Mike Matheny’s late night firing by the St. Louis Cardinals came as a major surprise. Even those who watch the team closely were shocked by the move. Indeed, just 15 minutes before Matheny was fired, St. Louis writer and radio host Bernie Miklasz — an excellent source for what’s going on with the Cards — tweeted that, if the Cardinals did make a move to shake the team up, it’d be by dumping a coach and that Matheny would most likely be dealt with after the season ended. His subsequent shock that Matheny was, indeed, given his walking papers was mirrored by many who know the Cardinals well.
Yet, as soon as the move happened, most Cardinals observers’ reaction was, basically, “OK, that’s understandable.” The act and timing of Matheny being fired was rather startling, but the need for him to go seems, in the immediate aftermath, to make all the sense in the world. For a number of reasons. Continue Reading, by Craig Calcaterra
“I would definitely listen,” Girardi, now an analyst with the MLB Network, told The News’ Christian Red in June. “I love just being around the game, because it’s what I’ve grown up doing my whole life. I’m not just married to managing. I would listen to anything, but I would like to manage again.”
The Cardinals, despite being a game over .500 at 47-46, decided on what they deemed in a press release a necessary change in leadership, as headlines began popping up indicating an old-school clubhouse atmosphere filled with controversy. Continue Reading, by
Bridges popped visually on Saturday, displaying several skills that seem likely to translate to the next level. His shot was off, as he made only 5 of 20 from the field, but he contributed in other ways; even many of the missed shots were “good” for the role that Bridges is likely to play for the Hornets this season. Continue Reading, by Andre Snellings
Too tough for you? How about this one: Where was the game played last year?
How about the MVP in 2016? Or from ’15? Or ’14?
Or an easy one you would think you could answer based just on who the previous year’s World Series teams were: Who managed the American League team last summer?
I’m guessing that unless it was your guy from your team, you have no memory of how the 2017 All-Star Game played out. Viscerally repetitive as the Home Run Derbies might be, their storylines tend to stick better. If you don’t immediately think of Aaron Judge, just reading the name might flash you back to his exhausting effort last year. You might not remember who beat Josh Hamilton in 2008, but you probably can visualize at least one of Hamilton’s blasts bouncing like a tennis ball off the back wall of the bleachers in Old Yankee Stadium. Continue Reading, by Keith Olbermann
The Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams that are trying to trade for Manny Machado as the July 31 deadline nears, and they will likely try to sign the star shortstop this winter even if they can’t acquire him sooner. Believe it or not, signing Machado to a long-term deal may not even be the biggest move the Phillies hope to make this offseason.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Phillies owner John Middleton is willing to be extremely aggressive in pushing to get his team back to the playoffs, and that means making a run at Machado and Bryce Harper. That’s right — both. Continue Reading, by Steve DelVecchio
Despite the Pittsburgh Steelers and superstar running back Le’Veon Bell going down to the buzzer for the second straight offseason, head coach Mike Tomlin remains confident about a resolution.
In an interview this weekend with Bruce Rader of WAVY-TV in Virginia, Tomlin hinted at Bell possibly being signed by Monday at 4 PM EST, which is the deadline for the Steelers to agree to a long-term deal with the back.
“Obviously we want to get the deal done,” said Tomlin, per Steelers Depot. “He wants to get the deal done. Everybody has said that. Now it’s just about the negotiations, getting in the room, and doing what it is they need to do. I’m excited and hopeful. Hopefully we have some exciting news Monday.”
The 26-year-old Bell is once again in a contract stalemate with the Steelers after being franchise-tagged for the second straight season. Last year, the two sides failed to reach an agreement before the deadline, and Bell held out until September before signing the one-year franchise tender worth $12.1 million. Continue Reading by Darryn Albert