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There have been 43 different 50-homer seasons in baseball history.

It would take 10 seasons of 50 home runs for Stanton to reach 756 home runs. Do you know how long 10 seasons is? One way to put it in perspective is that 10 seasons ago, Barry Freaking Bonds was in the league, hitting home runs willy-nilly. It seems like he’s been gone for 20 years, but it was just 10 seasons ago that he was doing this stuff. So imagine that since then, there’s been a guy hitting 50 homers every season, without fail.

There have been 43 different 50-homer seasons in baseball history. Stanton does not have one of them. He hasn’t even hit 40 homers in a season yet. So maybe it’s a bit of a stretch to suggest that anyone could hit 50 homers every season.
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If Stanton hits 40 per season, he would get to 756 home runs in just about 13 seasons. He would be 41 years old, and he will have had to stay healthy enough to hit 40 home runs for every season, without declining at any point. It could happen. But as we know from watching players like Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols, it’s extraordinarily unlikely to happen.

It never is that simple. There should be buyers on one side and sellers on the other side, but it’s those gray areas and blurred lines that mess everything up. We’ve looked at how the second wild card messes the trade deadline up, but this is different. We’re not even talking about the second wild card this year because the divisional races are such a mess.
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There are three teams with impossible decisions to make at the deadline. There are a dozen with hard decisions, sure, but these these three are caught between their plans for the present and their plans for the future. Do they buy? How aggressively do they buy? What kind of prospects do they trade? Do they cross their fingers extra hard and hope everything works out?

Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson starting to take first team reps

It’s not unexpected for a backup NFL quarterback to get first team reps during training camp, but the second Deshaun Watson practiced with the starters this week the questions began.

Is Watson going to be the Texans starting quarterback sooner rather than later? Head coach Bill O’Brien says no.

“Tom (Savage), obviously, plays with the ones and Deshaun sometimes because of the reps,” O’Brien told reporters Monday. “If we’re in a 12-play period, sometimes we rep the offensive line a little differently than we rep the quarterbacks, so they end up being with the first team. Deshaun ends up being with the first team, which is good. The basic goal is to make sure that he continues to get reps.”

“Scott’s passion for equal opportunity and his belief in a small town girl from Kansas, allowed me the opportunity to follow my passion,” Sowers wrote on Facebook. “Scott continues to do amazing work, opening doors and breaking down walls in the NFL that for years have shut people out.”

“We were in Atlanta, and people asked, ‘Why did you want to bring a girl here?’ I didn’t even look at it that why,” Shanahan told the Mercury News. “She helped us there and asked if she could do the same thing here.”

There are more than 50 women who work in football operations with NFL teams, the Mercury News notes, but last year Kathryn Smith became the league’s first female assistant when the Bills hired her as special teams quality control coach.

Sowers, though, prefers people think of her as a football coach, not necessarily a female football coach.

“It’s groundbreaking and all that stuff, but the more normalized it is, the better it is,” Sowers said. “As a female, the more someone can ask me what I do and I say ‘I coach football,’ the less shock on their faces will mean the better direction we’re moving.”
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Baseball Hall of Fame 2018: Predicting Cooperstown’s next class

The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed five new inductees on Sunday, with three players, a commissioner and a celebrated executive continuing a trend in recent years of large classes.
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Hall of Fame voting will commence again this fall, with the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and the Modern Baseball Committee each scheduled to make their considerations. Here are the likely people who’ll be standing on the Cooperstown stage next summer:

Chipper Jones, with 92 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility: Statistically, Jones rates somewhere in the top five third basemen in baseball history.

Outfielder Tim Raines was known as an outstanding hitter and base runner. The seven-time All-Star was MLB stolen base champion four times in his 23-year career. Percentage-wise, Raines is ranked the most successful base stealer in MLB history, and he is the only player in history to steal at least 70 bases in six straight seasons.
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Raines saw early success with the Montreal Expos, where he finished top-10 in NL MVP voting three different times. He also won a Silver Slugger award in 1986 . After 13 years with the Expos, Raines was traded to the White Sox and later joined the Yankees. He won the 1996 and 1998 World Series as a Yankee.

Raines makes it to the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility. He appeared on 86 percent of ballots cast for this year’s induction. Raines previously hovered around 50 percent of ballots over the last seven years. He’ll enter the Hall of Fame as an Expo.

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, who broke up Gonzalez’s no-hit bid in the ninth inning of Washington’s 1-0 win, made an incredible diving stop and flip to shortstop Miguel Rojas to force out Bryce Harper at second on a Ryan Zimmerman grounder.

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger given pop culture quiz after Jerry Seinfeld snafu

Remember how Cody Bellinger didn’t know who Jerry Seinfeld was?
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ESPN never forgets, and took the time to quiz the 22-year-old Dodgers rookie on other basic 1990s pop culture icons.
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While it’s not completely fair to expect Bellinger to be familiar with every 90s star (he was born in 1995, after all) some of these figures and TV shows are too famous not to know.

That day was a day that I felt like I couldn’t even catch a fly ball in the outfield during batting practice. I didn’t get an opportunity to play in the game. I think I might have pinch ran, but at the end of that year all I did was a pinch runner.

The next year, I go up — I was playing in Triple-A, a shortstop got hurt, I was a second baseman. They called me up for two weeks. The first pitcher I faced in the Major Leagues was Nolan Ryan. I’m sure you don’t remember that day, but I do.

They called me up. I was the second baseman that was the leadoff guy. They put me in the third spot. Obviously Nolan don’t know anything about me, but if you’re batting third in the lineup in a Major League team, you’re supposed to be probably the best player on the team, best hitter on the team.

Nolan didn’t know that I wasn’t that kind of hitter, so my first at-bat, I go up to the plate, Nolan is throwing 90 something plus. I’m fouling balls off into our dugout, down the third base side. I knew I didn’t have a chance. But I worked the count. I fouled a few balls off; I worked the count, 3-2. I’m looking for the fastball. He throws a 3-2 curveball. I felt it was a ball. Umpire rung me up. I started running down to first base like he was going to give me the walk. He rang me up. I turned around, looked at the umpire, said, ball was in the dirt. He goes, Sit down, Rook. That’s Nolan Ryan out there. I learned my lesson that day.

The sophomore player didn’t just stand out among his teammates

Hicks is ready to have yet another career year, and that won’t come without hard work in the weight room and the film room.
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Obviously last year I was able to make some plays. Again, I’m just trying to build off of that. Being able to be in the same defense will help a lot, and to be able to really work on the intricacies of the defense, Hicks told Bleeding Green Nation.

That undersells the real value he added to the Eagles defense. Not only did he lineup for 95.2 percent of the defensive snaps, but he ranked No. 7 on the team in snap counts, behind only Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, and Nigel Bradham on defense, and Jason Kelce, Carson Wentz, and Jason Peters on offense.

The sophomore player didn’t just stand out among his teammates, but also throughout the league. He led all linebackers with five interceptions last season (tied for No. 3 among all position groups), along with the most passes defended (11), and most plays on passes (16). Hicks was also ranked by Pro Football Focus as the toughest linebacker for quarterbacks to face in the league in 2016.

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Roethlisberger hinted that he might be considering retirement this offseason, but as expected, he’s back. Brown signed a $68 million extension this offseason, locking him up until the end of the 2020 season with a possible two-year option to carry the talented receiver through 2022.

Lynn was the Bills’ offensive coordinator last year and was the interim head coach for the final game of the season.

The reason NFL Network was showing last year’s preseason predictions is either better or worse, depending on how you look at it. Thankfully Evans, Harrison, and a studio full of network employees didn’t record a segment on the incorrect season. Instead the network aired year-old footage, something commenters on Deadspin noticed.

As several commenters pointed out, if you actually listen to what they’re saying the video appears to have been recorded a year ago, making its appearance on NFL Network even more confusing—given that the programming is supposed to be “live.”

So you can rest assured that you’re not paying for a premium cable channel as part of a sports package just to have them get the news wrong. You’re paying for a premium cable channel as part of a sports package to have them re-air old segments that are utterly irrelevant. Doesn’t that make you feel better?

Hey NFL Network, maybe name your file something different than “SeahawksSeason.mp4” next time.

The move to the LA reunites Jones with Anthony Lynn, the Chargers’ new head coach. Lynn was the Bills’ offensive coordinator last year and was the interim head coach for the final game of the season. Jones made his season debut in that game, throwing 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards and an interception.

Jones will join a Chargers depth chart thin behind an aging Philip Rivers. While the durable quarterback hasn’t missed a start since 2005, he’s also going to be 36 years old this season. His primary backup prior to the trade, Kellen Clemens, is 34 and hasn’t made a start since 2013. Third-string passer Mike Bercovici was an undrafted free agent in 2016.
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NHL Expansion Mock Draft: Choosing Golden Knights’ first roster

Since being named general manager of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights last July, George McPhee has prepared non-stop for the moment he can actually fill out his roster with bona fide NHL players and prospects.

That day finally arrives Wednesday when the Golden Knights announce their selections for the NHL Expansion Draft.

Vincent Valentine Limited Jersey While there have been a myriad of mock drafts done by every imaginable source, including, behind closed doors, by McPhee and his staff the past several months, the final mock-ups take on more relevance now that all 30 NHL teams submitted their respective protected lists this past Sunday.

Upon further video review, officials ruled that was in fact the case.

As Forsberg corralled the pass, his left foot crossed into the Penguins zone while the puck remained on the blue line, negating the goal by a matter of inches, and seconds.

In its official explanation, the NHL said Forsberg preceded the puck into the attacking zone, nor did he have possession and control before crossing the blue line, thus leading to the overturned call.

Kyle Van Noy Limited Jersey It’s the type of nitpicking that has drawn the ire of some since the NHL rolled out its policy for reviewing goalie interference and offside before the 2015-16 season. Critics say unnecessarily long stoppages and an inconsistent interpretation of the rules work against a league that should be finding ways to increase scoring, not take it away.

In this case, the Penguins rode the momentum of the reversal to score three goals in the final 4:28 of the first period to take a 3-0 lead into intermission.

Penguins-Senators Game 4 live updates, score, stats, highlights

Game Kids Jesse James Jersey In the words of Doc Emrick: We are tied.

Tonight’s game between the Penguins and the Senators was no laugher, unlike what we saw Wednesday night. Pittsburgh eked by with a 3-2 victory in Ottawa, with the last 36 seconds of the game an absolute frenzy.

That picture was a little bit weird, McDavid told reporters Wednesday in Anaheim following the Oilers’ morning skate at Honda Center. I don’t know how you’re supposed to feel comfortable when they hold you like that. It was pretty much of a death grip.

I was just trying to get on the plane as fast as I could.

The Oilers and Ducks play Wednesday night in Game 7 of their second-round Western Conference playoff series.

The Stars continued their bold offseason overhaul, inking Radulov, the top available UFA forward, to a five-year, $31.25 million contract ($6.25M AAV). Radulov, 30, is not short on talent, scoring 18 goals and 54 points in his first season in North America since leaving the NHL on sour terms in 2012. That doesn’t seem to scare Dallas, which has added a starting goalie in Ben Bishop, a top-four defenseman in Marc Methot and bolstered its center depth with the weekend signing of the underrated Martin Hanzal. All four players are on the wrong side of 30 and come with caveats, but the Stars look vastly different after a disappointing year.

Game Kids Charles Woodson Jersey With longtime teammate Patrick Marleau gone to Toronto, the Sharks upped the ante to keep Thornton in the fold with a one-year, $8 million deal. It’s a sigh of relief for San Jose to get Jumbo Joe back in the fold for another run at the Cup. He was courted by a number of teams along with Marleau. Not a bad 38th birthday present.

Did Knicks take a shot at Derrick Rose with now-deleted tweet?

Limited Kids Kellen Winslow Jersey Derrick Rose’s dissappearance Monday continues to be a topic of discussion, and the Knicks’ Twitter account isn’t helping.

During Wednesday night’s game against the 76ers, the team account tweeted out a photo of Rose chatting with Carmelo Anthony.

Many noticed the irony of a tweet involving Rose and the word communication, considering the point guard had none during his absence. As people were making fun of the tweet, someone on the Knicks social team realized they should get rid of it, and so they did.

So was the tweet an intentional shot at Rose or just a poorly worded mistake? Both arguments are valid, and the Knicks probably will defend themselves by saying it was just a mistake. But it’s easy to see how a social media manager could try and get cute and sneak it in there.

Authentic Alfred Blue Jersey The three young guys, of course, are 19-year-old Brandon Ingram, 20-year-old D’Angelo Russell and 22-year-old Julius Randle, all of whom appear to have their sea legs after a wobbly start this season. Ingram, Randle and Russell are in the top 16 in minutes among 22-and-under players, the only such trio from one team other than Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns from Minnesota.

Russell has seen his shot improve and regress in fits and starts, in part because of a knee injury that kept him out from late November into mid-December. But his confidence and ability to lead the team has taken hold in L.A., after a year of suffering from a lack of development under coach Byron Scott and in the shadow of retiring Kobe Bryant. It’s only six games, but since the New Year, Russell has averaged 18.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

Morris saw his effectiveness dwindle in 2014 and ’15 before he moved on to Dallas.

Dan Straily, Marlins. Any new Marlins owner might be disappointed that Straily (7-4, 3.31 ERA) is on the market, but his controllable contract makes some value-minded teams (hello, Twins fans!) automatically interested.

Jeff Samardzija, Giants. The Astros, looking for depth behind Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr., are “doing background work” on the Giants right-hander, MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported, noting that Samardzija has gone six-plus innings P in 15 of 18 starts for San Fran.

J.A. Happ, Blue Jays. Toronto reportedly is less eager to let go of the left-hander, so whether the Jays can stay within whistling distance of the second wild card could be a key.

Morris saw his effectiveness dwindle in 2014 and ’15 before he moved on to Dallas. Jones faded hard despite his many flashes. Although the team got a much-needed pleasant surprise from undrafted rookie “Fat” Rob Kelley last season, third-down receiving back Chris Thompson has been Washington’s best all-around back in Gruden’s three seasons.

With Thompson retained in his role, and with Jones buried and nearly gone from the depth chart, Kelley faces stiff competition from Perine for the early-down touches.

Kelley had a few strong games in the middle of last season as a starter. He finished well in the red zone, and most important, in contrast to Jones, he showed impeccable ball security and consistent, hard running.

But there’s no doubt Kelley hit a wall and struggled for most of November and December. The initial holes got tougher to find, and he got more impatient.rangers_260-115x115