Aaron Judge, Home Run Derby champ, was a star high school football tight end

Before Aaron Judge was hitting home runs for the New York Yankees — and before his Home Run Derby victory Monday night — he was a highly touted tight end recruit in high school. Judge, who graduated from Linden High School in California in 2010, played baseball, football, and basketball before heading to Fresno State to play baseball.

He’s now obviously doing quite well with his baseball career — just over the weekend, he blasted this 495-foot home run, the longest of the MLB season so far.

Not much! The Cardinals are playing under their record, and while you don’t want to necessarily chop their season up into little itty bits, between their expected records being good enough for hypothetical NL Central supremacy and their 47-42 showing following their poor 3-9 start, they should feel pretty good about next year. Lance Lynn will leave a hole in the rotation, but that’s not an impossible problem to solve, and the same goes for the open slot in their pen should they lose Oh.

The Cardinals probably shouldn’t give up on 2017 by selling off everything that isn’t nailed down, but moving Lance Lynn in the right deal would make a lot of sense — the right deal, in this writer’s opinion, would be one that helps set them up for 2018 with a trade return instead of making them jump through the new qualifying offer hoops that will be active this offseason.

The Cardinals don’t need to rebuild. Retooling now isn’t a bad plan, though, especially if they can do so without sacrificing much as far as their chances at the postseason in 2017 go. Moving Lynn would weaken the rotation, especially with Marco Gonzales recently dealt to the Mariners, but it’s also possible he brings Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys back a return that makes them a real threat in 2018 again, too. It’s at least Wholesale Jerseys All worth exploring.

MLB trade rumor grade: Yonder Alonso to the Yankees?

Have a seat, and participate in our new and ongoing series where we take a trade rumor and try to figure out just how likely and believable it is. You will be shocked, but not every rumor passes Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK the smell test, and many won’t happen even if they do seem like a real possibility. It’s our job to sort all of that out for you.

The rumor getting this treatment today is courtesy MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, who reports that the Yankees and A’s are discussing a deal including recent first-time All-Star Yonder Alonso.

Well that’s an uncomfortable yet fitting segue into Albert Pujols’ contract. Pujols has actually been pretty good with the Angels — the thing about being the hitter of your generation is that your decline is still better than what a lot of people are doing at their peak. And Pujols, from age 32 through 36 with the Angels, hit 146 homers, posted a 123 OPS+, and produced an above-average three WAR per year.

The problem was more with the Angels, as they made the postseason just once in this stretch, and now Pujols is 37 and no longer any good. Also, Pujols is owed another $114 million from 2018 through 2021, and there have already been multiple occasions where, during his time with the team, the Angels were forced to trade away the Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys few prospects and young players they had to fill holes because they didn’t have anymore room on the payroll thanks to deals like the one they signed with Pujols.

And yet, like with Cano, we can’t simply erase what Pujols achieved during the early years of the deal. And that’s going to matter when we bring up the only other deal that rivals his as the worst in the game.

How Pablo Sandoval’s awful contract compares to MLB’s worst

The Boston Red Sox designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment. The Red Sox still owe Pablo Sandoval just shy of $50 million, which, according to Jon Morosi’s calculations, is the second-most dead money ever left on an MLB deal after Josh Hamilton’s Angels contract. It’s… well, it’s not a great contract. It’s not even a good contract. Is Sandoval’s deal the worst contract, though?

On the bright side, J.D. Martinez is once again crushing it and the Tigers probably can’t afford to re-sign him, so at least they won’t be able to overextend him, too. And hey, Justin Upton will probably opt-out, though that’s actually a shame since his contract ends at age-33, anyway.

And hey, with the number of strikeouts the Red Sox generate, what Devers needs to hit to justify the promotion might not be as high as you’d think.

There’s basically no way the Marlins will trade Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. Unless … well, OK. Let’s let Grant Brisbee do the whole Rumor Grade thing to this tasty morsel.
Clayton Kershaw left Sunday’s start with lower back tightness and is expected to land on the disabled list. About the only bright spot from this is that the Dodgers have a massive lead in the NL West and can weather a Kershaw injury.

Kershaw wasn’t the only major starter to be lifted from their Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China game early, as Stephen Strasburg couldn’t get loose and was lifted as a precaution after two innings.
An MLB umpire told a 5-year-old fan to kick Dee Gordon.

I’d make fun of the part where they’re prospect-huggers, except you know that Cheap Barcelona Jerseys every team has been asking for Seager and Bellinger for the last three years, and they’re probably OK with the decision to hang on to them.

His experience could help steady a young rotation once he gets acquainted with everyone.

The jersey worn by the Yankees slugger during his MLB debut last August sold for an astounding $157,366 at an auction held by Steiner Sports on Sunday, denoting his rapid rise in popularity in the last year.

According to ESPN, the sale is the highest price paid for any jersey worn in four major U.S. sports over the last 15 years, beating out Warriors star Steph Curry after his jersey worn in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals sold for $135,060 last month.

Other Judge memorabilia boasting big price tags include a signed rookie card, which sold on eBay earlier this month for more than $14,000, and the jersey worn when he hit his first career grand slam, which sold by Steiner last month for $45,578.

Judge, 25, has had a productive rookie campaign, batting .305 with an MLB-leading 33 home runs, 74 RBIs and an OPS of 1.066. And the Home Run Derby winner is just getting started.

But all joking aside, without Andre Dawson, seriously, I think there’s no telling what would have happened in my career. There was a point in my career that I felt like I needed someone to guide me in the right direction, and that guy was Andre Dawson.

Analysis (Gatto): What a difference a year makes. At this time in 2016, Lucroy — then with the Brewers — was a big deadline prize. He ultimately fetched three of Texas’ top prospects, led by outfielder Lewis Brinson, for Milwaukee. In 2017, he’s fetching . . . well, we don’t know yet. It will likely be a prospect.

Lucroy’s offense fell off a cliff (four home runs, .635 OPS) this Hot Cheap Jerseys year even as he played in a notorious hitter’s park. It’s looking Jerseys For Cheap more and more as though last season’s production (a career-high 24 homers) was an outlier.

One positive for the Rockies: He’ll have to do that on the fly.

The Dodgers’ win moved them to 77-32 this season, and they are 42-7 in their last 49 games

She said it was a smarmy PR move designed to assuage the franchise’s guilt over making Bartman a scapegoat for the club’s century of failures before finally winning it all last season. Bartman, who avoided the limelight after the incident, was just one of many fans reaching for the foul ball that night, Cohn noted.

The ring is a “peace offering that doesn’t erase 14 years of hell for this guy who had one moment where his brain didn’t work, he did the wrong thing,” Cohn said. “Moises Alou would say later he wasn’t able to catch the ball anyway. This is about Cubs fans’ guilt, giving him this ring. This is for you, Cubs fans. It’s not to help Steve Bartman. He doesn’t get those 14 years back. I thought it was a stupid move.”

You know what? I enjoyed Cohn’s rant. It was honest and authentic. In fact, I’d like to see more “SportsCenter” anchors call BS when they feel as strongly about a story as Cohn did about Bartman’s bogus ring.

During the network’s recent layoffs of 100 on-air personnel, she told Justin Terranova of the New York Post she’s unsure of her future at the Worldwide Leader. She has just one year left on her contract.

The Dodgers’ win moved them to 77-32 this season, and they are 42-7 in their last 49 games. Barring injury, they are in great shape to make the World Series run they crave.

The Astros beat the Blue Jays 16-7, setting a franchise record by scoring 15-plus runs for the fifth time this season. Houston accomplished the feat without George Springer, Jose Altuve or Carlos Correa in the lineup. It’s the first time since 2014 the Astros played a game without at least one of them in the lineup.

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Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher should return by end of season

Willson Contreras should be back in time to help the Cubs in the playoffs, but they’ll have to get most of the way there without him.

The team told reporters Friday (via the Chicago Tribune) that Contreras has been diagnosed with a moderate right hamstring strain, which typically sidelines a player for four to six weeks. They hope the catcher is pain-free within two weeks and will evaluate him from there.

“If Eck was around, he’d know who we are,” Price told reporters (via the Boston Herald). “He’s never in the clubhouse. Mr. [Jerry] Remy is always in here. [Play-by-play announcer] Dave O’Brien is always around. Mr. [Mike] Timlin, on the road trip, was always in the clubhouse. (Eckersley is) the one guy I’ve seen in my career that doesn’t ever show his face in the clubhouse. There’s a reason behind that.”

Several of Price’s teammates reportedly stood and applauded on the plane after Price’s outburst.

“I’m standing up for my teammates. That’s it,” Price said. “That’s who I am. That’s who I always have been, and that’s who I will continue to be.”

Price conceded that he could have handled the situation better.

“I could have handled it probably a different way, but ever since that happened, he’s been really good,” Price said. “Said a lot of positive stuff MLB Cheap Jerseys From China about everybody in this clubhouse and this is one band, one sound. Gotta NBA Jerseys For Sale have everybody on board. That’s that.”

Price said he plans to speak with Eckersley, but when asked if that would involve an apology, he said, “When he’s around, we’ll speak face to face. I’m sure you’ll all hear what’s said. That’s the way it goes.”

Phillies cancel Pete Rose wall of fame induction amid sex scandal

The Phillies will not enshrine Pete Rose on the team’s wall of fame at Citizens Bank Ballpark this weekend, canceling the ceremony honoring baseball’s all-time hits leader only days before it was scheduled to take place.

The team’s announcement was prefaced with “Due to recent events бн,” an apparent reference to news this week, via court documents in Ohio, that Rose acknowledged having sex with a female who was younger than 16, though the former MLB star and manager claimed to believe she was of legal age at the time of the extramarital affair in the 1970s while he was with the Reds.

“Due to recent events, the Phillies and Pete Rose have decided Pete will not participate the Phillies Alumni Weekend festivities at Citizens Bank Ballpark,” the team said in a statement.

The Chicago Cubs are giving Steve Bartman a 2016 World Series ring. What a classy move. Hopefully he comes back to beautiful Wrigley Field.

Those are kind words for a man who had to be escorted out of Wrigley Field by security as fans pelted him with beer and debris (Bartman later had police protection outside his home). ESPN detailed Bartman’s traumatic post-incident saga in the 2011 30 For 30 film, “Catching Hell.”

Cubs fans’ attitudes toward Bartman have softened in recent years. It probably helped that the Cubs snapped their 108-year World Series championship drought last season. Some fans suggested Bartman be invited to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game last year, or be allowed to participate in the Cubs victory parade. (Bartman has steadfastly refused to be interviewed or otherwise capitalize on that 2003 incident.)

In a statement Monday, Bartman thanked the Cubs organization US Cheap Jerseys Club and fans for the ring, noting, “I am relieved and hopeful that the saga of the 2003 foul Texans Cheap Jerseys ball incident surrounding my family and me is finally over.”

Browns ‘starting’ Brock Osweiler at quarterback is great news … for DeShone Kizer

So the Browns have named Brock Osweiler their starting quarterback for the team’s 2017 NFL preseason opener in Cleveland on Thursday. That’s exactly what rookie DeShone Kizer should want to hear in his quest to start when it counts — Week 1 of the regular season.

Coach Hue Jackson, in a statement released by the team, based his decision to go with Osweiler against the Saints because of the current “stage in the evaluation process” of their quarterbacks.

EA Sports recently released the first gameplay trailer for “Madden NFL 18,” which includes a quick look at new features like Target Passing, Play Styles, and WR/DB Interactions.

“Madden NFL 18” also introduces the series’ first ever story mode, featuring actors that include Mahershala Ali and Scott Porter, plus appearances from licensed colleges Texas and Oregon.

The game will release Aug. 22 for those who buy the $80 “G.O.A.T” edition, and Aug. 25 for the standard edition. Those with an EA Access subscription on Xbox One will be able to start playing a 10-hour trial of the game Aug. 17.

With both a formidable defensive line and an impressive secondary, the Giants have one of the most imposing defenses in “Madden NFL 18.” Landon Collins (92 Overall), Janoris Jenkins (89 Overall) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (89 Overall) trail only Seattle for top-rated trio in the league.

The TV debate swirling around Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment is getting more heated, with FS1 co-host Jason Whitlock charging that the former 49ers quarterback’s supporters are attempting a “racial shakedown” of the NFL.

Whitlock, noting that Spike Lee is promoting a pro-Kaepernick rally outside the NFL’s New York City headquarters, said his supporters are following Liverpool Cheap Jerseys the Knicks Cheap Jerseys protest playbook used by Al Sharpton in the 1980s during the Tawana Brawley case.

The most recent rights deal is worth $44.5 billion.

The games will be a respite from all the time there were no games. This year, seemingly more than ever, there was everything but games for six months.

There’s the backup quarterback nobody wanted to sign for fear that he would be a distraction. Yet, as kickoff for the Cowboys and Cardinals in Canton approached, guess what was the biggest distraction in the NFL: the backup quarterback nobody wants to sign. If somebody had signed Colin Kaepernick in March, the distraction would be over. Instead, it’s an international story that has no end in sight. Well done, NFL.

If not for him, the league would likely not have its current television contracts.

Ever-increasing TV revenue has driven up player salaries and thus heightened the salary cap, but it also has made other owners a lot of cash.

Jones used a little of that cash to build what is considered the gold standard of NFL stadiums, his “billion-dollar playpen” known as AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009.

His influence most recently was felt when the Rams relocated to Los Angeles last year. Jones played a major role in owners approving Stan Kroenke’s bid to move the franchise back to LA, which included a $2.6 billion playpen in Inglewood, Calif.

Jones has always been an innovator and he belongs in Canton not only for his decisions as the Cowboys’ owner but also for the major contributions he has made in transforming the NFL into the most popular major sports league in Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys America.

New FS1 hire Mark Schlereth noted that when the league wants to make bad publicity go away, it’s more than capable. When Michael Sam was poised to be the NFL’s first openly gay player, the league made sure he was drafted, noted Schlereth. Sam didn’t last. But Hot Cheap Jerseys his brief stint in the league enabled the NFL to to avoid accusations of homophobia.

The Penguins trailed 5-0 in the third period before a pair of late goals made things a little prettier

The Caps forced a Game 7 with a dominant 5-2 win in Pittsburgh on Monday. The Penguins have now blown series leads of 2-0 and 3-1 and given all the momentum back to the Capitals, who have looked like a new team since dropping star Alex Ovechkin to the third line to help ignite the bottom six.

It’s no surprise this series is heading to Game 7, but how it got to that point is pretty shocking.

Up until Game 5, no team in the Stanley Cup playoffs was playing better than Pittsburgh. The Penguins handled the Blue Jackets 4-1 in Round 1, scoring three goals or more in all five games. They were the superior team in those first four contests against the Capitals, too.

Penguins beat writer Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette called Monday’s loss “among the worst playoff losses in franchise history.” This is a franchise with four Stanley Cups, so that means something.

The Penguins trailed 5-0 in the third period before a pair of late goals made things a little prettier. They had just eight shots entering the final 20 minutes and the Capitals’ defense was making them look like they had cinder blocks strapped to their skates.

In 2003, they became free agents and signed together with the Avalanche at discounted rates, joining a star-studded cast of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote in pursuit of an elusive Stanley Cup for one season. But that’s around the time their careers took separate turns.

Even with the Ducks winning the shot battle 25-8, Nashville took its lead into the third period and Sissons’ second goal of the game made it 3-1 three minutes in.

A pair of goals scored two minutes apart by Chris Wagner and Cam Fowler tied the Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China game, but Sissons completed the hat trick by netting the go-ahead goal with six minutes remaining. A pair of empty-netters ensured the underdog darlings of the playoffs would indeed go Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys the distance.