How Rams’ Darious Williams knew what was coming on his pick-6

If you need an example of how important film study is in football, look no further than Darious Williams’ interception of Russell Wilson in the Rams’ 30-20 win over the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. Williams has had a knack for jumping routes all season long, so it wasn’t surprising to see […]

How freshman Will Anderson is giving Alabama the pass rush spark it needs

The moment that Will Anderson stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa as a true freshman from Hampton, Ga., the buzz started. It got stronger and stronger, even without spring practice. By the time the season arrived, it wasn’t all that surprising that the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder had earned a starting role on the Alabama defense. You can […]

Wizardry in the Field: Andrelton Simmons is Still Worth Your Time

The slow MLB free agency market is creating quite the off-season conversation around possible fits. Yankee fans wrestle with the possibility that DJ LeMahieu may walk in free agency and are looking for options to replace him. While a reunion with Didi Gregorius has been rumored as a possible fallback option, former Angel shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been floated out there […]

Could Nico Hoerner’s growing versatility make him a breakout candidate in 2021?

As the Cubs try to put together their roster for the 2021 season and beyond, one name they are sure to pencil in somewhere on the diamond is Nico Hoerner. He has grown into a piece of the Cubs’ future in a very short time. Hoerner endeared himself to manager David Ross during his rookie […]

Kolten Wong is still inexplicably available

In many ways, Kolten Wong was the canary in the coal mine for this offseason. Wong was coming off a season in which he was on pace for 3.5 fWAR over a 162-game span. That would have been an effective repeat of his 2019 campaign in which he accrued 3.7 wins as the Cardinals’ everyday […]

Mets, catcher James McCann closing in on four-year contract, per report

After weeks of courting via the MLB rumor mill, a deal is reportedly close to getting finished between the Mets and free agent catcher James McCann. McCann is nearing a four-year deal with New York, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. McCann, 30, hit .289/.360/.536 (144 OPS+) with seven homers and 15 RBI in 31 games last season for […]

10 Players in Need of a Bounce Back in 2021

For all the thrills and accomplishments of the 2020 season, there were a number of former All-Stars, MVPs and World Series winners who had down years. As we wait for the free-agent market to heat up and, eventually, spring training and opening day, let’s look at 10 players in need of bounce-back 2021 campaigns. Gleyber […]

‘They’re Ball-Swarmers;’ Inside Notre Dame’s Dominant Run Defense Numbers

In Notre Dame’s meetings with Louisville, Clemson and North Carolina this year, Irish quarterback Ian Book has two fewer combined yards than the star running backs from those three teams – including sacks. Javian Hawkins (Louisville), Travis Etienne (Clemson), Javonte Williams and Michael Carter (North Carolina) combined for 52 carries and 164 yards against Notre […]

Frazier’s work led to better OF defense in ’20

Clint Frazier vowed that he would permit his on-field performance to speak for itself this past season. The Yankees outfielder believed that mindset produced success, especially with his selection as a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award in right field. Frazier didn’t win the award, which was issued to the Rangers’ Joey Gallo […]

This is why teams are really eyeing McCann

In a catching landscape short on hitters, free agent James McCann’s bat alone would be enough to garner plenty of looks this winter. Never much of a threat over his first five seasons, McCann’s offense came alive after he signed with the White Sox prior to 2019: he’s been a top-five offensive backstop since then, […]

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