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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Morosi: Could Cain’s story make baseball king of sports world again?

Seriously thinking of changing my handle to Lorenzo Cain’s #1 Fan. Dude is fun to root for.

McCullough wrote that Cain was cut from the freshman basketball team, and his mother wouldn’t allow him to play football.

“If I would have made the basketball team, there’s no chance I would have played baseball,” Cain told McCullough. “I know that for sure. There’s no chance.”

Cain, 28, came from football country — Madison County High School in northern Florida and Tallahassee Community College. Now he’s the talk of baseball and is poised to earn $2 million or more through salary arbitration next season.

Is this the traditional path to major-league stardom? No, but Cain’s story should remind everyone in the chain of youth sports — high school coaches, college coaches, professional organizations, Major League Baseball and (most importantly) families — that success in baseball is largely a function of athletic ability and the opportunity to play, even if a kid’s first exposure to the game is as a teenager.

Baseball needs to become more aggressive in marketing itself to our country’s best young athletes, at a time when many parents are giving serious thought to whether they want their sons associated with football’s violent culture. For a 16-year-old with equal potential in the two sports, baseball offers a far better future than football by almost any objective measure.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: african-americans, basketball, football, lorenzo cain, royals

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: JETER

The District Attorney Posted: October 01, 2014 at 04:32 PM | 273 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Monday, September 01, 2014

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - September 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: college football, hockey, soccer, and wrestling.

The District Attorney Posted: September 01, 2014 at 05:03 PM | 402 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Friday, August 01, 2014

OT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about: the history of Algeria??  ####### seriously???  #############…

Ahhh… that’s better.

 

The District Attorney Posted: August 01, 2014 at 01:25 PM | 383 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tracy McGrady Retires From Baseball

That Baseball-Reference page is Popeye Jones ugly!

Former NBA star and Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Tracy McGrady started the Atlantic League All Star Game Wednesday at Constellation Field before retiring from baseball after pitching 1.1 innings.

T-Mac struck out the last batter he faced, Atlantic League All Star Bryan Pounds, before walking off the mound to the applause of his teammates. The strikeout was the first and only “K” of McGrady’s baseball career and he kept the baseball for his mantle.

“That is definitely going in the trophy case,” he said from the dugout following his outing. “I told some of the guys that I am going to get a strikeout before I stop playing. I got it in the second inning. Thank you Jesus.”...

McGrady also combined with Lamar Little Leaguer Will Dolan to win the Atlantic League Home Run Derby with six home runs. Dolan hit all six of the team’s bombs.


Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Manfred: US Soccer Team Coach Makes A Blunt Kobe Bryant Analogy That Explains Why He Cut Landon Donovan

OK, it’s not a baseball story but we should always applaud a coach/manager who understands his club’s need to focus on future, not past performance.

In what was the most controversial roster move in U.S. soccer history, coach Jurgen Klinsmann left Landon Donovan off the team ahead of the 2014 World Cup. ...

He said he doesn’t believe that past accolades should be taken into account when planning for the future.

He used a Kobe Bryant analogy to illustrate this point. He said the two-year $48.5-million extension that the Los Angeles Lakers gave Kobe last fall was insane. From The New York Times:

“‘This always happens in America,’ Klinsmann told me, waving his hands in the air. ‘Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?’”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 04, 2014 at 01:59 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bad contracts, basketball, sabermetrics, soccer

 

 

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