SN exclusive: MLB Network hiring ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi

Finally, some hot stove action in Major League Baseball: Ex-New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is joining MLB Network as studio analyst, sources tell Sporting News.
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MLB Network is expected to announce the hiring of the 53-year-old Girardi as early as Wednesday, said sources with knowledge of the deal. He’s expected to make his debut on MLB Tonight Wednesday night (6 p.m. ET), alongside Mike Lowell, Bill Ripken and Greg Amsinger.

Josh Sitton, Dolphins Grade: A- Miami had some of the worst guard play in football last season, and Sitton should be a huge upgrade on the likes of Jermon Bushrod and Anthony Steen.

The former Packers guard might not quite have deserved Chuck Bednarik Jersey his Pro Bowl nod with the Bears in 2016, but he’s still an above-average interior lineman.

Sitton will turn 32 in July, so the Dolphins might not be in business with him for the long haul, but his two-year, $15 million deal contains $8 million guaranteed, suggesting that the Dolphins should be able to get out of the deal after 2018 if he declines any further.

That’s a very reasonable move.

The Astros beat the Yankees in seven games in the American League Championship Series in 2017. But with the addition of National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the lineup, many pundits are championing New York as the best team in the AL.

Verlander obviously does not support that argument and he has a case. Houston beat the Yankees, then went on to beat a team many thought was the best in baseball in the Dodgers. They return every player in their historical batting order, added two good relievers, and traded for 2015 NL Cy Young candidate Gerrit Cole.
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Make no mistake, the Yankees will be a tough team to beat this season, but the Astros are far from a forgotten contender.

That’s the top of the market for run-stuffing defensive linemen who don’t get after the quarterback.
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WR Donte Moncrief, Jaguars Grade: D It’s difficult to see the reasoning behind the one-year deal the Jags handed Moncrief, given that it will pay him a minimum of $7 million and hit up to $9.6 million with incentives.

A’s, Mariners to open 2019 MLB season in Tokyo, report says

The Athletics and Mariners are heading east next year 锟斤拷 the Far East.
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I ended my career here, I was here. We were expecting a baby at the time, so it was kind of the natural flow of events. We wanted to focus on our family once the baby was born. Before we knew, all the years had gone by and we’re still here.

One of the game’s star power-hitters through the 1960s and early ’70s, the first baseman-outfielder was traded to the Cardinals in 1966 for pitcher Ray Sadecki and won the NL MVP award in 1967 as St. Louis won the World Series, cementing the trade as one of the worst in Giants history.

Cepeda played 17 seasons, all but the final two-plus years in the National League, hitting .297/.350/.499 with 379 homers and 1,365 RBIs.

He retired in 1974 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999 on a Veterans Committee ballot. He has been a community representative for the Giants since 1987.

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My career here has exceeded my wildest imagination. I didn’t think this was going to last through my first August, never mind 12 years, said Strief, who was drafted in the seventh round out of Northwestern in 2006 and became a full-time starter five years later — finishing with 98 career starts, including the playoffs.

You took a chance on me when Cam Fowler Jersey no one else would. Your faith in me has changed my life forever. … Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Strief said to Payton.

He called Brees the single greatest motivation for me as a player while talking about his tireless work ethic.

My greatest drive as a player was not to let you down, Strief told Brees. Being a small part of your Hall of Fame career has been my greatest honor as a player.

Cardinals SS Paul DeJong agrees to MLB-record 6-year, $26M extension

Second-year shortstop Paul DeJong has agreed to a record extension with the Cardinals, the team announced Monday afternoon.

The six-year, $26 million extension is the largest ever for a player with less than one year of MLB service, surpassing the six-year, $25 million deal shortstop Tim Anderson signed with the White Sox in 2017.

That said, much of Crawford’s current value comes from his defense: MLB Pipeline named Crawford part of the 2018 All-Defense Team, while current projections peg him as an average- to above-average defensive shortstop (despite a less-than-great showing in 2018). Though Crawford fielded just 55 innings at shortstop in 2017, scouting reports indicate that his floor is as a solid defender at shortstop.

But while defense may be Crawford’s signature, the real potential lies in Crawford’s power. Despite hitting for only a .086 ISO in his MLB debut last season and a .121 in his MiLB career, Crawford has displayed flashes of power, most recently in the second half of last season in AAA, mashing .287/.385/.513 in his last 195 PA at AAA, good for a .226 ISO.

Not good news out of Mariners this morning. Tests show strained right oblique for Ben Gamel and he’ll be out estimated 4-6 weeks. Opening Day is 3 1/2 weeks away.

Gamel, who is one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, hit .275 with 11 home runs, 27 doubles, five triples and 59 RBIs in his first full season in the big leagues.

He was injured Friday during batting practice and thought it was just a “tweak,” the Seattle Times reported. Results from an MRI on Saturday revealed the injury was worse than initially expected.

The Mariners, who went 78-84 last season, are already thin in the outfield with right fielder Mitch Haniger dealing with hand tendinitis and versatile backup Guillermo Heredia recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Former Marlins infielder Dee Gordon (now slated to play center field in Seattle) is the only healthy starter as the Mariners might have to turn to middle infielders Andrew Romine and Taylor Motter to fill in while waiting on Gamel, Heredia and Haniger to return.

Andre Roberson’s injury deals brutal blow to Thunder’s chances of shaking up West

With Roberson locking down the opposing team’s best perimeter threat, George was unleashed as a rover, free to wreak havoc all over the floor. He leads the league in deflections per game (4.4) and is tied for the lead in steals per game (2.2) with Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe. Now, OKC coach Billy Donovan might have to use George more frequently as the primary defender against backcourt stars and scoring forwards. But who takes Roberson’s spot?

Arizona got a bit of a break to get the game’s first goal 3 1/2 minutes into the first period when Demers’ passing attempt went off defender Kris Russell’s heel and caromed past Oilers goalie Cam Talbot.

Khaira’s short-handed goal tied it eight minutes into the game. He followed up a shot by Ryan Strome and tapped the rebound past Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper.

The Oilers took the lead with 6:39 remaining in the first when Lucic scored on a slap shot for his 10th.

To be clear, the Big Baller Brand Challenge is a five-game showcase event with teams full of younger, less talented players than the LKL. LaMelo and LiAngelo both played limited minutes and were shut out in their official Lithuanian league debuts. It’s unlikely they’ll find success against a higher level of competition given that they are unaccustomed to facing experienced professional players.

Follow along with the Facebook Live video stream below to see how the Ball boys fared in their fifth Big Baller Brand Challenge game. (In case you’re looking for them, LaMelo is No. 1 and LiAngelo is No. 3 in the blue uniforms. LaVar is… well, you know who he is.)

“The team likes playing in front of him,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “There have been a few struggles here and there, but he was solid right from the get-go tonight.”

Korpisalo got some offensive help in a tight-checking game that reflected the urgency for the Blue Jackets, who are battling Florida and Carolina — both of which lost Tuesday — for the final wild card.lions_083

Nuggets fan who got in Russell Westbrook’s face banned from games

The verdict is in concerning the altercation between the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and a Nuggets fan that occurred seconds after Denver’s 127-124 win over Oklahoma City Thursday night: Westbrook indeed shoved the fan, but the fan, not Westbrook, was at fault.

That much was clear to most people who witnessed the incident. Seconds after Gary Harris’ game-winning 3-pointer, the fan ran onto the court and got in Westbrook’s face. In reaction, Westbrook shoved him, an understandable response in the heat of the moment.

As long as West remains in his post in LA, it’s very easy to see the Clippers recruiting Thompson in two summers. But for now, Klay is a long way from ditching a team that has the look of a dynasty.

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OKC general manager Sam Presti is trying to add more pieces for the stretch run, either before the NBA trade deadline Thursday or after players are bought out of their contracts. The Thunder enter deadline day fifth in the Western Conference with a 31-24 record. George is averaging 22.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.lions_129

The Spurs and Lakers have the two best overall winning percentages in NBA history.

The Grizzlies (18-43) are on their longest losing streak since Jan. 6-31, 2009. Their last 12-game losing streak coincided with the one-year anniversary of trading Pau Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers for his brother Marc Gasol.

Besides Gasol getting some rest, Andrew Harrison (right wrist) and Tyreke Evans (right rib) are expected to miss Saturday’s game. Chandler Parsons missed Friday’s game with an illness and is expected to play while JaMychal Green might play after sitting out Friday for the same reason.

“We’re sharing the ball, pushing it and playing at the pace we like to play at,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said after the win in Miami. “Tonight we were making the simple extra pass instead of trying to hold for quick shots or try to make spectacular passes.”

Los Angeles beat the Spurs on Jan. 11 in the two teams’ first meeting of the season and have won two straight against San Antonio. The Spurs still have won eight of the past 10 against Los Angeles and own an 86-79 all-time edge over the Lakers, including a 51-32 advantage at home.

“Great teams win on the road,” Beal said after Washington won its fourth consecutive road game and fifth in the last six away from home. “You won’t have success unless you win on the road.”

But any win over a fellow Eastern Conference playoff hopeful can boost a team’s confidence, especially on the road.

“From the arena to the players to the (officials), it definitely felt like a playoff atmosphere,” Oladipo said. “It was a great win for us.”

With his team trailing by five, Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton missed a corner 3-pointer off an inbounds play with 8.9 seconds left. Bojan Bogdanovic hit two foul shots at the other end to seal it and hand the Bucks their fourth straight loss.