Mark McGwire expected to be named Padres bench coach

November 25, 2015 – 3:58 am by Ryan Phillips
    Mark McGwire

Multiple reports now claim the San Diego Padres will add former slugger Mark McGwire to their staff as the bench coach in the coming days. McGwire has spent the last three seasons as the hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the three years before that in the same capacity with the St. Louis Cardinals.

New Padres manager Andy Green has made significant changes to the team’s coaching staff in just a few weeks. He retained pitching coach Darren Balsley and third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, then hired Astros assistant hitting coach Alan Zinter as San Diego’s hitting coach. Tarrik Brock will coach first base and former Padres reliever Doug Bochtler will be the new bullpen coach.

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Chip Kelly the lone reasonable post-Miles plan for LSU

November 23, 2015 – 2:05 am by Hickey

Chip Kelly

Lil’ Jon has a song called “Get Outta Your Mind,” and if I didn’t know better I would assume it is the favorite tune of members of the LSU Board of Supervisors who are intent on making this Les Miles’ final year in Baton Rouge despite the fact it will cost them a pretty $15 million buyout fee plus however much money they have to throw at the next sucker willing to deal with their bullshit.

Miles is far from perfect, and if he does in fact lose to Texas A&M at home this weekend to finish the season on a four-game losing streak after peaking at No. 2 in the country, it will be pretty hard to justify keeping him around. But the names being thrown around as replacements for The Mad Hatter thus far seem more married in whimsy than reality. (Which is, of course, an ironic critique since I’m offering a choice that is entirely married in whimsy).

The biggest name wanted in Tigerland is Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who served as LSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2000-06. His return is wishful thinking for a lot of reasons.

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Chicago Cubs interested in reunion with Jeff Samardzija

November 20, 2015 – 12:26 am by Ryan Phillips
    Jeff Samardzija

The Chicago Cubs reached the National League Championship Series in 2015, a full year before they were even expected to be competitive. Now, armed with an incredibly young offensive core and a newly-minted Cy Young Award winner in Jake Arrieta, the Cubs are poised to be National League favorites heading into the 2016 season. With that in mind, Theo Epstein and his front office team will be looking to add to their roster this winter. We may now know the first piece of that puzzle.

Epstein was seen “hanging out” with former Cubs hurler Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday night in Chicago, and’s Phil Rogers claims the Cubs are interested in a reunion with the Notre Dame product. Samardzija came up through Chicago’s system before being traded to the Oakland A’s in the middle of the 2014 season.

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Arrieta’s Cy Young seals his deal as Cubs greatest heist

November 19, 2015 – 1:21 am by Hickey


For generations, the Chicago Cubs have been haunted by one particular trade that has been used to highlight the franchise’s overall ineptitude: the 1964 trade deadline deal that sent outfielder Lou Brock to the Cardinals for pitcher Ernie Broglio.

In two-and-a half years as a Cub, Broglio went 7-19 with a 5.40 ERA before calling it quits at 30. In 16 years as a Cardinal, Brock broke Ty Cobb’s record to become Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in stolen bases.

It has taken some 50 years to achieve balance in the other direction, but when Jake Arrieta was named the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner, it put the whipped cream on top of the fact that he is the most lopsided trade acquisition in franchise history.

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Report: Marlins won’t trade Jose Fernandez

November 17, 2015 – 5:01 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jose Fernandez

Several experts have said they wouldn’t be surprised if the Miami Marlins traded ace righty Jose Fernandez this offseason, but a report on Tuesday claims that isn’t in the cards. Joe Frisaro of has been told by two “highly-places sources” that Miami won’t be dealing it’s 23-year-old stud.

While it would make sense for the Marlins to get as much as they can for Fernandez while he’s still a top-level hurler, he is also under team control through 2018 and could be a huge part of any build towards a championship-caliber roster.

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Video: Derrick Jones Jr. throws down huge dunk for UNLV

November 17, 2015 – 12:58 am by Ryan Phillips
    Derrick Jones dunk

College basketball has made its glorious return to the sports world and we’ve already seen some amazing stuff. On Monday night we got an early “Dunk of the Year” candidate thanks to UNLV freshman Derrick Jones Jr.

The Runnin’ Rebels had what has been termed a “game” against something called New Mexico Highlands University. UNLV destroyed the Cowboys 107-45 and Jones added insult to injury with an insane second-half dunk.

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Dancing Drew Stanton wins NFL Week 10 internet

November 16, 2015 – 1:02 am by Hickey


The Arizona Cardinals went a long way towards wrapping up the NFC West on Sunday night, taking a 3-game lead in the division with seven games remaining thanks to a 39-32 win in Seattle.

But the One True Champion of Sunday night, and all of Week 10 in the NFL, was a guy who didn’t even get onto the field — Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton. During Andre Ellington’s 48-yard touchdown that sealed the deal at the 2-minute warning, Stanton broke into a spastic celebration, first waving Ellington home like a third-base coach and then breaking into a dance that best resembled a boxer’s electrocution.

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Lakers, Scott need to fully embrace youth movement

November 12, 2015 – 2:34 am by Ryan Phillips
    Byron Scott

When the Los Angeles Lakers selected Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, it was clear they were looking ahead to the future. While they could have traded the pick as part of a package for veteran players, general manager Mitch Kupchak looked at his roster and realized it was time to fully rebuild. Unfortunately, that rebuilding plan hasn’t reached the court yet.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott hasn’t embraced the youth movement with the same zeal as his bosses. Instead, he has chosen to bench Russell in key situations early in the season. While he is giving minutes to 2014 first-round pick Julius Randle, Scott has refused to put Russell on the court in crunch time, instead he has typikcally opted for free agent pickup Lou Williams.

That strategy hasn’t worked, as the Lakers have limped to a 1-7 start.

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