Don’t dive for that ball: The Triple-A game that was played on concrete

Portland Beavers outfielders didn’t want to dive on opening day in 1969.

The Beavers, then the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, played at Civic Stadium in downtown Portland, Ore. Their ballpark gained national headlines that winter from a significant field announcement.

“The city council yesterday voted unanimously to carpet Portland’s city-owned Civic Stadium with artificial turf,” the Arizona Republic reported. “Councilmen said they hoped the turf would be ready for the opening of the baseball season this spring.”

As a native of Japan, Darvish was required by age 22 to renounce his Iranian citizenship to remain a citizen of Japan, which he did.

According to The Morning News, Darvish currently is in the U.S. and it would appear (key word there, given the early lack of clarity on the order) he wouldn’t be directly affected. Under current interpretations of the order, he might only be affected if he left the United States, in which case he might not be allowed back into the country.

The Rangers play May 26-28 in Toronto. Rangers officials told The Morning News that they intend to double-check to make sure that Darvish isn’t directly affected.

However, because the Rangers pitcher’s Cheap Jerseys Made In USA father, Farsad Darvish, is a native of Iran, he would be banned from traveling to the U.S. for at least 90 days.

Reached this weekend by The Morning News, Yu Darvish wasn’t sure if his father planned to visit in the near future, but he occasionally has come to the U.S. to see his son pitch since he signed with Rangers in 2012.

Spike Lee rips NFL teams for passing on Colin Kaepernick: ‘Smells mad fishy’

Spike Lee is calling out NFL teams for not signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The fact that a quarterback who started in a Super Bowl only four years ago remains unemployed “smells mad fishy” and “stinks to the high heavens,” Lee wrote in an Instagram post, a picture of himself smiling with the 29-year-old quarterback.

The movie director can’t believe not a single one of the NFL’s 32 teams has signed Kaepernick — especially one of his hometown teams in the Big Apple.

“The New York J-E-T-S need A Quarterback. Who Is the J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In,” Lee wrote.

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Hernandez flew back to Seattle on Wednesday morning to meet with team doctors, who made the diagnosis.

Before exiting Tuesday’s game with no outs in the third, Hernandez gave up a run in the first and a three-run homer in the second, a start that made even Tigers players take notice.

“I haven’t seen him like that in forever,” said Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler, who has 84 career at-bats against Hernandez. “Hopefully, he’s healthy. He didn’t look right.”

Hernandez, 31, has enjoyed a career relatively free of arm problems, though a calf strain sidelined him for over six weeks in 2016. As a minor-leaguer in 2005, he missed a month with bursitis in his shoulder, and in 2007, his second full season in the majors, he spent time Cheap Jerseys Custom on the disabled list with inflammation in his elbow.

Barstool Sports crashes NFL call to ask about a greased-up Andy Reid

The people in charge of the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take” got on an NFL conference call Thursday to ask some important questions.

Barstool Sports crashed the NFL’s conference call Cheap Jerseys 90 and proposed replacing PATs with a greased-up Andy Reid climbing the goal posts.

The conference call was for media members to ask questions about the competition committee and potential upcoming rules changes. The PMT duo of Dan Katz and PFTCommenter asked about removing extra points and also about removing the “Sr.” from players’ jerseys because all it does is promote the fact the player had sex.

Barstool Sports made headlines last month when it was revealed the NFL revoked media credentials to any member of the site after a stunt they pulled a few years ago. The stunt involved them being at the NFL offices demanding Tom Brady not be suspended. They were arrested as a result of the incident.

In November, Bautista rejected a one-year qualifying offer from the Jays worth $17.2 million but didn’t find many suitors since, in part because of his high asking price and the deep power-hitting market. However, the Blue Jays were eager to retain the franchise icon, especially after losing first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Bautista, who has hit above .300 only once in his career, played in only 116 games in the final year of a six-year, $78 million contract with the Blue Jays. He hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs.

Madison Bumgarner injury update: Giants confirm no surgery needed

This qualifies as good news these days for the 7-14 San Francisco Giants: Ace left-hander Madison Bumgarner won’t need surgery on his injured shoulder.

Instead he’ll begin rehab work in four or five days on the separated shoulder sustained last Thursday in a dirt-bike accident, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday.

Nonetheless, Chapman became the first player to be suspended under MLB’s more stringent punishment system for domestic violence offenses, which does not require criminal charges for commissioner Rob Manfred to issue punishment.

Chapman voluntarily accepted the ban and returned to make 20 saves for the Yankees, posting a 2.01 ERA, before he was dealt to Chicago for three prospects. He performed even better for the eventual World Series champions, including pitching the final 1 1/3 innings to close out the Indians in Game 7.

More importantly, Chapman stayed out of trouble, and cashed in as a free agent to return to the Yankees with the richest contract even given to a relief pitcher.

Steinbrenner raves about Chapman every time he’s asked, and he believes Yankees fans feel the same way.

“It’s a lot of money for a reliever,’’ he said. “Obviously, he’s a special player. He’s about as strong a guy as you’ll ever come across.

“He’ll be great. The fans are excited. … They love him. There are so few Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys baseball players that I feel can really get fans to buy a ticket and brings their kids to their game, and he’s one of them.’’

Rex Ryan to join ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ team, report says

There was little doubt about Rex Ryan’s next career move when the NFL coach-hiring cycle passed without him getting a job, and now the expected has come to fruition.

Ryan has signed on as an analyst for ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” the New York Daily News reported Friday. The full-time gig comes on the heels of Ryan doing a guest spot on the show for its Super Bowl 51 edition last month.

“Rex is a great personality and has a unique perspective,” ESPN senior coordinating producer Seth Markman told SportsBusiness Journal at the time. “He knows the Patriots really well. He’s raring to go.”

Now Ryan will have the opportunity to share his insights into every team in the NFL, and that could make for decent entertainment.

The 54-year-old has spent the past eight seasons as a head coach in the league with the Jets and Bills after serving as an NFL assistant for a decade before that.

The Daily News reports Ryan is getting a multi-year deal with ESPN, so Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys we’ll see if he ever finds himself back on a sideline.

“But guess what: It’s 2017. You’ve got to start appealing to what appeals to the next generation. So what is viewed as, ‘This is how you’re supposed to play’?”

Leiter’s point holds water. While high school baseball participation rates have steadily been rising and the sport is raking in more money than ever at the major league level, maybe Americans should look to other countries — say, the Dominican Republic — as an example of what’s appealing to the next generation.

That time Dabo Swinney compared Deshaun Watson to Michael Jordan

Players drafted by one regime sometimes get caught in the wash when a new one arrives. That could very well be the case for Jones, a 2016 fifth-round pick whose skill set as a pocket-passer isn’t an ideal fit for the West Coast-style offensive system being installed by new coordinator Rick Dennison. The Bills also selected another developmental quarterback — Pitt’s Nate Peterman — in Round 5. That move could soon drop Jones to third-string status or off the roster entirely.

NFL Network reported before the draft that Jones was being shopped to other teams. The chances of a divorce increased even more when the Redskins tapped Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine in Round 4. Jones started seven games last year but has battled injuries and was benched midway through the season after too many fumbles.

Deshaun Watson isn’t playing in the Senior Bowl.

The junior quarterback graduated from Clemson in three years, making him eligible to participate in the annual exhibition attended by scouts from every NFL team. Expected by most prognosticators to be taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the two-time Heisman Trophy candidate decided not to play.

Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped reporters from asking Tigers coach NFL Jerseys Nike Dabo Swinney about the man that led the school to its first national championship in 35 years earlier this month. Swinney has always heaped the high praise upon Watson, but Tuesday he took it to another level. Amid ongoing talk among draft analysts that North Carolina product Mitch Trubisky should be the first signal-caller selected, Swinney compared his guy to an all-time great that wasn’t picked No. 1 overall.

Blake Griffin’s injury is another chapter in the Clippers’ cursed history

Maybe the Los Angeles Clippers really are cursed.

It happened again on Friday, that inevitable final chapter that seems to conclude all of their seasons these days. On a seemingly innocuous drive to the rim, Blake Griffin came down wrong, immediately headed to the locker room, and now has been ruled out for the postseason again. It’s the second straight season-ending injury in the playoffs for Griffin, and it’s the fourth year that something has happened to Los Angeles in the postseason.

Griffin seemed to know right away when he left in the second half of Best Site For Cheap Jerseys Game 3, which the Clippers ended up winning anyway. He whacked a chair in frustration before leaving the court, and the team announced it’s an injury to the plantar plate in his big toe.

Throw a parade for Sam Hinkie, dress the Rocky statue in a Sixers jersey and send Markelle Fultz a cheesesteak. Getting the No. 1 pick and the Lakers’ pick (more on that later) is the dream scenario for the Sixers and it represents, at long last, the end of The Process.

Joel Embiid has proven he’s going to be a superstar if he can stay healthy. Ben Simmons has that type of ceiling, too. Adding Fultz could give Philadelphia a homegrown big three that would potentially be on par with what the Warriors once built by drafting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Fultz — at 6’5, with elite scoring instincts out of the pick-and-roll and a sweet jumper — would be a cornerstone anywhere else. In Philly, he could just be another piece of the puzzle for the team with the league’s brightest long-term future.

Will Reuben Foster be the next Vontaze Burfict for the 49ers?

Foster’s dismissal from the NFL Combine will linger as a conversation point for the early portion of his career, even if he ends up being a solid player. He was arguably the combine’s biggest loser, giving teams potential reason to question his character and attitude. Even for a guy who loves the game, question marks like the ones he left teams at the combine are hard to overlook.

Good question. Foster verbally committed to Alabama in 2011 but changed his commitment to Auburn in 2012. The linebacker dressed his daughter up in Auburn gear as he made the announcement and even got a tattoo of the school’s logo before changing his commitment back to Alabama in 2013.

“I think I definitely have enough experience. I only have 13 starts but I played in 30 games,” Trubisky said at the combine. “I’ve come in off the bench, and I’ve seen significant time. I was prepared really well at North Carolina by coach [Keith] Heckendorf, a really good quarterbacks coach, and I’ve studied the game. I’m a student of the game, and I’ve seen a lot of defenses, and I think that’s going to help me.

“I feel like I’m in a really good spot right now to take my game to the next level, and I feel really confident.”

Trubisky will need development to succeed at the next level, but Nike NFL Jerseys China he is coachable, so he should get up to speed quickly.

Past a point, it doesn’t matter how poised Trubisky is or how well he seems to read defenses. Teams had a small sample size of games to work with while analyzing Trubisky’s potential as a starting quarterback.

What are the concerns about Webb?

Conley likens his style to Denver’s Aqib Talib, another long, press corner who has enjoyed success in the NFL. Like Talib, the former Buckeye is probably best suited — at least initially — in zone coverage.

The sexual assault case is still under investigation, but even if Conley isn’t charged, the NFL could still issue a suspension if an independent investigation concludes that he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

Aside from the legal challenges he faces, there are some on-field concerns that could keep him from succeeding in the NFL. At the end of the 2015 season, Notre Dame’s Will Fuller — now a Houston Texan — hauled off four receptions on five targets for 103 yards and a touchdown against Conley. Receivers were often able to gain separation on the former Buckeye, who tended to overcompensate by being aggressive with his hands. This led to inevitable penalties.

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What are the concerns about Webb?

“And he has such arm talent. I think he’s just a hard worker off the field as well as on the field, so I don’t think it’s gonna be a problem for him. I know that there are a lot of air raid quarterbacks that don’t really work out in the league, but I don’t think Davis is one of them. I think he’s gonna be very successful at the next level.”

That will be a necessary part of Webb’s development into an NFL quarterback, but there were red flags about his abilities in that area. He threw 34 interceptions and Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys often looked as though he threw into coverage because of pre-determined decisions prior to the snap.

The recruiting world knew about Fournette years before he signed.

Garrett stood 6’4.5 and 240 pounds, yet he looked almost skinny, clearly having room to add a good 25-plus pounds to his frame. He was an excellent pass rusher with good speed off the edge. Right away this looked special, because most high school speed rushers are typically lighter. That Garrett could rush off the edge with burst, play the run with power, and had the room to continue to grow was an elite combination. And since he was not overaged like many prospects are (Garrett did not turn 18 until after Christmas of his senior season), it suggested he had good potential for future growth.

Garrett also seemed smart for a high schooler. I could hold a conversation with him, as opposed to an awkward interview. And he was coachable, the staff at the Under Armour All-America Game told me.

The recruiting world knew about Fournette years before he signed. Watching him run, his style and balance reminded me of a bigger, faster Willis McGahee (before McGahee’s gruesome knee injury, of course). He was widely considered the best running back in a 2014 recruiting class that also featured Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, Joe Mixon, Royce Freeman, Elijah Hood, Christian McCaffrey, Samaje Perine, and more.

Pierce had his moments in those other stops, particularly in Washington, where he helped guide the young Wizards while raining down clutch shots during the postseason. His season with the Wizards was memorable in that he finally reached the age where he gave exactly zero f–ks.

He gave hilariously cranky interviews where he ripped old teammates Cheap Team Baseball Jerseys and trashed upcoming opponents. He couldn’t figure out social media to save his life, but always managed to post charmingly corny photos dressed up for Halloween or a Kansas NCAA Tournament run. The further he was removed from Boston, Pierce became oddly endearing to the rest of the country.