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.”

NFL trade rumors: Browns more excited about obtaining pick than Brock Osweiler


This is how it looks when a $72 million NFL quarterback is an afterthought.

The Browns on Thursday acquired Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Texans while also exchanging lower-round picks with Houston in this year’s draft. In the team’s announcement of the trade, team vice president Sashi Brown made it quite clear he was more enthused about acquiring the pick.

“We’re really excited to acquire a second-round draft choice in this trade. Draft picks are extremely important to our approach in building a championship caliber football team. We are intent on adding competition to every position on our roster and look forward to having Brock come in and compete.”
Welcome to Cleveland, Brock. Don’t unpack your bags.

Reports are the Browns will flip Osweiler to another team or just Basketball Cheap Jerseys cut him. They have the cap room to do that.

Sammy Sosa remains a fringe Cooperstown candidate despite his 609 career home runs, and if rumors of performance-enhancing drug use are what’s keeping him out, he’s here to say his detractors have it all wrong.

Bradley then went into detail about what happened during and after the killings, via an account from the Boston Globe:

Bradley testified that Hernandez “extended his body out the window,” braced himself, and twice said, “Yo.” Then, the witness said, Hernandez said “What’s up now, [expletive],” and began shooting.

Yankees owner wants Alex Rodriguez to have expanded role


Alex Rodriguez is already serving as a special adviser to the Yankees, but owner Hal Steinbrenner wouldn’t mind seeing more of A-Rod around the team.

Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero and 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias, told the Sun Sentinel Rivero’s claim was filed Friday, and will be followed by Macias’ claim on Monday. The families had already raised more than $40,000 each through GoFundMe.com pages to cover funeral expenses.

“The Rivero and Macias families are deeply scarred by the loss of their sons,” Royer stated Friday. “We remain open to a settlement and are hopeful a prompt resolution can be achieved to spare these families, and that of Jose Fernandez too, from any additional suffering.”

The attorney representing Fernandez’s family, Ralph Fernandez, told the Sun Sentinel a settlement is “highly unlikely” because it’s not known if Fernandez was the one Baseball Jerseys Cheap actually driving the boat when it crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach. The U.S. Coast Guard found the boat, “Kaught Looking,” around 3 a.m. overturned on the rocky quay.

Fernandez made just over $6.5 million over four years and was a two-time All-Star. The 2013 NL Rookie of the Year was on the brink of a huge payday with his contract expiring following the 2016 season. He could have received up to $30 million per season. His estate is valued between $2 million and $3 million.

Felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones dismissed


Bengals cornerback Adam Jones will no longer face a felony charge in connection with his January arrest in Cincinnati.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced Wednesday that the felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance has been dismissed, while three other misdemeanor charges remain on the docket.

The league has yet to hand down a punishment for the January incident.

Arrieta, who avoided arbitration on Friday with a $15.6 million deal, was 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA this past season for the World Series champions. His 40 wins over the past two seasons is the most in baseball.

At 31 next season, Arrieta will command close to $30 million a season but the Cubs, who will on the hook for Jason Heyward’s $28 million contract and Jon Lester’s $27.5 million contracts in 2018, might not be able to afford it unless the two sides reach an agreement soon.

“This is a great place to play,” Arrieta said about Authentic NFL Cheap Jerseys Chicago. “Everybody knows that. If it happens, it happens. I don’t know where we stand. I really don’t. We do have some time to maybe work something out. If it doesn’t, I will become a free agent.”

Clark indicated during a news conference Sunday that he wasn’t inclined to accept any tweaks that would fundamentally alter the way the game is played with just weeks to go before the start of the 2017 season, though he said he was open to an “ongoing dialogue” with MLB.

Andrew McCutchen feeling centered again with Pirates, but shouldn’t get too comfortable


Andrew McCutchen, improbably, is back in his old position with the Pirates, months after the organization tried to trade him. He’s intent on proving that his Pirate bosses were wrong and that he’s still a franchise cornerstone.

McCutchen has played his past 12 games in center field, in place of the suspended Starling Marte, after being shifted to right field in the offseason. He has made it clear he wants to stay there. Check out these two plays against the Cardinals on April 18:

“Center field is where I need to play. It’s where I’m going to be at. If I need to show a couple people that, you know, I can do what I need to out there, I’m going to do it,” he later told reporters, per the (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette.

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Those honors instead belong to Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez, who were elected to the 2017 class Wednesday.

But Bonds and Clemens are gaining votes, as Baseball Writers’ Association of America voters are slowly getting past whatever reservations they might have about players most prominently connected to the Steroid Era. Clemens and Bonds, who received 45.2 and 44.3 percent of votes last year, are up to 54.1 and 53.8 percent in 2017 respectively, closing in on the 75 percent threshold needed to make it into Cooperstown.

Derek Jeter reportedly ‘beside himself angry’ over joint Alex Rodriguez interview


Even though it’s been awhile since Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have played together on the Yankees, things aren’t smooth sailing between the pair.

Jeter and Rodriguez appeared together during a joint Cheap Baseball Jerseys China CNBC interview with Bob Pisani to discuss their charities on May 2. However, the questioning turned to their personal relationship, and the tension was palpable.

Although the Steelers’ front office didn’t necessarily believe him, Roethlisberger caused quite a stir when he revealed earlier this year he was mulling retirement.

I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all options, Roethlisberger said in January. To consider health, and family and things like that and just kind of take some time away to evaluate next season, if there’s going to be a next season.

Still, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert remained confident that Pittsburgh’s trio of Killer Bs would stay intact for at least one more season. Now that wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell are locked up with new contracts, the team’s priority will shift to under center. The Steelers have already secured Landry Jones after re-signing the backup to a two-year deal on March 9.

Roethlisberger, who turned 35 on March 2, has two years remaining on his five-year contract worth $99 million.

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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.”

Fernandez was killed in a boating accident along with two friends on Sept. 25. According to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Department, Fernandez had a blood alcohol content of .147 percent, nearly twice the legal intoxication limit, and had cocaine in his system, but investigators have not determined who was driving the boat.

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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.