Sideline Chatter: In the 1970s, he'd check into hotels as Patrick Mahomes
"Cat" remains in question, but Terry Bradshaw can certainly spell "Tom" without being spotted the T and the O. The Steelers Hall of Famer presciently used the alias "Tom Brady" in 1983 when he was admitted to a Shreveport, La., hospital for elbow surgery, which we learned in a recently rediscovered newspaper article. Brady, who's long since supplanted Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the winningest Super Bowl QB of all time, was 5 at the time. ——— Headlines — At TheOnion.com: "Bugs Bunny explains how LeBron helped him get sober for role in 'Space Jam' sequel." — At Fark.com: "J.J. Watt has gone fro...
The Seattle Times
Bill Madden: From Aaron Judge to Jarred Kelenic, 10 players to watch during 2021 MLB season
NEW YORK — With fingers crossed, baseball is slowly and carefully proceeding toward its goal of 162 games with full attendance normalcy for 2021, and for evaluation and prediction purposes you really have to throw out the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. This is a spring in which everyone is truly starting anew, but we are going to take a bit of a forward leap here and single out the 10 players that bear close watching because of their potential impact on their teams’ chances. ——— 1. Aaron Judge, Yankees: While Yankees manager Aaron Boone is cautiously optimistic that pitchers Corey Kluber, Jam...
New York Daily News
Yankees manager Aaron Boone back to work just days after having pacemaker implanted
TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Boone was bouncing back and forth between the field, the tower and bullpen Saturday morning. The first day he was back after having surgery to implant a pacemaker, the Yankees manager was at full-speed watching workouts at the minor league complex. That was before jumping in a car and heading to Bradenton, Fla., to manage his first game since the procedure. “Felt good just to be at the ball field again competing with the guys. I felt really good,” Boone said after the Yankees’ 3-2 loss to the Pirates at LECOM Park. “A wet day, just glad we’re able to get it in and get guys ...
New York Daily News
Bryce Miller: Mike Clevinger’s sunshine-y outlook returns as Padres launch into spring
PEORIA, Ariz. — The spring seemed destined to become “Sunshine” Mike Clevinger’s time to, well, shine. A playoff run under his belt. Time to grow more comfortable with teammates and surroundings. The front-line pitching pearl harvested at the Padres’ dizzying trade deadline, poised to become mound maestro of the most anticipated 162-game march in franchise history. Clevinger, with a mane straight out of “Dazed and Confused” and leg whip like a World Cup striker, delivered needed playoff experience from the Indians’ 2016 World Series run and trips to the AL Division Series against the Yankees a...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Phillies’ Odubel Herrera apologizes again, continues to build case for starting job
Was it more impressive, Joe Girardi asked himself Thursday afternoon, that Odubel Herrera homered or that he drove a full-count curveball for a single? “I’m going to say hitting a 3-2 breaking ball the other way,” Girardi said after a 15-0 Grapefruit League win over the Yankees. “He had a great day today.” Herrera had two hits, scored twice, and made a nice play in right field to trigger a relay that ended with a runner out at home. For the second time in three days, Herrera kept himself in the conversation for a spot on the Phillies’ opening-day roster. But perhaps it was what Herrera did bef...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Michael Cunningham: Will Bryse Wilson’s big moment for Braves carry over to this season?
Bryse Wilson will long be remembered for that night no matter how his major league career turns out. Braves backers know which one I mean. It was supposed to be a pitching mismatch in Game 4 of last year’s National League Championship Series. The Braves had right-hander Wilson, who’d proved little in the majors. The Dodgers had left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who already has a Hall of Fame resume. And it was lopsided ... in Wilson’s favor. He held the Dodgers to a run and a hit over six innings. The Braves scored four runs off Kershaw on the way to a 10-2 victory that put them ahead 3-1 in the se...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Larry Stone: The Mariners should go after Theo Epstein to clean up the mess they made
SEATTLE — Imagine that you’ve ended a combined 194 years of curses, winning two World Series with the Red Sox, one with the Cubs, thus ensuring that you are forever legendary in each city. But you want one more challenge, another seemingly impossible task that will cement your legacy as the greatest executive in sports history. Theo Epstein, have I got a team for you. In the wake of Kevin Mather’s ugly departure from Seattle last week, it’s a pertinent — and obvious — question: Could Epstein, still a relatively young man at 47 despite his vast accomplishments, be lured to Seattle to run the sh...
The Seattle Times
Chicago White Sox prospect Michael Kopech likely is destined to be a starter. But for now he’s adapting to a possible bullpen role: ‘His work has been excellent.’
GLENDALE, ARIZ. — Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Engel swung and missed on the final pitch of his at-bat against teammate Michael Kopech during live batting practice Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. Impressed with what he just attempted to hit, Engel said, “OK,” in astonishment as he left the batter’s box. Kopech has the stuff to leave batters shaking their heads. And he’s taking steps to help the Sox this season. “I came in pretty happy with a few things I had done over the offseason,” Kopech said during a conference call Thursday. “Physically, I feel pretty good right now. There are a few sm...
Chiefs reach naming-rights deal for Arrowhead Stadium with Lee’s Summit-based GEHA
KANSAS CITY — Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium has a new name effective for the 2021 NFL season. Lee’s Summit-based Government Employees Health Association (GEHA) will have its name highlighted at 1 Arrowhead Drive as the stadium’s first sponsor, the team announced Thursday. The stadium’s full name will now be GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs’ 76,416-seat stadium, renovated in 2009, plays host to the team’s home games. Financial terms of the agreement with GEHA (which is pronounced G.E.H.A., as letters, like NFL or NCAA) were not disclosed. But the contract runs through the end of th...
The Kansas City Star
Shelby Miller, once one of the best young pitchers in baseball, has a shot at helping Cubs this year in a versatile role
The tattoo is etched in black ink on Shelby Miller’s right triceps. Go for broke. He isn’t sure exactly when he got it but believes it was sometime after he had Tommy John surgery in May 2017. The motto is emblematic of Miller’s journey since coming back from the injury. Miller established himself as one of the top young pitchers in the game during a four-year stretch with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves. But after a rocky 2016 featuring a finger ailment, a 6.15 ERA and a trip the minors, followed by the reconstructive elbow surgery the next year, Miller has pitched in only 28 big l...