Getty Images With most of the superstar free agents having signed and Spring Training right around the corner, it is as good a time as ever to create the perfect 25-man roster. This roster will be comprised of current Major League players and will be based on how good they are right now, or their expected performance in 2016.Ground rulesWhat are these selections based on? A variety of factors were taken into account, such as their 2015 performance, their career track record and their potential f...
Possible rulebook changes could take the bat out of the hands of Madison Bumgarner, the best hitting pitcher left in the sport. Discussion regarding the designated hitter coming to the National League has been rampant for some time now and, while the Senior Circuit has been able to hold off on making that decision to this point, a change might be on the horizon.According to St Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, the momentum is mounting to bring the DH to the National League.“I do f...
Upton makes the Tigers better, but they still are not a championship-caliber club. Detroit Tigers owner Mike Illitch has always been known as an owner who isn’t afraid to open his wallet for big-time stars. He has always made it clear that he badly wants to win a World Series before he dies and, as his age-86 season approaches, his window is quickly closing.He kicked off the Hot Stove season by signing starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million. It marked the first time in...
Even though the Astros do not have a glaring gap in their outfield, Cespedes would be a tremendous addition to a club with World Series aspirations. It is the middle of January and Yoenis Cespedes, arguably the best hitter in this year’s free agent class, remains unemployed. Cespedes has made it clear that he wants a lengthy and lucrative contract and, although he has yet to sign one, there is reportedly plenty of interest for the 30-year-old Cuban outfielder.Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote ...
When the San Francisco Giants announced that Chip Kelly would be their next head coach, it wasn’t difficult for fans to immediately think of the massive potential that quarterback Colin Kaepernick could have in Kelly’s up-tempo spread offense.On the surface, it is a match made in heaven. Kelly’s infatuation with athletic dual-threat quarterbacks is no secret, Kaepernick possesses blazing speed and a cannon of an arm and he has already shown that he can thrive in the right offensive system....
Lane Kiffin has had an up-and-down career. He went from one of the brightest offensive minds in all of football to a failed head coach at both the NFL and college level.Kiffin, who played quarterback at Fresno State in the mid-1990s, worked his way up the ladder incredibly quickly at USC during the Trojan dynasty under Pete Carroll. However, when he left USC after the 2006 season, his career endured some tough hits.Less than two years after the Oakland Raiders made Kiffin, then 31, the youngest ...
In the past six seasons, the San Francisco Giants have won three World Series championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) and failed to make the playoffs the other three years.But this time around, the organization’s tremendous offseason acquisitions have more to do with the team’s World Series aspirations than the fact that it is an even year.The Giants had some needs going into this offseason, and the front office filled them excellently.Some starting pitching depth after Madison Bumgarner? The Gi...
Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza both sported Hall of Fame jerseys as they conducted the annual press conference welcoming players recently voted into Cooperstown. It was an awesome time—after all, arguably the greatest center fielder of all time as well as the best-hitting catcher this game has ever seen were being honored for this incredible accomplishment—but there was still a cloud of disappointment hanging over the festivities.And that disappointment has to do w...
Jake Spavital will be just fine in life after Texas A&M. (Sam Craft/The Eagle) Usually when teams claim to have “mutually agreed to part ways” with a player or coach, it is simply a diplomatic way of firing them. A last-ditch attempt to spare both the team and the coach embarrassment from fans around the country.While that may be the case in the Texas A&M-Jake Spavital divorce—maybe the way Kevin Sumlin spun it for the media was indeed just a nice gesture—the breakup is still a p...
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