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How was your week

Posted: December 9, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Even before the Major League Baseball off season started talk had already started about two names Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani and Miami Marlins outfielder and National League M.V.P. Giancarlo Stanton. On Friday we found out who one of these two would be playing for in 2018 and there was talk at first that both would have new teams by the weekend, but the other move didn’t go anywhere close to what people thought.

Of course the signing we know about is that Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels beat out the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs for Ohtani’s services. Ohtani had shortened his list to those 7 teams and held meetings with all of them over a 48 hour period before deciding on the Angels.

Ohtani’s agent Nez Balelo of CAA Baseball issued a statement on his clients and thanking the 7 teams that where involved in the meetings. Balelo described that the reason Ohtani signed with the Angels is that he felt a “bond” with them. Ohtani definitely didn’t take the most money that he could’ve as the Angels have about $1 million dollars less to offer him than the Rangers or the Mariners could’ve in a signing bonus.

The Angels will be responsible for the $20 million dollar posting fee that goes to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, but because Ohtani is 23 years old his contract is much easier for the Angels to deal with.

Because of his age Ohtani is considered an amateur under Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. That means that his contract with the Angels will be a minor league deal. That contract comes with a minimum salary of $545,000 as a major leaguer. Then like all other players Ohtani will be eligible for arbitration after three years of Major League service and will qualify as a free agent after six years of service in the Majors.

The next question is how will the Angels handle Ohtani. It appears as though he’ll go right to the top of their starting rotation and that’s not a surprise at all, but what about finding at bats for him. The Angels have a solid outfield with Justin Upton in leftfield, Mike Trout in centerfield and Kole Calhoun in rightfield; so at bats might be tough to come by there. Now of course since he’s in the American League there is the designated hitter spot except the Angels have a future Hall of Fame player in that role by the name of Albert Pujols. Now there are reports that Pujols is trying to lose weight this off season so he’ll be able to play more at 1st base, but we won’t have the answer to that until spring training. Now there is also a chance that Ohtani won’t be able to hit major league pitching as well as he hit Japanese pitching. There are quite a few scouts out there who don’t think that his bat will be as effective, but again will have to wait until spring training to find that out. Now while scouts have question his hitting they do all agree that the Angels just added a front line starting pitcher.

Now the case for Stanton isn’t as clear. It looked and it was even reported that the Marlins and the Giants where close on a deal that would send Stanton to San Francisco for a package of prospects and that the deal could possibly be done by the weekend. Stanton put an end to all of those rumors when he informed the Giants that he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause for them. Stanton also let the St, Louis Cardinals know that he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause for them either.

While the Giants where the front runners to land Stanton the Cardinals where in talks with the Marlins as well. So now that Stanton has ended any talk of him heading to St. Louis or San Francisco; where might he be willing to go? There where reports that Stanton has giving the Marlins four teams that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for. Those teams are the current World Series winners the Houston Astros. The 2017 World Series winners the Chicago Cubs. Stanton would also accept a deal to the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Interestingly three of those teams the Astros, Yankees and Dodgers all have very well stocked farm systems and could give the Marlins what they would be looking for to get a rebuild started.

As I’m sure everyone knows the Marlins where purchased by a new ownership group led by Derek Jeter, who spend his entire career with the Yankees. Jeter has already made one deal with the Yankees this off season. Miami sent right handed pitcher Michael King and some international pool money to the Yankees for left handed pitcher Caleb Smith and 1st baseman Garrett Cooper. That deal was made when the Yankees thought they where in the running to sign Ohtani.

There are reports that the Yankees and the Marlins are having “serious” talks on a perspective Stanton deal. The Dodgers are also involved in trying to work out a Stanton trade, but those reports also indicate that the Yankees talks are farther along than the Dodgers talks.

As I’m sure you could guess both teams have an issue with assuming the $295 million dollar commitment left on Stanton’s contract. Both the Yankees and the Dodgers have player under large contracts that they could put into a Stanton deal, but it doesn’t appear that the Marlins would be interested in those type of players.

As of now there have been no reports of the Astros or the Cubs being involved in any talks to acquire Stanton, but with the winter meetings getting ready to start that could change rather quickly.

Where is your landing spot for Stanton? Should Miami send him to the American League so they won’t have to face him? Or does it matter to them and they’re just looking to move that contract and get their rebuild started?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: December 6, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The last team any team wants to deal with is an injury to one of their top players, but the Golden State Warriors are going to have to find a way to fill the void created by the injury to Stephen Curry. Curry will miss at least two weeks with a sprained ankle. An MRI was done on the ankle and there was no structural damage. After the two week time frame Curry’s ankle will be re-evaluated. There where also X-rays taken after the game which where negative, but Curry left the arena in a walking boot and using crutches.

The injury occurred in the final minute of Golden State’s 125-115 road win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. As Curry was going for a steal on Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore he stepped on Moore’s foot and turned the ankle.

Golden State is currently 19-6 and just a 1/2 a game behind the Houston Rockets for the best record in the Western Conference.

Golden State didn’t announce who would step into the starting line up in place of Curry, but you’d have to expect that Shaun Livingston would be that guy. Livingston has played in 22 of the Warriors 25 games this season and has made one start. He’s averaging 4.7 points and 2 assists per game while playing just over 15 minutes per game. There should also be an increase in playing time for guards Nick Young and Patrick McCaw. Young and McCaw have been playing about 13 minutes a game this season.

Filling Curry’s minutes won’t be the problem for Golden State. What’s going to be a bigger issue for them is making up the 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.74 steals per game that Curry has given them this season.

If Curry is out just the two weeks that have been mentioned he’ll miss games against the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. He would return on December 20th at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.

That of course would be the best case scenario for Curry’s return, but there’s no rush at all for Golden State to bring them back. It’s still very early in the season and the worst thing that could happen is they don’t get the #1 playoff seed in the Western Conference. Of course the Warriors don’t need home court advantage through the playoffs to reach the NBA Finals or win the NBA title.

The NFL handed out three one game suspensions after Week 13.

The first suspension was given to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for his late hit on Tre’Davious White in New England’s game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. White was laying face down on the ground after making an interception when Gronkowski jumped on him driving his elbow and forearm into White’s head and neck area.

Gronkowski was penalized on the play but not ejected from the game. While White was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

The other two suspensions came after the Pittsburgh Steelers/Cincinnati Bengals Monday night game.

Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster was given a one game suspension for his block on Vontaze Burfict. It was ruled that Burfict was in a defenseless posture was laid out by Smith-Schuster and had to be carted off the field. Smith-Schuster stood over Burfict as he lay motionless on the field.

The other suspension from the Monday night game was given to Bengals safety George Iloka. Iloka received his suspension for his hit on Steelers wide receiver Antoine Brown on Brown’s game tying touchdown reception. It was ruled that Brown was in a defenseless position when Iloka hit him. Even after the big hit by Iloka, Brown some how held onto the football.

Both Gronkowski and Smith-Schuster have had there hearings and their suspensions where upheld. Iloka did have his hearing on Tuesday evening and the verdict from that hearing isn’t expected to be announced until some time today.

As we’re waiting for the baseball winter meetings to get started and some of the bigger names to sign as free agents or get moved in a trade there have been some minor moves by teams.

A signing that a lot of people thought could be big had the St. Louis Cardinals signing Miles Mikolas to a two year $15.5 million dollar deal. Mikolas has pitched 37 games in the major leagues; starting 10 of them, but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014. For the last three seasons Mikolas has been pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. Mikolas made 62 starts going 31-13 over 424 2/3rd innings with an E.R.A. of 2.19. His numbers playing in Japan where much better than the numbers he posted in his first major league stint. Mikolas was 4-6 with an E.R.A. of 5.32 over 91 1/3rd innings in those three major league seasons.

Mikolas is being added into the starting rotation mix for the Cardinals, but we’ll have to see if the improvement he made playing in Japan will carry over to St. Louis next season.

The Texas Rangers also came to an agreement with a pitcher. The Rangers signed pitcher Mike Minor to a contract, but he has to be able to pass a physical before the deal becomes official. There where no contract terms announced between the Rangers and Minor, but reports are his contract will be 4 year and $28 million dollars of he passes that physical.

Minor missed both the 2015 and 2016 seasons because of arm and shoulder injuries, He returned last season with the Kansas City Royals and had success out of their bullpen. Minor pitched in 65 games for Kansas City last season. Minor was 6-6 with an E.R.A. of 2.55 while picking up 6 saves.

Before last season Minor was a starter. In 5 seasons with the Atlanta Braves Minor made 110 starts. He was 38-36 as a starter with an E.R.A. of 4.10. He made 30 or more starts twice for the Braves and had one complete game in those 110 starts.

Interestingly the Rangers would like to use Minor as a starter again, but as part of a six man rotation. While no team has officially went to a six man rotation for an entire season it appears as though this is the way baseball is headed.

Would you like to see teams go to a six man starting rotation?

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How was your week

Posted: December 2, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Dallas Cowboys kicked off Week 13 in the NFL by getting their record back to .500 at 6-6 with a 38-14 defeated of their NFC East rivals the Washington Redskins.

With Cowboys finally got their running game going in the absence of Ezekiel Elliott. As a team Dallas ran the football 42 times for 182 yards and 2 touchdowns. Alfred Morris led the way as he carried the football 27 times for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. Dak Prescott ran 5 times for 28 yards and Rod Smith carried the football 10 times for 27 yards and a touchdown. It was the first time since Week 8 that Dallas had a running back rush for 100 yards in a game. Oddly back in Week 8 the Cowboys opponent was the Redskins.

With the running game going Prescott only threw for 102 yards in the game. He was 11 for 22, but did throw for 2 touchdowns.

The Dallas defense also had a good night. The Cowboys held the Redskins to just 56 yards rushing. Kirk Cousins did throw for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns, but was sacked 4 times and threw 2 interceptions. The Dallas defense also forced 3 fumbles, recovering 2 of them.

Anthony Hitchens made 12 tackles for the Cowboys while DeMarcus Lawrence added 2 sacks. Taco Charlton and David Irving had the other sacks. Anthony Brown and Jeff Heath where the Cowboys defenders with interceptions.

The Cowboys also had a special teams touchdown as Ryan Switzer returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.

The game was pretty much a playoff elimination game. Neither team was going to be able to win their division with the way the Philadelphia Eagles have been playing; so they needed to get into the playoffs as a wild card team. The win puts the Cowboys 1 1/2 out of a wild card spot, but they’ll have to find a way to jump four teams to get a playoff spot. The Redskins fell to 5-7 with the loss and while they’re still mathematically alive in the playoff race it’s going to be tough for them to make it. Washington is currently 2 1/2 games out of a wild card spot, but will have to find a way to get past seven teams to claim a wild card spot.

To keep their playoff hopes alive the Cowboys will have to win their final four games of the season. That won’t be an easy task for the Cowboys and to make it just a little tougher three of their four final games are on the road. Next week they’ll face the New York giants on the road. In Week 15 they’ll travel to Oakland to face the Raiders. On Christmas Even they’ll not only get Elliott back from suspension, but they’ll also host the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys wrap their season up on the road against the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles. If Dallas can hang around in the playoff race that final game may work to their advantage as the Eagles might not be playing for anything in the final week of the season.

The Redskins would also have to win out to have any shot at making the playoffs and that might not even be enough. In Week 14 the Redskins are on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. They’ll host the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 followed by a home game against the Denver Broncos in Week 16 before wrapping the season up on the road against the New York Giants.

It’s going to be a difficult road for either the Cowboys or the Redskins to get into the playoffs. How do you see the playoff future shaking out for this season for these two teams?

There where six candidates for the New York Yankees managerial position. Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Aaron Boone, Chris Woodward and Carlos Beltran.

As of yesterday reports where that the list was down to two, Meulens and Boone. Then last night it was being reported that Aaron Boone will be named the new manager of the Yankees. Now of this is official as we’re waiting for the Yankees to make an announcement.

While Boone has no managerial experience he does come from a baseball family. His grandfather Ray played 13 seasons in the major leagues for 6 different teams. His father Bob was a catcher for three different teams covering 19 major league seasons. Bob was a 4 time All-Star and a 7 time Gold Glove winner who won a World Series championship with the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies. Aaron’s older brother Brett spent 14 seasons in the big leagues playing with 5 different teams. Brett was a 3 time All-Star, a 4 time Gold Glove winner, a 2 time Silver Slugger award winner and led the American League in RBI’s with 141 in 2001. Boone also has a younger brother named Matt who spent 7 seasons in the minor leagues playing in the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers farm systems.

If you’re a baseball fan I’m sure you’ve seen the highlight that made Boston Red Sox fans hate Boone. In the 2003 American League Championship Series Boone hit a Game 7 walk off home run in the 11th inning off of Tim Wakefield to give the Yankees a 6-5 win over the Red Sox.

Boone actually only has 54 career games with the Yankees. He was acquired at the trade deadline of the 2003 season from the Cincinnati Reds for pitchers Charlie Manning, Brandon Clausen and cash. I January of 2004 Boone torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing in a pick up basketball game. Playing in that game was a violation of his Yankees contract and they ended up releasing him in February of 2004.

While Boone may not have any managerial experience he has stayed close to the game of baseball. Boone has been working for ESPN as a baseball analyst since 2010 and has been a color commentator for game starting with the 2014 and 2015 World Series games and then taking that job full time for the 2016 season.

The Yankees have a storied history as a baseball franchise and being named their manager is held in high esteem. How do you think Boone will do as the Yankees manager?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 29, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The New York Giants where 11-5 last season and got into the playoffs as a wild card team. This season through 12 weeks the Giants are 2-9 and won’t be getting into the playoffs. Since the Giants season is more or less over they have decided that they are going to use the final 5 games of the season to evaluate their back up quarterbacks Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb. This move means that Eli Manning’s steak of starting being the Giants starting quarterback will be coming to an end at 210. The Giants did offer Manning the opportunity to start this Sunday to keep the streak alive, but he turned the start down.

Manning hasn’t had a terrible season as he’s completing 62.5% of his passes and he’s thrown 14 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. Don’t forget that Manning doesn’t have his best receiver as Odell Beckham Jr. played in just 4 games this season due to injury. The Giants also signed Brandon Marshall to help out their passing game this past off season, but Marshall played in just 5 games due to injury. Sterling Shepard who’s now the Giants top wide receiver also missed time and has played in just 7 games this season. Rookie tight end Evan Engram is the Giants leader in receptions with 44 and receiving touchdowns with 5.

The Giants don’t have much of a running game to speak of either. They had hoped that Paul Perkins would step up and become that #1 running back, but that didn’t happen. Perkins was the starter for 4 games, but is averaging just 1.9 yards per carry this season. Wayne Gallman has been solid as a guy who can spell the starter, but it’s not clear of he can be the guy that can carry the load at running back. Orleans Darkwa has taken over as the starting running back and is the teams leading rusher with 519 yards. Darkwa has out up one 100 yard game this season. He is averaging a very good 4.6 yards per carry and is getting about 14 carries a game since becoming the starter.

Now Manning is going to get the majority of the blame for the teams struggles, but that’s how it is when you’re the quarterback. They get too much credit when a win is winning and too much blame when a team is losing. You just have to hope that before people start pointing the finger at Manning they look at the whole picture of the season.

Now the question becomes, what do the Giants do with Manning going forward. He’s signed through 2019 and it would be a big salary cap hit if the Giants just cut him. Could they trade him? Don’t forget that Manning’s former head coach Tom Coughlin is now in the front off with the Jacksonville Jaquars and while the Jaquars are doing well this season it’s clear that they’d like to move on from quarterback Blake Bortles. Remember Jacksonville took the starting job away from Bortles before the last pre-season game only to go right back to him in Week 1 when they realized that Chad Henne wasn’t the answer either. Now Jacksonville isn’t the only team that could use Manning.

He could be s fit for the other New York team the Jets. Josh McCown is having a good season for the Jets, but is only signed through this season.

Could he follow is his brother Peyton’s footsteps and finish his career with the Denver Broncos? Denver is 3-8 this season and has used three different quarterbacks.

Now you never know what the Cleveland Browns might do, but you’d have to think that Manning would be a big upgrade over whatever they’re thinking about doing at the quarterback position. It would also give DeShone Kizer a veteran to learn from for a couple of seasons.

Maybe there’s a chance that Manning could stay in the NFC East with say the Washington Redskins. The Redskins current quarterback Kurt Cousins is playing under the franchise tag for the second season in a row and the two sides don’t seem to be close to a contract agreement.

Now the San Francisco 49ers appear to have acquired a possible franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garapalo, but he’s in the last year of his contract and if the 49ers can’t re-sign him they’d need someone at quarterback. On a side note Garapalo will make his for start for San Francisco this Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

A dark horse team that could be interested in Manning might be the Arizona Cardinals. There have been rumors that 2017 could be Carson Palmer’s last season and they don’t have a young quarterback that they’re developing. A veteran like Manning could come in and fill the quarterback spot while the Cardinals look for that next guy.

It’s rare in the NFL that a quarterback of Manning’s caliber could be available. He is a two time Super Bowl winner and he was named M.V.P. in both of those Super Bowl wins. As the season winds down will have to see if the Giants find what they’re looking for in Geno Smith or Davis Webb or if maybe they’ll be looking to go back to Manning for the 2018 season.

There was a first in LeBron James’ career last night. For the first time in his 15 year career that covered 1082 games James was ejected with just about 2 minutes left to play in the 3rd quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Miami Heat.

James made a steal, but missed the lay up and like every NBA player thought he had been fouled. James argued with referee Kane Fitzgerald who accessed James a technical and ejected him.

Fitzgerald even explained his actions to reporters after the game. “It was a culmination of a couple different acts,” Fitzgerald said. “Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw an air punch directly at me, and then he aggressively charged at me, and then he used vulgarity in my ear a few times.”

James played 28 minutes before being ejected. He scored 21 points grabbed 12 rebounds while handing out 6 assists and getting 5 steals. Even with James missing the final quarter of the game the Cavaliers picked up an 11 point win over the Heat 108-97.

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How was your week

Posted: November 25, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It was reported yesterday that Derrick Rose had left the Cleveland Cavaliers and is going to contemplating his future not only with the team, but as a basketball player. As of right now it’s unclear when or if Rose will rejoin the Cavaliers.

Rose was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. Rose is a Chicago native and it seemed like a perfect fit for him and his career started off well. Rose won the Rookie of the Year award in 2008-09 and played in all 81 games that season. Rose played 78 games in his second season, his scoring averaged improved by 4 points per game and made his first All-Star team. 2010-11 was Rose’s breakout season. His scoring average jumped to 25 points per game and he was handing out 7.7 assists per game while playing in and starting all 81 games for the Bulls. Rose had such a good season he was name NBA M.V.P. for the 2010-11 season. After that season injuries really seem to get the best of Rose. He played 39 games in the 2011-12 season due to injuries and then had to sit out the entire 2012-13 season because he was hurt. Rose returned to the Bulls for the 2013-14 season, but played just 10 games and didn’t look like the same player that won an M.V.P. award. Hoping for a bounce back 2014-15 season Rose again lost games to injury as he played in 51 games that season. Rose was able to play in more games 66 in the 2015-16 season, but put up just 16.4 points per game in what turned out to be his last season with the Bulls.

In June of 2016 the Bulls traded what at one time was their home town hero Rose to the New York Knicks along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd round pick for Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez. To complete the deal the Knicks selected Damyean Dotson with the draft pick they received.

Rose started off playing well for the Knicks, but again an injury limited him to 64 games in what turned out to be his one season with the Knicks. Rose’s scoring average did increase with the Knicks to 18 points a game which was his highest since the 2011-12 season when he first got hurt.

Rose went into free agency for the first time in his career after the 2017-18 season. At first his name came up quite a bit and was linked to multiple teams, but that slowly faded. At one point it was starting to look like Rose wouldn’t be able to find a team for this season, but then the Cavaliers came along.

Cleveland appeared like it would be a good fit for Rose. If you remember last season LeBron James did quite a bit of complaining during the 2017-18 season that the Cavaliers needed at point guard and in signing Rose it looked like the Cavaliers had address that roster need.

While the Cavaliers got off to a slow start this season they’ve won their last 7 games in a row including a 100-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. Cleveland is currently 12-7 early in this NBA season, but Rose has only played in 7 of those games for the Cavaliers.

Rose was playing just under 27 minutes a game for the Cavaliers and was averaging 14.3 points per game. For a point guard Rose was just handing out 1.7 assists per game, but that’s no surprise since James dominants the basketball.

Now the question is, will we see Rose play another game in the NBA? If Rose has played his last game or if he comes back to finish out the season with the Cavaliers it looks like we’re looking at a once promising career that was derailed by injuries.

Now yesterday on the podcast Schaumburg Stu filled in for Dan the Man who was out doing “Black” Friday shopping. Stu and I discussed the Chicago Bulls match up with the Golden State Warriors and Stu had them being beaten easily, but I’m not even sure if he thought they’d be beaten as badly as they where last night.

The Bulls actually had a lead after one quarter 32-29, but it was all Golden State after that. In the final three quarters the Warriors out scored the Bulls by 52 points 115 to 63 as they handed the Bulls their 3rd worst loss in team history 143-94.

Stephen Curry was the games high scorer with 33 points. Curry put up those points in just 27 minutes of game action as he was allowed to take some time off because of the blow out. Klay Thompson added 29 points for Golden State. Thompson also played limited minutes as he scored his points in 26 minutes of game action. No Golden State starter played more than 27 minutes and Kevin Durant didn’t even play because of his injured ankle. Of course against the terrible 3-14 Bulls it’s a good time to get your players some rest.

It was definitely a contrast of teams going in different direction. The Warriors a going to be a contender for the NBA title again while the Bulls are trying to play their way into the draft lottery and are hoping to land the #1 pick.

This seems to be the way that the NBA goes. Either you’re a team or you think you’re a team that can compete for the NBA title or you’re looking to rebuild with young players. I guess the question is how do you decide what type of team you are. Remember the Bulls where a playoff team last season and at first looked like they where going to upset the top seeded Boston Celtics last year. After the season the Bulls decided to send their best player Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves as well a buying out veteran Dwayne Wade and there you have it you’re a lottery team. How long will a Bull rebuild take? Remember the Philadelphia 76ers started their rebuild in 2013-14 and are just now starting to show signs of improvement.

With Thanksgiving having just came off the calendar we might see a little more talk about which MLB players might end up where. Most players like to know where they’re going to be playing the following season by the New Year. It makes sense as a lot of them have families to move and children to get situated. It should start to get active and it’s always fun to talk about who might go where and how it affects that team. Of course some of this movement might slow down as the Miami Marlins are still trying to trade Giancarlo Stanton.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 22, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I always try to work in how we did on our picks for the past week in the NFL. Now there are times I just forget or sometimes run out of space to work it in. Now last week was one of these weeks and wouldn’t you know it I got a telephone call from Mr. Fantasy to yell at me about the win/loss totals not being in the blog. So to avoid getting scream at on the telephone again I decided that I’d start the blog out with them.

Our Week 11 picks went like this Dan the Man and Mr. Fantasy both went 10-4. Schaumburg Stu and I ended up at 8-6. For the season Dan the Man is in the lead at 106-54. Mr. Fantasy is holding down the second spot three games out of the lead at 103-57. Schaumburg Stu and I are stuck at the bottom of the pile as we are both 96-64 on the season.

Since it is Thanksgiving tomorrow instead of one Thursday game we get three. Things start off with the Detroit Lions hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The middle game of the three has the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL day wraps up with the Washington Redskins playing host to the New York Giants.

I’m pretty sure that the scheduling for all four of the big sports is done by computer, but you have to wonder what the NBA was thinking when they saw that there was just one game scheduled for last night and it was the Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now years ago this wouldn’t been a marquee match up and heck even last season the Bulls had Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade on their roster. This season there are very few recognizable names on either teams roster with the exception of Lonzo Ball.

Neither team was playing very well coming into the game as the Lakers where 7-10 while the Bulls have one of the worst records in the league at 3-11. The Lakers where a .500 team at home this season at 5-5 while the Bulls some how managed a road win and where 1-7 away from Chicago.

The game as a whole ended up being decent. the Bulls built a 14 point lead going into halftime at 56-42. The second half belonged to the Lakers as they scored 61 points while holding the Bulls to just 38 points as Los Angeles took a 103-94 victory.

Kyle Kuzma of the Lakers was the games high scorer with 22 points. His teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21 points. Lonzo Ball had another rough shooting night going 3 for 13 from the field in the game. Ball was also just 2 of 8 from behind the 3-point line. Ball did grab a team high 13 rebounds. Julius Randle came off the Lakers bench to post a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

All five Bulls starters scored in double figures led by Denzell Valentine with 17 points. Bulls 1st round pick Lauri Markkanen (13 points and 14 rebounds) and Justin Holiday (10 points and 10 rebounds) each posted double-doubles in the game. Antonio Blakeney came off the Bulls bench to score 15 points.

The win improved the Lakers record to 8-10. This was also the first of back to back games for Los Angeles as they go on the road to face the 4-13 Sacramento Kings tonight. The loss dropped the Bulls to 3-12 on the season. This was also the first of back to back games for the Bulls. Chicago travels to Utah tonight to face the 7-11 Jazz.

If you have Denver Nuggets forward Paul Milsap on your fantasy team it looks like you’re going to be without him for about three months. Milsap had surgery on his left wrist to repair torn ligaments.

Milsap was injured in the 2nd quarter of Denver’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The Nuggets ended up losing that game without Milsap 127-109.

Milsap has played in 16 games this season. He is averaging 15.3 points per game. To go along with 6.2 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game.

Luckily for the Nuggets they have quite a few players who can take over for Milsap while he’s out. Look for Kenneth Faried, Trey Lyles, Tyler Lydon and even Darrell Arthur to fill Milsap’s minutes. Faried appears to be the player who will take over Milsap’s plac in the starting line up; so if you’re looking for a fantasy pick up Faried may be the guy to go with.

As we wait for the baseball off season to pick up some stream you have to wonder if things will be a little slow until there is some type of movement in where National League M.V.P. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins might go.

Right now it appears as the two most talked about teams with interest in Stanton are the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Talks with the Giants have actually gotten to the point where there are now players names associated with the deal. San Francisco would not only acquire Stanton, but Marlins 2nd baseman Dee Gordon as well. In return the Marlins would receive a package of players led by Giants 2nd baseman Joe Panik and multiple prospects. Gordon is another of Miami’s veteran players that new ownership and CEO Derek Jeter has expressed interested in trading.

It’s always interesting when names start to come up in trade talks, but before everybody starts putting Stanton in a Giants uniform, don’t forget that he has a full no trade clause and can veto any trade.

Stanton was born in Panorama City California and according to reports grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. Would he accept a trade to the Dodgers biggest rival?

The third team that has popped up lately in Stanton rumors are the Boston Red Sox. Now you knew sooner or later we’d start to hear about the bigger name teams wanting to get in on a Stanton deal and it’s no surprise that the Red Sox are the first name up. The Red Sox where last in the American League in home runs last season with 168 while Stanton himself hit 59 home runs.

We’re just at the start of these Stanton rumors and these are just the first three teams to come up. It appears as though Stanton will be traded at some point in time. Where do you have him playing baseball in 2018?

 

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced their awards this week with the final award being handed out was the M.V.P. Since the awards are now formatted for television they narrow the race down to three finalist before they announce the winner. In the National League it was Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto. In the American League the finalist where Jose Altuve, Aaron Judge and Jose Ramirez. This year there was going to be a first time winner in both leagues no matter which player won.

In the National League Stanton was named M.V.P. over Votto by just two points with Goldschmidt finishing a distant 3rd. Stanton ended up with 302 points. He got 10 1st place votes, 10 2nd place votes, 5 3rd place votes, 3 4th place votes, 1 5th place vote and 1 6th place vote. Votto ended up with 300 points as he also got 10 1st place votes. Votto also received 9 2nd place votes, 4 3rd place votes, 5 4th places votes and 2 5th place votes.

Believe it or not this wasn’t the closest M.V.P. voting ever. In 1944 St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion beat Chicago Cubs outfielder Bill Nicholson 190-189. Then in 1947 Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees edged out Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox 202-201. Then in 1979 there was actually a tie for the National League M.V.P. award. Keith Hernandez who was with the Cardinals and Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates each ended up with 216 points.

I’m always interested to see what other players picked up some votes as writers put 10 names on their ballot. Goldschmidt received 4 1st place votes, Charlie Blackmon picked up 3 1st place votes his teammate Nolan Arenado got 2 1st place votes and last years winner Kris Bryant received 1 1st place vote.

Now in the American League Altuve was the run away winner as he received 27 1st place votes and totaled 405 points. Judge got 2 1st place votes and racked up 279 points while Ramirez received the other 1st place vote and totaled 237 points. Interestingly even though he only played in 114 games last season Mike Trout ended up with 197 points and finished 4th in the voting.

This really should’ve been Altuve’s 2nd M.V.P. as he easily was the top player in the American League, but the voters love for Trout took the award away from him. You have to wonder if Trout had played an entire season if they would’ve given him the award again.

Altuve is the 11th second baseman to win the M.V.P. and the first since Dustin Pedroia won it in 2008. Altuve is listed as being 5’6 and this ties him  with Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto, the 1950 winner and Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz, the 1952 winner as the shortest MVPs in history.

I think that the voters got this right, but what do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Danica Patrick is 35 years old and has made the decision that her full time racing career is over.

NASCAR’s final race of the season is at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday and Patrick used one of their media rooms on Friday afternoon to let everyone know that she was retiring. During her press conference Patrick announced that she’s going to run two races next season. She’ll run in the Daytona 500 to kick off the NASCAR season in 2018 and then she’ll race in the Indianapolis 500 in May 2018 as her final race.

Patrick did have one season left on her contract with Stewart/Haas racing, but they decided to part company when they couldn’t find a sponsor for Patrick for the 2018 season. Aric Almirola will replace her at Stewart/Haas next season.

There where some questions if Patrick would look for another ride for 2018 and then if she wanted to continue to drive would she be able to find a new team. In the end there just wasn’t a seat out there for her.

Patrick finished a disappointing 27th in points this season. Her best finish in the NASCAR series was 24th in points. In 189 NASCAR races Patrick finished in the Top 10 seven times, but she also never found her way to victory lane as a NASCAR driver. Patrick did win in an Indy car back in 2008 at a race in Japan. She also finished third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

Even though Patrick didn’t have great success as a driver she was always one of the most popular. For quite a while her primary sponsor was GoDaddy. They built and entire advertising campaign around her including Super Bowl ads which where humorous and racy by nature.

In the comments, please let me know how you think Patrick will be remembered as a driver.

With Patrick’s announcement as well as the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr plus the fact that Matt Kenseth hasn’t found a ride for 2018 it’s almost difficult to remember that the Monster Energy Series will crown a champion Sunday.

The final four drivers looking for a title are Martin Truex Jr. who’s starting 2nd on Sunday. Kyle Busch who starts right behind Truex in 3rd. Brad Keslowski starts the race in the 5th position and the final championship driver Kevin Harvick starts 9th.

Earnhardt Jr. starts 25th with Patrick right behind him starting 26th while Kenseth is starting 4th for the Ford Eco-Boost 400 on Sunday.

Do you think with a title on the line and three big name drivers leaving the sports that the ratings will go up for the final race of the 2017 season?

I’m sure just about every sports fan heard about the three UCLA basketball players that where arrested in China for shoplifting. As we know the players have returned to the United States and the school announced that the players where suspended indefinitely.

Now I’ve heard lots of sportswriters and others on television talk about how long these suspensions should be. I’ve heard everything from the entire season to just a couple of games. I’ve been trying to come up with a number of games myself and I just can’t seem to come to a conclusion. I’d be very interested to know what you think. Would you like to see them get a long suspension, a short suspension or are you somewhere in the middle? Again please leave your thoughts in the comments for me.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 15, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Monday night the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from 23 points down and picked up a 104-101 win over the New York Knicks. While making  comeback from down 23 is impressive that’s not really the story of this game.

Now this all starts off with a tweet LeBron James sent out about how the Knicks should’ve drafted Dennis Smith Jr. with the 8th pick. Now according to everyone this was suppose to be a shot at Phil Jackson not Frank Ntilikina who the Knicks took with that 8th pick. You have to guess that the shot at Jackson comes from last season when Jackson used the word “posse” and James felt that the word was being used as a racial slur. Like everyone else I’ve seen James do interviews on television hundreds of times and he seems like a relatively intelligent person. Being that he’d have to know that Jackson no longer works for the Knicks and that his tweet would be interpreted as a shot at Ntilikina.

Now you knew sooner or later these two would meet up on the court. After James dunked he refused to move out of the way to allow Ntilikina to take the basketball out of bounds to inbound it. Ntilikina pushed James multiple times to get him out of the way. Now James is 6’8 and about 260 pounds while Ntilikina is listed at 6’5 and 190 pounds; so it was easy for James to play the bully against a much smaller opponent. As it became clear that James was trying to intimidate Ntilikina his teammate Enes Kanter came over and got in James face. Now Kanter is 6’11 and 250 pounds; so he’s a little more of an even match up for James. Kanter and James where both accessed technical fouls as their face to face confrontation ended.

What I found odd about this situation is there where people in the media who praised James for what he did. Now if you’re a Cavaliers fan or a media member who covers them for a local Cleveland paper I understand that they’re going to side with James no matter what he does. What baffled me was the national media that seemed to think what James did was okay. So what I’m guessing here is we’re against bullying unless it’s done by one of the top players in the NBA. What made less sense was if James’ original tweet was intended as a shot at Phil Jackson why didn’t he allow Ntilikina to take the ball out of bounds? It was an embarrassing action by one of the best players in the NBA and instead of trying to be a funny guy and respond to the comments Kanter made after the game he should’ve of been more concerned about the example he just set on the court.

Instead of talking about NBA players acting like morons let’s talk about what should be the top story in the league, the Boston Celtics.

Kyrie Irving returned last night for the Celtics wearing a mask to cover his facial fracture and led Boston in scoring with 25 points as the Celtics won their 13th game in a row 109-102 over the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving only missed one game officially, but he played just two minutes in the game where he suffered the facial fracture; so let’s call it two games. He messed around with the mask frequently, but it didn’t appear to affect his play too much.

Irving actually posted his career high at that time on December 15th of 2012 with 41 points against the New York Knicks. Irving was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers the last time he had to wear a mask.

The Celtics lost their first two games to start this season before going on this 13 game winning streak. It’s actually the most wins in a row by a team that lost it’s first two games of the season. I wonder who keeps track of those stats. The Celtics will put their winning streak on the line Thursday night as they host the 11-3 Golden State Warriors.

As we head into Week 11 of the NFL season it’s time for some teams to start looking ahead to the 2018 season. The question for those teams is, will they have a new coach next season? Which coaches could be out of work at the end of this season?

Could we see big changes in the AFC North? Would the Baltimore Ravens more on from John Harbaugh if they finished under .500? You have to think that it’s time for the Cincinnati Bengals to make a change at head coach. Marvin Lewis has been with the Bengals since 2003 and has a career record of 121-111-3, but is 0-7 in the playoffs. The Bengals sit at 3-6 currently and they would probably need to win the remainder of their games to make the playoffs. Oddly the Cleveland Browns are 0-9 this season, but Hue Jackson seems to be the coach they want and it would almost be a surprise to see him let go, but you never know when you have a losing team. Even though he’s had to coach without his starting quarterback you have to think that this might be Chuck Pagano’s final season with the Indianapolis Colts. Pagano is in his 6th season as Indianapolis’s head coach, but the team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2014 and with a 3-6 record it doesn’t look like they’ll make it this season. With the New York Giants sitting at 1-8 you have to figure this will be the end for Ben McAdoo. McAdoo led the Giants to an 11-5 record and a wild card spot last season, but this seasons team looks nothing like that team and you have to wonder if he’ll be given another season to see if he can get the team back on track. Will the Chicago Bears decide to move on from John Fox after this season? Fox is in his 4th season with the Bears, but hasn’t had much success in Chicago. The Bears are currently 3-5 this season and under Fox are 12-27. It appears that the Bears feel they have their franchise quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky, but is Fox the coach that they want to try and develop him. Chicago is Fox’s 3rd stop as a head coach and it also just happens to be the only team he’s had a losing record with. 2017 is Fox’s 16th season, but has he done enough with the Bears to warrant coaching a 17th for the Bears.

Feel free to let me know in the comments if there’s a coach that I didn’t mention that you think might be losing his job at the end of this NFL season.

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How was your week

Posted: November 11, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We are very early in the NBA season, but the Boston Celtics deserve credit for the start they’ve gotten off to. The Celtics lost their first two games of the season and in the first game of the season they lost their big off season free agent signing Gordon Heyward for the season. After a horrible injury like that a team can struggle and take time to figure out who’s going to fill the role of the injury player. Now the Celtics did lose that first game Heyward was out, but after that they’ve run off 11 straight wins n a row with a 90-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets last night.

Now not only did the Celtics land the big off season free agent they also pulled off a big time trade and acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving has shown himself to be a more all around player with the Celtics, but last night the Celtics had to find a way to win without Irving. 2 minutes into last nights game Irving caught an elbow to the face from his own teammate. Aron Baynes ended up hitting Irving in the face while he was trying to help out on defense. The shot to the face bloody Irving’s nose and he ended up leaving the game with a possible concussion. Luckily for Irving and the Celtics further tests ruled out a concussion and Irving should ne available for Boston’s next game Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors.

With Irving basically being out for the entire game rookie Jayson Tatum and Shane Larkin (off the bench) tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points each. Terry Rozier added 15 points coming off the Celtics bench, but had a tough shooting night going just 3 for 12 from the field. Jaylon Brown grabbed a game high 13 rebounds while adding 10 points. Marcus Morris also scored in double digits for the Celtics with 14 points.

Now besides just finding a way to replace Irving’s scoring the Celtics had to cover the other things he’s been doing to help them win. Marcus Smart didn’t have a very good night shooting the basketball as he went 3 for 16 from the field and 0 for 7 from behind the 3-point line, he did play 34 minutes and led the team in assists with 4 and steals with 2.

The Celtics defense was solid as Charlotte shot 38.8% from the field and 27.3% from behind the 3-point line. The Hornets where also their own worst enemy as the went 19 of 33 from the free throw line.

Who knows how long the Celtics winning streak will go. Sunday’s match up is against a winning team as the Raptors are 7-4 on the season and if they get by Toronto they’ll face the 5-7 Brooklyn Nets on November 14th in Brooklyn. If the streak stays in tact they’d put it on the line again November 16th as they host the 9-3 Golden State Warriors.

Now we all know that sooner or later the winning streak will end, but the Celtics should receive some credit for being able to put it together following the loss of Heyward and then covering for Irving’s injury last night.

Big time Japanese baseball star Shohei Otani made it official as he announced that he wants to make the move and play Major League Baseball next season. Otani plays for the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese league. The team came out on Friday and announced that they would allow Otani to use the posting system this off season. This should allow Otani to join a major league team next season.

Otani has played nine seasons with Nippon Ham. This has allowed them to retain his rights and why he must use the posting system to leave.

If MLB, the MLB Players Association and Nippon Professional Baseball agree to a deal that would extend the expired posting agreement through this offseason, the team that Otani signs with would pay the Fighters $20 million. Under MLB’s labor contract, his signing bonus is restricted and remaining pool money is limited to a high of $3,535,000.

Under baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, Otani can only agree to a minor league contract that is subject to signing bonus pools. If added to a big league roster, he would have a salary for about the minimum $545,000 next season and not be eligible for salary arbitration until 2020 at the earliest.

If he was to wait until he is 25 to enter MLB, there would be no restrictions and he likely would get a deal. Otani is 23 years old, but has repeatedly said that he’d prefer not to wait until he’s 25 and would like to go now.

Otani did have ankle surgery last month and is currently rehabbing from that surgery. Apparently the ankle injury occurred while running the bases not this season, but last season in the Japan Series.

Now Otani was a pitcher and an outfield for Nippon Ham and has said that he hopes to be able to continue to do both for whichever team he ends up playing for in next season.

It’s unclear right now if a major league team would allow him to do both or try to do both. You’d have to think that if he ends up in the American League his chances might be better as he could be used as a designated hitter when not pitching. Would you like to see him try to pitch and play the outfield at the big league level?

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 22-16 this week on Thursday Night Football. The win improved the Seahawks record to 6-3 this season, but they’ll have to play the rest of the season without cornerback Richard Sherman.

Sherman exited the game in the 3rd quarter and was diagnosed with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Sherman said that he expects to undergo surgery on the Achilles as soon as the swelling goes down.

Sherman has been a constant in the Seahawks defensive backfield as he hasn’t missed a game since joining the team in 2011.

Now it’s impossible to replace a player of Sherman’s caliber, but the job looks like it’ going to fall to Jeremy Lane. If that name sounds familiar it’s because two weeks ago Seattle traded Lane to the Houston Texans, but Lane failed his physical and the deal had to be reworked. In the end that failed physical may be a blessing in disguise for the as Lane has experience playing the outside where Sherman plays. It also saves the Seahawks from having to put nickel cornerback Justin Coleman in an unfamiliar position.

Lane was the starting cornerback opposite Sherman to begin the season for the Seahawks, but rookie Shaquill Griffin moved into that spot. That was part of the reason the Seahawks thought it would be safe to deal Lane.

It will fall to Lane, Griffin and Coleman to man the cornerback position for Seattle the rest of the season.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 8, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Phoenix Suns finally found n acceptable deal for disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe. The Suns sent Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for Center Greg Monroe, a 2018 1st round draft pick and a 2018 2nd round draft pick. Both picks are protected.

Bledsoe played 3 games for the Suns this seasons before he sent out that infamous tweet about not wanting to be with the Suns anymore.

Bledsoe is joining a 4-6 Milwaukee team that has dropped 4 straight games. The Bucks have a true superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo who’s averaging 31.9 points per game. Antetokounmpo has been doing a lot of the ball handing for Milwaukee, but with the acquisition of Bledsoe he’ll be able to help handle the basketball as well.

Milwaukee lost last night 124-119 to the Cleveland Cavaliers without Bledsoe. Bledsoe should make his Milwaukee debut on Friday on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.

While the Suns did get Monroe back in the deal it doesn’t appear that he’ll play for them. At first there was talk of buying out the remainder of his contract, but now it appears as though the Suns want to see if there’s any type of trade market for him. Monroe has an expiring contract which should be attractive to some teams. It’s not clear what the Suns would want in return for Monroe, but at 27 he’s doesn’t appear to be part of their rebuilding process.

The Detroit Pistons took Monroe with the 7th pick of the 2010 draft. Monroe spent 5 seasons with the Pistons before signing with the Bucks as a free agent before the 2015-16 season. Monroe averages 14 points a game in his career and shoots 51.1% from the field. His playing time had been cut to under 16 minutes a game this season.

Even though these two teams seem to be going in different directions they both currently have 4 wins on the season. Milwaukee was supposed to be a threat to the Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference while the Suns are looking to play their way into the draft lottery. You’d think that this trade will help both teams reach their goals.

Now it’s way. way too early in the season for anyone to be concerned, but when LeBron James is on your team and you get off to a 5-6 start to the season the experts are going to talk about it. The Cavaliers have lost 5 of their last 7 games, but did get a win last night over the Bucks 124-119.

James is averaging 28.9 points per game, but is playing 37.8 minutes a game. James is also the team’s leader in assists with 9.1 per game, steals at 1.45 per game, blocks at 1.18 per game and is the teams second leading rebounder with 7.3 a game. James has played in all 11 of the Cavaliers games this season, but you know down the road he’s going to need time off. James can clearly carry a team, but to have to do that for 82 regular season games and then into the playoffs isn’t going to be good for the Cavaliers.

Kevin Love (17.6), Derrick Rose (14.3) and Kyle Korver (10.5) are averaging in double figures for the Cavaliers. Love is also the Cavaliers leader in rebounds per game with 10.8. There’s plenty of help for James on this team; so getting him the rest he needs and being ready for the playoffs down the road shouldn’t be to big of an issue. Even if the Cavaliers aren’t the top seed in the Eastern Conference when the playoffs start they should still be considered as one of the favorites to go to the NBA finals again.

Nine players where given qualifying offers from their teams and if they choose to take them they would play for $17.4 million dollars next season.

The Kansas City Royals gave qualifying to 1st baseman Eric Hosmer, 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain. The Chicago Cubs gave qualifying offers to pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis. The Tampa Bay Rays gave a qualifying offer to pitcher Alex Cobb. The Colorado Rockies extended a qualifying offer to closer Greg Holand. The St. Louis Cardinals gave a qualifying offer to pitcher Lance Lynn and the Cleveland Indians gave a qualifying offer to 1st baseman Carlos Santana.

Now you wouldn’t expect any of these players to accept the qualifying offer, but by giving them the offer the team will get compensation if their player signs with another team. A club signing one of the players who didn’t accept would lose a draft selection, but no longer a first-round pick and possibly part of its international bonus pool allocation for 2018-19. Right now there are 166 free agent on the market who can start negotiating with teams starting Monday evening.

Major League Baseball started handing out awards starting with the Gold Glove.

In the American League Marcus Stroman (Pitcher) of the Toronto Blue Jays, Martin Maldonado (Catcher) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim along with Brian Dozier (2nd base) and his teammate Byron Buxton (Centerfield) all won their 1st Gold Glove. Mookie Betts (Rightifeld) of the Boston Red Sox won his 2nd Gold Glove. Evan Longoria (3rd base) of the Tampa Bay Rays and Andrelton Simmons (Shortstop) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won their 3rd Gold Gloves. Eric Hosmer (1st base) of the Kansas City Royals won his 4th Gold Glove while his teammate Alex Gordon (Leftfield) won his 5th Gold Glove.

In the National League Tucker Barnhart (Catcher) of the Cincinnati Reds and Marcell Ozuna (Leftfield) of the Miami Marlins each won their 1st Gold Glove. D.J. LeMahieu (2nd base) of the Colorado Rockies and Ender Inciarte (Centerfield) of the Atlanta Braves won their 2nd Gold Gloves. Paul Goldschmidt (1st base) of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Brandon Crawford (Shortstop) of the San Francisco Giants each won their 3rd Gold Gloves. Zach Greinke (Pitcher) of the Arizona Diamondbacks won his 4th Gold Glove while Jason Heyward (Rightfield) of the Chicago Cubs and Nolan Arrenado (3rd base) of the Colorado Rockies each won their 5th Gold Gloves.

Do you think they got these awards right? Is there someone else you think should’ve won a Gold Glove? Feel free to leave your comments.

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