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.

“Three, five, 10 years,” Pavlidis said. “It depends on investment and Kids Football Jerseys Cheap motivation, and the umpire’s union won’t like it.”

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.'”

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.

“I grew up on the land of a former slave plantation and, although I didn’t know this as a child, it is where my great-great-great grandfather tilled the soil. A few years ago, I visited that very same plantation with my family and stood in the slave quarters where he lived. It’s now named Tomlinson Hill.

“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.

“The family legacy that began in such a cruel way has given birth to Jerseys From China generations of successful, caring Tomlinsons.”

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.

Hamonic was a sturdy defender whose solid two-way play will be missed in Brooklyn this season

de Haan is one of four left-handed defensemen expected to be on the Isles’ roster this season. The 26-year-old, who is more of a defensive-minded blue-liner despite recording a career-high 25 points last season, slots in behind Nick Leddy and ahead of both Thomas Hickey and 22-year-old Adam Pelech, who inked a four-year contract earlier in the off-season.

The Islanders’ overall defense corps is thinner than a year ago with the trade of right-handed shot Travis Hamonic to the Flames at the NHL Draft. Though limited by injury to only 49 games played, Hamonic was a sturdy defender whose solid two-way play will be missed in Brooklyn this season, putting more responsibility on the likes of de Haan.

Should de Haan depart next summer as a free agent, that would be two heavily relied upon defensemen exiting the Islanders in a 13-month span. If 36-year-old Dennis Seidenberg departs in the summer of 2018, that makes three regulars on the back end to leave, meaning the Isles must be prepared to fill potential holes on the defense corps, whether from within or outside the organization.

But the underlying numbers also support Niederreiter getting a long-term committment from Minnesota. Niederreiter has been one of the better puck-possession drivers and best forwards in the entire NHL at suppressing scoring chances.

No matter whom he has skated with, Niederreiter’s lines have controlled the puck at high rates. He finished with a Corsi-for percentage of 55.3, tops among Wild players last season.

Looking at his most-common linemates, Eric Staal and Charlie Coyle, each player’s numbers took a nosedive when they were not on the ice with Niederreiter. Staal and Coyle saw their Green Bay Packer Cheap Jerseys Corsi-for percentage dip six and seven points respectively without Niederreiter by their side, according to, where Niederreiter’s numbers actually improved without Jerseys Supply those players.

NHL free agency: Grading best, worst deals and how Carey Price fits in

NHL general managers were reluctant buyers on July 1 for maybe the first time ever, and the lack of egregiously bad contracts made for one boring afternoon.

Karl Alzner was the only player in a thin unrestricted free agent class whose contract exceeded four years in term. As a whole, teams handed out roughly $450 million in new deals Saturday, per calculations. And that figure was inflated by big extensions in San Jose, Anaheim and Pittsburgh, so it has been a tame weekend overall.

It was perfect encapsulation of everything Hossa was over his first 10 years in the NHL, and everything he continued to be in what might be his final nine. Fast, yet patient. Stylish, yet powerful. Polished, yet unafraid to go into the dirty areas to score. Even in the last two years, when Hossa’s ability slipped ever-so-slightly as he ventured into the twilight of his career, he maintained that occasional brilliance that reminded you of his past.

The Slovak winger is always among the fastest players on the ice. But whereas some players, like this season’s likely Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid, look like they’re shot out of a cannon when they Direct Cheap Jerseys accelerate up the ice, Hossa has a quiet speed that sneaks up on opponents. It’s a balanced, smooth China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale quickness that allows him to react to plays faster than anyone else on the ice. It is why he has always been one of the best defensive forwards in the NHL, accumulating Selke Trophy votes in 13 of the last 15 years.

Dwyane Wade open to leaving Bulls because of their mediocrity

The Bulls are mediocre this season, hovering around the .500 mark, and that’s not good enough for Dwyane Wade.

The veteran guard chose Chicago this offseason after departing from the Heat for the first time in his career. But at 35 years old, Wade is looking at the few years he has left of his playing days and wondering if the Bulls will be the right fit.

“I’m playing basketball,” Schroder told The AJC. “If he think that he got to curse at my mom or say some dumb stuff about my family, that has nothing to do with basketball. That’s his choice. I’ve got too much class for that. Next one, we are going to get it.”

Thomas addressed Schroder’s comments on Sunday, telling reporters, “I don’t talk about nobody’s mom. I don’t cuss at nobody’s mom. And I don’t talk about people’s families. So whatever he said, that’s a 100 percent lie, and he knows that.” Thomas went on to say he doesn’t want to talk about Schroder any longer because “he’s not even on the level that I’m trying to be on.”

Schroder and Thomas have a history dating back to the 2016 NBA playoffs. Thomas took a swing at Schroder’s head in Game 3 of the first-round series, and Schroder retaliated with a hard hip check on the ensuing possession.

It was Thomas who won the battle on Friday, scoring a game-high 28 points, including a game-winning fadeaway jumper in the final seconds. Schroder finished with 4 points on 2-of-11 shooting New Nike NFL Jerseys after struggling with foul trouble.

Thomas and Schroder will have a chance to rekindle the rivalry on NHL Jerseys Wholesale Feb. 27 in Boston and April 6 in Atlanta. Let’s try to keep the mothers out of it, guys.

‘Whiny’ LeBron James? Charles Barkley needs refresher on his complaint-filled past

He said his teammates suffered from “a lack of talent” and “laziness.” He said the roster was “just not good enough top to bottom.” He said, after a tough loss that saw a late double-digit lead blown, that his teammates had all but abandoned him: “Just like General Custer. And there were a lot of Indians.”

Those were not the words of LeBron James in the last few weeks. They belonged, in fact, to the guy who complained this week that James has been “inappropriate” and “whiny” in criticizing the Cavaliers lately. They belonged to Charles Barkley, uttered in the depths of the 1991-92 season, his final in Philadelphia.

That remains one of the whiniest all-time seasons by a star player in the history of the NBA.

Need to know: Same thing as Gray, basically — huge talent, huge acquisition cost. And doesn’t Archer just feel like the type of budding superstar who would be a huge hit in Los Angeles? Seems like a perfect fit. And remember, Dodgers exec Andrew Friedman was the decision-maker in Tampa Bay when the Rays traded for Archer back in 2011. Makes sense he’d deal for him again. The price of acquiring Archer — who is signed through 2019, with club options for 2020 and 2021 — would absolutely be a package that starts with Buehler and includes another top prospect or two (or three).

Need to know: Yes, this is a bit outside the box and pure speculation. But the US Cheap Jerseys Dodgers’ goal is to win the 2017 World Series, right? Hamels, 33, has a better postseason pedigree than anyone else on this list; he was MVP of the 2008 NLCS and the 2008 World Series, and he has a career 3.48 ERA in 16 postseason starts. Hamels has a contract that includes a team/vesting option for 2019, and he’s been pretty good this season. In 10 starts in 2017, he’s allowed more than three runs only two times and has four starts Reebok Cheap Jerseys with either zero or one run allowed.

MLB playoffs: Postseason schedule leading to 2017 World Series

The 2017 MLB regular season has had plenty of talking points and storylines. Each league has a clear World Series contender in the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, but surrounding them are the superhuman efforts of Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, the emerging Nationals led by Bryce Harper and an up-and-down-but-not-out repeat bid from the defending world champion Chicago Cubs.

Here is all the information you need to follow the 2017 MLB playoffs up to the World Series.

The last day of the MLB regular season is Sunday, Oct. 1, and the playoffs are scheduled to start Tuesday, Oct. 3. Two wild-card teams from each league will face off in a one-game playoff to determine who advances to the American and National League Division Series. The wild cards will be the top two teams from each league that didn’t win their division.

The best-of-five ALDS and NLDS start Oct. 4.

Age has crept up to them at quarterback, balancing out the boundless youth of David Johnson at running back. Defensively, they have core pieces such as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, but just enough peccadillos to not be as good overall as the Seahawks.

The Jeff Fisher era ends as the Sean McVay tenure begins. The good news is the Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys new wunderkind coach put wily old Wade Phillips in charge of the Aaron Donald-powered defense. The bad news is McVay will need to do a lot of heavy lifting with Jared Goff to get Cheap NHL Jerseys the offense on track.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he has a fix for team’s defensive woes

After the Cavaliers’ 127-115 home loss to the Wizards on Saturday night, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue claimed to have something up his sleeve to fix the team’s porous defense.

While the Cavs, who are 6-8 in the month of March, have watched their lead over the Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East dwindle to a half-game, Lue said he doesn’t want to implement his plan too early. Postseason preparedness is of higher priority than home-court advantage over Boston, apparently.

The Warriors and Thunder face each other again Monday after meeting just a month prior. Heading into that game, the Warriors reportedly were “furious and bewildered” there wasn’t more done to relieve the tension that was a result of Durant’s first time back to OKC, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Haynes wrote: “The Warriors’ belief, according to sources, is that the Thunder’s silence contributed to the raw emotions, outrage and indignation that created an unsettling, hostile atmosphere for a player many consider to be the franchise’s all-time best.”

Stephen Curry also refuted the report by discussing it in broader terms.

“This league is a very interesting place all the way through. Certain Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys stories that don’t need to see the light of day, don’t need to have any life kind of breathed into them, are somehow the most popular. It’s kind of how it goes,” he said. “To me it’s kind of comical. Just what can be put on a spotlight during an 82-game year, and at the end of the day we’re all just trying to win Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys games and enjoy what we do for a living and that’s it.”