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Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Linebacker Who Couldn’t Hit

A 6-foot-2, 220-pounder with a rare blend of strength and speed, he was the youngest of four brothers to star at Grant Union High. The eldest, Syd’Quan, was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2010, but would always tell people, “Wait until you see Shaq. He’s better than all of us.” Shaq became the country’s top-rated safety, turning down Oregon and Cal-Berkeley (Syd’Quan’s alma mater) for Washington; he was the Huskies’ most-prized recruit in more than a decade. He’d go on to become an All-America, starring on defense, special teams and even, briefly last fall, at tailback.

But as a high school senior, having just fended off the last of the college recruiters, it was indeed the Red Sox—the baseball Red Sox—on the line.

Hey Shaq, we just want to gauge your interest in playing professional baseball.

Neither party knew it at the time, but that phone call launched what would be the worst career in the history of professional baseball.

Bourbon Samurai Posted: February 12, 2015 at 04:09 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, prospects, red sox

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Derek Jeter reached on-deck circle while examining Bills purchase, sources say

“The Buffalo Bills????”
“I think owning the Buffalo Bills is pretty good.”
“Yeah yeah.”
“Well explain to me why it isn’t.”
“You just don’t understand football, Marge.”

Two sources have informed me that Jeter, while playing his farewell season with the Yankees, explored purchasing the Bills when they were for sale last year.

Uncertain is whether Jeter wanted to lead a group or be a minority partner. But given the Bills eventual, record-breaking sale price of $1.4 billion, he likely would have needed to settle for shareholder status.

The Pegulas were not aware of Jeter’s prior interest, have not been approached by Jeter and have not considered selling a portion of their team to him, a highly placed Bills source said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo bills, derek jeter, nfl, yankees

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Rangers added Russell Wilson to their Triple-A roster to keep other teams from taking him

Well, he does have a ring.

Remember when the Texas Rangers drafted Russell Wilson last year in the Rule 5 draft, then brought him into training camp as a motivational speaker? Well, apparently, the Rangers really really liked it: worried another team would copy them, they added Wilson to their Triple-A roster.

As a Double-A player—“player”—it would cost another team $12,500 to poach Wilson. Now a Triple-A “player,” it will cost another team $50,000, and they’d have to keep Wilson on their Major League roster for an entire season.

You can protect a certain amount of players at the Triple-A level, and the Rangers have chosen to keep Wilson instead of somebody else. Considering how few players get taken anyway, it’s a pretty small risk.

But the benefit they’re getting is protecting a famous person who is on their roster to talk to other baseball players for one day a year, on the off chance that another team decided to pay money to have that same player fill the exact same role—somehow seems even smaller than the miniscule risk they’re taking.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, rangers, rule 5 draft, russell wilson

 

 

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