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The biggest shining light on an otherwise miserable Marlins season was the fantastic performance of Rookie of the Year hopeful Jose Fernandez. More awe-inspiring than his terrific rookie campaign was the touching story that brought the 1...
The biggest shining light on an otherwise miserable Marlins season was the fantastic performance of Rookie of the Year hopeful Jose Fernandez. More awe-inspiring than his terrific rookie campaign was the touching story that brought the 15 year old Cuban to the United States. As the Marlins enter the 2013-14 offseason, one of the more interesting storylines might continue to revolve around Cuban defects. While the 21 year old Fernandez amazed the baseball world with his magical pitching performance, 26 year old Jose Daniel Abreu is on the verge of making his own waves during the winter. As I mentioned in a prior post where I looked into the free agency class, I showcased the clear lack of depth at the 1st base position. While the addition of Abreu would clearly exceed Miami's limited budget, the immediate impact that he could bring will make the Marlins front-office exceed that limit. Perhaps the pessimist would think that this report would be a simple PR move to intrigue disgruntled fans but this would just be a required move if the Marlins are serious about improving their horrendous offense. The potential addition of Abreu would make the 1st base position more intriguing because of the possible question marks that would surround the incumbent Logan Morrison. Since a stellar 2011 season, Morrison has struggled mightily to either remain healthy (averaged 89 games in the past two seasons) or retain that powerful stroke that pushed his slugging percentage to .470. In those past two seasons, Morrison's WAR (-0.7 in 2013) has shown that Morrison has become even worse than your average replacement level player which basically means that he's become a hinderance to the Marlins. Moving back to Abreu, his overall game has been compared to the likes of Edgar Martinez. While that comparison could seem to be a bit far fetched because of how solid Martinez was during his big league career in Seattle, it's actually somewhat reasonable when you look at the bigger picture. The real main reason why Abreu will be highly touted in the offseason is because of his Stanton-esqe ability to just launch moon shots with a simple swing. In the following piece that was posted by Jerry Crasnick on ESPN, his raw power was compared to fellow defectors like Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes. Of course, both Puig and Cespedes both share various other notable physical traits that aren't quite apparent when you look at Abreu. Besides his A-plus power, Abreu seems to be very mediocre when you look at other various necessary baseball traits (i.e speed on the basepaths, throwing arm or defensive ability). But this Marlins team is in such a need for another offensive weapon that it should look away from his inabilities because of how great of a power bat that he could bring to the team. While Giancarlo Stanton's future in Miami is still relatively in question, the potential combination of Abreu and Stanton could pay huge dividends for the future of the Marlins lineup. But all of this discussion is currently a bunch of hearsay because of the relative uncertainty that arises when you deal with a team that's ran by Jeffrey Loria. Could the move help the team? Absolutely. Will the Marlins be willing to pay the money that would be necessary to sign Abreu? We're about to find out.
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Kendrys Morales is expected to reject the Mariners qualifying offer this winter, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. According to Heyman, the Mariners recently tried to sign Morales to a long-term extension, but he is not interested in sig...
Kendrys Morales is expected to reject the Mariners qualifying offer this winter, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. According to Heyman, the Mariners recently tried to sign Morales to a long-term extension, but he is not interested in signing with Seattle until he tests the market. This past weekend, Greg Johns of MLB.com said the […] Read more Kendrys Morales news
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Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Tuesday, October 9, 2013: Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2008 Topps #366. Player Name, position, team: Jeff Weaver, pitcher, Seat...
Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Tuesday, October 9, 2013: Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2008 Topps #366. Player Name, position, team: Jeff Weaver, pitcher, Seattle Mariners. Major League Debut: April 14, 1999. Last Line of Statistics: 2007 stats (Mariners): 27 G, 146.2 IP, 7-13, 105 R, 101 ER, 80 SO, 35 BB, 27 GS, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 0 SV, 1.53 WHIP, 6.20 ERA. Any special information about player: Drafted by the Tigers #1st, June 1998. Signed with the Mariners as a Free Agent 01/26/2007. Bats: right. Throws: right. Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 10. This is his ninthTopps card. Blurb on the back: "Jeff was one of the hottest pitchers in the League in midsummer 2007, compiling a 3.38 ERA in 14 starts between June 9 and August 23. That stretch included shutouts of the Pirates and White Sox." Commentary: Jeffrey Charles Weaver's time in the Seattle lasted only one season. In 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, and was assigned to the Crew's AAA affiliate in Nashville. But after 9 games, a 2-4 record, and an ERA of 6.22, Weaver was released. A month later, he signed another minor league contract, this time with the Cleveland Indians, who sent him to their Triple-A team in Buffalo. In 13 games, he earned a record of 2-2 with a 6.07 ERA. He finished the season with a combined 4-6 record, a 6.07 ERA, 59 strikeouts, and a WHIP of 1.559. He signed with the Dodgers in 2009 and after a five game stint in Albuquerque, made his return to the majors. He would pitch for two seasons with LA, his final season coming in 2010. Lately, much attention has been lavished onto Jeff's younger brother, Jered, the ace of the LA Angels of Anaheim. On June 20, 2009, the Dodgers took on the Angels, with Jeff and Jered named the starters for that day, the first time since 2002 that siblings were tasked to start against each other in a MLB game. The outcome? Big brother and the Dodgers took the victory 6-4, with Jered suffering the loss. Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.12-$0.30. How many cards of this player do I own?: 16 cards. Tomorrow's card will be: 2004 Topps #66. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. We're looking back at a card from 2004 here on the blog tomorrow. Sincerely, JayBee Anama
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Cate Le Bon 's incredible new album Mug Museum is almost here (November 11th), and there's no better way to get psyched than with this lovely pearl of a track featuring a duet with Perfume Genius 's Mike Hadreas. The Welsh artist...
Cate Le Bon 's incredible new album Mug Museum is almost here (November 11th), and there's no better way to get psyched than with this lovely pearl of a track featuring a duet with Perfume Genius 's Mike Hadreas. The Welsh artist blends seamlessly with the Seattle soloist, with her effervescent pop lightly dusting the air the way that Serge Gainsbourg and Nico did decades ago. I really could listen to music like this all damn day: Cate Le Bon - I Read MoreBlog: i guess i'm floatingRelated: Cate Le Bon - I Think I Knew (feat. Perfume Genius)Cate Le Bon I Think I Knew (Feat. Perfume Genius)Cate Le Bon I Think I Knew (Feat. Perfume Genius)Cate Le Bon I Think I Knew (feat. Perfume Genius)Cate Le Bon I Think I Knew (Feat. Perfume Genius)
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The Dolphins’ Week 2 win over the Colts has been the most impressive win in the AFC East thus far. The Dolphins’ flaws have been put under a microscope in the aftermath of consecutive losses. And while that is certainly warranted g...
The Dolphins’ Week 2 win over the Colts has been the most impressive win in the AFC East thus far. The Dolphins’ flaws have been put under a microscope in the aftermath of consecutive losses. And while that is certainly warranted given the ineptitude of Miami’s offensive line, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that we’re talking about a 3-2 football team that survived what was said to be a gauntlet first five games of the season on the plus side of .500. Here are five positives from the team’s first five games of the season: 1. Dolphins on playoff pace Before the season began, many suggested that 3-2 was the aim for Miami before the bye week. The first five games of the season appeared to be especially daunting and escaping them north of .500 was said to be a major accomplishment. Some even suggested 2-3 as an acceptable feat. Well, the bye week has arrived for Miami, and Joe Philbin’s team has a winning record. Sure, the last two games — losses to the New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens — were discouraging, but the Dolphins are on pace to compete for a playoff spot in 2013. The schedule projects to soften for Miami, which means mirroring their play in the first five games should be able to produce a 7-4 record the rest of the way, which would equate to a 10-6 season. 10 wins would likely suffice for a wild-card spot. 2. Win over Colts most impressive in AFC East The AFC East is a tight race at the moment. The Patriots sit atop the division at 4-1, but the Dolphins and Jets are right on their heels at 3-2. But records don’t always indicate which team is the best in a division after only five games, especially considering the difficulty of schedules can be widely contrasting. Only the Dolphins have beaten a team that currently owns at least four wins. That came in Week 2, when Miami went on the road and topped an Indianapolis Colts team that has won games over Super Bowl contenders in the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks since. The Patriots best win? You can’t say over the Atlanta Falcons, who are now 1-4. It probably came against the 3-2 New York Jets in an ugly three-point point victory on September 12. New England has also beaten the Bills in quarterback EJ Manuel’s debut and the winless Buccaneers. They don’t look to be as good as their 4-1 record would indicate. The Jets, meanwhile, also have wins over the Bills, Buccaneers and Falcons, which means the opponents they’ve beaten thus far have a combined record of 3-11. The division’s second most impressive win arguably came in Week 4 when the Bills beat the 3-2 Ravens at home thanks to five Joe Flacco interceptions. The Dolphins’ 24-20 win in Indianapolis is looking better and better as the season progresses. 3. Patriots are no lock to win division The AFC East is legitimately wide open for the first time since 2008, which was the last season a team other than the Patriots took home the division crown. Tom Brady isn’t sidelined with a knee injury this time around, but his supporting cast is drastically depleted. The six points New England managed in their Week 5 loss in Cincinnati was their lowest point total in a game since their shutout loss to the Dolphins on December 10, 2006, and Tom Brady saw his streak of 52 consecutive games with a touchdown pass snapped. The Patriots are no longer the dominant team they’ve been for the majority of the new millennium, and that has finally resulted in their first blemish in the win-loss column this season. They could certainly still win the division, being that Tom Brady is still under center, Bill Belichick is still on the sideline and the Patriots’ defense is much improved. But make no mistake, they’re beatable. The Bills and Jets came awfully close to upsetting them in Weeks 1 and 2. Will the Dolphins be able to complete that task in Week 8? 4. We’ve yet to see how good Dolphins can be at full strength The Dolphins haven’t been at optimal health since Week 1 in
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New York TimesJudge sends drug website suspect to New YorkSeattle Post IntelligencerSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a California man charged with operating a notorious online drug marketplace known as Silk Road ...
New York TimesJudge sends drug website suspect to New YorkSeattle Post IntelligencerSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a California man charged with operating a notorious online drug marketplace known as Silk Road to be sent to New York to face charges. The order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero ...Silk Road: How to be a Deep Web criminal and get away with itExtremeTechThe Ultimate Bitcoin Question: Can the Feds Spend $3.3M in Seized Digital ...WiredDid The NSA Help With The Silk Road Investigation?ForbesNBC 29 Newsall 223 news articles »
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This is my "hindsight is 20/20" mock draft. I did this last year as well. The draft process is such a hit and miss deal that it's a rare occurrence for a team to nail all of their daft picks. Its not that hard to nail all of your draft p...
This is my "hindsight is 20/20" mock draft. I did this last year as well. The draft process is such a hit and miss deal that it's a rare occurrence for a team to nail all of their daft picks. Its not that hard to nail all of your draft picks in a hindsight draft though :) If a team can nail it while on the clock they are that much further ahead in the upcoming season. When we talk about draft grades we must consider what would have been the perfect draft. I attempt to do this with my 20/20 hindsight re-draft. So here is my redraft based on what we know now. Round 1 - They had to go Warmack or Cooper with the top tackles off the board. 1-7: The re-selection is Johnathan Cooper: Selected with the pick 7 in the first round, his rookie campaign ended in pre-season. Yet without injury; you could see the type of impact he was going to have on our offensive line. I'd make this pick all over again. Round 2 - They got this one half right with a savvy trade and a questionable miss. 2-45: The re-selection here is Kiko Alonso: Selected with the 46th pick in the 2nd round, Kiko was selected one pick behind the Cardinals selecting Kevin Minter. Kiko has been a stud thus far and is leading in recognition for the Defensive ROY just in front of the Honey Badger. He would have helped our team quite of bit during Dary Washington's suspension as he is also a supreme athlete at the ILB position. Him and DWash in the middle would have been the most athletic combination in the league. Minter hasn't even seen the field yet. * The Cardinals did well to trade back with the San Diego Chargers picking up an extra 4th round selection but may have just missed on this pick. Round 3 - They went with the Biscuit portion of the coaches motto here of "No Risk-it no Biscuit" 3-69: The re-selection here is Tyrann Mathieu: The highly controversial 69th pick in the 3rd round. I'd make this pick again and again; I think all Cards fans would. He's 2nd in recognition for Defensive ROY behind Kiko Alonso and he's had a huge impact on the Cardinals early on in this season. With the Kiko Alonso pick one round earlier; we could have had both the leading candidates for Defensive ROY. That would have been amazing. Round 4 - BPA blindfolds the Cardinals with their first pick and then they reach with their 2nd pick in round 4 where need and positional value exceed BPA. 4-103: The re-selection here is David Bakhtiari: This underrated tackle was selected with the 109th pick in the 4th round, 6 picks behind the Alex Oakafor pick. He has started every game at LT for the Packers and has faired well. The Cardinals could have parted ways with Levi much earlier and avoided the penalties and sacks that contributed to the loss in STL and struggles in NO. Bakharati is just the kind of athletic tackle that would have paired nicely with Cooper on the left side. You also know what Oakafor has been able to do this year; Not too much before his injury. 4-116: The re-selection here is Levine Toilolo: This 6'-8" 265lb. TE out of Stanford was selected with the 133rd pick in the 4th round and is very Jimmy Graham'ish in size, speed and athletic ability. The Cards had a chance to select him with the 116th pick but selected Watford instead. If you watched the Falcons get upset by the Jets on Monday night, you saw Toilolo do something Housler has never done in the NFL; catch a touchdown. Watford has been a project and hasn't seen the field. Round 5 - BPA again blindfolds the Cards to need and value. They missed a good opportunity to double down on a weak position. 5-140: The re-selection here is Luke Wilson: This is a 6'-5" 250lb. TE out of Rice who was selected with the 158th pick in the 5th round by Seattle, 18 picks behind the Cardinals selection of Stephan Taylor. Luke has 7 receptions for 104 yards thru five games and the main reason for this re-draft selection is because of how weak our TE group is with a non-performing
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Will Lee clean up the Tournament much like Gulak has cleaned up CZW?Photo Credit: Scott FinkelsteinVia Beyond Wrestling's TwitterThe Tournament for Tomorrow has reached half-capacity on this year's entrants as they have announced Kimber ...
Will Lee clean up the Tournament much like Gulak has cleaned up CZW?Photo Credit: Scott FinkelsteinVia Beyond Wrestling's TwitterThe Tournament for Tomorrow has reached half-capacity on this year's entrants as they have announced Kimber Lee as the eighth entrant into the fray. The Seattle native has thundered her way east and taken independent wrestling by storm with appearances in Wrestling Is Fun, Womens Superstars Uncensored, SHIMMER Women Athletes, Jersey All-Pro Wrestling, and most notably, Combat Zone Wrestling, where she is World Champion Drew Gulak's consigliere in his Campaign for a Better Combat Zone. While she's still closer to her rookie year than she is to becoming a veteran, she has impressed the heck out of me in her short tenure so far. She has to be on the shortlist of favorites to win this thing so far, along with Allysin Kay and Black Baron.
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Every week around the NFL, a select number of games dominate the spotlight. For example, Week 6 is headlined by the Green Bay Packers taking on the defending champion Baltimore Ravens and also by the New Orleans Saints traveling to face ...
Every week around the NFL, a select number of games dominate the spotlight. For example, Week 6 is headlined by the Green Bay Packers taking on the defending champion Baltimore Ravens and also by the New Orleans Saints traveling to face the New England Patriots. Of course, that leaves plenty of other games to fly below the radar. But, on Sunday, it's normally a few of those overlooked matchups that prove to be most exciting. The high level of parity around the league in the early going certainly helps. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at three games with spotlight-stealing potential heading into Week 6 along with predictions for each one. For a complete list of the week's schedule to see what other clashes might shine, visit the league's official site. Detroit Lions (3-2) at Cleveland Browns (3-2) The availability of Calvin Johnson is going to have a significant impact on the outcome of this game. The Lions' offense showed that it's nowhere near as dynamic without him, putting up just nine points against the Green Bay Packers last week. Luckily for Detroit, Johnson said he was very close to playing last week despite a knee injury, per Michael Rothstien of ESPN.com. Getting him back in the lineup is the only way to open up the field for Matthew Stafford and Reggie Bush against a very tough Browns defense. Cleveland's offense figures to slow down with Brandon Weeden back under center in place of the injured Brian Hoyer. He had a strong preseason, but he hasn't been able to carry it over to the regular season. And it's tough to overcome that without a reliable running game. Ultimately, it's tough to rely on Weeden in a game that's likely to come down to the final minutes, especially if Johnson suits up for Detroit. Prediction: Lions 21, Browns 17 Oakland Raiders (2-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) The Raiders are coming off an impressive victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. Terrelle Pryor's continued signs of improvement are one of the biggest stories of the first half. His dual-threat ability is going to challenge the Chiefs' stout defense. Even though the Kansas City offense has been getting a lot of attention after being reignited by Andy Reid, the defense is the team's foundation. Led by Justin Houston and Eric Berry, the unit ranks first in points allowed at less than 12 per game. It's important to note the Chiefs did give up 99 yards on just four carries against Michael Vick in Week 3, though. So if Pryor can get outside the pocket and keep the talented defense honest with his legs, an upset could start brewing in Kansas City. That said, the Chiefs should find a way to pull out the victory and remain unbeaten. Just don't be surprised if it's a tougher battle than generally expected. Prediction: Chiefs 27, Raiders 24 Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-2) The budding rivalry between the 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks continues to build intrigue, but the Cardinals are hanging tough in the NFC West. Picking up a road victory over San Francisco would be a major statement. Two things must happen for Arizona to keep pace, though. First, Carson Palmer needs to do a much better job of protecting the football (nine interceptions so far). Second, Andre Ellington must get more involved in the running game with Rashard Mendenhall struggling. As for the 49ers, they looked far more like the team that made the Super Bowl in last week's win over the Houston Texans. They leaned heavily on the rushing attack, led by Frank Gore, received a strong showing from the defense and allowed Colin Kaepernick to make just the necessary throws. If San Francisco is able to follow the same script, the Cardinals will be in a tough spot. One mistake would be enough to end their upset hopes, and Palmer has been error-prone in the early going. Prediction: 49ers 31, Cardinals 23
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Welcome back to The Booth Review. The San Francisco 49ers continued their strong rebound with a rout of the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football. We saw another big week for the running backs and a phenomenal performance by the def...
Welcome back to The Booth Review. The San Francisco 49ers continued their strong rebound with a rout of the Houston Texans on Sunday Night Football. We saw another big week for the running backs and a phenomenal performance by the defense. What did we learn? Football is fun when you're winning games. When you're losing, it's a miserable time for everyone. Just five weeks into the regular season, the San Francisco 49ers have already experienced the lows of defeat and the highs of victory. After consecutive losses - a first for the Jim Harbaugh regime - against the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts, I think we were all ready to line up on the Golden Gate Bridge. But San Francisco has been on the rise since their statement win over the St. Louis Rams two weeks ago. And they continued their climb with a convincing rout over the Houston Texans on Sunday night. Lately, the Niners have been winning. They're winning on their terms, playing their brand of football, and they're having plenty of fun in the process. (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports) 'Night Train' Tramaine The defense had an enormous day, and the tone was set right from the start. On Houston's opening drive of the game, a graphic flashed across the screen informing us that Matt Schaub had thrown a pick-six interception in the last three consecutive games. Just moments later, Tramaine Brock would make that four. Brock was initially covering slot receiver Keshawn Martin, but turned his head in time to see Schaub gunning for Andre Johnson. Brock cut right in front of Johnson for the easy pick and return for a touchdown. Just like that, not even two minutes into regulation, San Francisco is up 7-0. But Brock wasn't done there. About halfway through the second quarter, the Texans offense had just crossed midfield. On first-and-ten, Johnson ran a short curl route by the right sideline with Brock in coverage. Brock's eyes were locked on Schaub the entire time even as he was backpedaling. As soon as Schaub lets go of the ball, Brock is already sprinting in the opposite direction. He cuts right past Johnson, slaps the ball into the air, and tracks it about five yards through the air before making his second interception of the day. The Niners offense took the field after the turnover and scored once more to widen the margin. Once [Nnamdi Asomugha] went down, it was [Tramaine] Brock that supplanted him and thrived. Brock continued to impress through the end of the first half. Running alongside former first-round selection DeAndre Hopkins, Brock was able to keep pace, stride for stride, and had the inside track. Hopkins knew that Brock was in a better position to make a play on the ball, so he resorted to pushing off of Brock's shoulder to catapult himself into the air. Hopkins is the one to make initial contact on the ball, but Brock is relentless. He wrestles it away from Hopkins and knocks it down for the incomplete pass. It was a tremendous effort by Brock through all phases of the play. Of course, it's unlikely that Brock would have even played as much as he did had Nnamdi Asomugha not been injured. Asomugha was the original nickel corner, but once he went down, it was Brock that supplanted him and thrived. "I just came in and did my job to try to step up in the place of the nickel back Nnamdi Asomugha. I just did my job and played with my teammates," said Brock. "Everybody wants to shine. Everybody wants to play and make plays. So when it's our time, we all just try to make plays and show the other guys and the coaches that we can do that." (Ed Szczepanski/USA TODAY Sports) Born to Run For the second straight week, San Francisco's run game was firing on all cylinders, and every back had a hand on the trigger. Frank Gore got the majority of the carries which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. What is surprising is how, at 30, he's cracking off some of the best runs you'll see from any ru
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