Year: 2019

  • The news broke earlier today that the Angels and Mike Trout have agreed on a record-breaking contract extension. According to Jeff Passan, it is a 12-year deal worth $430 million. This breaks Bryce Harper’s record for the largest contract in professional sports history. A dream turned into a record-breaking deal There is no secret that Phillies’ fans wanted Trout. There is also no secret that Trout loves Philadelphia. The idea or dream for Phillies’ fans was that after the 2020 season, Harper and Trout would be playing in the same outfield. Well, we know for a fact that won’t happen. It was a nice dream while it lasted. I’ve written about this scenario before, both Harper and Trout together in the same outfield. I’ve also said that Harper would sign with Philadelphia before the 2018 season ended. Unfortunately, we will never get to see Trout hit free agency. Hitting free agency may have never been the goal for Trout. But, I don’t think to receive a record-breaking deal was the goal for him either. Trout has been a quick superstar who has been wildly mis-marketed by major league baseball. Popularity and money are things that Trout does not strive for. The Phillies just saved at least $430 Million I believe that the general consensus is that Trout is still worth more than this $430 million contract. I believe this, and everything you will see on twitter supports this. Not to mention the actual data that supports this. The question now becomes, who will the Phillies go after? They are no longer saving money for Trout or Nolan Arenado. There are two free agents that are still available; Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. I don’t see why the Phillies shouldn’t take a chance on at least one, if not both of...
  • In 2019, there’s no doubt that basketball stars can come from any corner of the world. Just last summer, fans, and critics were in a fierce debate over drafting an international player first overall. And now NBA Africa is the next big venture for the American league Eventually, Slovenian star Luka Doncic was chosen third overall by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas. So far he’s the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year which shows just how far the league has come. So why should the NBA create a league in Africa of all places? When you consider the past few great international players, it’s easy to overlook the recent success of African born players. Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili are just a few international players that come to mind. Currently, there are a few young stars in the NBA who are of African descent. Joel Embiid is probably the biggest name to come out of Africa. Imagine if development coaches and scouts from the NBA could track African players well before they get any international exposure. The financial success of an African NBA league is up in the air. The development of young international players alone is enough to sell the idea. Raptors up and comer Pascal Siakam is just one of many players who represent Africa at the NBA level: What would an NBA Africa league look like? The league will consist of 12 teams across varying countries in Africa. Most importantly, the league will provide a unifying factor that these African teams have not had in their respective countries. Having one league to represent so much talent will increase their representation in NBA considerations. Scouts need to see a player compete against the top talent on their continent. This will give a level of transparency...
  • The Phillies starting five is becoming thinner as Spring Training goes on. With little over two weeks remaining until opening day, the Phillies may need to make one more pivotal move. Helping to take the newly reinforced Phillies team into the 2019 season. Therefore, bringing the Phillies to the possible pursuit of Gio Gonzalez. Starting pitcher depth Opening day starter Aaron Nola will lead the Phillies as the ace. Nine-year veteran Jake Arrieta will follow Nola as the number two in the rotation. Posting a record of 10-11 with a 3.96 era in 2018. As a result, Arrieta will look to return more towards his career average era of 3.62. To fill out the rotation the Phillies have a lot of youth, talent, and what’s been more obvious inconsistency. Nick Pivetta (26), Zach Eflin (24), and Vince Velasquez (26) are the next three in order on the Phillies depth chart. After pitching in 33 games in 2018, Pivetta has had a strong spring training coming into his third Major League season. Furthermore, after his first two starts, this Spring Training Pivetta has an impressive 2.84 era in a bid to lock up the number three spot in the rotation. Eflin is the only pitcher out of the three who posted a winning record in 2018 at 11-8. Along with Pivetta, Eflin also has posted solid numbers in his first two starts this spring with a 1.59 era. Unfortunately, Velasquez is again trending in the wrong direction. The super athletic pitcher got his second start of the spring on March 11th inflating his era to 18.00. After Velasquez, the Phillies have extremely young and inexperienced pitchers at the Major League level. Jerad Eickhoff in four seasons has pitched in only 68 total games. Injuries have plagued him and his pursuit to...
  • Philadelphia says, “Thank you Nick Foles!” Foles’s time with the Eagles was initially cut short in 2015 when Chip Kelly traded him to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. I remember sitting and thinking, “Nick Foles might not be Philadelphia’s answer, but I know for sure it’s not Sam Bradford.” As it turns out, Foles was the answer for Philly. After a rough season with the Rams, contemplating retirement, and serving as a backup in Kansas City, Foles returned to his NFL home city and delivered the ultimate reward to the fans. As his time as an Eagle has officially come to an end and he signs with the Jaguars, let’s take a look back at some of his highlights as we say, thank you Foles! Draft day in 2012 In 2012, the Eagles selected Foles with the 88th pick in the draft. In his book, “Believe It”, Foles talks about the night he was drafted. He was watching the draft with his family in Texas. As they were getting around to the Eagles pick, the power in his home went out and in the midst of trying to get it back on, he lost his cell phone. He found the phone as it was ringing with a Philadelphia phone number on the front. When he answered, Andy Reid was on the other line. Before the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles, and more specifically, Doug Pederson, were the only team to work out Foles. His first few years with the Birds In 2012, Reid’s last year as head coach, the Birds didn’t provide much excitement. The team went 4-12 in a huge letdown season. One positive, however? Nick Foles. In a late-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Foles stepped in for an injured Michael Vick. In the final minutes,...
  • He’s coming home! After a few years of speculations, and “will he, won’t he” discussions, DeSean Jackson is FINALLY coming home. When he left the Washington Redskins, it was thought to be a possibility that Jackson would sign with the Eagles, however, he chose the Buccaneers. Finally, this time, the Bucs were about to release the speedy receiver. However, the Eagles jumped in and traded for their former star. Jackson’s first round with the Eagles After three years at Cal, Jackson was selected by the Eagles in the second round, with the 49th pick of the 2008 NFL draft. From 2008-2013, Jackson recorded a total of 6,117 receiving yards (three 1,000 yard seasons) and 32 touchdowns. Let’s also not forget the other four touchdowns that he added as well. There was one that was titled “Miracle at the Meadowlands Part Two”. He was released by Chip Kelly after just one season with the head coach. It’s absolutely time for him to come home. We never wanted him to leave! With the Redskins, then the Bucs From 2014-2018, Jackson spent five years total with both the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For those teams, he registered 4,144 receiving yards (two 1,000 yard seasons) and 21 touchdowns. If anyone has any doubts about what D-Jax can still do, I encourage you to remember the first play of their game against the Eagles just this past season. Why coming home is a good idea for D-Jax First of all, no player has more 50+ yard receptions for or against the Eagles than Jackson. Secondly, no one in NFL history has more 60+ yard touchdowns than Jackson. The Eagles fans never wanted him to leave. Freakin’ Chip did. He’s another excellent weapon for Carson Wentz. Think about it…Alshon Jeffery, Jackson, Nelson Agholor,...
  • First edition Eagles mock draft The 2019 NFL draft is next month from April 25th-27th live from Nashville Tennessee. The Eagles will have eight picks. As a result of the teams, late playoff run the Birds will pick 25th overall. Now there are several options that the Eagles can choose from here. Spoiler alert I don’t have the Eagles selecting a cornerback in the first round. So without further ado, let’s get going with this Eagles mock draft. Round 1 Pick 25: Dexter Lawrence The Eagles chose not to pick up Tim Jernigan’s 11 million dollar option and he will become a free agent. Now, this draft is loaded along the defensive line. With their first pick, the Birds go with the 6’4 350-pound defensive tackle to replace Jernigan. Lawrence finished his career with 162 tackles 20 for a loss and 11 sacks. Despite suffering an injury at the combine Lawrence is okay and would be the new big man in town. He comes in as a depth addition behind Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson. Round 2 pick 53: David Montgomery After addressing the defensive side of the ball in round one here in round two the Eagles go offense and select Iowa States David Montgomery. Montgomery was a force for the Cyclones helping them to an 8-5 record. He finished last season with 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns. Montgomery also has met with the Eagles at the NFL Combine. While there is talk of the Eagles getting Le’Veon Bell or Tevin Coleman I believe if they miss out on the former Steelers running back it is a position they must address early. If the Eagles acquire either Duke Johnson or Coleman, Montgomery would provide a nice change of pace back with some power. Hence he can be the starting...
  • With the 2019 Major League Baseball season approaching this month roster moves and position battles are heating up. Scott Kingery finds himself in the middle of not one but two position battles. Also the possibility of being a super-utility man being the Phillies silent weapon. Position battles Rhys Hoskins will have a full-time position at first base. And newly acquired shortstop Jean Segura will be the infield captain. The two positions tentatively up for grabs are third base and second base. As for any sport in the preseason, competition brings out the best in all athletes. Last year coming into the 2018 spring training Kingery was ranked as the Phillies number two prospect. Phillies also took the incentive to lock Kingery up with a six-year, $24 million contract. In Kingery’s first full season on the Phillies roster in 2018 didn’t go as he hoped. He remained the starting shortstop up until the trading deadline when the Phillies acquired Asdrubal Cabrera. Unfortunately, Kingery was one of the worst hitters in the league. After a winter to help clear his mind and refresh Kingery has come into Spring Training with a purpose. Through his first 17 at-bats, Kingery has hit .294/.368/.471. Although it is “only” spring training this is great news for Gabe Kapler and the Phillies who are already invested. The Phillies silent weapon Kingery gives the Phillies versatility with his ability to play multiple positions including 2B, SS, 3B, and the OF. If Kapler uses him as the teams’ super-utility man. This gives Franco, Segura, and Hernandez days off with a quality replacement also keeping Kingery in the lineup most days. With a solid 2019 spring training from Kingery, the pressure would be getting him in the lineup every day. The Phillies are in need of on-base percentage for the...