Minor league GM offers to get in-game prostate exam

July 21, 2014 – 1:26 am by Hickey

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We’re pretty sure Harry Caray never did it quite like this.

General manager Andy Milovich of the Class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans has offered to receive a prostate exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for an upcoming game. Perhaps we need to explain this a little more in detail. Well, not too much detail. We’re talking context-type details.

Milovich made the deal that he would get the exam during Thursday’s game if the Facebook page of 10-year-old cancer patient Fallon Emery reached 10,000 “Likes” from fans (or opposing fans) by noon EST this Thursday. It appears fans have been using their fingers to do just that — as of midnight on Monday (or Sunday depending on how you define midnight) Fallon’s page had received 8,397 likes.

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Los Angeles Angels acquire Huston Street from San Diego Padres

July 19, 2014 – 2:42 am by Ryan Phillips
    Huston Street

The rumored trade between the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres for Huston Street was officially completed Friday night. It wound up being a six player deal that netted the Padres four of the Angels’ top 20 prospects in exchange for one of baseball’s most reliable relievers.

San Diego received second baseman Taylor Lindsey, shortstop Jose Rondon, right-handed reliever R.J. Alvarez and right-handed starter Elliot Morris. The Angels got Street and hard-throwing righty reliever Trevor Gott from the Padres.

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MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Angels close to acquiring Huston Street

July 18, 2014 – 5:53 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Huston Street

One of the hottest names on the trade market this summer is San Diego Padres closer Huston Street. And after a report on Friday it looks like Street will be headed out of “America’s Finest City” in short order.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Los Angeles Angels are close to acquiring the two-time All-Star. So far this season for the Padres, Street has pitched 33 innings and has a 1.09 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP and 24 saves in 25 opportunities. He has been one of the most consistent closers in baseball over the past three seasons since arriving in San Diego.

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Eric Bledsoe wants max contract from Phoenix Suns

July 17, 2014 – 8:26 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Eric Bledsoe

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe had a breakout season in 2013-14 and entered restricted free agency this offseason. While the Suns have threatened to match any offer Bledsoe received from another team, they have still not agreed to a contract with their young star. On Thursday we got an idea why the two sides haven’t come to an agreement yet.

Reports suggest that the Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal but that the 24-year-old guard rejected that immediately. Bledsoe apparently wants a maximum deal that would wind up being a five-year, $80 million pact. The two sides are incredibly far apart in talks.

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Celebrating the worst of the year in sports

July 17, 2014 – 2:16 am by Hickey
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Last night ESPN put out its annual “We need some filler on the one day of the year there are no sporting events” program, the ESPYs. We understand that some of you even may have watched.

The ESPYs are billed as the Oscars of the sports world… which got us thinking. You see, every year on the same night of the Academy Awards, the Golden Raspberries are also awarded. The Razzies are given out to recognize the worst films and performances of the previous year while Hollywood pats itself on the back for the rare echelon of movies that didn’t suck.

And in honor of the Razzies, we’ve decided to come up with our own counterpoint to the ESPYs: The Rumors and Rants CRAPPYs, honoring the worst of the worst between June 2013-2014.

Without further ado, here are this year’s winners…

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MLB and Fox give no All-Star Game tribute to Tony Gwynn

July 16, 2014 – 1:00 am by Ryan Phillips
    Tony Gwynn

Just a month ago the sports world stopped in its tracks and paid tribute to a great man who left us far too soon. San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn lost a courageous battle with cancer on June 16 at the age of 54, and almost exactly a month later, Major League Baseball failed to honor his memory at its midsummer classic. In fact, Gwynn’s name was never even mentioned on the broadcast.

Think about that for a minute. Tony Gwynn is universally regarded as one of the best hitters in baseball history. The league and Fox had a month to figure out some way to honor him at the biggest baseball event of the summer and came up with nothing. In a pregame ceremony we got Idina Menzel signing a Bob Dylan song (because why wouldn’t you have that before a baseball game?) and a tribute to 30 teachers. But zero mention of one of the best, most respected and most beloved baseball players to ever walk the Earth.

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Report: Saints and Jimmy Graham on verge of record deal

July 14, 2014 – 4:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Jimmy Graham

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was upset that an arbitrator recently ruled him a tight end and not a wide receiver for franchise designation purposes. While that was a serious blow, it looks like Graham will wind up being pretty happy in the end, as he and the Saints are close to completing a record contract.

Adam Schefter is reporting that the 27-year-old and New Orleans are closing in on a long-term contract that would make him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history. The two sides have until Tuesday to complete the deal or he would be paid under the franchise tag designation for the 2014 season.

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Woe is Buffalo: America’s Most Miserable Sports City

July 11, 2014 – 1:25 pm by Hickey

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LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland has had an unintended consequence: sealing Buffalo, New York’s fate as the most mind-numbingly depressing city in which one can be a sports fan.

For years, the competition on the opposite ends of Lake Erie was fierce and unrelenting. The resumes are remarkably similar: Cleveland hasn’t won a title since 1964, Buffalo since 1965. The ensuing years have been filled with countless moments of sports heartbreak set against the backdrop of once-glorious cities decaying into something we have derisively labeled as the Rust Belt.

“It was good once, but don’t go back there no more.”

And for all the scorn heaped upon LeBron for his much ballyhooed departure for Miami four years ago — plenty of it coming from this corner — he is now doing something admirable by reversing that trend. While it may not be altruism in a true sense — he’s jumping onto the horse that’s equipping itself to win the Triple Crown instead of one last race, after all — it is still refreshing. The Great Lakes region is oozing former residents across its borders, hence Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany’s reprehensible yet business-savvy expansion of the league to a larger population of East Coast snobs. I respect LeBron for saying “You know what? Being from Northeast Ohio is something to be proud of. Embrace this. Wear this.”

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