Cardinals trade Marco Gonzales to Mariners for Tyler O’Neill

The Cardinals and Mariners made a trade on Friday that wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. It isn’t likely to be mentioned in the sports segment of the local 7 p.m. news. The local papers might have a write-up, but it won’t be on the front page of the sports section. The players in the deal are moving between Tacoma and Memphis, so you can understand the lack of attention.

But Tyler O’Neill for Marco Gonzales is a fascinating trade with long-term implications for both teams. It’s a shame there aren’t more of these kinds of deals.

O’Neill was the No. 38 prospect in baseball before the season started, according to Baseball America. He’s a 22-year-old right-handed outfielder with power. Gobs of power. He’s listed at 5’11, which means he’s likely shorter than that, but he was one of the better power-hitting prospects in the minors. After hitting 32 home runs in the Cal League when he was 20, he followed that up with 24 homers in Double-A, and he already had 19 in 396 plate appearances this year in Triple-A. He was progressing nicely, with few hiccups.

The Home Run Derby is like RedZone for baseball but it only happens once a year and it’s loud and exciting and special. That’s something I keep thinking about as we sit Extremely Cheap Jerseys here in the press box — there’s so much energy around us. This place is packed. People are screaming their heads off. Pitbull performed! There was fire! You don’t get that with a run-of-the-mill baseball game when there are 160,000 of them each year. Everyone in the stands is just waiting for these guys to crush baseballs and you can feel the excitement building. It’s pretty cool. Makes me feel alive.

But let me ask you this: Is this a good development? Or are these empty Cheap Youth Basketball Jerseys calories. Did we take the filet mignon of baseball and turn it into a White Castle burger?

MLB All-Star Game 2017: Time, live TV schedule, lineups, and more

The National League will try to turn things around on Tuesday in the MLB All-Star Game, looking to snap an American League four-game winning streak in the Midsummer Classic.

Fox will televise the 88th MLB All-Star Game at 8 p.m. ET, with a pregame show beginning at 7:30 p.m. and online streaming provided by Fox Sports Go.

The NL still leads the all-time series, but the margin is razor slim, at just 43-42-2 dating back to 1933. One more American League win and things are all even, which seemed impossible two decades ago.

From 1996-2009, the American League won 12 consecutive All-Star Game decisions, with a tie in 2002 mixed in. The NL got things back in order with three straight victories from 2010-12, but the AL struck back with victories in the last four years.

The National League is the home team on Tuesday, with the Miami Marlins hosting. The Marlins are represented by a pair of outfielders in the Midsummer Classic, with starter Marcell Ozuna and slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The reigning champion Chicago Cubs, winners of 103 games in 2016, have just one All-Star in what been a disappointing 2017 so far. The club’s closer, Wade Davis, is the lone Cubs player in Miami, though the National League will be managed by Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Poor Joe Mauer. If you forget that he’s a first baseman and just pretend he’s a Mls Cheap Jerseys catcher, his deal is bad instead of one of the outright worst in the game. He is a first baseman and Miami Dolphins Cheap Jerseys designated hitter, though, so the 103 OPS+ he’s put up over the last four seasons really isn’t cutting it, especially not at an average of $23 million per year.

Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox for prospects

The Giants are sending Eduardo Nu?ez to Boston, as reported by Ken Rosenthal.

It was pretty clear Nu?ez was headed out of town after he was pulled from the game in the fifth inning, immediately grabbing his things and heading for the tunnel where his teammates took part in a very emotional edition of Hug Watch 2017.

We will update with further details of the return as they become public, but right now it looks to be a pair of prospects going back to San Francisco. Get ready for a chilly autumn in Boston, Eduardo.

Rockies manager Bud Black admitted to MLB Network Radio’s Power Alley that “We’re going to do everything we can to upgrade our ball club” at the trade deadline, and Colorado has already reached out to the Orioles about Dylan Bundy and Colorado native Kevin Gausman.

The A’s could be nearing a deal to send Yonder Alonso to the Yankees, as Oakland’s top scout was recently spotted checking out New York’s minor league talent. Low-A players Estevan Florial, Hoy Jun Park and Freicer Perez are all reportedly in play for the swap.

Tampa Bay, New York, and Milwaukee are all reportedly very interested in Phillies reliever Pat Neshek. There’s no leader in the talks as of yet, but the 36-year old All-Star is in high demand as the deadline approaches.

The Marlins are shopping a few players but are not currently listening to offers for any of their three outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, or Marcell Ozuna. As Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap things stand, Miami will wait until the offseason to see about trade partners for the Ravens Cheap Jerseys trio of stars.

Yu Darvish makes his Dodgers debut Friday

Sure, the Dodgers acquired Yu Darvish mostly to help them advance further in the postseason than they have since 1988. But they also get to use him during the regular season: The former Rangers ace will make his Dodgers debut on Friday against the Mets.

That seems a little unfair considering Los Angeles is already trouncing opponents. But apparently when you trade for someone in July, you get to use him during the next two months of the season. More on this as it comes in.

It was another good day at the plate for Contreras, and it was a nice follow-up to the day he had on Thursday, when he hit two dingers and had six RBIs. If it weren’t for Paul Goldschmidt having a monster day of his own, we probably would’ve been talking about Contreras’ day instead. However, he’s continued to rake at the plate so we’re talking about it now. There’s a very good chance we’ll continue talking about his exploits at the plate as the season progresses — Contreras’ hitting numbers are surely getting in line with what he did over 76 games last season, and they’re good enough to put him in rarefied air when it comes to the top class of catchers in baseball.

Simply put, the Cubs are coming back around in a big way, and as long as Contreras continues to play a big part in that, they could be just as dangerous as they were last October.

Free baseball is cool, but there seems to be a trend of people complaining about it as of late. Are extra innings really all that bad? Beyond the Box Score took a look at it for us.

It was a bad day to be this particular Pirates fan, who got hit Youth Cheap Jerseys square in the beans by a home run ball. Additionally, the umps needed video replay to confirm it, so USA Cheap Jerseys the fans at PNC Park got to relive his excruciating pain over and over again.

Same thing with the annual Futures Game.

The MLB Draft isn’t the same animal as the NFL or NBA Drafts. I get that, I do. It’ll never be as popular, because college baseball isn’t nearly as popular as college football or college hoops, so the names are unknown to the average fan (though the folks at Baseball America do their best to change that reality). And the high school players taken in the first round? Almost complete unknowns to the average fan, unless that high school stud gets a Sports Illustrated cover (hi Bryce Harper!).

But the MLB Draft happens in-season, and it’s just one event on a night with a full slate of baseball games. SN talked with MLB Network host Greg Amsinger about this, if you’re interested for a bit of a deeper dive.

Same thing with the annual Futures Game. This annual showcase features the very best of the next wave of MLB stars. Guys like Francisco Lindor, Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Robinson Cano, Joey Votto and Manny Machado played in that game, and those are just a handful of names of future MLB All-Stars.

The game is broadcast on MLB Network, too, which is great. But it’s on the last day before the All-Star break, which means it’s competing against a full slate of MLB games.

Paul DeJong has been really good for the Cardinals this season, but an 0-for-5 night with four strikeouts, four men left on base and an error is less than ideal for the Cardinals Man Utd Cheap Jerseys even in a 5-4 win over the Brewers.

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There is truth in that statement. Joe West, the president of the World Umpires Association and a notorious showman who has drawn plenty of ire from fans over the years, echoes a common thought in his distrust of the technology.

The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership

After fans hurled giveaway baseballs onto the field for a third time in disgust over a bad call and player ejections, the Dodgers had to forfeit their game against the Cardinals with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Final score: Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1. Here’s a vintage report from “SportsCenter.”

“It was unbelievable,” Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda said at the time, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m disappointed in the ones who threw the balls, not the good fans.”

The forfeit wasn’t without controversy, as one might expect. Despite balls being thrown onto the field multiple times, fans received no warning to stop. So when umpire Jim Quick abruptly ended the game, it took many by surprise — including the Dodgers.

Versatile as an outfielder, first baseman and catcher, Daulton hit .245 over his career with 137 home runs and 588 RBIs. He led the NL with 109 RBIs in 1992, a season in which he had a slash line of .270/.385/.524 and hit a career-best 27 home runs. He also drove in 105 runs in 1993 and was named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year in 1997, when he hit .263 with 14 homers and 63 RBIs during his split-season with the Phillies and Marlins.

“Darren was a true leader of men. The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 MLB Jerseys Wholesale World Series without his leadership,” Phillies chairman emeritus Bill Giles said. “In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter. He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star. I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. Darren was a super human being. His New Nike NFL Jerseys teammates loved him, I loved him like he was one of my own. In fact, he called me ‘Uncle Bill.'”

No apology necessary: Red Sox fans give Dennis Eckersley big ovation

Red Sox fans rendered their verdict with their voices and hands Tuesday night in the case of Dennis Eckersley vs. David Price et al.

Embroiled in an ongoing off-the-field rhubarb with the team over his critical analysis on TV, Eckersley made a previously scheduled appearance Tuesday in Fenway Park’s “Legends Suite,” which hosts a former player at each Red Sox home game.

It was originally reported that a trade surrounding Estevan Florial would get a deal started for Gray, and it was assumed that another two of three prospects ranked in the No. 6 to 15 range would be enough.

According to FanRag Sports, the A’s have shown interest in some other Yankees prospects, including pitcher James Kaprielian and infielder/outfielder Jorge Mateo.

The acquisition of southpaw Jaime Garcia on Sunday isn’t going to deter the Yankees from pursuing Gray, who owns a 1.37 ERA in his last six starts. But the A’s understand Gray’s ceiling isn’t getting much higher and either need to end the stalemate with the Yankees or accept the next-best offer from the Dodgers and Astros, clubs with similar and strong farm systems willing to aid in Beane’s rebuild.

“Change back to optical, with redundant systems,” he said. “Redefine the top/bottom of the strike zone so it’s not arbitrary in terms of time. And test out the notion of a fixed zone; it would hopefully be no big deal that suddenly there are many more 3-0 walks and 0-2 punchouts, but we’d have to see how the game is impacted.”

Let’s think about this in the realist of terms. The umpire will always need to Very Cheap Jerseys remain behind the plate, even if automation is a real possibility. The first base umpire isn’t going to be able Top Cheap Jerseys to race down the line in time to tell you if a runner coming from third is safe or out. So the home plate umpire would also be the one to make the actual call on each pitch, even if the decision is made by a high-tech computer system.

Bennett’s flag-drawing sack celebration dance is awfully similar to Ravishing Rick Rude’s pre-match gyrations.

A big part of professional wrestling is a superstar’s ability to cut a promo puffing him (or her-)self up while simultaneously tearing down prospective opponents. On that level, no set of teammates can compare to Sherman and Bennett. Neither one is afraid to speak his mind, like when Sherman roasted Michael Crabtree after winning the NFC Championship, or when Bennett lit up the press after Seattle’s playoff loss to the Falcons.

Get these two on a live mic running down the New Day or War Machine, and you’ve got magic. While their physical skills make them All-Pros, their limitless promo potential gives them an edge few converts could match.

If I were Beckham’s agent, we would have a serious chat about the damage he is doing to his potential future salary with the Giants (and possibly other teams at some point when he wears out his welcome with Big Blue). I’d advise Beckham that owners and GMs want their star players to be team-focused leaders. I do not see that in Beckham, who is just 24, but age is no excuse. I’ve seen plenty of young guys take on leadership roles and show a lot more maturity.

It’s unfortunate that poor behavior sometimes gets rewarded with more attention and even big endorsements. That’s the case for Beckham, who received the biggest shoe deal ever for an NFL player with his 5-year, $25 million deal from Nike. The deal reinforced in his mind that he’s doing the La Kings Cheap Jerseys right things to boost his Q score for advertisers and gain the spotlight he craves.

Ultimately, Beckham has to ask the man in the mirror if he is doing everything he can Man Utd Cheap Jerseys to be the best player and best person he can be. When he decides to change his M.O., that’s when I’ll see a man who has finally matured and is no longer interested in being fodder for the New York tabloids.

The bad news is he’s now dealing with a hamstring injury.

How good has Kamara been as the likely receiving replacement for Travaris Cadet? Sean Payton threw out a Marshall Faulk comparison to reporters because of Kamara’s intelligence, hands and routes for the passing game.

While Peterson’s role is still being defined in New Orleans, it’s clear Kamara is carving out a specific one to get touches behind him and Mark Ingram.

The good news is Pumphrey flew out of the gates in camp as a skilled, speedy scatback.

LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles have done well in camp as the elder statesman slated for co-starting, while behind Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood and undrafted rookie Corey Clement have had their moments in practice. As the Eagles are sorting out everyone’s roles and the pecking order, any time lost in trying to stand out from the crowd is tough.

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“My name begins with the man who owned by great-great-great grandfather. Now it’s proudly carried by me, my children, my extended family. People stop me on the street because they know me as LT the football player, but after football people have begun to recognize me at LaDainian Tomlinson. Not for simply what I did as a football player, but for who I am.

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Tomlinson began his speech Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, by explaining how he developed a “personal relationship” with God. Tomlinson said Good Site For Cheap Jerseys his faith allowed him to recognize blessings from God and see his life’s path at an early age.

Sidney Crosby injury timeline: Latest concussion adds to troubling history for NHL’s biggest star

Here’s a look back on Crosby’s road to recovery following each of his three previous concussions:

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3. Mark Stone, Senators — Stone flies under the radar as an offensive difference maker but scored his third goal of the series and fourth in the playoffs and added an assist in the win. Stone missed time with a concussion in the regular season but he’s healthy and has been perhaps the Sens’ most important forward.

2. Craig Anderson, Senators — All the credit to Anderson, who put his series struggles aside and stopped 37 of 39 Rangers shots in a big-time clinching performance. It’s the 18th playoff win of Anderson’s career, tying Ray Emery for second in franchise history.

1. Erik Karlsson, Senators — Karlsson is the first defenseman in Senators history to score multiple game-winning goals in a single postseason.

Game 7s galore! A pair of wacky series rightly will be decided in winner-take-all fashion on what promises to be a great night for hockey fans. First the Penguins and Capitals (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the nation’s capital, then the Oilers and Ducks (10 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in Anaheim. Neither home team is known for having a great recent track record in Game 7s, so the notion that anything can and probably will happen is alive and well.

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