The fan favorite is one of the worst pure hitters in baseball, and its best baserunner—a historic skill, and historic absence of skills, that cancel out to make him an okay bench tool. The return: two 17-year-old pitchers.
The first use of computers to analyze baseball? It appears to have been a bizarre spasm of midcentury modernization by Phil Wrigley with his struggling Cubs. It didn’t take. 20 years later, the White Sox—with future GM Dan Evans—put analysis to its highest use, creating lots and lots of home runs.
Bulls bench favorite Brian Scalabrine, retired back to Boston to give broadcasting a try, invites some regular guys to a pickup basketball challenge—and shows them how much better a human victory cigar is than the average mortal.
On a field covered in glass shards and surrounded by the ruins of Nagasaki, Bears great Bullet Bill Osmanski led the Nagasaki Bears over Notre Dame Heisman winner Angelo Bertelli on New Year’s Day 1946.
The Bears started strong with a weak schedule, then collapsed against a long string of good teams—again struggling with their offense, despite the addition of Brandon Marshall. Having tried replacing quarterbacks, coordinators, and wide receivers, Lovie was next.
He’s probably right that players have tried using Viagra as a performance enhancing drug, but until the NFL puts a team in Beijing or La Paz, it’s not likely to do anything for anyone that it doesn’t already promise on the TV.
BULLISH ON THE BULLS: Ignore the naysayers and take a Rose-y outlook on the upcoming season
For the final game of a 100-loss season, against the worst team in baseball, the Cubs send out the scrubs… and a couple prospects whose 2012 struggles leave hard questions for 2013.
A year after one of his worst seasons as a pro, one of the last remaining Cubs veterans has turned in a bounce-back season, driving in a ton of runs and anchoring a young team. What’s behind Soriano’s improvement?
September’s the first month that the White Sox have been giving up more runs than they’ve allowed, and as a result they’ve fallen behind the Tigers with less than a week remaining. Is it just bad luck?