Would it be better for the Yankees if CC Sabathia retired?

July 8, 2014 – 2:28 am by Ryan Phillips
    CC Sabathia

Just a few years ago New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. Now, at 33 years old, there is a chance his career will never get back on track. But would it actually be better for the Yankees if Sabathia wound up retiring? Some experts seem to think so.

At the height of his prowess, Carsten Charles (no, CC does not stand for “chewy center,” stop it) Sabathia was as dominant as any pitcher in the major leagues. He’s a six-time All-Star, has led the American League in wins twice (2009, 2010), helped the Yankees win the World Series in 2009, was the ALCS MVP that year, and won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award. On top of all that, he was (and still is) one of the most respected players in the game. But now he’s facing microfracture surgery on his right knee, and coming back from that is far from a sure thing.

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Jeff Samardzija ruled ineligible for All-Star Game

July 6, 2014 – 10:55 pm by Hickey


Hey now, Jeff Samardzija’s an All-Star. But he can’t get his game on and go play. And yes, I really am using this scenario as an excuse to open a blog post with Smash Mouth lyrics, because I’m dropping the gauntlet on the rest of the blogosphere’s lack of awesome writing skills. C’mon, internet. I dare you to try and up the ante with some Sugar Ray or something.

Anyway, Samardzija was named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday, just two days after being sent by the Cubs in a deal with Oakland that Chicago is hoping will someday be classified as a blockbuster. And therein lies the rub.

Even though he has already made his first appearance with the Athletics, according to the rule book Samardzija is ineligible to play for the American League squad because he was selected for his work playing for a National League squad. He’ll still get All-Star status and the corresponding contract bonus, but can’t actually suit up. For now.

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Los Angeles Lakers offer Carmelo Anthony huge deal

July 3, 2014 – 7:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Carmelo Anthony

The Los Angeles Lakers met with New York Knicks free agent forward Carmelo Anthony for nearly three hours on Thursday and apparently offered him a max contract during that meeting. Reports now claim that the Lakers offered the 30-year-old a four-year, $95 million deal.

While details are still emerging about what the team’s plans are to build around Anthony and star guard Kobe Bryant, it’s clear the Lakers are serious about trying to land the Syracuse product. Bryant is scheduled to meet with Anthony Thursday night and the two have long been close friends. Whether Kobe can sway Melo to come to Los Angeles is completely unknown at this point.

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Agent for Wade and Bosh refutes Heat contract reports

July 1, 2014 – 8:02 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade

On Tuesday a report surfaced that Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had agreed to contracts with the Miami Heat for reduced amounts of money in order to give the team room to improve under the salary cap. The report made a lot of sense and was largely expected. But later in the day Henry Thomas, the agent for both Wade and Bosh, refuted that story.

The original report claimed that Wade had accepted a four-year deal in which he would earn $12 million in the first year, while Bosh had inked a five-year deal beginning with an $11 million salary in 2014-15. Thomas has now publicly claimed that report was false.

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Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings agree to seven-year deal

June 25, 2014 – 2:01 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Marian Gaborik

Marian Gaborik was an integral part of the Los Angeles Kings’ run to a Stanley Cup title this season. While he didn’t arrive in LA until the trade deadline, Gaborik settled right in and went on to lead the NHL in postseason goals with 14. The 32-year-old forward was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but on Wednesday the team announced it had re-signed him to a big new deal.

Gaborik will be staying in Los Angeles thanks to a new seven-year, $34.3 million contract that will carry and average annual value of $4.9 million. That’s a huge savings against the cap for the Kings, since some teams were reportedly willing to give Gaborik as much as $7 million per year. The extra cap space will help Los Angeles as it attempts to re-sign defenseman Willie Mitchell.

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Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker with first pick

June 24, 2014 – 9:57 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jabari Parker

Ever since presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid went down with a foot injury, speculation has run wild as to what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Most reports have said the team had narrowed its focus to Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins or Duke forward Jabari Parker. Well, we may now have our answer as to who Cleveland is leaning towards.

On Tuesday a report surfaced that claimed the Cavs are currently set to take Parker with the top pick despite his unimpressive workout with them on Friday. They apparently view Parker as less of a risk than Wiggins, and feel he can contribute right away. They think Wiggins has the higher upside of the two (a pretty universally held belief) but with him the risk is pretty significant.

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That time Latrell Sprewell threatened to kick my ass if I didn’t delete a photo of him

June 24, 2014 – 3:57 am by Ryan Phillips
    Latrell Sprewell

Those who know me well know that this is my final week living in Milwaukee, which is a very sad thing. Apparently Milwaukee native Latrell Sprewell won’t be as upset as others to see me go.

On Monday night I was out at the bar Rogue’s with several friends when I spotted Sprewell and his faded blonde dreadlocks hanging out across the way from me. Being the sports journalist I am, I recognized him and snapped a photo of him talking up the ladies that were surrounding him. As I was preparing to text the picture to a friend, a shadow enveloped my phone. I looked up to see a 6-6 man with said faded blonde dreadlocks standing over me saying “delete that sh*t” repeatedly.

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Tim Kurkijan is a subpar sausage racer

June 24, 2014 – 12:15 am by Hickey

ESPN baseball reporter Tim Kurkijan made a foray into gonzo journalism by participating in the Sausage Race at Milwaukee’s Miller Park during Monday night’s Brewers-Nationals game. But to paraphrase famous Kazakh journalist Borat, it was not a great success. (Or maybe it was since we’re talking about it).

Kurkijan dressed up as the Hot Dog for the fifth-inning race, which pits the traditional American weiner against the Italian Sausage, Polish Sausage, Bratwurst and Chorizo.

Kurkijan’s race starts in disastrous fashion — he initially steps the wrong direction — and doesn’t get much better from there. Early in the race it looks like Kurkijan is about to topple over without the assistance of a Randall Simon bat. Then, the rest of the field is going Belmont Secretariat on him by the time they’ve only reached the halfway point of the race.

Kurkijan shattered the previous all-time record for slowest sausage run (they keep track of such things in Milwaukee) by a remarkable 13 seconds.

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