Has Torii Hunter put together a Hall of Fame career?

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Torii Hunter has somewhat quietly put together one of the better careers among active MLB players. Hunter’s career achievements include four All-Star Games, nine Gold Gloves, and a Silver Slugger award. Hunter signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Tigers in the offseason and has gotten off to a strong start with the team. He is batting .316/.363/.427 with two home runs and 31 runs scored in 48 games, while playing a solid right field.

A former first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins, Hunter saw his first action in the majors in 1997 when he was 21. He saw more consistent action over the next few years, but it wasn’t until 2001 that he truly broke out. He has been one of the most consistent performers in the bigs since then.

Now that he is nearing the end of his excellent career, it’s fair to ask whether or not Hunter is a Hall of Famer. SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and has asked us to evaluate whether or not Hunter can make it to Cooperstown. We’ll answer the question by breaking down what Hunter has going for and against him.

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Ryan Newman looking to make a run at Charlotte; will Kasey Kahne repeat?

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Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 car for Stewart-Haas Racing, is gearing up for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (6:00 p.m. ET on FOX). Newman is coming off a 13th-place finish at last week’s All-Star Race in Charlotte and currently 17th in the Sprint Cup standings. He’s 147 points behind Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson and has recorded one top-five, five top-10 and three DNFs in 11 races this season.

Oral-B, which is sponsoring this post, has partnered with Newman and will be at the race giving away product samples and hosting contests and giveaways. Oral-B builds approximately one million manual toothbrushes in the U.S. every day, so the company believes Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to remind you to celebrate U.S.-built products that are engineered to perform.

Newman has had some success at Charlotte during his career. He had three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes at Charlotte during his time with Penske Racing. Since switching to Stewart-Haas Racing, Newman has three top-10 finishes at Charlotte, per Racing Reference. Newman has averaged a 6.9th starting position and 20.1 finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway (not including the All-Star Race).

So who else should we expect to contend for the checkered flag on Sunday?

Kasey Kahne figures to be top competition at the Coca-Cola 600. Kahne finished fourth in the All-Star Race last weekend, won the Coca-Cola 600 last year, and has recorded a top-10 finish in his last five races at Charlotte. Sprint Cup leader Jimmie Johnson will also likely be a favorite to win. He won the All-Star Race for the second year in a row and has been particularly dominant at intermediate tracks over the past year. Denny Hamlin has been a model of consistency at Charlotte posting top-10s in his last four races there, while leading 73 laps. Greg Biffle should be considered a threat this weekend; he has had two top-five finishes at Charlotte and led 393 laps there in the four non-All-Star races there the last two years.

In addition to appearing at Charlotte for Memorial Day weekend, Oral-B will also be at Daytona for July 4th weekend, Atlanta for Labor Day weekend, and Phoenix for Veterans Day weekend, so look out for more posts from us ahead of each of those races.

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Hall of Fame Hopefuls: Giancarlo Stanton

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Giancarlo Stanton is only 23 and has already become one of the top power hitters in baseball. Known for his prodigious blasts, the Marlins outfielder was an All-Star last season and led the league in slugging.

SUBWAY® is celebrating “The Boys in the Hall” and has asked us to write about Stanton’s Hall of Fame chances. Since we’re big believers in his ability, we were delighted to take on the project.

Stanton was drafted in the second round, No. 76 overall, by the Florida Marlins in 2007. He was just 17 at the time, and he even got 56 at-bats in the minor leagues after signing that season. The Marlins started Stanton at Single-A Greensboro the next year, and he played a full season for the team. It didn’t take long for him to show what he could do.

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Spring Training to the Troops – Wade Boggs and Rollie Fingers try to keep up

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Spring Training to the TroopsAs you know, we have been posting some select videos from FOX Sports’ Spring Training to the Troops trip. FOX Sports recently led a contingent of former MLB greats, current players and announcers, and a selection of FOX Sports Girls on a goodwill trip to U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr in Germany. As you can see in the video above, several present and former MLB players, as well as the FOX Sports girls participated in daily physical training alongside our soldiers. Some of the strenuous activities included flipping tires, doing log lunges, chain work, and a tire jump. One of the best parts of the video were the funny lines from Wade Boogs and Rollie Fingers.

Fresh faces of the 2013 NCAA Tournament: Ben McLemore, Shane Larkin, Gary Harris

This post is sponsored by Dove, which asked us to come up with some of the fresh faces to watch for in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Dove is encouraging you to end the face torture by taking better care of your face. Our list of fresh faces to watch includes four freshman and one sophomore. All five players are appearing in the tournament for the first time.

Below are some fresh faces you should keep your eye on during the 2013 NCAA Tournament:

Ben McLemore KansasBen McLemore, Kansas – McLemore is a 6-foot-5 freshman from St. Louis and one of the top shooting guards in the country. He averages 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. McLemore’s shooting percentages are among the strongest you will find from a guard: he’s shooting 50.7 percent from the field, 43.7 percent on threes, and 86.7 percent from the free throw line. Though he was somewhat quiet in Kansas’ last two games of the Big 12 tournament, McLemore has the ability to carry his team like few other players. He went off for a season-high 36 points against West Virginia in March, and 30 against Kansas State the month before. He’ll be a huge factor during the tournament.

Shane Larkin, Miami – Larkin is a sophomore and will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The son of Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, Shane averages 14.6 points, 2.09 steals, 4.4 assists, and nearly two threes per game. Larkin led the Hurricanes to their first No. 1 ranking in school history, and he has been particularly hot lately. He averaged nearly 24 points per game during the ACC tournament and had exceptional shooting numbers. Larkin won’t let Miami make an early exit from the big dance.

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State – A five-star recruit from Flower Mound, Texas, Smart has lived up to the high expectations for the Cowboys. Smart averages 15.4 points and an incredible 2.9 steals per game. His skills were best on display during a February win over Kansas when he had 25 points, nine rebounds, and five steals, including a steal that lead to a dunk over Jeff Withey:

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Luke Gregerson works out with the troops (Video)

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Spring Training to the TroopsThe US will make its World Baseball Classic debut Friday evening at Chase Field in Arizona, and what better way to get you prepped for the game than by sharing a video of one of the Team USA players working out with some of the country’s troops?

As we told you last month, FOX Sports recently led some former MLB greats and current MLB players on a goodwill trip to U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr in Germany. San Diego Padres reliever Luke Gregerson, who posted a 2.39 ERA last season, was one of the players on the trip. In the video above, you can see him doing some morning physical training with the troops in what appears to be extremely cold conditions.

Gregerson is one of the relievers on Team USA, and he helps give the country what should be one of the strongest bullpens in the tournament.

Cobi Jones shows off his ADT protected home

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Soccer Hall of Famer Cobi Jones has a home as impressive as his soccer career. The former US Olympian and LA Galaxy player takes viewers on a tour of his home, which is protected by ADT. As you can see in the video, Jones is able to monitor his home using the ADT system on his mobile devices, which is pretty cool and convenient.

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