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Sunday Notes: Chuck Cottier’s Memorable Pro Debut Was 65 Years Ago

Chuck Cottier made his MLB debut in a star-studded environment. Playing second base, he was in the Milwaukee Braves lineup alongside the likes of Hank Aaron, Del Crandall and Eddie Mathews. The first ground ball he fielded on that April 1959 afternoon came off the bat of Roberto Clemente, on a pitch thrown by Warren Spahn. Harvey Haddix, who a month later would […]

Why Nick Pivetta Has a Legit Chance to Be One of MLB’s Most Improved Pitchers in 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. – There are many reasons, despite the 5.33 career ERA, that the Phillies are excited about what Nick Pivetta can accomplish this season and beyond. When you look under the hood, Pivetta was much better in 2018 than his ERA. His velocity, the movement of his breaking ball and his peripheral numbers all […]

Can Derek Carr And The Raiders Make The Most Of Antonio Brown?

After reports late last week that Antonio Brown was heading to the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers will instead reportedly trade their star receiver to the Oakland Raiders for a third- and a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft. When the deal is finalized on Wednesday, Brown will have a restructured contract from the Raiders — adding $30 million in […]

Bryce Harper Opens Up About His Defensive Shortcomings Last Season

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Bryce Harper knows his defense last season wasn’t good enough. The advanced defensive metrics are flawed and sometimes inaccurate, but practically all of them showed that Harper in 2018 was a worse outfielder than he had been in his previous six major-league seasons. According to Sports Info Solutions, Harper was worth minus-26 […]

How soon could robot umps and 62-foot, 6-inch mound come to MLB?

With Friday’s news that the independent Atlantic League — as part of its new partnership with Major League Baseball — will implement several rules changes for 2019, let’s take a closer look at four of the major proposals and how likely they are to make their way from independent baseball to the major leagues: Jump to each […]

How trading for Olivier Vernon can help give the Browns one of the NFL’s top defenses

Now that the Browns have a franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield, they can be a bit more aggressive with their roster-building efforts. They took their first big swing of the offseason by trading offensive guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants for defensive end Olivier Vernon. Even before adding Vernon, the Browns had a solid defense last season. They finished 15th in […]

The Oakland A’s Have Manny Machado 2.0, And He Makes Less Than $1 Million

Baseball’s salary structure privileges some players over others. Consider the 2018 seasons of these two excellent players: (Stats explanation: wRC+ is a holistic measure of offense in which 100 is average, 110 is 10% above average, 95 is 5% below average, etc. DRS stands for “Defensive Runs Saved”) Click here to read the rest of […]

How will Giants replace Landon Collins? Let’s look to free agency and the draft

So Landon Collins is gone. Likely, too, is Curtis Riley, who is scheduled to be a free agent. That currently leaves the New York Giants with zero starting safeties from last season. Michael Thomas and Sean Chandler are still on the roster, but both profile better as depth on defense with more special teams duties. This means the Giants should be looking hard at […]

Film room scouting report on Texas A&M center Erik McCoy

As a two star recruit from Lufkin High School in Lufkin Texas, Erik McCoy committed to Texas A&M over Houston and Arkansas State. McCoy was an instant starter from the day he stepped on campus. He was a team captain in 2018 where he helped pave the way for the SEC’s leader rusher in Trayveon […]

Analytical Scouting: Dwayne Haskins, Kyler Murray score the best using quarterback stats that translate

The​ golden​ rule​ of​ NFL​ scouting​ is “traits​ over production.” However,​ that doesn’t​ mean​ statistical analysis​ isn’t​ important​ or​ widely​​ used across the NFL. In my opinion, nothing will replace an educated eye when it comes to best understanding a college player’s talent and traits, but production-based metrics are a beneficial complement. Smart evaluators use […]

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