A member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Yary was a six-time All-Pro for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1970s. He’s also a member of the Vikings’ Ring of Honor and was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1970s. He was also a two-time All-American with USC.
Yary won championships at both levels, winning a title with USC in 1967 and claiming an NFL championship with Minnesota in 1969.
The NFL’s handling of its opt out deadline has received bad reviews from at least one player.
New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty called the league’s decision to move the deadline up an “absolute joke.” He pointed out that veterans will be in the building for the first time Monday, and thought it ridiculous that they would barely have any time to assess the situation there and make a final decision.
Normally, a 3-6 start wouldn’t be the end of the world, but in a shortened season the reality is they need to get things turned around very quickly. Saturday’s comeback win over the Houston Astros could be a catalyst. It also helps that Maddon, ever the optimist, isn’t going to give up on his team publicly or privately at this point of the year either.
One of the big keys for the Angels will be getting Shohei Ohtani right on the mound after his poor start to 2020. If they can do even that much, they still have a chance to turn things around, but it has to happen fairly quickly.
Some teams are concerned that players who are on the roster bubble and may not make the team are choosing to opt out, thus guaranteeing them a six-figure stipend for 2020. While the league states that players would have to repay the stipend if they fail to make the team in 2021, that’s not something that teams want to have to deal with.
In addition, there is some concern that some agents are using the threat of opting out as leverage in a bid to get new contracts for some players. Florio points out that this is not necessarily being done in bad faith, as increased compensation could be enough to entice some players into playing in 2020.
Once one of MLB’s elite closers, Craig Kimbrel’s hold on the role for the Chicago Cubs is becoming increasingly tenuous.
Cubs manager David Ross admitted that he and Kimbrel are discussing the role going forward, and he didn’t deny it when asked if he had considered removing Kimbrel as closer.
“That’s a good question. I appreciate you asking that,” Ross said, via Jesse Rogers of ESPN. “I’m not sure on that. I’ll get back to you on that. … I’m in the middle of conversations with Craig. We’ll have those with him first.”
Ross added that the organization wants to help Kimbrel get back into form, adding that they “need him to be good” for the season to be a success.
Kimbrel signed a $43 million deal with the Cubs last June, and has struggled since. His 6.53 ERA in 23 appearances in 2019 was by far the worst of his career. The hope was that a full offseason of preparation would help the 32-year-old look more like his old self, but struggled in his first appearance before giving up two home runs in a non-save situation Friday night.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer continues to not be a big fan of commissioner Rob Manfred.
On Saturday, after Manfred said that the season would continue, but “players need to be better” in terms of observing health and safety protocols. This didn’t sit well with Bauer, who felt that Manfred was throwing players under the bus and pinning too much responsibility on them.
Playbook: 1) take no risk yourself 2) blame everything on the players 3) protect tv revenue at all costs 4) repeat
If anyone thought the season would be cancelled when MLB has their dream scenario in place (games, player cost, post season games, tv revenue), you crazy. https://t.co/pJfexp9KQI
The Njoku saga was a strange one. Last month, he and his agent pushed the Browns for a trade before the start of camp. The organization did not appear to make much of an effort to accommodate that request, and we didn’t hear much else about it aside from the odd tweet from Njoku.
Njoku played in only four games for Cleveland last season, catching just five passes in an injury-hit season. The Browns spent big money to bring in Austin Hooper to play the same position this offseason, but it’s been said they still have a big role in mind for Njoku.