Slugger Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was very optimistic after undergoing back surgery in the offseason, but he recently admitted that his expected recovery from it is behind schedule. This suggests that he may not be fully healthy and rehabilitated before the start of training camp. But the good news is, barring any major issues, he may actually be already available for Opening Day.
The 32-year-old outfielder went under the knife right after the end of the regular season to repair a herniated disc on his lower back. During the season, he hit .285 and produced decent numbers of 25 home runs and 84 RBIs. He actually is one of the three remaining veterans in the Brewers lineup after the front office decided to rebuild after the season. He will be sharing leadership roles with Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy. The latest to be let go is veteran shortstop Jean Segura, who the Brewers sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Unlike Lucroy, who publicly stated that he would want to play for a title contender instead of a rebuilding team, Braun is showing his loyalty to the club he played for since 2007. He recognizes the team is on a rebuilding phase and he's cool with it, even if his name keeps popping in trade rumors. If ever the Brewers decide to make him available in the trade market, a lot of teams will certainly be calling since he remains to be one of the most versatile players in the league right now. more >>
When the Minnesota Twins selected Byron Buxton as the second overall pick in the 2012 Draft, the consensus thought that he will become a star in this league in no time, and the proof of that is the fact that he impressed in the minor leagues. But after his major league debut for the Twins this season, things have gone sour for him.
Buxton played 46 games for Minnesota, and in the process hitting a measly .209 together with an on-base percentage of .250. In a total of 138 appearances so far, he was struck out 44 times and was only able to manage six walks. Those numbers aren't designed for second overall picks, right?
He's man enough to admit he's struggling, though. "You don't see pitching like that down in the minor league," he said. You've just got to get up here and get adjusted to it and just be you," he added, referring to the fact that the level of competition in the major league is something he hasn't adjusted to as of yet. more >>
The Denver Broncos are heading to the Super Bowl 50 as the heavy underdogs against the mighty Carolina Panthers. And while they certainly need all the help they can get, they don't expect to get that from left tackle Ryan Clady, who torn his ACL back in May of last year. He missed the entire season and will miss his supposedly second stint in American football's biggest event.
Although he no longer can help the Broncos' cause this season, he welcomes the idea of restructuring his contract in order to stay with the team the rest of the way, although he admits that the team has not made any move about doing so. In his current contract, he is slated to earn $9.5 million next season and $10 million the season after that.
Talking to the Associated Press, he signified his intention of staying in Denver for good. "I'm sure that'll come after the season," he said. "I'm definitely willing to talk. I definitely would like to be a lifetime Bronco." more >>
Choosing the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame usually goes down with no objections and complaints.
However, the addition of Terrell Owens, along with Marvin Harrison, as two of the wide receivers in the modern era to that list does not sit well with former St.Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz. His criticism of Owens' inclusion is actually born out of the fact that two other former players in Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce weren't included.
According to Martz in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, putting Owens on the shortlist is "ridiculous." He added that both Holt and Bruce were more deserving than Owens because aside from having Hall of Fame numbers, they also played the game and exited with a clean slate. "You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two, that's just plain out-and-out ridiculous," he said. more >>
Gary Bettman is one of the longest-reigning commissioners in professional sports, and while he's always had that share of critics, it certainly looks like he'll beat them once again after the news that he signed a six-year contract extension to become the NHL commissioner up to 2022. The said deal was reportedly signed last September but was only officially confirmed on Sunday.
The 63-year-old does not often reveal himself in the spotlight and his previous contract extensions weren't even known to the fans of the NHL. The first time he took the role was in February 1993, presiding over large revenue growth and ongoing expansion. He was the man who faced the league's most controversial and troublesome labor battles, specifically three of them in 1994-95, 2004-05, and the most recent one back in 2012-13.
When he assumed office in 1993, the NHL only had 24 teams, and now it has 30, and there is no sign that he's backing and slowing down in terms of expansion. It is projected that there will be more teams in maybe two or three years from now. more >>
It's about time that the Carolina Panthers prove to everyone else in the league that they deserve this year's title; but in order to do that, they'll have to pass the tough competition in the form of the Denver Broncos. These two teams took very different roads to Super Bowl 50, with the Panthers demolishing the Arizona Cardinals in a one-sided affair, while the Broncos had to pull out all the tricks in the bag to clinch the AFC title against the New England Patriots.
But it's a whole new and different ballgame this time.
The Panthers registered one loss the entire year and their performances against the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round and against the Cardinals in the NFC title game should pretty much sum up the kind of season the team is having. One thing that the Broncos must seriously look into is the fact that the Panthers have learned their lesson of not letting their guard down. In their game against the Seahawks, they allowed Seattle to score a 24-0 run over them, almost costing them the game. But in the NFC championship game, the Panthers outscored and squashed the Cardinals 25-8 in the dying minutes of the game. more >>