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Aligned right: Major League Baseball’s infield shift trend has roots in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ten years ago, a one-hopper up the middle that got past a major league pitcher was almost certain to become a base hit in the center field grass. The same could be said for most screaming line drives pulled to right. But then the shift happened. Data displaying hitters’ tendencies became more […]

Veteran Outfielders Land Jobs With Potential Cellar Dwellers

While Yasiel Puig remains unsigned, a couple of other free agent outfielders came off the board on Wednesday via one-year deals at rock-bottom prices that belie their potential productivity even in part-time roles. Cameron Maybin returned to the Tigers, with whom he debuted in 2007, via a $1.5 million deal that includes an additional $1.3 million in incentives, while Jarrod […]

2020 NFL Draft tight end rankings: Cole Kmet leads the way, but playmakers available in later rounds

If the 2019 NFL Draft had several first-round prospects at tight end, the 2020 class will be lucky to have one go in the first 32 picks. There are no T.J. Hockensons or Noah Fants (Hockenson went eighth overall to the Lions, Fants went 20th to the Broncos), and there may not even be an Irv Smith Jr. (he […]

Should the Yankees be concerned about the catcher position this spring?

The New York Yankees have addressed the catcher this offseason by means of quantity and not quality. Having brought in two additional catchers to compete with Kyle Higashioka, the consensus is that manager Aaron Boone and Co. aren’t sold on the reserve option backing up Gary Sanchez. The inevitable truth is that Sanchez’s injury history has forced […]

Finding Free Agents: Bryan Bulaga would be a strong stopgap solution at right tackle

In our 2020 iteration of Finding Free Agents, we’ll attempt to answer three questions for each player:  Why would the Seahawks be interested? What would their contract look like? What is the likelihood they reach free agency? Throughout the series, we’ll be focused on specific positions of need in Seattle: Wide receiver, tight end, offensive line and […]

After a stellar freshman season, what’s next for Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels?

Coach Herm Edwards told Jayden Daniels during the quarterback’s recruitment. “We’re tied at the hip, partner.” And over the past year, this has played out in several ways. After Arizona State games last season, as both teams and news photographers crashed the field, Edwards and Daniels always seemed to run into each other amid the […]

69 thoughts for all 69 players coming to Phillies spring training

Most springs, Phillies camp begins with some portable lockers on one side of the clubhouse because there isn’t enough space to accommodate everyone. It’s cramped. But in most springs, the Phillies don’t assemble a vast tryout roster to fill their bullpen and bench needs like they have in 2020. The front office has attacked the […]

Adding Mookie Betts to the Dodgers’ lineup is almost unfair

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ pending acquisition of Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox for a package including two players from L.A.’s major league roster and no top prospects from their farm system makes the Dodgers massive favorites to win the National League pennant. It’s deserved. The trade has been held up, pending questions […]

Michigan 2019-20 review-preview: Wide receiver

Bridging the gap between the end of the Michigan football team’s 2019 season and the begin of spring practice for the 2020 season, The Michigan Insider on 247Sports is both reviewing and previewing the Wolverines at each position group. In each story, we break down what worked, what didn’t work, offer a 2019 grade, assess […]

Super Bowl 2020: Six lessons other teams can learn from Chiefs and 49ers success

The NFL, as we hear every year after the Super Bowl, is a copycat league. More often than not, teams will emulate the Super Bowl champion as they try to build out their organization. Winning the Lombardi Trophy is the ultimate goal, so why not steal ideas from the team that actually does it? This […]

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