A former Cubs outfielder is paying it forward for inner-city student-athletes

C.J. Stewart, a former Cubs outfielder, credits baseball with helping him get out of Atlanta’s housing projects and find a path to the professional ranks instead of becoming yet another statistic in his home town.
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But he wouldn’t have reached those heights without the kindness of strangers, as he attests to the support he received from his community and how integral it was to his growth and success as a young athlete.

Now, in addition to working on other baseball-related endeavors in his retirement, Stewart is paying that support forward with his nonprofit organization L.E.A.D., which he co-founded with his wife Kelly. It stands for Launch, Expose, Advise, and Direct, and was founded to provide a path to high school graduation, a college education, and career opportunities for low-income, minority, inner-city youths.

Orioles prospect Garrett Cleavinger and outfielder Hyun Soo Kim will be going to Philadelphia in return. The pitcher was picked in the 3rd round of the 2015 June Amateur Draft out of Oregon, and Kim is a free agent after this season.

Authentic Youth Carson Tinker Jersey During his time with the AA Bowie Baysox this season, Cleavinger has put up a 6.28 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched. He is Baltimore’s 27th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Kim has been with Baltimore for two years, and this season is batting .232 with 10 RBI and a WAR of -0.4.

Baltimore had been seen as sellers during this trade deadline lead up, as they are 7 games back in the division and 6.5 games back from the second wildcard slot. The playoffs are not a reasonable destination this year, but as Ken Rosenthal points out, the team still needed to add depth to their rotation.

Reports say that the team is still attempting to trade Zach Britton and Brad Brach, signaling that they are not all of a sudden going to go on a spree for new players. They still firmly fall in the sell column at this time, but rotation depth was needed and has been all season.

Have Jets found secret to selling NFL tickets to millennials?

The Jets have have missed the NFL Playoffs six straight seasons and unfortunately play in the same AFC East division as the Super Bowl champion Patriots. But the club has come up with an ticket idea adventurous enough to appeal to millennials: the new Jets Boarding Pass season ticket plan.

“We’ve been in contact with Colin’s representatives, and we’ve let them know that we’re there and ready to help with whatever they’d like — whether it’s just some guidance on P.R. or whatever,” Winston said. “I know they’ve chosen to lay low, and I respect that. Every player has to make a decision on how they want the union’s help, and I completely understand that, and that’s fine.

“The union’s always stood ready to help him in any way that we need to. We will continue to monitor that situation, we’ll continue to do anything that we can to make sure that he has another opportunity to play. At the end of the day, that’s really it. We’re not going to force ourselves on a player. He’s calling the shots, he wants what he wants, and I respect that, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Winston added that while the veteran is still a free agent for reasons understood by many, it certainly seems like Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL owners.

“You definitely get that feeling — obviously, that’s very hard to prove and it’s very hard to show,” Winston said. “But, at the same time, for Christ’s sakes, you have an owner out there publicly saying, ‘I’m polling fans to decide whether I should have this guy on my team or not.’ It’s obvious that owners are scared of it, are worried about it.
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he hasn’t pitched regularly out of the ‘pen since his rookie season

Game Adam Henrique Jersey You sure about that? The Astros have an outstanding lineup, arguably the best in baseball. It’s a lineup capable of winning a World Series, no doubt. And the top of the rotation — Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers — is brilliant, when healthy. But Keuchel has spent time on the DL this year, and McCullers landed on the DL on Monday. Yikes, right? They were rumored to be in the market for all the top-notch starers (rentals and club-controlled guys), but didn’t land anyone to help the rotation. And they did trade for Francisco Liriano to help the bullpen, but he has a 5.88 ERA as a starter for the Blue Jays this year, and he hasn’t pitched regularly out of the ‘pen since his rookie season, way back in 2006. This is a great team that could have used an infusion of talent, and that didn’t happen on Monday.
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Good job! This has been a frustrating season for Toronto, no doubt. The Blue Jays expected to contend, and that hasn’t happened. There were rumors that Josh Donaldson might move this month, but that never felt imminent. Instead, the Jays made a handful of smaller moves on Monday. We mentioned the Liriano trade, bringing back Nori Aoki and an outfield prospect. They also sent reliever Joe Smith to Cleveland for a couple mid-level prospects. They didn’t have anyone they HAD to move, and they got solid value back from the players they did trade. Not too shabby.

In May, Callaway was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession after officers smelled marijuana in a vehicle driven by Kendrick Williams, 40. Callaway was a passenger in Williams’ car and officers found 7 grams of marijuana in his pocket during a search. Williams also was found with marijuana.

Callaway and the driver claimed ownership of the drugs, but prosecutors dropped the charge as part of a July plea deal. Callaway also was fined $301.

Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez needs Tommy John surgery

Edinson Volquez’s season is not only over, but he will need Tommy John surgery, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Tuesday.

The Marlins pitcher will also need surgery on his left knee, further putting in question his availability for the first half of the 2018 season.

Volquez, who has thrown the only no-hitter in MLB so far this season, has not pitched in a game since July 5 when he allowed four runs in four innings of work. Manager Don Mattingly revealed at the time that Volquez was lifted due to a lingering knee injury but he expected the right-hander to be ready after the All-Star break.
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Volquez, who is owed $13 million next season, was 4-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 17 starts in his first season with the Marlins after spending two years with the Royals.

Stacy McGee Womens Jersey Skillsets translating from one league to another is one thing. But what the analytics don’t cover is how a player will actually make the adjustment. There is no metric to measure how quickly a player can adapt to a different league, or if he ever will.

Thames is no stranger to adjustments. Having adjusted from the majors/minors to Korea, then back to MLB, he said no matter how familiar a player is with a country or a league, having to adjust in MLB is a challenge.

People don’t realize how different KBO is to the major leagues. I mean, literally the best players in the world are in (MLB). You have to be able to adjust, adapt and learn 鈥?kinda change your swing a little bit, tinker because the strike zone is a little bigger, the guys throw harder, better offspeeds, et cetera. I’m still making the adjustments, and it’s tough.

Vick said he was fine starting as a position coach and learning how to be a coordinator.

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I really can’t really relay the messages I want to relay to a high school kid, he said. You don’t have to dumb it down, but you can’t be as complex, and I get that. On a collegiate level or professional level you can express ideas, you can go into detail, and you can coach hard, and that’s what I want to be able to do.

Troy Polamalu Authentic Jersey Vick said he was fine starting as a position coach and learning how to be a coordinator. His ultimate goal is to pass the torch of knowledge to up-and-coming quarterbacks like his coaches did for him. But there’s also another incentive for him to coach, something that has eluded him — a championship.

It’s another way to chase a championship, Vick said. I’m not done. I’m not done by any means. I didn’t get the championship when I was playing. Maybe I get lucky one year and fortunate enough to join a staff that may be good enough. That’s the fun part about the game of football man, it’s such a great art, it’s such a great game.

Vick said he hasn’t reached out to teams about working, but stays in touch with old coaches he played for. He named Jim Mora, Andy Reid, Rex Ryan, Dan Reeves, and Mike Tomlin as the most influential coaches during his career.

Detroit’s commitment to restocking its defensive depth chart was apparent, but lacked major headliners. Instead, the Lions are gambling on high-level prospects with questionable resumes and low-cost veterans who weren’t their team’s primary starters in 2016. That leaves a lot of pressure on incumbents like Ansah, Glover, and Darius Slay — three players who will have to return to their highest forms in order to make this a top 16 defense this year.

Phil Simms holding a boombox is every dad trying to be cool

The NFL on CBS crew came across a dance crew in Times Square, and it was just how you’d expect it to be — awkward.

As of Thursday morning, a quick Google search will show you that Brady, not Woody Johnson, owns the Jets.

The Jets aren’t alone. Basically, Brady’s beat almost every team more often than not — the Denver Broncos are the only team with a winning record against him.

The Buffalo Bills have been even worse against Brady than the Jets, with just three wins in 29 games against the quarterback. He has 66 touchdowns against Buffalo — his highest total against any team — but Google lists the Pegulas as the owners of the Bills.

It also says Arthur Blank is the owner of the Atlanta Falcons even though … well, you know.

Sorry, Jets, that’s just a tough break.

In the big picture, the Browns ended up with six draft picks, two of those being first-rounders. Whiffing on both is one of the many reasons why Cleveland is still drafting in the top five three years later.

Jets: There couldn’t be just one “biggest loser” in this draft, because the Jets really gave the Browns a run for their money. Of the 12 draft picks, only two of them are still on the roster — Pryor and sixth-rounder Quincy Enunwa. Second-round TE Jace Amaro did nothing, and neither of the other WR picks (Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans) amounted to anything. With a complete waste of resources up and down the board, this draft was a fitting end to the Rex Ryan/John Idzik regime.

Colts: They traded their 2014 first-rounder the previous year for Trent Richardson. Whoops.
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P.K. Subban the reporter turns mic on Predators teammates

To the surprise of no one, P.K. Subban wasted little time stealing the spotlight on the NHL’s biggest stage.
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A hoard of reporters gathered in front of the podium where the larger-than-life Predators defenseman, preparing for his first Stanley Cup Final, waited to field questions during Sunday’s media day. Before long, Subban decided to cut short his session and snagged an NHL Network mic to pepper teammates on more pressing matters.

Subban’s reporting duties eventually led him to Vernon Fiddler and Ryan Ellis, who sheepishly fed into the charade.

Get out of here, Subbie, Ellis said, before humoring a question seeking advice for good-looking players who are undersized.

Ellis: It’s my teammates. I mean, guys that go out and battle with me every day. I mean, you’ve got P.K. Subban on your team: Imagine playing with P.K. Subban. Oh, it’s a dream come true. That’s all it is.

Subban: We’re going to go off-script. I know that you’re not married yet, you have a girlfriend, but Ryan, you must have had a lot of girlfriends coming through junior, with all the success that you had. How did you manage that?
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Ellis: Yeah, I mean, it was just models at every turn, Victoria’s Secret shows, all that. That’s more your alley, I guess. For me it’s just, I’ve got my girl, and I’m pretty happy. I know for you, that’s the wild card you can play.

Watch Nashville’s (yes, Nashville’s) hype video for its Predators

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Well, things are officially serious before Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference Final in Nashville.

The Predators have a hype video (remember this hashtag: #Fangarang) courtesy of local comedy duo Austin and Colin for Monday’s game against the Ducks.

The only problem is the lower-third graphic said the Predators were headed to the Stanley Cup Finals.

First, the Predators are going to the conference finals for the first time in the franchise’s 18-year history. Second, the NHL’s championship series is not called the Finals, like the NBA. It is simply the Stanley Cup Final.

Robby Fabbri Authentic Jersey It’s understandable for hockey neophytes to make a mistake like calling the Final, the Finals. But a news organization missing on the correct round of the playoffs is not a good look, especially for Nashville’s NBC affiliate, which aired Sunday’s clinching win over the Blues.

Hang in there, Nashville. You’ll get there. WSMV might want to keep that lower-third graphic handy just in case the Preds win their next series against the Ducks or the Oilers 鈥?minus the s, of course.

We all know everyone loves a winner, but during the formative years, it was hard to see this level of support ever coming to fruition for the Predators. Media analysts like to call the NHL a niche sport that can’t generate big TV ratings or the huge rights fees other major pro sports leagues can command (led of course by the NFL).

Well, the Predators have been getting close to football-like double digit TV ratings in the Nashville market during this playoff run. And the local fervor will only get stronger with the Stanley Cup Final up next.

Bulls’ Rajon Rondo didn’t take team bus to Tuesday’s game vs. Wizards

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Rajon Rondo did not get on the team bus with the rest of the Bulls before their game against the Wizards on Tuesday, according to TMZ Sports.

TMZ Sports reports that Rondo got into a private car at the team’s hotel in D.C., and departed for the Verizon Center.

A Bulls spokesperson told the website that Rondo often goes to the arena early before the team bus departs the hotel, so he can get in extra work before the game.

Rondo, who played 27 minutes in Tuesday’s 101-99 loss, was coming off a five-game benching by Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg.

We understand their warped logic — and even predicted this exact scenario. The Kings have been laughingstocks since the mid-2000s, and they know because of their losing and location 87 miles from the Warriors’ Oracle Arena, it’s next to impossible to attract major free agents. Plus, they waited too long to deal Cousins, even when the Lakers, in June 2015, made them a pretty enticing offer after they drafted D’Angelo Russell and made him the centerpiece of a deal, along with Julius Randle. The Lakers now like what they have, and that same trade offer won’t be on the table, as SN reported Wednesday.

Now with their new 17,600-seat arena, the Kings are all about investing in Cousins. They’re scared to death that he might walk out of the door as a free agent in 2018. In reality, they should be mortified by the thought of what he might do to their franchise as he continues to accumulate power, despite never leading the team to a winning season since becoming a King in 2010.

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the Clippers leaders don’t seem to be worried.

Austin Rivers has been one of the players to heed the call. Rivers is averaging 18.8 points over his last 10 games. He’s increased his points per game by seven from his season average.

With all the drama the Clippers have seen this season, they’re still 30-17 and now have Griffin back. And he couldn’t have come back sooner with a big game against the Warriors looming on Saturday.

“We know what we have to do,” Griffin said. “Nobody is going to weep for us. We’ve had our tough breaks, but we are still standing.”

The next few weeks will tell us how steady the Clippers’ standing is. If L.A. can remain in the fourth spot while Paul is out, the team could be in prime position for a second-round matchup with the Warriors. If not, the Clippers could face a first-round series on the road against a tough Western Conference foe.

Either way, the Clippers leaders don’t seem to be worried.

“I want a ring,” Jordan said. “I’m not settling for anything else. It’s our time, we gonna get through this.”

Blake Bortles was entering a pivotal year in 2017 regardless. Now Jacksonville has Tom Coughlin running the show, and the team’s new football czar might not be as patient with the quarterback who has thrown 51 interceptions in three seasons.

The defense needs to help with the turnover margin, too, which is why corner A.J. Bouye and safety Barry Church were signed in free agency. Not to mention Calais Campbell, a new menacing force for the defensive line.rangers_136-115x115