MLB: Cardinals Pull Off Heist in Landing Ozuna

.312/.376/.548 (145 OPS+), 37 home runs, 124 RBI.     Ask some baseball fans to name the Marlins outfielder who put up those numbers in 2017, and I bet more than a few would shout out “Giancarlo Stanton!   Well, perhaps they would if you omitted the home run total since everyone knows about Stanton’s home run barrage over the summer. Those were actually the numbers of 27-year old left fielder Marcell…

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MLB: Yankees Clear Salary in Chase Headley Trade

Many thought the Yankees may not be very active this winter.   I would bet if you took a poll of Yankees’ fans, they would have said before the winter that the Yankees would sign Ohtani, maybe CC Sabathia, and call it a day. Those people were wrong, as the Yankees swung another deal today, trading Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for (another) outfielder, Jabari Blash. From the…

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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

Boston College Upsets Duke 1.5 (30%).   Those numbers represent (A) the number of three-pointers made per game and (B) the percentage of three-pointers made per game by Boston College guard Jordan Chatman entering Saturdays contest against Duke.   As is always the case in a big upset, a player or two will play a bit over their heads, and that is what happened with Chatman.  He went 5-for-9 from behind the…

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MLB: Yankees Strike Gold in Stanton Deal

While it was always in the back of my mind that the Yankees could theoretically jump into the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes if everything fell apart around them, it still seemed like an extreme long shot.   Stanton’s preference appeared to lean towards playing on the west coast (which turned out to be incorrect, given the teams he was willing to waive his no-trade clause for), the Yankees wanted to get under…

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MLB Hot Stove: Dee Gordon Traded to the Mariners

The Marlins took their first step in purging some salary by dealing Dee Gordon to the Mariners for three prospects.  The Mariners also received international spending pool money, which may go into the pocket of Shohei Ohtani, should they win the sweepstakes. While it is not shocking to see Gordon traded, it was a bit shocking to see that it was the Mariners who acquired him, given that they already…

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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

The ACC/Big Ten Massacre From 2009 – 2015, believe it or not, the Big Ten didn’t lose one challenge to the ACC, winning five of the seven competitions, with two ties.     This followed a stretch where the ACC won the first ten of the showdowns, making it look like more of an exhibition for their teams than a true challenge. In 2017, the ACC took the dominance to a…

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NCAA Basketball: Takeaways & Top 25

The Great Alaska Shootout As I mentioned in my preseason post, this was the final year of the Great Alaska Shootout, the longest running in-season tournament in basketball.   The tournament, once one of the most prestigious early season tournaments, took a tumble when new tournaments started sprouting up in warmer cities that weren’t quite so far from home.  It is appropriate that in the final tournament ever that the host…

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NCAA Basketball: Top 25, Week 2

Well, so much for my proclamation that Michigan State was the top team in the country.  The Spartans didn’t play a poor game against Duke by any stretch, but the Blue Devils cemented themselves as the early favorite for the National Championship. There may still be questions about their defense (Michigan State hit on 50.8% of their shots from the floor), and while Duke has done its usual great job…

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MLB: Roy Halladay & The Hall of Fame

10.64.  It feels like only yesterday when the Toronto Blue Jays decided to send a struggling Roy Halladay down to A-Ball in an effort to rebuild him from the bottom up, after posting that unsightly ERA number. Over the last several days, since his death, I have read all about how Halladay contemplated giving up the sport, that he had talked about going back to school.  As the story goes,…

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MLB: A Look at Some of the Top Free Agents

Baseball has changed a lot over the years.  If you are old enough, you may remember the days when you would stay up late just to watch Peter Gammons report from the Winter Meetings on ESPN.  There was no other way to get inside scoops from the annual free-for-all.   MLB Network was likely nothing more than a pipe dream in those days, while hometown networks rarely (if ever) ran team-specific…

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