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.’’
The song chosen for this year’s ABC/ESPN playoff promo isn’t from Pitbull, the Black Eyed Peas or even The Roots: It’s Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” [nod of approval]
These Raptors playoff T-shirts should have been considered Basketball Jerseys For Sale a bad omen, in retrospect. If this is a rebrand to become the Toronto Cthulhu, however, I’m on board.
As the Bucks poured it on late, Giannis celebrated a good block and got called for a sympathy technical. Let the Freak yell!
Happy 70th birthday to Kareem Abul-Jabbar! Here are 70 sky hooks to celebrate.
The SuperSonics have more playoff wins this century than the Knicks. The SuperSonics had been dead for half of this century.
Speaking of New York’s favorite team, I wrote about Carmelo Anthony’s three options for dealing with the Knicks. I prefer The Captain America, but The Banana Boat would be something amazing.
This would spark Melodrama II as the selected franchises weigh flipping assets for a 33-year-old Anthony or wait for him to opt out in 2018. The wrinkle for the Banana Boat teams — especially Cleveland and L.A. — is that the incumbent superstars could put pressure on their front offices to make the deal. CP3 could make it clear in June he will explore the market in July unless the Clippers try to trade for Melo. LeBron has obvious power in Cleveland and a potential Melo-for-Kevin Love swap is still sitting right there.
Let’s not sleep on the potential for LeBron to declare that Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys he wants the team to get CP3 in a sign-and-trade for Kyrie Irving, trade Love for Melo and sign Wade, who can opt out from his Bulls contract. That would be an insane decision for everyone involved, but this is the NBA, where amazing happens.