The Mets Did Something….Smart????

Today marks an exciting day in Major League Baseball. Between now and 4:00 p.m. EST, MLB teams can freely trade players. This is the deadline when teams must decide if they are buyers, sellers, or Sweden. And every so often, a MLB team throws you a curveball. See what I did there?? The New York Mets have taken an interesting approach to the MLB Trade Deadline. Last night, they caused the baseball world to scratch their heads, as they traded FOR AJ Ramos, formerly of the Miami Marlins.

Why is this odd?? This is puzzling because the Mets are sellers in this year’s trade market. So buying a closer is, on the surface, a head-scratcher. However, for the first time in New York Mets history, there is another layer beneath the surface. Mind = Blown!! Just moments ago, the Mets traded Addison Reed (their former closer). This, while expected for weeks, is now smarter than it appears.

Let’s lay this out like a Math problem. Ugghhhh, but Dave, I hate Math. I know, but here at DaveTalksSports, I make you love Math. Well, here goes nothing Math Wiz’s:

3 prospects > 2 prospects.

and

Closer under contract > Closer about to be Free Agent.

That’s right. In the past 24 hours, the Mets were able to make 2 trades, when added together, brings a sum of a positive number.

Allow me to explain this, in English, for all those reading this and saying, “I still don’t get it.”

The Mets received 3 prospects in return for Addison Reed (an expiring contract). And the Mets gave away 2 prospects for AJ Ramos (1-year remaining under contract). Plus, AJ Ramos is a lot better than Addison Reed. So, the Mets actually did something, albeit unconventional, SMART!!

Nice work Sandy Alderson. Now, if you can only trade Jay Bruce, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson in the next 4 hours, you’ll be the General Manager of the Year. Good luck.

 

What do you think of the New York Mets trades in the past 24 hours?? Who else do you think they’ll trade before the 4 p.m. deadline??

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2017 MLB Hall of Fame Inductees

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A small class of distinguished gentlemen will take their place amongst the all-time greats. The 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Inductees represent the wealth of talent that rounded the bases in the 1980’s and 1990’s. This year’s Inductees include:

  • Ivan Rodriguez (1st Ballot)
  • Jeff Bagwell (7th Ballot)
  • Tim Raines (10th Ballot)

Let’s start with “Pudge”. Ivan Rodriguez is regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of all-time. He was an absolute wizard behind the plate, winning 13 Gold Gloves over a 21-year playing career. Playing the majority of his career for the Texas Rangers, he also made stops with the Marlins, Tigers, Yankees, Astros, and Nationals. “Pudge” was voted in on his 1st ballot (76%), becoming just the 2nd catcher to share that honor (Johnny Bench). I was a fan of “Pudge”, especially when he jumped on the special sauce and decided to hit 35 Home Runs with 113 RBI’s and 25 SB’s in 1999. Oh, he also hit .332 while winning his only MVP. And now, his nickname makes more sense than ever. Anyway..Congratulations!!

Pudge’s Stats: 2,844 Hits, 311 Home Runs, 1,332 RBI’s, 127 SB’s, .296 AVG.

Jeff Bagwell made a name for himself in the 1990’s, as the most powerful member of the “Killer B’s”. Bagwell now joins his former teammate, Craig Biggio, in the Hall of Fame. Bagwell graced the staged at Cooperstown on his 7th Ballot, garnering 86.2% of the vote. Bagwell’s career is absolutely Hall of Fame worthy. He won Rookie of the Year in 1991, MVP in 1994, and played all 15 of his MLB seasons with the Houston Astros. It’s a shame he had to wait 7 years to get in, but good things come to those who wait, right?? We can ask our next guest about that….

Bagwell’s Stats: 2,314 Hits, 449 Home Runs, 1529 RBI’s, 202 SB’s, and .297 AVG.

And then there’s Tim Raines. The man who waited 10 whole years to receive his invitation to Cooperstown. After playing 23 years in MLB, what’s another 10 right?? Raines received 86.0% of the votes required to get in. While I’m happy for Raines, I’m not sold on his Hall of Fame status. I believe it is the Hall of Greatness, not the Hall of Very Good. Raines was a phenomenal base stealer, who hit for average, but is the perfect example of a player who didn’t know when to ‘hang ’em up’. While there is something to be said for longevity, he stuck around for 3/4 years too many.

Raines’ Stats: 2,605 Hits, 170 Home Runs, 980 RBI’s, 808 SB’s, .294 AVG.

MLB inducted 2 other individuals into the Hall of Fame on Sunday:

  • Bud Selig
  • John Schuerholz

Bud Selig was the Commissioner of MLB for 22 years. Over that span, he oversaw many changes to the game. He was vital in implementing the separation of each league into 3 divisions, interleague play, and revenue sharing. Despite heading up the league during the “Steroid Era”, Selig left MLB in better shape than he found it.

And last but not least, John Schuerholz. Schuerholz is regarded as one of the top General Manger’s baseball has ever seen. He spent 26 years working for the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. His resume speaks for itself: 16 Division Titles, 6 Pennants, and 2 World Series. Case closed.

And what’s a Hall of Fame Induction ceremony without a little Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds conversation?! As I’ve stated many times before, they should absolutely be voted into the Hall of Fame. Well, each year, both Clemens and Bonds’ votes continue to rise. This year, they each received approximately 54.0% of the vote (with 75% required to get in). This is up nearly 10% from last year. It is inevitable, so what are we waiting for?? Let them in, let them all in.

 

What do you think of the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Class?? Are they all deserving??

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A Thursday For The Ages

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Beware of Flying Helmets

“See ya!!” No 2 words have ever been more recognizable in the world of baseball. Just after 11:00 p.m. on Thursday night, Yankees’ announcer Michael Kay’s voice carried through a humid, Summer night alongside a Brett Gardner long-drive. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Gardner took an Andrew Kittredge breaking-ball deep to right field. And the celebration was on!! A dramatic, walk-off victory (6-5) over the division rival, Tampa Bay Rays is reason to celebrate. Someone, however, should teach the Yankees to exercise caution when jumping up and down on home plate.

In the midst of the raucous celebration, rookie sensation, Aaron Judge, took some friendly fire. Judge caught a helmet right in the kisser, which resulted in a chipped tooth. You can check out the video of the celebration here. It appears that Gardner’s helmet grew legs and jumped off Austin Romine’s back directly into Aaron Judge’s mouth. Judge can be seen immediately grabbing his Michael Strahan-esque smile as he head straight for the locker room. Judge should be fine, but it’s the condition of his signature, gap-toothed smile I’m worried about.

Oh Football

It is insane Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL. Now, before you jump down my throat, listen closely. You don’t have to agree with Kaepernick’s actions over the past year. Hell, you don’t even have to like him. But, you can’t deny that Kaepernick is qualified to play in the NFL. Forget the fact that he’s better than a portion of the STARTING quarterbacks in the league, but at the start of training camp, most teams carry 4 or 5 quarterbacks. So you’re telling he’s not better than ALL 160 quarterbacks entering NFL training camps?! If you believe that, you’re not being honest with yourself.

Now, just as Kaepernick has the RIGHT to kneel during the National Anthem, NFL owners have the RIGHT not to hire him. This would be all well and good, except for the fact that NFL owners are the biggest hypocrites in the world (thanks to public perception of course). NFL owners have no problem employing murderers, rapists, wife-beaters, dog killers and drug addicts, but ohhhhh nooooo, there is no way we are hiring this protester.

Again, I understand both sides of the debate here, but isn’t it wild how selectively forgiving our society is??

In other football news, Odell Beckham Jr. thought Day 1 of training camp was a good time to tell the world he wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL. Good for you buddy. Now shut up, and go do your job!!

At least Beckham showed up to training camp, unlike fellow NFL star LeVeon Bell. Bell, one of the NFL’s top rushers, is holding out for a lucrative, long-term contract. Yeah, this should end well….

The Rich Get Richer

This is scary. As dominant as the Golden State Warriors were last season, they’ve somehow improved. It’s true. They spent this offseason re-signing every important role player (Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala), and they brought in new reserves in the form of Nick Young and Omri Caspri. As if that wasn’t enough, they spent Thursday re-signing Javale McGee to a veteran’s minimum contract (1-year, $2.1 million). So let’s grab that remote from Adam Sandler’s blockbuster-flop, Click, and fast forward through another NBA season. Barring a major injury to 1 or 2 of the Warriors’ core players, they will, without a doubt, be hoisting the trophy next June.

Why watch if you already know the outcome??

 

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Dare I Call The U.S. Champions??

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USA!! USA!! USA!! This will echo throughout the country today. The U.S. Men’s Soccer Team did something they hadn’t done in 4 years. They won the Gold Cup!! Yes, you heard that right. The U.S. actually won something that has to do with soccer. The Gold Cup is a North American tournament held every 2 years. A tournament usually dominated by Mexico or the United States, saw Mexico fall one match short of the finals. They were upset by Jamaica in the semi-finals after a stunning 1-0 defeat.

The last time a team not named USA or Mexico won the Gold Cup was back in 2000, when Canada won.

The U.S. took on Jamaica in the Finals Wednesday night in a thrilling match. The drama revved up in the 23rd minute, when Jamaican goalkeeper, Andre Blake, suffered a gruesome finger injury and was forced to leave the match. No update has been given on the status of his finger. Backup goalkeeper, Dwayne Miller, played the rest of the match in place of Blake. Despite losing, Miller played pretty well.

The United States would strike first, as U.S. forward, Jozy Altidore, drove home a wonderful free kick just prior to halftime (in the 45th minute). I like Altidore man. This guy is big, strong, and he always erupts with raw emotion after a goal. He is a very solid, physical player, and I believe he is an x-factor for this U.S. team. It is also nice to see him bounce back after multiple injuries over the past few years. Right after halftime, Jamaica UNFORTUNATELY evened the score, when Je-Vaughn Watson drove home a beautiful one-timer off a corner kick in the 50th minute. The U.S., however, showed their true colors.

We fast forward to the 88th minute. This was the moment the U.S. team would seal their fate. U.S. forward, Jordan Morris, was standing at the right place at the right time. He put a right-footed shot past Miller from just inside the box. And let the celebration begin!!

This is the U.S.’s 6th Gold Cup Championship. Under coach, Bruce Arena, they are playing very well. Hopefully they can carry this momentum all the way through the World Cup. The World Cup is coming our way in less than a year. It will be hosted by Russia (yes that Russia), and it commences on June 14th, 2018. Oh the world — will be watching.

For now, we get to call the U.S. Champions!!

 

I know you don’t care about soccer, but tell me if you watched this match in the comment section below….

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Mets Continue Inexplicable Inactivity

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The New York Mets have no clue what they’re doing. They don’t know how to win. They don’t know how to lose. And they certainly don’t know how to trade. Mets’ fans everywhere have been patiently waiting for their team to come to their senses. With the multitude of injuries and poor performance they have put forth this season, it is obvious they must become sellers. So, what the hell are they waiting for?? A formal invitation?? Well consider this a formal invitation from DaveTalksSports to trade everything and everybody that’s not bolted down.

But Dave, they’ve won 6 of their last 7 games. Maybe they can…..

Allow me to interrupt the delusional Mets’ fan. Maybe they can what?? Make the playoffs?!?! Yeah, no. They’re not going to make up a 9-game deficit over the next 2 months. Now that we got that out of the way, here’s what they should do:

Every expiring contract, and every player not part of the Mets’ 5-year plan should be traded before this year’s deadline (Monday, July 31st at 4:00 p.m.). Here’s a list of those players:

  • Jay Bruce
  • Lucas Duda
  • Curtis Granderson
  • Neil Walker
  • Addison Reed
  • Asdrubal Cabrera

Outside of Granderson, everyone on this list is having a decent season. And Jay Bruce is having a fantastic season (25 hr’s and 67 rbi’s). There are plenty of teams that could use these players’ services for the rest of the year. Restocking the farm system wouldn’t be the worst idea the Mets ever had. So, again, what’s the hold up?? Are teams inquiring and the Mets are saying no thanks??

Dave’s confused.

I have a newsflash (this is actually common knowledge) for the Mets. The closer you get to the trade deadline, the harder it is to move these players.

  1. Other teams will have filled their needs already via trades elsewhere.

and

2.  Leverage flies out the window.

So, one last time, WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR?!?!

Trade the outfielder, trade the first baseman, trade the mascot, or trade the coach for all I care. Just trade someone!! I’m not even a Mets’ fan, and I’m pissed off. I can only imagine what actual Mets’ fans are going through right now….

 

As a Mets’ fan, how do you feel about the team’s inactivity in the trade market?? What does everyone else think?? Tell me in the comment section below.

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I’m Taking My Ball, And I’m Going….Nowhere??

kyrie irving

To trade him or not to trade him?? That is the question. Following the NBA’s primary Free Agency season, they have remained in the spotlight. Adam Silver is probably sitting in a dark room somewhere, doing his best Dr. Evil impersonation while counting stacks of money. The buzz around the league was dying down, until news broke out of Cleveland last week: Kyrie Irving requested a trade out of Cleveland. This has caused the levees to open, and the rumors to come pouring in.

Media outlets and reporters everywhere are speculating why Kyrie Irving wants to be traded away from the Eastern Conference juggernaut, and that’s all it is, speculation. No one knows exactly what’s going on in Kyrie Irving’s mind. No one knows what the dichotomy is like in the Cavaliers’ locker room. And no one knows if the Cavaliers will actually trade Irving. See, even if Irving did request a trade, the Cavaliers don’t HAVE to trade him. He is under team control, and if Dan Gilbert wants to make 1 more trip to the NBA Finals this upcoming season he’ll hold on to Kyrie Irving.

Now, let’s say the Cavaliers decide to appease Irving and send him packing, they’d reportedly be seeking a king’s ransom. As they should be. While Irving doesn’t play a lick of defense, he IS an unbelievable offensive talent. He has the best handle in the NBA, can shoot from anywhere, and is the best finisher at the rim (under 6’8″) in the NBA. Oh yeah..and he’s ONLY 25 years old. He also has 3 years remaining on his contract (the 3rd year is a player option), so his new team wouldn’t be taking on a rental.

According to reports, Irving has a short list of places he’d like to play:

  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Miami Heat
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • New York Knicks

Oh no, you don’t need new glasses, you read that right. Kyrie Irving becomes the 1st player since 1864 to WANT to play for the New York Knicks.

Irving’s reason for wanting to flee Cleveland is he wants to be ‘The Man’. In other words, he wants to trade in his Robin suit for a Batmobile. I am Batman! Reports are also swirling around that he and Lebron James can no longer co-exist. I’m sorry, but this is preposterous. Lebron James may be overbearing, but Kyrie Irving is perfectly happy going to 3 consecutive NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving is perfectly happy leading the team in field goal attempts. And Kyrie Irving is perfectly happy with his contract and enormous Nike deal. Now if you told me he’s trying to preemptively jump ship because Lebron is 1 year away from leaving as well, then we can share a beer. Plus, Dan Gilbert is one of the worst owners in the NBA, so he’s not helping.

Irving is at the Cavaliers’ mercy. They can trade him to Brooklyn. They can trade him to Atlanta. Or they don’t have to trade him at all. But, allow me to dissect each of his preferred destinations, ya know, just in case Dan Gilbert wakes up on the right side of the bed this morning.

Spurs

If Irving were on the Spurs, he certainly wouldn’t be ‘The Man’. That’s Kawhi Leonard’s role. Plus, San Antonio isn’t exactly the most conducive environment for being ‘The Man’.

Miami Heat

In South Beach, Irving would be the alpha male, and he’d be joining a decent roster. This isn’t the worst situation in the world.

Minnesota Timberwolves

This is interesting. The Timberwolves, in the past few months, have become the talk of the town. It would be fun to watch Irving play, and co-exist, with Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns. The rest of the NBA should hope Irving doesn’t land in Minnesota.

New York Knicks

And last, but certainly least, MY New York Knicks. First of all, it is AMAZING that someone publicly said they WANT to play for the Knicks. Even when Irving doesn’t come to New York, this will be a win for the most poorly run organization in the NBA. Irving would definitely be the top dog here, and watching him not pass to Kristaps Porzingis would be a lot of fun.

 

Will Kyrie Irving be traded?? If so, where will he go?? Send me your predictions to the comment section below.

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A BOGEY Never Felt So Good

Jordan Spieth

It was the most impressive bogey you’ve ever seen. Ever. Perhaps it was the most important bogey of Jordan Spieth’s career as well. Spieth carried a 3-shot lead into Sunday morning at the 2017 Open Championship. With only Matt Kuchar (#18 ranked golfer) in the rearview mirror, it was Spieth’s tournament to lose. After a bumpy start, his lead quickly evaporated on the front nine. Spieth, however, saved his magic tricks for the back nine….

Sunday at a Major does something inexplicable to a golfer. It toys with their emotions and puts their feet to the fire. Or it just sends them on the craziest roller coaster ride known to man. Jordan Spieth surely threw up in his mouth once or twice on Sunday’s roller coaster. It was probably like that Tower of Terror ride at Disney World. Yeah, please drop me, unexpectedly, in the dark, like 300 feet, while vomit rises into my brain!! Thanks Walt!! Anyway, back to Mr. Spieth’s Sunday afternoon….

Spieth bogeyed 3 of his first 4 holes. His birdie at the short, par-4 5th hole was crucial, as it kept him from completely unraveling. He would add another bogey at the 9th hole, and to the unforgettable back nine we go. After a string of pars, Spieth stepped up to the 13th tee. He proceeded to hit a tee-shot so far right, it almost left the country. Upon locating his ball, Spieth was forced to take an unplayable lie. This means Spieth would take a 1-shot penalty to be able to remove his ball from this treacherous lie. By rule (Rule #28 to be exact), he was allowed to place the ball on the same line of his original lie and the hole, as long as it was placed no closer to the hole. After what seemed like 14 hours of deliberation, Spieth walked back to a driving range!! He was then able to hit a blind shot (pictured above) up near the green. After a chip and a vital putt, it was this bogey that saved the tournament for Spieth. Then, the magic happened….

It was a sight to behold. It was one of those phenomenons you’d need to see to believe. Well, for now, you can believe me. I’m a trustworthy kind of guy. Before we get to the greatness of Spieth, we must recognize that his past failures were a major (see what I did there) contributor to his resiliency on Sunday.

Imploding at the 2016 Masters may have been the best thing that ever happened to his career.

Anyway, here’s what Spieth did on holes 14-17: birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie. Allow that to sink in for a second….

That’s what they’d call 5-under in the span of 4 holes, aka a dagger in the heart of Matt Kuchar. And it’s not like Kuchar choked under the pressure. He went 2-under over the same stretch of holes. Kuchar, gracious in defeat, said, “Sometimes you have to just sit back, and tip your cap.” And tip our caps we shall. Because Jordan Spieth’s performance yesterday was as good as it gets.

At just 23 years of age, Spieth is becoming the superstar golf has been longing for. He is now just a PGA Championship away from the career grand slam. He’ll get that chance at the 2017 PGA Championship. Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina will play host to the year’s final Major from August 10th-13th. By the way, Spieth’s 24th birthday is on July 27th, so I guess he just gave himself an early birthday present. Keep your eye on Spieth, as I feel he has all the tools to become the face of golf for years to come.

 

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