For those who missed it, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas were voted into the Hall of Fame this past Wednesday. All three were more than deserving of the honor, and one would think they would have their time in the spotlight. Unfortunately, a loud-mouthed reporter with his own agenda, Dan Le Batard, took that away from them. In November 2013, Deadspin announced that they had “bought” a Hall of Fame vote and would allow their readers to vote on the names on the ballot. This past Wednesday, Dan Le Batard was announced to be the journalist who “sold” his vote. First things first, it is important to note that Le Batard did not actually sell his vote, he merely gave it away. This fact changes the story from something borderline illegal to an ill-timed publicity stunt. For those who have not seen the Deadspin article, you can find it here.
Why Le Batard was Right
While I cannot condone the manner in which it was done, Le Batard is correct in that the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) and its Hall of Fame voting process is an extremely sketchy process. Continue reading The Baseball Hall of Fame Vote: Why Dan Le Batard was Right and Wrong »
Tags: Baseball Hall of Fame, BBWAA, Dan Le Batard, ESPN, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine
The Miami Dolphins just went changed their colors from orange and teal to perhaps the only certifiably uglier color combination of black and white. In lieu of guard Richie Incognito’s voicemail left for Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins have suspended Incognito indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team; just days after Martin left the team for undisclosed reasons and the team placed him on the non-football-related illness list.
This incident has, of course, already begun to spawn the thinkpieces and hand-wringing we expect from the media. This incident will inevitably be placed into a larger context and will be used as a reason to examine everything from the mentality of football players and the culture of a locker room to race relations in America. Continue reading The Hidden Damages of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin »
Tags: Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Opinion, Richie Incognito
The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to claim the franchise’s eighth World Series crown. But out of all eight of those World Series titles, this one was different.
This one stands out.
As the Red Sox players hoisted the trophy at Fenway, they finished their ascent from the dregs of Major League Baseball to the very top.
After giving its fans a mere 69 wins to celebrate in 2012, the Sox won a total of 108 game in 2013 and now stand alone as the kings of baseball who delivered a title to a town that needed it the most. Continue reading Red Sox Defeat Cardinals 6-1, Earn Third World Series Crown in 10 Seasons »
Tags: David Ortiz, John Lackey, Koji Uehara, Michael Wacha, Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino
Patriots WR Donald Jones is retiring due to the advancement of his kidney disease. Jones, only 25, has been fighting the disease his entire life and this time he took to Twitter to let the world know he was hanging up his cleats. The Patriots signed the free-agent WR this offseason to a 3-year-deal worth $3.71 million and no guaranteed money. Shortly after, on July 19th Jones was released.
Jones had previously played for the Buffalo Bills from 2010-2012. In his three seasons with Buffalo, Jones finished with a total of 82 catches for 887 yds and 6 touchdowns. Rotoworld.com reports that Jones worked out for both the Titans and Colts on before calling it quits. Continue reading Former Patriots WR Donald Jones Retires Due to Kidney Disease »
Tags: Donald Jones, Kidney disease, Patriots, released
July 22, 2013 at 8:41pm in
The Biogenesis steroids scandal is sure to bring several long suspensions for very well-known athletes
According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, here is known list of clients from Major League Baseball:
- Ryan Braun, Brewers
- Everth Cabrera, Padres
- Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays
- Francisco Cervelli, Yankees
- Bartolo Colon, Athletics
- Nelson Cruz, Rangers
- Fautino de los Santos, Free Agent as of June
- Gio Gonzalez, Nationals <– Sources told ESPN that supplements Gonzalez received were legal
- Yasmani Grandal, Padres
- Fernando Martinez, Astros
- Jesus Montero, Mariners
- Jordan Norberto, Free Agent as of June
- Jhonny Peralta, Tigers
- Cesar Puello, Mets
- Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
There you have it. Remember – Colon and Melky Cabrera have already been suspended for PEDs in the past. Braun was suspended July 22.
Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis, Ryan Braun, Steroids
Suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts in court on Wednesday, including a charge of using a weapon of mass destruction.
Tsarnaev is accused of carrying out two bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April, along with his brother Tamerlan. Three people were killed and more than 250 people were injured in the blasts. Continue reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty in Connection with Boston Marathon Bombings »
Tags: bombings, Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
According to USA Today, Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett will undergo season ending surgery. The team made the announcement on Saturday. Soon after speaking with team doctors, the Dodgers decided that it would be best for Beckett to undergo a surgery that will relieve pressure on the nerve in his neck that has been giving him discomfort.
Dr. Greg Pearl will perform the surgery in Dallas this July on Beckett.
According to ESPN.com, Beckett will be sidelined from 3-5 months, but is expected to be back in time for spring training. Before the announcement was made, coach Don Mattingly told the media that Beckett’s most recent bullpen session was cut short due to a setback he encountered while throwing. Continue reading Josh Beckett to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery »
Tags: Contract, Josh Beckett, Los Angeles Dodgers, season ending surgery