Eric Gagne, out of majors since 2008, gets serious about comeback attempt


Eric Gagne hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since Sept. 25, 2008, but the former National League Cy Young winner wants to make a comeback.

Fresh off a surprisingly impressive showing in the World Baseball Classic, the 41-year-old right-hander has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, the team announced Friday.

According to the New York Daily News, “You could feel the sense of disappointment in the (Port St. Lucie) crowd, no matter how early it may be on the baseball calendar.”

A scout told the Daily News, “I was surprised his fastball didn’t have a little more life.”

In a separate piece in the newspaper, scouts said that it looked like Harvey was “throwing across his body, dragging down his arm speed on his fastball.”

While Harvey said he was satisfied with his 39-pitch outing and Best Cheap Jerseys From China that he is dealing with a stiff neck, he tempered expectations he has for himself, saying after the game, “Honestly, I don’t have any. I just want to make every start.”

Upon his return from Tommy John surgery two years ago, Harvey’s first pitched clocked in at 99 mph.

But it’s early March and way too early for Mets fans to freak out. Harvey has plenty of time to get stronger before the regular season starts.

“We’ve got a long way to go,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “As long as he felt good about it, we’re on the right track.”

John Elway’s letter backing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ignites social media storm


Broncos GM and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway ignited a social media storm Monday with a letter he sent on stationery bearing the team logo urging the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to approve Colorado native Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Colorado Springs Gazette tweeted a copy of the letter Monday. In it, Elway a longtime supporter of Republican politics wrote in part about the right-leaning Gorsuch, “Neil is a big Denver Broncos fan, and I can tell you I’m a big fan of his.”

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Rockies’ David Dahl, expected to start in LF, shelved with rib injury


Second-year Rockies left fielder David Dahl, who arrived at camp as the favorite to win the starting job, will instead spend the coming weeks trying to recover from a stress reaction in a rib that makes baseball activities painful, The Denver Post reported.

“I think the common theme is that he’s going to be fine — in time,” manager Bud Black said. “This is not a months (long) deal.”

Still, the injury could open the door for veteran Gerardo Parra Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys to become the starter for the Rockies, who are considered by some to be a darkhorse playoff contender this season.

Dahl, who’ll turn 23 on April 1, underwent multiple tests to determine what was causing him pain in his mid-back that was particularly bad when he swung the bat. According to the report, it’s unclear whether he’ll get any more playing time in spring training.

That’s when things got out of control with the addition of the modern, giant side patch for the World Series. It’s been a hat-tastrophe ever since, with no sign of a return to proper normalcy. Just think, back in the day teams wore the trucker-style snapback hats in spring training. What an uncivilized time that must seem from the perspective of Big Hat.

Alas, the patches probably aren’t going anyway. Every MLB event will have its own hat identity from here to eternity. I suppose people will keep buying them, caring not that each purchase endorses this ugliness.

Twins reliever Ryan O’Rourke gets sick before almost every appearance


Ryan O’Rourke has made 54 appearances out of the Twins’ bullpen the past two seasons, and almost all had a common denominator — he got sick before each appearance.

The 28-year-old left-hander told TwinCities.com he always finds a private spot to do his business.

“I don’t do it in the public’s eye,” O’Rourke said. “I go in the bathroom, or sometimes it’s just on the back of the mound. But, yeah, it happens.”

O’Rourke says he’s been like this since his college days. While in the minors, he says the grounds crew would even wait with a new bag by the bullpen trash can before his appearances.

“It just happens,” O’Rourke said. “I’m pretty pumped up out there. I think everything is culminating as I’m getting ready for my big moment, whether it’s energy or what. I like the competitive aspect. I think this is just a way for me to release a little bit of my nerves.”

In his second big-league season last year, O’Rourke gave many opposing batters the jitters, averaging 8.6 Ks per 9 innings, with a 3.96 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.

For Leiter, who participated in the inaugural WBC, the solution is similar to that of any fractured locker room in any sport. There’s a simple remedy for some American fans’ seeming indifference to the WBC: winning.

“You’ll get more interest if we can get to the finals,” Leiter said. “We’ll see if their success will translate to more people watching.”

The United States’ highest finish in the WBC is Cheap Jerseys America fourth in 2009, so it’s easy to see why fans in this country might not care. Why tune in for an event your team has no hope of winning? Clearly, though, the rest of the world takes the tournament seriously. International TV ratings are through the roof after just three cycles.

Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes will try to end sad streak of QBs teams traded up for in the NFL draft


The Texans and Chiefs are just two of 10 teams who have traded a future first-round pick to draft a quarterback. Both Houston and Kansas City will hope that Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes will turn out better than the other quarterbacks in this scenario.

It all goes back to perhaps the most infamous quarterback on this list, Ryan Leaf. Much like the San Francisco 49ers did this year for Mitchell Trubisky, the Chargers traded up from No. 3 to No. 2 to select Leaf.

Leaf was a disaster. He played in just 21 games over three seasons for the Chargers and threw 13 touchdowns against 33 interceptions.

The other names on this list aren’t terribly inspiring, either. Kyle Boller played out his rookie contract with the Ravens, but never developed into a starter worthy of two Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys first-round picks. J.P. Losman started 16 games for the Bills just once, in 2006, and he threw 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and fumbled the ball away 13 times.

Awuzie wasn’t an unbeatable cover corner, but his strengths fit CU’s. Playing in the Pac-12 meant facing three- and four-wide spread offenses, and Awuzie’s ability to double as a cover man and a tackler was critical.

The Buffs had one of the most active secondaries in the sport, so Awuzie had to lurk near the line of scrimmage. He and his fellow DBs got pretty good there, closing on the ball quickly and blowing up safe-gainers.

DeShone Kizer will probably be Browns’ starting QB in 2017


An uneven, losing season at Notre Dame did little to dampen the Cleveland Browns’ enthusiasm for DeShone Kizer. The Browns drafted the two-year starter with the 52nd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, hoping he can become their franchise quarterback.

Kizer’s draft stock fluctuated this spring. His performance in the NFL Draft Combine’s athletic drills was underwhelming, but then then he somewhat redeemed himself by showcasing a powerful and accurate arm when asked to throw in front of scouts. His workout at Notre Dame’s pro day was more of the same — questionable measurables, but the ability to throw the hell out of a football.

One thing that’s not in question? His sense of style. Kizer donned a gorgeous, lavender-Sasquatch suit on Thursday night, supporting the Andrew Weishar Foundation in the process.

Salata, 90, was a 10th round pick in the 1951 NFL Draft, a time when 30 rounds existed. But even though he wasn’t a last pick, he’s changed the way the selection is viewed and even forced the NFL Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys to change a rule.

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Los Angeles was slated to pick 332nd, but intentionally passed to allow Pittsburgh to pick and hand the Rams the 333rd and final pick. But the Steelers didn’t want it. So a stand-off ensued until Pete Rozelle forced the Rams to pick and instituted a rule, commonly known as the “Salata Rule,” that mandated the team awarded the final pick is the one to use it.