Former Angels, Orioles 3B Doug DeCinces convicted in federal insider-trading case

A jury found former Angels and Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces guilty on 13 counts Friday in a federal insider-trading case, the Orange County Register reports.

DeCinces, 66, will remain free while he awaits sentencing.

He played in the major leagues from 1973-87, spending nine seasons with the Orioles and six with the Angels before wrapping up his career with a handful of games for St. Louis.

The third baseman won a Silver Slugger award and finished third in AL Most Valuable Player voting in 1982 as he established career highs in batting average (.301), doubles (42), home runs (30) and RBIs (97), among other categories. He was named to the All-Star Game for the only time in his career the following year.

Sanchez was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jets and spent his first five seasons in New York. He took the Jets to the playoffs in his first two seasons, but a shoulder injury in 2013 ended his time with the Jets.

He spent the next two seasons with the Jets before having stints with the Broncos and Cowboys last year. The Cowboys added Sanchez as a backup to rookie Dak Prescott last year following the preseason back injury to Tony Romo. Sanchez will be able to compete for a starting job in Chicago, though the job seems to belong to Glennon.

Sanchez appeared in two games last season, completing Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Site 10 of 18 passes for 93 yards, but with two interceptions. He has a career completion percentage of just 56.7 percent and has thrown for 15,219 yards with 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions.

Spring training 2017 schedule: Reporting dates for all 30 Major League Baseball teams

“When do pitchers and catchers report?” That’s a popular question you’ll hear with Major League Baseball’s 2017 spring training camps opening this week to warm the hearts of fans who’ve endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter.

But not every team’s pitchers and catchers report to spring training on the same date, as the schedules vary from team to team and league to league — that is, the Cactus League in Arizona and the Grapefruit League in Florida.

So, here are the 2017 spring training reporting schedules and dates for all 30 MLB teams, divided into Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues:

Wright’s latest setback left manager Terry Collins with Cheap Jerseys MLB an all-too-familiar feeling.

“It’s very hard,” Collins told reporters Tuesday, per MLB.com. “But there are certain people who can deal with adversity and know how to get through it, and David’s one of those guys. He’s not going to stand in the way of us progressing in spring training. He’ll get on a program. He’ll do his stuff. But I know one thing: He will be with us in spirit every day. He’ll be in that clubhouse every day leading the charge, like he always has. I just hope he continues to progress and gets back.”

Translation: See you when we see you, captain.

The other half of the starting infield is Neil Walker (back surgery) and Asdrubal Cabrera (knee). They’re good so far, but March is just starting and both players are over 30.

Translation No. 2: Get ready for lots of Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores in the early part of the season.

MLB injuries: Corey Kluber, Cole Hamels land on disabled list

Two of the American League’s more reliable starters have landed on the disabled list, and at least one of them could miss a significant chunk of the season.

Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels (strained oblique) and Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (lower back tightness) were placed on the 10-day DL Wednesday by their teams.

“Right now I feel like we got probably the best defense in the AFC,” Hankins said. “On paper, it looks good, but we’ve got to go out there and prove it. We’ve got a great quarterback here, as y’all know, Andrew Luck, and some great weapons on offense. So, if we can just come together during OTAs, and once training camp starts, get a good feel of everybody and just trust each other, I feel like we’ll be real dominant out there.”

While that’s a good mindset to have, don’t expect many to agree with him. The Colts were near the league bottom in total defense (30th), pass defense (27th), rush defense (25th) and points allowed (22nd) last season. But to their credit, they added a lot of new talent, which should improve those numbers.

Joining Hankins in free agency is Al Woods, Jabaal Sheard, Barkevious Mingo, Margus Hunt and Sean Spence. Then the Colts went defense-heavy in the NFL Draft, selecting safety Malik Hooker in the first round, Quincy Wilson (CB) in the second, Tarell Basham (DT) in Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon Code the third, Grover Stewart (DT) in the fourth, and Anthony Walker (LB) and Nate Hairston (CB) in the fifth.

Best in the AFC? Probably not, but this unit should be much improved heading into 2017.

Brewers’ Eric Thames drug tested again after hitting 11th HR: ‘I have a lot of blood and urine’

Twitter lost its mind Monday when Eric Thames blasted two home runs against the Reds, calling for the Brewers slugger to get drug tested again.

Well, trolls, you got your wish.

Thames hit his MLB-leading 11th homer Tuesday against Reds pitcher Cheap Jerseys And Jordans Robert Stephenson, a two-run, 357-foot shot to deep right at Miller Park, bringing his RBI total to 19 in 22 games to begin the season. After the game, Major League Baseball was back in the Brewers’ clubhouse to collect blood and urine samples from Thames.

“Absolutely,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday about seeing Rodriguez’s role expanding. “We haven’t talked about that. Obviously he’s been doing some broadcasting as well, and he’s got other things going on in his life. But, look, the more he’s involved, he’s actually tremendous with the young players. Always has been. We are going to continue talking about different ways he can be involved.”

In addition to being an adviser, Rodriguez also is joining a group of guest instructors at Yankees spring training this year. He was an instructor last season, as well, but will be in a coaching role this season.

Rodriguez played for the Mariners and Rangers, but finished his years in New York, where he helped the franchise win a World Series in 2009 but also was suspended for steroid use. Still, he’s one of baseball’s all-time great hitters, so any advice he can offer for the younger players will be welcomed by Steinbrenner.

Some farewell: Ichiro goes deep in likely last AB in Seattle

So long, Seattle. Goodbye, baseball.

Longtime Mariner and current Marlin Ichiro Suzuki hit a ninth-inning home run Wednesday night in what likely was his last at-bat in Seattle.

“It was my last at-bat, obviously, and the last chance,” Suzuki told reporters through an interpreter (via the Seattle Times). “With the game the way it was going, that’s what I wanted to hit, right there.’

Suffice it to say, Mariners fans got the best of both worlds: Seattle won, 10-5, but they left Safeco Field with one more moment to treasure from the 10-time Mariners All-Star who burst on the MLB scene in 2001, winning AL Rookie of the Year and MVP honors.
Okung played in Denver last year.

The situation gets a little trickier in Okung’s case because there may be a middle man involved. Although Okung does not have an agent, SB Nation’s MileHighReport.com reported Wednesday that some teams “suspect … the Chargers are communicating with Okung’s advisor, former NFLPA-certified agent Jimmy Halsell. Because Halsell isn’t currently certified by the union, however, teams can’t talk to him on Okung’s behalf before the new league year opens.”

The NFL takes a very serious approach to tampering.

In 2015, the league cited the Chiefs with tampering in the recruitment Cheap Heat Jerseys of free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Kansas City was forced to forfeit a third-round draft pick in 2016, a sixth-round pick in 2017, and both coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were fined.

Yankees, slugger Chris Carter reportedly agree to 1-year contract

Most professional hits by any baseball player, counting Suzuki’s work in Japan; 3,030 hits just in the majors, as well as 10 Gold Gloves. First Japanese player to star long-term stateside.

Over Suzuki’s first 10 seasons in the majors, he averaged 224 hits, a .331 batting average, and a Gold Glove. Since then, he’s won no Gold Gloves and hit .270 with an average of 131 hits per season. More than this, just as Pete Rose was a below-average player in his final seasons while he chased the all-time hit record, Suzuki was worth -5.2 Wins Above Average and just 5.3 WAR from 2011 through 2016 as he pursued 3,000 hits. Most voters won’t care about this. A handful might.

The Yankees have reportedly reached a one-year deal that will bring slugging first baseman Chris Carter to the Bronx.

USA Today reports the contract, which is pending Carter passing a physical, is worth $3 million.

The 30-year-old Carter’s 41 home runs last season with the Brewers tied for the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom National League lead with Nolan Arenado. He’s a boom-or-bust hitter, however, striking out an NL-leading 206 times last year, and hitting .222/.321/.499.

A career .218 hitter in seven seasons, Carter also has negative defensive metrics at first base. That might explain why he has been non-tendered two years in a row (by the Astros in 2015, then the Brewers) despite big home run numbers.

Carter is expected to play split time between first and DH this season.

NFL Draft 2017: Packers shopping first pick of second round to three teams

Have the 17 referees involved in everything — every aspect of officiating — whether it’s work on role playing, how to announce different situations that come up, reviewing every play of all the games in the week and all the critical calls that should this have been called, should this not have been called and why so that they take consistent messages back to their 17 crews. That’s important.

People sometimes say full-time officiating is just a PR move. I don’t think it is when you’re talking about the 17 leaders of the crews. They’re the ones when they turn on the microphone that the fans look at. If you are confident in a crew, it’s because they’re confident in the referee.

That’s the thing to me that needs to move forward and, while that moves forward, I think you have to put the brakes on instant replay. It’s gotten too far into the area of judgement to where officials are having to decide what’s a catch or not a catch in one speed and then replay is looking at it at another speed and it’s making it too confusing for everybody.

What type of impact do you think the league’s plans to lessen excessive celebration penalties will make?

Packers general manager Ted Thompson made it clear Friday morning that the first pick in the second round was for sale. When asked if the No. 33 pick was for sale after trading down in the first round Friday night, Thompson was straight forward with his answer.

“Oh yeah, you can put that down,” Thompson said. “That NHL Jerseys Cheap will save us a couple of phone calls. We’re taking calls.”

The Packers were certainly getting calls right until the start of the second round.

Chargers, Jets and Buccaneers amongst the teams calling Packers, interesting in trading up for top pick in second round, per source.

Minnesota may have just Staal and Eriksson Ek down the middle.

Alex Tuch, Jordan Greenway, and Kirill Kaprizov are going to be wingers. Which leaves Luke Kunin. Kunin was drafted with the expectation of being a center, but that perhaps is changing. While Kunin played down the middle for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, he excelled along the wing at the University of Wisconsin. There’s a real chance that, like Granlund, Kunin’s game would translate best to the wing.

That means soon as next summer, Minnesota may have just Staal and Eriksson Ek down the middle.

Minnesota may not be able to keep Martin Hanzal. And if they don’t, it’s probably not the end of the world. But if they don’t keep him, they’ll need someone to solidify the middle of the ice for them.

And Hanzal, while not being flashy or remarkable, did Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys that. Unless Minnesota can find a way to bring in an elite centerman into the fold, they probably won’t upgrade over Hanzal, either. So given all that, if they find themselves on July 1st without a unicorn star center, then they could do a lot worse than bite the bullet and bring Hanzal back.
If that meant having a once-in-a-generation season, so be it. If it required breaking Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record and blazing new trails in the history books with the highest usage rate in NBA history, so be it. If it meant leading the league in points per game, constantly dragging his team back from double-digit deficits and stressing himself to the physical, mental, and emotional limit, so be it.

He was going to go supernova in a lost season because it was the only way for them to win.

Memphis has been to the playoffs in seven straight seasons.

The Grizzlies can come back next season with Green and Carter — and with or without Z-Bo and T.A — and be a solid Western playoff team that, if healthy, gives its first-round opponent fits. That’s totally fine.

Memphis has been to the playoffs in seven straight seasons. Only the Spurs and Hawks can also say that. In a market like Memphis — especially with fans who have suffered through bleak dry spells, like the one that preceded the Grit ‘n Grind era — making the playoffs every year and being interesting means success.

To reach the next level, though, Memphis needs Parsons to heal up, stay available, and be what the Grizzlies thought they were getting last summer. Adding a healthy Chandler Parsons to the starting lineup between Conley and Gasol would give Fizdale all the offensive weaponry he needs to go with the ever-tough defense and make Memphis a real contender for Non-Warriors Western Elite status. With Gasol, Conley, and a strong team defense, you don’t need much more, as this season proved. To hit the next level, the Parsons contract needs to start paying off.

It’s fitting that his last great NBA moment came in the Garden, with Where To Find Cheap Jerseys the last shot he’d ever take on the parquet. Pierce buried it, as he does. There was no game on the line. There was just Pierce, doing what he does best. He slowly jogged back with his hand in the air, waving to the crowd and soaking in the adulation. His head was high and his chest was proud. He smiled. He was home.

The Clippers continued to play well in the 4th quarter

Of course! CP3 is one of the best point guards in the league, an All-NBA staple when healthy. He’s 31, but we’ve increasingly seen players produce up to age 40 as health management advances. (If Steve Ballmer’s Clippers haven’t already invested heavily in that aspect, they will.) If CP3 wants to stay with the Clippers — it appears he does — the Clippers should want to keep CP3. The alternative is darkness. This franchise has had enough of that over the decades.

Redick is almost a perfect fit with CP3, so if you’re keeping the latter you might as well keep the former. It’d be nice if Redick were a touch bigger — he’s an active, smart defender, but big wings can give L.A. trouble. (See: Joe Johnson.) That said, you want shooters who don’t need the ball around Paul. That’s Redick. There are few better for that role.

The Clippers continued to play well in the 4th quarter, slowly expanding their lead, and answering every Jazz attempt at a comeback. Their defense wasn’t airtight, but it was far superior to that of previous games, especially on Gordon Hayward. The Clips were constantly getting deflections and steals, leading to easy fastbreak points. This was vital, since they have mostly been unable to Create Cheap Jerseys generate any offense in the halfcourt since Blake Griffin went down. Austin Rivers hit a couple huge 3s, and the game appeared over. Then.. things went crazy.

Chris Sale would have helped, of course, but when I look at the rotation, I’m not seeing a pitcher that’s an ace away, especially with Quintana struggling. The brightest spot of the roster is the bullpen, and that could be a sustainable strength. That makes me excited for the organization in July, not disappointed that they won’t have Sale in September.