron James decided to chime in about the situation on his Instagram page.

Here’s what James wrote: “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???”. He added: “Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea. I’m not knocking who traded him because it’s a business and you have to do what you feel what’s best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he’s a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it’s best for them! I’m ok with both honestly, truly am. Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!!”

Now it’s clear that James wasn’t defending Barnes in any way shape or form, but was trying to get his point across about Anthony Davis. Is there actually anyone out their that thought this post was about Barnes?

Since about the July 31st trading deadline last season there has been speculation that the Miami Marlins would be trading catcher J.T. Realmuto and while it took about 7 months it finally happened.

On Thursday the Philadelphia Phillies acquired Realmuto from the Marlins for catcher Jorge Alfaro and two pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and left hander Will Stewart. The Marlins also picked up an International signing slot worth $250,000.

Realmuto is coming off a season where he posted a career high in home runs with 21 and RBI’s with 74. With the move to a more hitter friendly Citizen’s Bank Park for 81 games this season he may post another career high in home runs this season.

Sanchez was the top pitching prospect in the Phillies organization, but has had injury issues. Sanchez pitched 46 2/3rd innings last season due to injury and has never thrown more than 95 innings in a season. He did go 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA in high Class A last season. Sanchez is just 20 years old and is headed into his fifth season; so the Marlins have time to develop him.

Stewart is 21 years old and doesn’t seem to be considered a prospect, but he went 8-1 with an ERA of 2.06 over 20 starts in Class A last season. Stewart threw 113 2/3rd innings last season and had 2 complete game shutouts. I’m not sure why Stewart isn’t considered a prospect, but if he keeps putting up numbers like he did last season he’ll find his way into the big leagues.

By dealing Realmuto the Marlins needed a catcher; so Alfaro was put into this deal. Alfaro played in 108 games last season. He hit .262 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI’s. The issue with Alfaro like a lot of players today is that he strikes out a lot. Last season he struck out 134 times in 344 at bats. Alfaro is looked at as a good defensive catcher and he threw out 26% of runners trying to steal last season.

Of course the first question that came up was; did the Marlins get enough for Realmuto. It seemed as though the Marlins where asking for a lot more than the other teams looking to deal for Realmuto than they ended up getting from the Phillies. I guess will have to wait and see how this deal turns out.

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How was your week

Posted: February 2, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, NFL picks, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Thursday it was announced that LeBron James would miss his 18th straight game with a groin injury, but after this announcement came out something changed and James ended up playing.

The Lakers went 6-11 with James on the shelf, but got off to a good start in his return as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 123-120 in overtime.

James played 40 minutes in his return and just missed a triple-double. James scored 24 points to go with 14 rebounds and 9 assists. Not surprisingly James led the Lakers in all three of those offensive categories.

James was 9 for 22 from the field and did struggle from behind the 3-point line where he was just 1 for 6. You have to think there was a little rust in James game since this was the first time he has been in a game since Christmas day.

The Lakers really needed James to return and to return at 100%. While James was out the Lakers fell into the 9th spot overall in the Western Conference; so they’d be out of the playoffs. Now even with the win on Thursday the Lakers are still in 9th place, but they’re just 1 game out of the 8th spot and just 2 1/2 games from being in the 6th spot. As long as James is and can stay healthy you have to figure the Lakers will be a playoff team, but I don’t think they would be without him.

James returns just in time for the Lakers marquee match up against the Golden State Warriors Saturday night. The game will be telecast in prime time on ABC with a scheduled tip off of 7:30 p.m. cst.

Golden State will be hosting the Lakers, but the Warriors did just have their 11 game winning streak snapped at home by the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night 113-104. Is it possible that the Warriors saw that James had returned and where looking ahead to their Saturday night match up? Of course Philadelphia isn’t the type of team anyone should be looking past and if that’s what the Warriors did it cost them their wining streak.

Both teams had Friday night off: so there should be no scheduling issues as they face off tonight. Can the return of James give the Lakers the momentum to beat the Warriors? Or does the Lakers winning streak with James quickly end at 1 game?

Even though we didn’t end up talking about it much this week on Sports Time Radio and to be honest I didn’t hear as much buzz about this game as I normally do the Super Bowl is going to be played on Sunday.

Just like we do for ever NFL game we have made picks and I even reached out to a couple of knowledgeable sports fans and got their picks as well. With the exception of Mr. Fantasy who’ll make his pick on the live edition of Sports Time Radio Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. cst. Anyway; here’s what we came up with.

Now for the Super Bowl we not only pick the winner of the game, but the score and who we think will win MVP.

Dan the Man likes New England 42-34 with Tom Brady winning the MVP.

Schaumburg Stu likes New England 27-14 with Rob Gronkowski winning MVP.

I am also going with New England 39-30 and I also have Gronkowski as my MVP.

Here are the picks from the two friends I reached out to.

Ken is on the New England bandwagon and has them winning 40-30 with Brady as MVP.

Right now Hank is the only one going with the Rams. He has it 34-30 with Todd Gurley winning the MVP.

That’s what we’re going with for tomorrow. Feel free to leave your pick in the comment section and let me know who you think will win with the final score and your MVP pick.

In non-Super Bowl football news I’m pretty sure we had a future Hall of Fame player retire on Friday as Julius Peppers called it a career at 39 years old after 17 NFL seasons.

Peppers spent 10 seasons with the Carolina Panthers four seasons with the Chicago Bears and three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Carolina made Peppers the 2nd pick in the 2002 draft and h played there the first 8 years of his career. The Bears lured Peppers away from the Panthers with a 6-year $91.5 million dollar deal when he was a free agent. After four season in Chicago the Bears cut Peppers and the Packers quickly signed him to a 3-year $30 million dollar deal. After his contract with the Packers expired he returned to Carolina for the final two years of his career.

Now I called Peppers a future Hall of Famer and it starts with the fact that he has 159 1/2 sacks in his career which is good for 4th all-time in NFL history. Peppers finished just 1/2 a sack behind Kevin Greene for 3rd. Peppers also has 11 career interceptions; four of which he returned for touchdowns. He also recovered 21 fumbles in his career and scored on two of those recoveries. Peppers played in 266 games and started 244 of them. He finishes with 724 combined tackles, 557 solo tackles, 167 assists on tackles and 175 tackles for loss. Peppers also recorded 186 quarterback hits which is a stat they just started keeping in 2006. You can add the 2002 AP Rookie of the Year award, 9 Pro Bowl selections and 3 All-Pro selections to Peppers resume.

Do you think Julius Peppers will be in the NFL Hall of Fame?

Who do you think will be the most sought after NFL free agent this coming off season? Do you think pass rushers Ezekiel Ansah or Demarcus Lawrence will be hot commodities? Or could a running back looking for a full-time work load like Latavius Murray or Mark Ingram be a guy teams target? Maybe you think that Golden Tate is the best wide receiver on the free agent market and he’ll be the player to cash in.

Of course their will be players added to this list as teams make adjustments to their rosters, but right no these payers look like they could be some of the top players on the upcoming free agent market.

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How was your week

Posted: January 26, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I seem to be at the point where I’m done and over winter. I can’t seem to shake this feeling no matter what I do. Now normally I turn to sports and that will help me shake this feeling, but for some reason that’s not working for me this year.

As you know we’re at the point where football season is more or less over and baseball season hasn’t started yet. That of course leaves me with basketball and hockey to watch and I’m not sure why, but that just hasn’t been enough for me.

I’m also started to wonder if it’s the struggle of the local NBA and NHL teams that is contributing to my issues.

In the NBA the Chicago Bulls are 11-38 and have lost 12 of their last 13 games. Last night the Bulls dropped a 106-101 contest to the Los Angeles Clippers. Maybe the Bulls will have a chance to pick up another win this Sunday as they’re playing the team with the worst record in the NBA the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland is currently an NBA worst 9-41.

Now over in the NHL the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t in a much better situation than the Bulls are in.

The Blackhawks are currently 18-24-9 for a total of 45 points. There are currently only three teams in the NHL with a lower point total than the Blackhawks. The Los Angeles Kings have 44 points while the New Jersey Devils and the Ottawa Senators it at 43 points. While the NHL is currently on their All-Star break at least the Blackhawks won 2 games in a row heading into the break.

Oh well; I guess I just have to look forward the Super Bowl and then pitchers and catchers reporting to shale these winter blues.

On Wednesday we where talking about some of the interesting free agents left on the market and we stopped when we got to the outfielders.

Now of course Bryce Harper hasn’t been signed, but another top outfielder did ink a deal. A.J. Pollock signed a four year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pollock’s deal is reported to be for $60 million dollars.

Even with Pollock off the board and not including Harper there are still some quality outfielders out there for teams to take a look at.

There are a couple of former Colorado Rockies teammates who could still fit in as corner outfielders for a team. Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra are still on the free agent market.

Gonzalez has had his share of injuries though his career, but the last four seasons he has played in at least 132 games. If Gonzalez found his way to an American League team the opportunity for him to be used as a DH at times could lower a teams concern of injury his risk.

Parra is a top outfielder defender and has won two Gold Gloves. Even while playing half of a season in Coors Field Parra has never been a big home run hitter. In his three seasons with the Rockies Parra reached double digit home runs just once. In today’s game where home runs are everything this could be held against Parra by teams looking to fill an outfield spot.

Going over the free agent outfielders list I think there’s only one player left that could be an everyday centerfielder for a team and that’s Adam Jones.

Jones has been with the Baltimore Orioles for the last 11 seasons. He’s picked up 4 Gold Gloves as a centerfielder and last season spent time at all three outfield positions. Jones power numbers did drop last season as he hit 15 home runs, but it’s possible that as one of the few threats in the Orioles line up that he was pitched around quite a bit.

Besides Gonzalez, Parra and Jones I’m not sure if there are any other outfielders that would be looked at as a significant contributor on a contender, but maybe some team will take a chance on them.

Melky Cabrera hit .280 with the Cleveland Indians and could be a solid 5th outfielder and bench player for a team. Cameron Maybin has always been looked at as a player with potential, but he’s 32 now and may never get that chance to play everyday. However he can play all three outfield spots and can still run. Could he be a solid bench player? Denard Span has been a solid player though his 11 year career, but he’s turning 35 soon and you have to wonder if a team will take a chance on him. Span could fill in at all three outfield spots and while speed isn’t as prevalent in his game he can still steal a base for you. Hunter Pence battled injuries last season and his numbers suffered for it. Pence has stated that he’d like to play in 2019, but as a soon to be 36 year old is their a team out there that might be willing to take a chance on him. I am curious to see if Jose Bautista will be on someone’s roster in 2019. Bautista sent time with the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies last season. Bautista also played five different positions last season. Overall he hit .203 with 13 home runs.

Do you see any of these outfielders finding jobs for the 2019 season?

I guess while we’re talking about baseball free agents I’d be interested to know when you think Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will sign. I was kind of under the impression that neither guy would sign a new deal until possibly late February and that’s not all that far away. Do you think we’ll see one or both of them sing sooner than that? Or are we still about a month away from either guy finding a new team?

I haven’t heard much new on the Harper front, but there are some reports that the San Diego Padres have shown interest in Machado. I guess will have to watch and see if that goes anywhere.

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We’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting and besides the top two free agents there are still quite a few players out their looking for work. Let’s see if we can find some of these guys some jobs.

There aren’t a lot of top flight catchers left on the free agent market, but there are a few that should still get some work. Devin Mesoraco has good power and could fit in with any teams platoon at catcher. Martin Maldonado has always been a very good defensive catcher and also handles a pitching staff well. Caleb Joseph is another solid defender behind the plate, but Maldonado may be a little better hitter. Matt Wieters was looked at as one of the top catchers in the game until the injury bug hit him. If he’s healthy you have to wonder if he could get back to that top form.

It may be difficult for a team to sign one of these catchers if they think that they’re in the mix to acquire J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins; so we’ll have to keep an eye out and see if and where these catchers sign at.

1st base is another position where there aren’t any really big names left on the free agent market, but there are some quality veterans who could fill a platoon role at 1st base or possible DH.

Logan Morrison is coming back from injury, but if healthy could add power to a line up. You could add Lucas Dida and Mark Reynolds into that mix to as they both are solid power hitters, but probably aren’t everyday players at this point. Hanley Ramirez is still hanging around since no one picked him up after the Boston Red Sox released him last season.

At 2nd base it looks like Josh Harrison is the biggest name left on the free agent board. There was some talk early in the off season that the New York Mets where interested in Harrison, but that never ended up happening and there really haven’t been any other teams attached to Harrison.

Besides Harrison here are a couple of veterans still out on the free agent market. Neil Walker had a bit of a down year with the New York Yankees last season, but has had a solid career. Logan Forsythe is another veteran still available.

Besides Manny Machado the best shortstop on the free agent market is probably Freddy Galvis. Galvis is just 29; so he still has some quality seasons left in him. Jose Iglesias is also 29 and is a top defender who has hit better as his career went on. Iglesias has battled some injuries the last couple of seasons, but you’d think he’s healthy now. There are some proven guys like Alcides Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria out there. Neither is a big time threat at the plate, but both play excellent defense at shortstop.

Mike Moustakas is clearly the best 3rd baseman left in free agency, but you have to wonder if he’s hurt his chances by saying he was waiting for Machado to sign before he does. The Texas Rangers had a need at 3rd base with the retirement of Adrian Beltre, but it looks like Asdrubal Cabrera will fill that role. The Rangers signed Cabrera yesterday. Remember Moustakas ended up going back to the Kansas City Royals on a low money deal when he couldn’t get a bigger offer anywhere else last off season. Could he be putting himself in that spot again waiting for Machado to sign.

A couple of other options at 3rd base could be Matt Davidson or Chase Headley. Davidson is just 28 and is a legitimate power hitter. There actually has been some talk of teams looking at Davidson as a possible pitcher as well as a 3rd baseman. Maybe someone will sign him as a duel threat. Headley is 35 and may be at the end of his career, but could give a team that veteran off the bench they could use to spell their everyday 3rd baseman.

There are also a couple of utility guys still on the free agent market with the biggest name being Marwin Gonzalez. You do have to wonder if teams are waiting on these utility guys, but Gonzalez was thought to be a notch above the other utility players available, but he’s still unsigned. Sean Rodriguez is also available to fill that utility role for a team. Derek Dietrich cold also be an option as a utility player, but I’m not sure if he could handle playing shortstop regularly. All three of these guys could easily fit into any corner outfield spot as well; so they’re not just limited to being used in the infield.

Now there are quite a few outfielders that we can go through; so I think I’m going to save them for the Saturday blog and we’ll take a look at them then.

As for our football picks. I managed to be the only one to get both games right as I had the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots to meet in the Super Bowl and they will after winning their Conference Championship games. Dan the Man, Schaumburg Stu and believe it or not Mr. Fantasy went 1-1 with their picks. That win by Mr. Fantasy stopped his eight game playoff losing streak.

Overall our playoff picks heading into the Super Bowl look like this. Dan the Man is 8-2, Schaumburg Stu and I are 6-4 while Mr. Fantasy is 1-9.

Now for our Super Bowl picks we not only pick who we thin will win the game, but also what the final score will be and who will win the MVP. I encourage everyone to not just pick the quarterback of the winning team as their MVP, but that is an obvious choice.

Feel free to make some picks with us. Just leave what you think is going to happen in the comment section.

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How was your week

Posted: January 19, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, NFL picks, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the existing roster they had and the additions they’ve ae this off season are the New York Yankees not only the favorite to win the American League East, but also the favorite to win the World Series?

The Yankees everyday line up didn’t need too many adjustments, The two biggest question where who’d be the everyday 1st baseman and how would the fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius. Gregorius is scheduled to return from Tommy John surgery by late July or possibly early August.

Right now it appears that Luke Voit will be given a chance t be the Yankees everyday 1st baseman. Voit has never had the chance to play on a full time basis at the major league level, but he played well for the Yankees after they acquired him from the St. Louis Cardinals on July 29th last season. Voit played in 39 games for the Yankees last season. He hit .333 with 14 home runs and 33 RBI’s. With those numbers it looks like Voit will go into the season as the Yankees 1st baseman.

At first it looked like the Yankees where going to go with oft injured Troy Tulowitzki at shortstop. I didn’t understand why everyone was so excited about Tulowitzki being the everyday shortstop, but I didn’t think that was the route the Yankees where going; so it was no surprise to me when the Yankees added free agent 2nd baseman DJ LeMahieu. Oddly there are people out there that think LeMahieu will become a utility infielder with the Yankees, but I believe that he’ll be the everyday 2nd baseman and Gleyber Torres will move over to shortstop.

LeMahieu is coming off a down year where he hit .276 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI’s in 128 games. While the 15 home runs was a career high for LeMahieu the 128 games is the lowest number of games he’s played since his first season with the Colorado Rockies in 2012. LeMahieu has won three Gold Gloves and was the National League batting champion in 2016 with a .348 average.

Now their will be people out thee who say that LeMahieu’s numbers where inflated by playing 81 games a year in Coors Field, but what about Tulowitzki. Since Tulowitzki was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays he’s hit .250. Don’t forget that Tulowitzki didn’t played a game last season and in 2017 he played in just 66 games. While Tulowitzki has an impressive resume; two Gold Gloves, two Silver Sluggers and four All-Star appearances. His Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers where won in 2010 and 11 and he hasn’t made an All-Star team since 2015. At one point Tulowtzki was one of the top players in baseball, but right now the Yankees would be better of with LeMahieu playing everyday and Tulowitzki being the utility player.

Could their be some at bats for Tulowitzki as a 1st baseman?

As for Torres; he played 21 games at shortstop as a rookie last season, but through his minor league career he played 321 games at shortstop through 5 minor league seasons. Torres will have to prove that he can played quality defense at shortstop I the big leagues. Last season he committed 5 errors in his 21 games at the position. With some regular playing time at the position he should settle in.

While the Yankees didn’t have too may questions in their everyday line up they had some decisions to make in their starting rotation and bullpen.

The Yankees address the starting rotation by making a trade with the Seattle Mariners for James Paxson. Then the Yankees resigned J.A. Happ who they acquired from the Blue Jays last July. Then to round out the rotation the Yankees brought back veteran C.C. Sabathia for one more season.

Paxson has had some health issues through his career, but last season he made a career high 28 starts. Paxson also pitched a career high 160 1/3rd innings last season. Happ made 11 starts for the Yankees after the acquired him. He went 7-0 with an ERA of 2.69. Sabathia also had a solid 2018 season. He was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts.

Adding Paxson, Happ and Sabathia to Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino should give the Yankees one of the better rotation in baseball.

In the bullpen the Yankees appeared to be in a good position with Aroldis Chapman closing and Dellin Betances as the main set up guy, but they added a couple of quality pitchers to the mix.

The Yankees acquired Zach Britton from the Baltimore Orioles in July of last season and while Britton hasn’t quite found the form he had in 2016 when he was the best closer in baseball he did post a 2.88 ERA with 3 saves in 25 games for the Yankees last season. The Yankees resigned Britton where he’ll be the main left handed set up man for Chapman and if he’s need can close games as well.

Just bringing Britton back gives the Yankees a big three in the bullpen that most teams covet, but they went a step further and added another big arm to that bullpen.

Earlier this week the Yankees added free agent right hander Adam Ottavino to their bullpen. Ottavino was one of the top free agent relievers on the free agent market and now he’s part of the Yankees bullpen. Ottavino appeared in 75 games for the Colorado Rockies last season. He was 6-4 with a 2.43 ERA, but the stat that stands out for Ottavino is his strikeouts per 9 innings ratio which was 13 last season.

It looks like Chad Green who was 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 63 games last season and the hard throwing Tommy Kahnle who was 2-0 with a rough 6.56 ERA in 24 games last season will also be part of the Yankees bullpen.

There is one more bullpen spot to fill and barring a trade it look like Sonny Gray will be the final piece in the Yankees bullpen. If Gray is traded and there are three or four teams interested in him the final spot in the Yankees Bullpen could go to Jonathan Holder. Holder pitched in 60 games last season; he went 1-3 with an ERA of 3.14.

Do you think that these moves make the Yankees the team to beat coming into the 2019 season?

The NFL Conference Championships are tomorrow and I didn’t want to forget to give you are picks. As always I don’t have Mr. Fantasy’s picks as he likes to wait until the last minute to make them.

The NFC kicks off first with the Los Angeles Rams at the New Orleans Saints. Dan the Man and I are taking the Rams while Schaumburg Stu is going with the Saints. In the AFC the New England Patriots are at the Kansas City Chiefs. In this one Schaumburg Stu and I are taking the Patriots while Dan the Man is going with the Chiefs. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.

Now the Sports Time Radio podcast is going to be off the next two Sunday’s as Mr. Fantasy is in Disney World, but we’re still on Monday through Friday live on BlogTalkRadio.com. The podcast can also be heard on TuneIn.com.

 

 

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: January 16, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Lebron James has now missed 11 games with a groin injury. It looks like he’ll be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers line up very soon, but is it too late?

The Lakers are 4-7 without James and they’ve lost some games to some teams that they where expected to beat even with James out injured.

The Lakers beat a bad Chicago Bulls team 107-100 last night, but their schedule is going to get much more difficult. The Lakers have road games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets before heading home for three games against the Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. While the Suns are at the Bottom of the Western Conference the Thunder, Rockets and Warriors are three of the top four teams in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves have a winning record since trading Jimmy Butler, but I’m not sold on them just yet.

If James has to sit out these five games; how many will the Lakers win? You’d have to think that they’d beat the 11-34 Suns without James, but would they win any of the other four games?

To wrap up January, the Lakers host the Philadelphia 76ers before being the road team against the Los Angeles Clippers. I’m not sure that counts as a road game, but it’s the Lakers turn to be the visitors in that series.

The Lakers are currently 24-21 and are tied with the Utah Jazz for the 8th and what would be the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. If they struggled through this next stretch of games or if James has to sit out there’s a chance that the Lakers could actually miss the playoffs this season.

The Western Conference is tough. While the Lakers and the Jazz are tied for that 8th spot the Sacramento Kings are just 1/2 game behind them. After the Kings the Timberwolves and the New Orleans Pelicans are 2 1/2games out of the 8th spot. The Dallas Mavericks roll in just 3 games out of the 8th spot and the Memphis Grizzlies are hanging around 4 games out of that final playoff spot. A losing streak of any length could easily drop one of these teams out of the playoff race.

How do you feel about the Lakers? Do you think they’ll end up hanging onto a playoff spot? Do you see them being on the outside looking in on the playoff this season?

 

Now I can’t be the only one who thought that the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs was hard to watch. Three of the four games where blowouts and it was difficult to stay interested in them. I was kind of surprised that those three games where so easily won.

The Indianapolis Colts where one of the hotter teams coming into the playoffs, but the Kansas City Chiefs made them look like they didn’t even belong in the playoffs. I know there are people out there who thought the Dallas Cowboys played a close game with the Los Angeles Rams and while the score might suggest that the outcome of the game was never in doubt. I understand that their where a lot of people hoping it might be the year for Phillip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers, but that ended quickly as the New England Patriots easily eliminated them from the playoffs.

To be fair I did have the Chiefs and the Patriots winning their games, but I thought that the Cowboys would be able to upset the Rams. When the Rams last faced a top defense in Week 14 they where manhandled by the Chicago Bears. Now the Cowboys have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but you wouldn’t have known that by the way they played. Both Todd Gurley (115) and C.J. Anderson (123) where the first set of teammates to rush for over 110 yards in a playoffs game which helped lead the Rams to a victory. It was a complete surprise to me that the Rams where able to just run the football pretty much at will against the Cowboys defense. You can tell me it was just an 8 point game, but honestly did you think the Cowboys had a chance to win that game?

Now it’s time to move on to the Conference finals and we have a set of rematch games.

In Week 9 the New Orleans Saints beat the Rams 45-35. This game just like the Conference final game will be in the Superdome. Now the Saints did lose two home games this season. Week 1 they got beat by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-40 and then they dropped their Week 17 home game 33-14 against the Carolina Panthers, Now remember in that Wee17 game, the Saints sat most of their starters. Can the Rams go into New Orleans and get a win? Or will we get a repeat of Week 9?

Back in Week 6 of the NFL regular season the Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40, but that game was played in Gillette Stadium while the Conference final the game will be played in Arrowhead Stadium as the Chiefs are the home team. It appears as though it’s going to be quite cold for this game and you have to wonder if this will affect either team. Do you think that the Patriots will be able to go on the road and repeat their Week 6 victory? Or do think the Chiefs get some revenge with a win at home?

As for our Divisional round picks. Schaumburg Stu went a perfect 4-0. Dan the Man and I both went 3-1 and believe it or not Mr. Fantasy picked every game wrong as he had another 0-4 week. Through the two playoff rounds Dan the Man is in the lead at 7-1. Schaumburg Stu and I are both sitting at 5-3. Now as hard as it might be to believe Mr. Fantasy is actually 0-8 through two weeks of playoff picks.

After making eight straight incorrect picks Mr. Fantasy went on vacation; so we won’t be broadcasting this Sunday. As for our Conference finals picks; I will post the ones I have in the Saturday blog. If you’d like to pick along with us feel free to leave your picks in the comment section.

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How was your week

Posted: January 12, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, NFL picks, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Believe it or not we did make picks for the Divisional round NFL playoffs game and here’s what we’re going with.

The AFC starts off today’s playoff action as the Kansas City Chiefs are hosting the Indianapolis Colts. As I’m sure you’ve guessed I don’t have Mr. Fantasy’s game picks as he likes to wait until the last minute to make his, but Dan the Man, Schaumburg Stu and I have all taken the Chiefs to win this game.

The NFC gets to play in primetime again this weekend as the Dallas Cowboys are visiting the Los Angeles Rams in today’s late game. We do have a difference of opinion in this game as Dan the Man and Schaumburg Stu are taking the Rams to win wile I like the Cowboys to get the win here.

Now as for the Sunday games if you want to know who we’re picking tune in to Sports Time Radio tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. to find out. Mr. Fantasy and I will be broadcasting for to hours and we’ll not only let you know who we’re picking to win the Sunday games, but will break down the Saturday games as well as putting together a fantasy line up for the Sunday games as well.

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I’m sure that Dan the Man is happy about this. Adrian Gonzalez is getting ready to put on a showcase for major league teams as he’s like to continue his baseball career. Gonzalez is 36 years old, but has been reported to be in “excellent shape” coming into his showcase. It hasn’t been reported how many teams might attend his showcase, but you have to think there’s a team out there looking to add a left handed bat to their bench.

For 13 seasons Gonzalez was one of the most consistent hitter in baseball, but after he was limited for just 71 games in 2017 he hasn’t been the same hitter.

Gonzalez hit .242 in his final season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. That off season the Dodgers traded him to the Atlanta Braves who released him. The New York Mets decided to bring Gonzalez as it appeared worth the risk as the Braves and the Dodgers where picking up his salary and the Mets where able to sign him for the league minimum.

Gonzalez struggled with the Mets though and after hitting .237 in 54 games with 6 home runs and 26 RBI’s he was released in released in June.

Even with two down years Gonzalez is still a career .287 hitter with 317 career home runs. In his career Gonzalez has won 4 Gold Gloves been to 5 All Star games and has won 2 Silver Slugger Awards. He has also finished in the Top 20 of he MVP voting 8 times with his best finish being in 2010 when he finished 4th as a member of the San Diego Padres.

Do you think that there’s a team out their who’ll sign Gonzalez after his showcase? If you do please let me know in the comments where you think he’ll end up signing.

So is Sonny Gray still going to be with the New York Yankees when the 2019 season opens? Or will they finally find a trade partner and deal him?

After Gray had some struggles last season Yankees General manager Brian Cashman came out and said that he wouldn’t be with the Yankees when the 2019 season came around.

Now the Yankees have added James Paxton to the rotation in a trade with the Seattle Mariners. They also resigned left handers C.C. Sabathia and J.A. Happ. Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino should round out the Yankees starting rotation, but yet Gray is still in Yankee pin strips.

Now in today’s game you almost need 6 or in some cases 7 starting pitchers and you wonder if that’s why the Yankees haven’t moved Gray yet.

Paxton is coming off of a career high 28 starts and 160 1/3rd innings last season. He has had his injury issues throughout his career; so it wouldn’t hurt to have an extra starter hanging around. Sabathia was just cleared to return to baseball activities and he is also 37 years old. Another reason to have another starter handy. Tanaka also seems to miss a start or two as the season moves along; so it would be nice to have a starter with a quality resume to fill in then.

Maybe injury concern is the reason that the Yankees still have Gray on their roster or it could be something as simple as they just haven’t found a deal that they like. Reports are that the Cincinnati reds and the Milwaukee Brewers are the top two teams interested in acquiring Gray; so there’s still a chance that he’ll be pitching somewhere else besides New York when the 2019 season starts.

While we’re talking about the Yankees it’s good to see that the people running the team are much, much smarter than the people reporting on the team.

I didn’t understand all of the excitement when the Yankees sign Troy Tulowitzki, but most if not everyone had him penciled in as the Yankees starting shortstop. Remember Tulowitzki didn’t play a game last season and played in just 66 games in 2017. Tulowitzki has also seen his batting average drop in his final two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2016 Tulowitzki hit .254, but everyone will over look that since he hit 24 home runs, but in 2017 Tulowitzki hit .239, but with just 7 home runs.

After looking at Tulowitzki’s declining numbers and his injury history I couldn’t figure out why everyone thought that he’d be the full time replacement for the Yankees at shortstop until Didi Gregorius came back from injury. Gregorius probably won’t be back until at least July or possibly August. Gregorius is coming back from Tommy John surgery and you have to wonder if it will take him a little time after coming back to be able to make the throw from shortstop to 1st base.

It seems like the Yankees may have agreed with me as hey signed DJ LeMahieu yesterday to a two year $24 million dollar deal. It appears as though LeMahieu will be the Yankees starting 2nd baseman and Gleybar Torres will move over to shortstop; a position he played coming up though the minor leagues.

So now you’re asking; where does that leave Tulowitzki? How about a move to 1st base. It appears that the Yankees are ready to move on from former top prospect Greg Bird; since he can’t stay healthy and while Luke Voit did a nice job for them last season he a bit of a mystery. At 34 years old and with hi injury history a move to 1st base might be just what Tulowitzki needs. He could also spell the other infielder if and when they need days off.

What do you have the Yankees infield looking like when the 2019 season opens?