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  • Blog post by Angel92

    It was exciting. I always get butterflies http://www.ky-oo32.com/andy-lee-jersey-c-1_24.html before any type of game, so I expect that every game day. I’m just going out there, getting used to the new atmosphere in the NFL, getting used to the speed of the game, the plays we run, the schemes we run, the different offensive schemes we get to see, and just different things like that. So my goal was just to get used to that and just take it all in.
    >> 3 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE PRESEASON OPENER
    It was crazy putting on the full uniform for the first time. It was a crazy feeling just because I’m used to wearing crimson on game day. But going out there with that blue jersey, it was amazing. I enjoyed it, just going out there with my new teammates and it was just a great moment to take in. When I walked out of the tunnel, I had to just take a minute and take everything in because MetLife Stadium is amazing. There’s nothing like an NFL game and everything that goes into it.
    My first play, we got an interception. Valentino Blake got the interception, so I can’t complain about that start to my career. I thought he http://www.ochomesnloans.com/greg-olsen-jersey-c-1_30.html was going to run behind me so I could get a lead block. But I saw everybody cut back across the field, I look back, he had already cut across the field, so I was like, there’s nothing much else I can do right now. Definitely a great start.
    >> ROOKIE PROGRESS REPORT
    I feel like, from that game, I learned it’s all about the small details. I pretty much got used to the speed of the game for the most part, but the different schemes that different teams run, I just need to make sure I pick up the schemes a little bit better. That way, I can be more prepared on game day.
    Now we’re back grinding out the last days of camp. Training camp’s training camp. There’s not much to explain. It’s been good. It’s more chill physically than college, as you know Coach Saban can put it to you down there. It’s more mental here. I also like it a lot more up here because you actually get a breeze, rather than just the heat Ryan Griffin Youth Jersey waves you get day after day in Alabama. So I’m enjoying training camp. It’s all a process.
    Don’t forget to follow the second-round pick on Twitter @DalvinTomlinson.

  • JOSÉ ALTUVE: BASEBALL’S MAGNETDateToday 3:10 am
    Blog post by Angel92

    We know he is the shortest player in baseball. Barely 5-foot-6.
    We know that fans adore him. Check http://www.arimtex.com/gary-sanchez-jersey-c-1_35.html out the crowds asking for autographs.
    And we know he’s really good.
    But if you want to see the true “Altuve Effect,” check out the MVP candidate during pregame warmups.
    It’s worth it.
    When the Houston Astros are on the road for a 7:10 p.m. start, their warmup window begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 6. We recently shadowed Altuve before a game against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. Here’s what you need to know:
    José Altuve is a magnet.
    Born in Puerto Cabello, a major port on the north coast of Venezuela west of Caracas, his popularity knows no limits. Everyone wants to be around him. Latino players. White players. Black players. Pitchers. Infielders. Outfielders. Rival players.
    Players lean on him. They steal his hat. They ask him questions. They tell him jokes. And according to the Astros’ media relations people, this happens before every game, regardless of what city they’re in.
    When Altuve begins stretching outside of the batting cage, you almost lose him in the mat. He takes up a tiny amount of space, but we don’t have to http://www.arimtex.com/dellin-betances-jersey-c-1_36.html be reminded to never judge him by his height.
    Five All-Star appearances
    Three Silver Slugger Awards
    Two AL batting titles
    Two AL stolen base titles
    2015 Gold Glove Award
    Oh, and the kids love him. A pack of young White Sox fans started randomly calling his name. “Altuve! Altuve! Over here!” No reaction.
    An older man told the kids, “Everyone yell ‘José’ at the same time. 1, 2, 3 … JOSÉ!”
    Altuve immediately turned around, smiled brightly and waved at the kids, who of course, cheered wildly. He’s the shortest player in Major League Baseball, but everyone wants his attention.
    So, how does he do it? How does he bring so much energy to the game and still perform, leading the majors with 163 hits and a .361 average as of Aug. 14? Why do players flock to him? Why is he the team leader of the best team in the American League?
    It may be his basic approach to the game.
    “I have a job that I like. I always dreamt of being Matt Holliday Kids Jersey a ballplayer. I’ve loved [this game] since I was a young kid,” Altuve said in Spanish. “I’m working at something I really like. That’s why I play.”

  • Blog post by Angel92

    The scoreboard may have shown Titans 34, Panthers 27, but the tape shows some brilliant play from Carolina rookie sensation Christian McCaffery.
    McCaffery may have only played nine snaps http://www.hl-sapporo.com/curtis-samuel-jersey-c-1_39.html against the Titans on Saturday, but he easily filled the highlight reel and box score.
    McCaffery rushed three times for 33 yards, including a 17-yard scamper for a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 39 yards, one of those for 38 yards on a screen.
    Let’s dive into those two plays in particular to see what went right to allow McCaffrey to go off.
    The Panthers line up in 12 personnel with Kelvin Benjamin in close to the formation at X and Devin Funchess split out at Z. Greg Olsen is the in-line Y tight end and Ed Dickson lines up at fullback, with McCaffery at tailback.
    Andrew Norwell is the pulling guard and collides with the edge defender down the line of scrimmage. This looks like your typical trap play with Dickson leading up the middle. That’s really all McCaffery needed, as he let his speed to the rest. Norwell’s block sealing the edge and Dickson’s block up the middle springs the hole open, McCaffery finds it, races to the edge past the second level and into the end zone for http://www.hssmstore.com/james-bradberry-jersey-c-1_23.html his first career touchdown.
    Credit also goes to Benjamin for selling the post route and taking the cornerback with him, opening up the right side of the field.
    The Panthers again are in 12 personnel, as Dickson is again lined up in the backfield, lining up directly behind the tackle and tight end. Benjamin and Funchess line up in twins to the left, tight end right. The receivers all clear out, leaving space in the short field for McCaffery to operate.
    The Titans send a cornerback on the blitz, but the Panthers let him go, which is what you want on a quick screen: let defenders come up and attack and take themselves out of the play. Excellent job by Trai Turner. A quick punch, selling pass protection, then getting out and making the block for McCaffery in the open field. Tyler Larsen, the backup center, also does a nice job staying with his block, as McCaffery races past them, also picking up extra yards thanks to an extra block downfield by Dickson, resulting in a gain of 38.
    Next week is the regular season tune-up against Graham Gano Jersey the Jacksonville Jaguars, so expect to see quite a bit more of No. 22, and potentially more highlights.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    Ellsbury will start in center field and lead http://www.cinemakolik.com/jj-jansen-jersey-c-1_41.html off Wednesday against the Mets.
    A night after hitting seventh, Ellsbury will jump six spots in the order to set the table for the Yankees with Brett Gardner receiving the evening off to rest. Manager Joe Girardi has been rotating in a number of different players at designated hitter of late with Matt Holliday (back) on the disabled list, but it appears that Ellsbury could be the main beneficiary of the shuffling of the lineup more often than not. Ellsbury will be http://www.dusenadup.com/vernon-butler-jersey-c-1_17.html making his sixth start in eight games Wednesday.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    Cueto (flexor strain) played catch on flat http://www.newjersey1861.com/davis-webb-jersey-c-1_53.html ground prior to Friday's game for the first time since initially feeling discomfort on July 31, and said everything felt normal, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
    Cueto has hinted that the injury is something he could probably pitch through in a playoff setting, but considering the Giants are just playing out the string, everyone is taking a cautious approach with his recovery. His next step is to be http://www.texansprosale.com/jaelen-strong-jersey-c-1_13.html determined, but a return to the big-league rotation in late August is still a possibility.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    The Blog Above Replacement a daily look http://www.ky-oo32.com/cameron-artispayne-jersey-c-1_4.html at the Reds, their minor leagues and whatever else is on the mind of Enquirer Reds beat writers, C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan. You can follow them on Twitter (@ctrent and @ZachENQ), Facebook (C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan) and Instagram (ENQReds).
    It’s Friday and that means it’s mailbag time.
    I’d say there are two choices – Barry Larkin and Marty Brennaman.
    The Great Eight was that, but we’re talking a Hall of Famer here and a winner of the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award.
    Larkin was not only a Hall of Fame player, he was a noted leader and a native Cincinnatian to boot. He checks off all the boxes for me (and to me, the perfect pose is from Michael Keating’s picture from the 1990 World Series with Larkin’s hands in the air celebrating the last out shown above.)
    And then there’s Marty. He’s the Reds to several generations of fans, as much a part of the 1990 team as the 1975 and 1976 team. I could see it being done to commemorate his final year, which hopefully won’t be for another 20 years or so. The question is, what hair style do we get?
    It's good. I think he can be here the rest of the year and has a good chance to be here for a while. A recent Baseball America poll of International League coaches and managers named him the best reliever in the International League.
    Well, I don’t like to read too much into http://www.ochomesnloans.com/curtis-samuel-jersey-c-1_11.html two games good or bad, but he at least has the floor of a fourth outfielder because of his mix of power and speed.
    He’s had two pretty good days and there is certainly talent there.
    I was born in 1975. I didn’t see Davey Concepcion in his prime. Many of those who did, say he belongs. Me? I didn’t see that.
    I only see the numbers, and the numbers don’t back that up.
    I am a Hall of Fame voter, but Concepcion wouldn’t be on my ballot, that’s up to the Eras Committees, what was once referred to as the Veteran’s Committee. The people who complain about the writers and their election results certainly haven’t been paying attention to the veteran’s committee, which used to be rife with cronyism and now is exclusionary, having not elected a living player since Bill Mazeroski in 2001.
    So to answer your question, I don't see him getting in.
    Now this is my kind of question.
    I’m going to Atlanta this weekend and you Jaelen Strong Kids Jersey can pretty much go anywhere in Krog Street Market and find an amazing meal. I’ll also go to bat for Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.
    Since we do most of our travel in the NL Central, that’s my wheelhouse, so I’ll do my top picks for each NL City.
    • Pittsburgh – Gaucho. It may be my favorite place in baseball.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    The Blog Above Replacement a daily look http://www.ky-oo32.com/cameron-artispayne-jersey-c-1_4.html at the Reds, their minor leagues and whatever else is on the mind of Enquirer Reds beat writers, C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan. You can follow them on Twitter (@ctrent and @ZachENQ), Facebook (C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan) and Instagram (ENQReds).
    It’s Friday and that means it’s mailbag time.
    I’d say there are two choices – Barry Larkin and Marty Brennaman.
    The Great Eight was that, but we’re talking a Hall of Famer here and a winner of the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award.
    Larkin was not only a Hall of Fame player, he was a noted leader and a native Cincinnatian to boot. He checks off all the boxes for me (and to me, the perfect pose is from Michael Keating’s picture from the 1990 World Series with Larkin’s hands in the air celebrating the last out shown above.)
    And then there’s Marty. He’s the Reds to several generations of fans, as much a part of the 1990 team as the 1975 and 1976 team. I could see it being done to commemorate his final year, which hopefully won’t be for another 20 years or so. The question is, what hair style do we get?
    It's good. I think he can be here the rest of the year and has a good chance to be here for a while. A recent Baseball America poll of International League coaches and managers named him the best reliever in the International League.
    Well, I don’t like to read too much into http://www.ochomesnloans.com/curtis-samuel-jersey-c-1_11.html two games good or bad, but he at least has the floor of a fourth outfielder because of his mix of power and speed.
    He’s had two pretty good days and there is certainly talent there.
    I was born in 1975. I didn’t see Davey Concepcion in his prime. Many of those who did, say he belongs. Me? I didn’t see that.
    I only see the numbers, and the numbers don’t back that up.
    I am a Hall of Fame voter, but Concepcion wouldn’t be on my ballot, that’s up to the Eras Committees, what was once referred to as the Veteran’s Committee. The people who complain about the writers and their election results certainly haven’t been paying attention to the veteran’s committee, which used to be rife with cronyism and now is exclusionary, having not elected a living player since Bill Mazeroski in 2001.
    So to answer your question, I don't see him getting in.
    Now this is my kind of question.
    I’m going to Atlanta this weekend and you Jaelen Strong Kids Jersey can pretty much go anywhere in Krog Street Market and find an amazing meal. I’ll also go to bat for Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.
    Since we do most of our travel in the NL Central, that’s my wheelhouse, so I’ll do my top picks for each NL City.
    • Pittsburgh – Gaucho. It may be my favorite place in baseball.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    Every season is going to be Carolina receiver http://www.officialredssale.com/32-majestic-authentic-jay-bruce-mens-jersey-mlb-cincinnati-reds-salute-to-service-green-new-p-235.html Brenton Bersin’s NFL finale. Receivers arrive in the draft and from other teams. Some of the new receivers dazzle us with their hands and speed. And there’s Bersin.
    Bersin, 27, seems to have come with Spartanburg. When the Panthers elected to hold training camp at Wofford, owner Jerry Richardson’s school, there was Bersin standing in the middle of the field.
    Bersin is from Charlotte and played at Wofford. If (when) he makes the Panthers he’ll begin his fourth season with the team. In 2013, he tried out for and was cut by the Panthers, and in 2014 he made the practice squad. Last season he caught two passes for 17 yards. In three seasons he has caught 24 passes for 287 yards.
    You see the newer, sleeker receiver models show up. They look like Porsches. And then, on the used car part of the lot, there’s an older model. He looks like a van.
    But if Bersin were easily expendable he would have been gone years ago. I think of one training camp practice in which he ran crisp routes, made http://www.rd-corp.com/jorge-posada-jersey-c-1_40.html nice catches and always was in the right place for his quarterbacks to find. He was that day as good as anybody on the field.
    Linebacker Thomas Davis saw the surprise on the faces of the media and laughed.
    Davis said he wasn’t surprised. He said he sees Bersin work like that in practice all the time.
    There are stars in the NFL. There also are survivors. I like Bersin. I bet he survives another season.

  • Vrabel impresses in new role with TexansDateYesterday 6:24 am
    Blog post by Angel92

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Mike Vrabel isn't making any drastic changes in his first season as the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator.
    After what the unit did last year, he knows http://www.dusenadup.com/kurt-coleman-jersey-c-1_8.html that isn't necessary. The defense was the strength of the team in 2016 and finished the season allowing the fewest yards per game in the league despite defensive end J.J. Watt missing all but three games because of back surgery.
    "I'm not really trying to put my stamp on our defense," Vrabel said. "I'm just trying to coordinate a group of professional athletes that were successful last year as a group ... our guys play hard and I appreciate that. So, I don't know if that's my stamp or that's their stamp, but we try to have a culture that is built around competitiveness and winning."
    Vrabel spent three seasons as Houston's linebackers coach before he was promoted to coordinator when Romeo Crennel became the assistant head coach. As the Texans prepare for their second preseason game Saturday night against the New England Patriots, coach Bill O'Brien has already been impressed with the work he's done in his new role.
    "They're doing a good job over there mixing it up. We're mixing it up," O'Brien said. "I think he's doing a good job. He's very organized, detailed, works very hard. He's got a great way with the players, so I think so far, so good."
    Before becoming a coach, Vrabel spent 14 seasons as a linebacker for Pittsburgh, New England and Kansas City, where he piled up 511 tackles and 57 sacks. His extensive playing experience is a big reason why the players have taken to him so well as a coach.
    "He brings (enthusiasm) every day and we just kind of feed off of his energy," cornerback Kareem Jackson said. "He's been in the situations that we've been in and some big-time ball games. So, we're definitely going to follow him. He's going to be our leader, and he's a great leader for us."
    Vrabel spent the bulk of his career with New England, spending 2001-08 there and winning three Super Bowl titles. This week when the Patriots http://www.hl-sapporo.com/derek-anderson-jersey-c-1_25.html and Texans had joint practices, it gave Vrabel a chance to catch up with some old friends and gave those friends an opportunity to laud him for work he's done in his coaching career.
    New England coach Bill Belichick wasn't surprised that Vrabel transitioned into coaching when his playing career was done.
    "He could call signals, he had great leadership, was a multi-year captain, so his leadership, his presence, his communication, awareness, situational awareness in addition to just being a good football player, those things were traits that carried over into coaching," Belichick said. "And Mike's one of the physically and mentally toughest players I've ever coached, so I'm sure that will serve him well in this profession, too."
    Vrabel credited Belichick for helping him develop as a player when he joined the Patriots after spending four years with the Steelers where he didn't start a single game.
    "If you can pay attention and focus in the meetings, you can learn a lot," Vrabel said.
    Tom Brady is thrilled to see his former teammate and close friend moving up the coaching ranks and can already see him doing even more.
    "It won't be long before he's a head coach," Brady said. "He's just got a great presence. He was a great player for us. He's been one of my great friends for a long time ... I love the guy and what he's accomplished."
    The Texans enjoy Vrabel's coaching style and believe his energy rubs off on them and makes them better every day. He brushes off such compliments, and said he's just focused on trying to get the most out of a talented defense led by Watt which also includes 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney and veterans Brian Cushing and Johnathan Joseph.
    "They know I'm passionate, they know that I do this for one reason, and that's to make the players better," Vrabel said. "I can't (play) anymore. I love the game. I love every coach that I've played for. I felt like they've made Graham Gano Youth Jersey me better, from Bill Belichick all the way down to a college coach. I've played for great guys and they tried to make me better and I try to do the same thing for them."

  • Blog post by Angel92

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    "There are advances in technology and awareness every year of trying to prevent (concussions) as much as possible," Cushing said. "There's been (improvement) by leaps and bounds, and they've really established themselves as (having) a good helmet.
    "I was pleasantly surprised with it."
    Vicis says the Zero1's "multiple layers work together to slow impact forces. The helmet features a soft outer shell and an underlying layer of http://www.officialredssale.com/pete-rose-jersey-c-1_9.html columns designed to mitigate collisions from multiple directions."

  • Blog post by Angel92

    When he was signed by the Mets to a http://www.hl-sapporo.com/charles-johnson-jersey-c-1_32.html four-year, $60 million contract in the winter between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Curtis Granderson was coming off a rare injury-riddled year that saw him finish the year just a touch below the league average hitter. That was only the second time he had done that in a full season, and that remains the case today. There was skepticism from some about the signing at the time, even though the Mets’ outfield was a mess, but Granderson was easily worth his contract over the almost-four full seasons that he spent with the Mets. Even this year, which started so poorly for him, he left the Mets with a slash line and wRC+ right in his normal range.
    But with Granderson’s Mets career over—at least for now, barring a return in some capacity between now and whenever he calls it a career—it’s as good a time as any to look back and appreciate what he did for the Mets on the field. Here are Granderson’s top ten games by Win Probability Added (WPA) in his time with the Mets. For reference, we’re using Baseball-Reference’s WPA, which may vary slightly from FanGraphs’ numbers at times. And given the nature of WPA, this is a rundown of Granderson’s best work as a hitter. For the purposes of this rundown, we’re only focusing on positive WPA events, but remember that there were other plate appearances mixed in—the outs, basically, or less important positive events—that bring the total down.
    1. September 17, 2016, vs. Twins, +74.5% WPA
    As the banged-up Mets kept at their Wild Card chase last September, Granderson had his very best game as a Met—and the best performance by any Mets outfielder or DH since the beginning of the 2014 season. Going into the http://www.hssmstore.com/daeshon-hall-jersey-c-1_41.html bottom of the eighth inning, the Mets trailed 1-0, Yoenis Cespedes singled in a run to tie the game.
    But it went to extras, and in the top of the eleventh, Byron Buxton took Hansel Robles deep to give the Twins a 2-1 lead. Robles got through the rest of that inning, and Granderson led off the bottom of the inning with a game-tying home run to left field (+44% WPA). And then he came up again in the bottom of the twelfth with two outs and nobody on, worked the count full, and hit a walk-off home run to right (+47% WPA). He went 2-for-6 in the game, but those two hits sure did help. Here’s the walk-off.
    2. June 27, 2015, vs. Reds, +59.5% WPA
    This game didn’t feature quite the dramatic level of that one against the Twins, but it would be hard to match that. This game went thirteen innings, and in total, Granderson went 3-for-5 with two walks. Building up to that WPA was a bit of a slow burn this time around.
    He doubled to lead off the bottom of the first (+6% WPA), hit a solo home run in the third to give the Mets a 1-0 lead (+13% WPA), drew a walk in the fifth (+3% WPA), the other walk in the ninth (+5% WPA), reached second base on an error in the eleventh (+12% WPA), and singled to put Dilson Herrera, who later scored the game-winning run on a Lucas Duda single, on third base (+23% WPA).
    3. September 8, 2014, vs. Rockies, +51.2% WPA
    The 2014 season won’t be remembered nearly as much as the two that followed it, but Granderson’s baseball heroics were in effect on a September night at Citi Field. With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth Graham Gano Youth Jersey and pinch runner Eric Young Jr. on second base with nobody out, Granderson tripled to tie the game (+51% WPA) and scored immediately thereafter on a Wilmer Flores sacrifice to win it.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    When the Titans open the season http://www.arimtex.com/chase-headley-jersey-c-1_44.html Sept. 10 against the Oakland Raiders, it’s possible neither of their first-round picks will make a significant impact on the game.
    In the case of receiver and No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis, it’s a matter of injury and time. He will matter this season. But the hamstring he injured Aug. 3 has kept him out since then, will keep him out of Sunday’s third preseason game against Chicago and then there’s no telling. Davis has said he’ll play in the opener, but the Titans are not going to rush anything with an injury that can linger and a player they’ll need.
    In the case of cornerback and No. 18 overall pick Adoree’ Jackson, he’ll have a chance to impact every game this season as a returner – he’s as dangerous as advertised, confirmed in Saturday’s 34-27 preseason win over the Carolina Panthers. But on the days he is contained in that aspect, he may have nothing else to do with the outcome.
    At least that’s how it looks with two preseason games to go and no indication that Jackson is seriously pushing LeShaun Sims for a starting cornerback job. Brice McCain is working the slot as the fifth defensive back when the first-team defense goes to nickel coverage, while Jackson saw time on the outside and in the slot Saturday with the No. 2 defense.
    That’s not what I expected to see by now, considering Jackson’s draft-day prominence and physical gifts. I also didn’t know Sims would be this solid and consistent, and with free-agent pickup Logan Ryan locked in as a starter on the other side, this is partly about a secondary that has some depth and a chance to improve on last season’s dismal bottom line.
    Still, Jackson was picked where he was picked to help this defense. He does enough spectacular things in individual drills to make you think that’s an inevitability. But there’s much more to succeeding in the complexity of Dick LeBeau’s defense.
    “When you draft an athlete in the first round, you’re expecting him to come in and contribute pretty quickly, and I think Adoree’ is doing a http://www.armacan.com/derek-anderson-jersey-c-1_13.html great job,” LeBeau said this week. “He has a long way to go yet, so we’ll see. But he himself is doing an excellent job.”
    You hear nothing but praise for the 5-foot-11 Jackson inside the Titans locker room. Rishard Matthews called him a “ball hawk” and said: “He’s not just your regular corner who’s just going to defend you. He’s going to defend you and also look up for the interception.”
    “He’s a good guy, man. He’s a good teammate,” Ryan said of his young understudy. “And he handles everything coming at him pretty well. Nothing’s too much for Adoree’ on his plate. He’s making the most of his opportunity, returned that punt, made some plays on defense. He’s not pressing.”
    Saturday did look like a step for Jackson, beyond the called-back 63-yard punt return that saw him split Carolina’s gunners and blaze past everyone else on his way to the end zone. He finally played corner in the fourth defensive series, with the twos, and he went on a little run in the fifth series.
    He was in the slot, with McCain and Kalan Reed on the outside, when he read a receiver screen to Russell Shepard, darted past a block and finished an ankle tackle. He went across the field to tackle running back Fozzy Whittaker. He provided sticky coverage on Shepard and star Kelvin Benjamin on Gregory Polanco Youth Jersey consecutive pass plays that went elsewhere.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    When he was signed by the Mets to a <a href="http://www.yadeos.com/christian-mccaffrey-jersey-c-1_38.html">http://www.yadeos.com/christian-mccaffrey-jersey-c-1_38.html</a> four-year, $60 million contract in the winter between the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Curtis Granderson was coming off a rare injury-riddled year that saw him finish the year just a touch below the league average hitter. That was only the second time he had done that in a full season, and that remains the case today. There was skepticism from some about the signing at the time, even though the Mets’ outfield was a mess, but Granderson was easily worth his contract over the almost-four full seasons that he spent with the Mets. Even this year, which started so poorly for him, he left the Mets with a slash line and wRC+ right in his normal range.
    But with Granderson’s Mets career over—at least for now, barring a return in some capacity between now and whenever he calls it a career—it’s as good a time as any to look back and appreciate what he did for the Mets on the field. Here are Granderson’s top ten games by Win Probability Added (WPA) in his time with the Mets. For reference, we’re using Baseball-Reference’s WPA, which may vary slightly from FanGraphs’ numbers at times. And given the nature of WPA, this is a rundown of Granderson’s best work as a hitter. For the purposes of this rundown, we’re only focusing on positive WPA events, but remember that there were other plate appearances mixed in—the outs, basically, or less important positive events—that bring the total down.
    1. September 17, 2016, vs. Twins, +74.5% WPA
    As the banged-up Mets kept at their Wild Card chase last September, Granderson had his very best game as a Met—and the best performance by any Mets outfielder or DH since the beginning of the 2014 season. Going into the bottom of the eighth inning, the Mets trailed 1-0, Yoenis Cespedes singled in a run to tie the game.
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  • Todd Frazier felt like a childDateSun Aug 20, 2017 9:57 pm
    Blog post by Angel92

    Todd Frazier felt like a child, eagerly waiting to know what it was like to be a part of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. As a kid in http://www.texansprosale.com/duane-brown-jersey-c-1_6.html New Jersey, nothing in baseball seemed bigger.
    “I remember coming to the ballpark and watching these games,” the Point Pleasant, N.J., native said. “Anything can happen here.”
    In Frazier’s first experience, just about everything did happened.
    The newly acquired third baseman played a massive role in one of the Yankees’ biggest wins of the season, delivering the go-ahead hit in the eighth inning, and making a game-saving tag in the ninth, to help seal the 5-4 comeback win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
    “It feels really good, very meaningful,” Frazier said. “Somebody’s going to come through, and it was me today, so I’m pretty happy about the performance.”
    After being shut out for seven innings, the Yankees finally erupted against reliever and ex-Met Addison Reed, igniting a crowd that had slowly been lulled into apathy.
    With the Red Sox up 3-0, Brett Gardner led off the eighth with a hit by pitch. Aaron Hicks followed with a two-run home run. Gary Sanchez singled. Aaron Judge walked, followed by Didi Gregorius’ game-tying single.
    Up came Frazier, with the crowd as loud as it had been all year. On the mound was Joe Kelly, capable of approaching triple-digits with every pitch.
    “It was very exciting,” said Frazier, who http://www.cinemakolik.com/charles-johnson-jersey-c-1_23.html is hitting .360 over his past seven games. “I basically went two-strike mode there on every pitch, see the ball better, and just focus on putting it in play… just trying to slow everything down. … The main thing we talk about all the time is pass the baton.”
    Frazier, who went 1-for-3 with a walk, came through with an RBI single to left to give the Yankees a lead that once seemed unfathomable. It was Frazier’s first go-ahead hit that late in a game this season.
    When Frazier returned to the field, with the Yankees leading 5-3, he may have made an even bigger play. With no outs and the bases loaded, Andrew Benintendi brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to left, while Eduardo Nunez attempted to reach third, representing the tying run. Left fielder Aaron Hicks fired a strike to Frazier, who backhanded the ball on a bounce and then lunged for Nunez.
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  • Blog post by Angel92

    Tarik El-Abour fell in love with NASCAR when http://www.ochomesnloans.com/andy-lee-jersey-c-1_17.html he was ten years old, and it was an affection that knew no bounds.
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    The passion overtook Tarik to the point where he would reconstruct each race on the living room rug using toy cars.
    “He would line them up, all equal distance apart and duplicate the races,” Khalil said. “Even on the turns. And it would take him hours and he would not get up until the cars where perfect. Then he would just walk away from these masterpieces each day and start all over the next. This kept him occupied in between races. They were masterpieces. I would take pictures because I just wanted to remember how beautiful they were. I would walk into the living room and see this race track in still life, waiting to be changed up for the current day.”
    Khalil marveled at the precise workings of her son’s mind.
    “He would do this so effortlessly and it would be something that would have taken me hours to do,” she said.
    At about the same time, Tarik’s father, Abed El-Abour, signed his son up to participate in San Marino National Little League baseball.
    “It was the first time he had ever played in his life,” Khalil said. “He was amazed. He went to his first coach, John Mayberry, and said ‘I want to hit the ball.’ Coach Mayberry said ‘Well, if you want to hit the ball, you have to learn to go out in the field and catch the ball too.’ It was on. He wanted to learn every aspect of the game.”
    Tarik was diagnosed with autism, a condition that fully manifested itself through the trappings of the game of baseball.
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    Recently, it has spoken in a loud voice. On June 21, 2016, Tarik El-Abour signed a contract to play professional baseball for the Sullivan, NY Explorers. He has since re-upped with the Plattsburg, NY Redbirds for 2017.
    He was congratulated by Eddie Gonzales, owner of the Empire Pro Baseball League and later, when recognized by former Major Leaguer Reggie Sanders shortly after inking the deal, Tarik said “I haven’t done anything yet.”
    Well, yes he had. Tarik El-Abour had become the first autistic player in known professional baseball history.
    The plaudits continue to roll in for the 2010 graduate of San Marino High School. Earlier this year, Tarik was asked to throw the ceremonial first pitch before the Kansas City Royals April 14 game against the Los Angeles Angels (“Tarik was more worried about throwing the opening pitch than meeting Albert Puhols,” Nadia said with a chuckle) and he was recently named to the Empire League All-Star team and was named Geno Smith Womens Jersey Rookie of the Year for 2016.
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    We hit the defensive snap count http://www.armacan.com/andy-lee-jersey-c-1_11.html analysis yesterday, this time it’s the Houston Texans offense.
    Greg Mancz played the most of any Texan, logging 61 snaps on offense. Last year’s starting center lost that gig already to Nick Martin, but he’s still a valuable interior reserve. He played 75 percent of the snaps at center after taking over for Martin.
    Rookie tackle Julie’n Davenport played 55 snaps, a nice workload for someone the Texans are hoping can be NFL-ready come September. Only Mancz and rookie tight end Evan Baylis played more.
    Dres Anderson and Devin Street, both competing for the same reserve wideout reps, played 36 and 34 reps, respectively. Anderson scored the productivity win in the battle, as three of the Texans’ top 5 gains came on his receptions. He finished with 4 catches for 80 yards. Street caught one of his two targets for 6 total yards. Riley McCarron, an undrafted rookie also in the mix, played 50. McCarron caught one pass for 18 yards.
    Undrafted rookie RB Dare Ogunbowale saw just 5 snaps on offense but did play more on special teams (17 reps) than any other offensive player. Tyler Ervin played 9 offensive snaps but just two on special teams, which many believe is his http://www.officialpiratessale.com/tony-watson-jersey-c-1_16.html ticket to sticking on the roster for a second season. Keep an eye on this one going forward.
    Deshaun Watson played more than half the snaps (47) at quarterback. The Texans clearly want the prized rookie QB to get as much action as he can.
    Among the healthy scratches, seventh-round rookie center Kyle Fuller and second-year tight end Stephen Anderson are the bigger surprises.

  • Blog post by Angel92

    They say that in the NFL learning a new http://www.yadeos.com/graham-gano-jersey-c-1_32.html offense is like learning a new language. And if you listen to a quarterback or coach spit out a play call, there’s plenty of credence to the statement — especially in the West Coast Offense.
    If that’s true, than Brandon Marshall is something of a football polyglot after being a number one receiver four different teams. But joining the New York Giants is presents a new experience for the well-traveled receiver.
    The Giants don’t just use a typically verbiage-dense West Coast offense, but they also play faster than most teams.
    “You know what, I feel really comfortable where I’m at right now,” Marshall said after practice. “Obviously I’m not where I need to be, but where I was in OTAs and spring and summer wasn’t a great place as far as feeling like a rookie, new terminology. But it wasn’t even that, I’ve been in several offenses, had several quarterbacks, for some reason the way we do things here is really different. I’ve never really been in a no-huddle offense, the tempo is like learning a new language because everything this non-verbal communication. So, that was difficult for me, but we stuck to it and I’m in a really comfortable place http://www.arimtex.com/brett-gardner-jersey-c-1_28.html now and there’s some things I still have to figure out. Literally 10 seconds ago, Eli walked in the locker room and took me through five minutes of just throwing things at me, seeing where I was. So, he knows where I’m at and where I’m not at. He’s challenging me every second he gets, so we’ll be where we need to be come Week One.”
    When asked how often those pop quizzes come, Marshall could only say, “It’s Eli Manning time. It’s whenever – it’s weird.”

  • Jadeveon Clowney finds motivation in doubtersDateSat Aug 19, 2017 1:47 am
    Blog post by Angel92

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Jadeveon Clowney had a career season in 2016, but even coming off of a successful campaign, the Houston Texans http://www.rd-corp.com/gary-sanchez-jersey-c-1_43.html outside linebacker doesn't have to think too far back to find motivation to keep getting better.
    “I keep [a chip] on my shoulder," Clowney said. "I know where I was a couple years ago, how people talked about me. So every day I step on the field, I just take that and put it in the back of my head and grind and work through everything I got going on that day.
    “I don’t care what’s going on or how the weather is or how the day’s been, how my body feels -- I just come here to work. When I’m on the field, just get the work in and then go about my business, play on and take care of myself.”
    Clowney was the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, but he missed 12 games in 2014 and three more in 2015 due to injury. And when he couldn't stay on the field, he heard time and time again that he was a wasted pick. He heard that people were calling him a bust.
    Clowney says he thinks he will always keep that chip on his shoulder for motivation, but the success he had last season has helped as well. In 2016, Clowney had a career-high six sacks and 52 tackles, including 16 for loss. His breakout year came at an important time for the Texans, who were without three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, who was put on injured reserve three games into the season after he reinjured his back.
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    Last season, the Texans found Clowney's production and versatility valuable. Clowney's coaches moved him around the field, playing him at outside linebacker and defensive end. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said that's what you have to do with your best players, or the other coaching staffs around the league would pick up on tendencies if you lined that player up at the same position on every snap.
    But even after a season in which he was named to his first Pro Bowl, Clowney said he has a long way to go when he was asked if it feels special to prove his doubters wrong.
    "I've honestly got a lot more to do," Clowney said. "I think I’m just starting off. That was just really my rookie year to me, last year. I was just Daeshon Hall Youth Jersey really getting rolling in this league, and I think I can be even better than I was last year.”

  • Blog post by Angel92

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ben McAdoo is known http://www.arimtex.com/chase-headley-jersey-c-1_44.html to alter his routine. Usually it’s planned though, like when he switched offensive and defensive coaches during meetings last week.
    Making players run laps as penalty for sloppy play for the first time (at least in practices open to the media) since becoming the New York Giants head coach wasn’t in his Tuesday plans. Yet it happened during the final day of “training camp.”
    Quarterback Geno Smith and running back Wayne Gallman were sent for a lap after two fumbles in the same drill. The first McAdoo put on Smith, who apparently came out of the center-quarterback exchange early.
    The backup quarterback was pulled for a snap, which is the standard punishment at Giants practice for fumbles or pre-snap penalties. Except when it happens again (on the play after Smith returned) that’s apparently when the rules change.
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    That capped an up-and-down day for the Giants, who spent the second half of practice working in the rain. However, it had not yet rained when the fumbles occurred.
    McAdoo didn’t want to hear about it being the middle of summer or the third week of a long camp.
    "We could use that as an excuse. But we won’t," he said. "It’s sloppy."
    The Giants completed their third straight day of practice Wednesday. After staying in a hotel for almost three weeks, veterans return home for good Tuesday night to sleep in their own beds. The younger players on the roster have to remain at the hotel for another week or so.
    The Giants don't practice on Wednesday. Players will return to the field Thursday and Friday before they play three preseason games in 11 days.
    “This week is going to be our most challenging week,” McAdoo said. “We have three games in 11 days coming up. We need to make sure we make the most out of this week right here. That is by design. We’re going to be a little Joey Votto Womens Jersey heavy-legged and we're going to be sore. We’re going to build callouses. When we get our legs back it’s going to lead to great things for us. But we’re not going to get them back any time soon."

  • Blog post by Angel92

    Texans training camp resumed http://www.hssmstore.com/luke-kuechly-jersey-c-1_11.html today, and there was welcome news as four players returned from injury to practice with the team. Starting linebacker Benardrick McKinney, move tight end Stephen Anderson and rookie defensive back Treston Decoud all missed Wednesday’s preseason loss to Carolina with unspecified injuries but recovered to practice today alongside the rest of the roster.
    Recent signee Marcus Gilchrist has been recovering from a torn patellar tendon suffered in December, but made his first appearance at training camp today. The safety figures to be thrust straight into the battle to start next to Andre Hal in the secondary.
    As of yet, there is no specific update on injuries suffered during the opening preseason game to Dres Anderson or Kurtis Drummond. Head Coach Bill O’Brien did, however, provide an update on Braxton Miller, saying “I think he’s fine.” He http://www.yadeos.com/kelvin-benjamin-jersey-c-1_29.html added a general thought on the injury front,
    “I would say it was better than in years past but there’s still some bumps and bruises.”

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