New York Yankees: What Astros punishment would satisfy Yankee fans?

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve

When Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich dropped the bomb on The Athletic exposing the Houston Astros for cheating during the 2017 season, every Major League Baseball fan wasn’t shocked but was still appalled. Even some players tweeted their thoughts on the breaking news.

While no one was really surprised about the news, it was still upsetting to just about everyone in the league. Everyone knew something was up because the Astro’s home vs. away splits tell everything.

Besides the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fanbase, there’s nobody that should be more upset than Aaron Judge. He was robbed of the 2017 American League MVP award to a guy that was cheating, even though he led every other stat besides batting average.

Now the real question is, what punishment will satisfy Yankee fans and the rest of Major League Baseball?

Unrealistically, it would be awesome to see the 2017 title taken away. Even though that’s far-fetched and unrealistic, it would honestly be the best thing. Houston fans would still call themselves the 2017 World Champions, but a single record of that wouldn’t be found anywhere in the books. Taking away the rings from Yankee-killer Jose Altuve and the rest of the Astros roster would be just as pleasing.

Realistically, if AJ Hinch was the ringleader of all this, he should resign/be fired or suspended for at least a season. The Astros should also be fined and have a ton of draft picks taken away. Even though it’s not as juicy as the unrealistic option, this is most likely around what the MLB will decide to do.

Do the New York Giants have a No. 1 receiver in Darius Slayton?

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

When the New York Giants drafted Auburn product, Darius Slayton, in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft, nobody expected him to be as effective as he’s been this season. Slayton began his career with Big Blue dropping passes at an astronomical rate, but he quickly alleviated that concern and shot up the depth chart.

Since his poor rookie training camp, Slayton has racked up 394 yards and five scores, putting out several impressive performances despite missing the first two weeks of the season. Slayton’s straight-away speed and growing route tree have made him a reliable option for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

The fifth-round pick reminds me of a Rueben Randle on steroids, but faster and better at running slant-routes.

If you were asked: Who leads the New York Giants in receiving touchdowns?

You might say, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, or Golden Tate. The reality is, Slayton is blowing them out of the water in the category with five. All of the Giants’ receivers serve a specific purpose – Engram can work in short-yardage to deep seam routes, Shepard is a consistent threat on third down and in the possession game, and Tate is best utilized in third-down situations and short crossing routes/WR screens.

After Slayton’s impressive week ten performance against the New York Jets, the idea of him being a No. 1 wide receiver bubbled to the surface. Logging 10 catches for 121 yards and two scores tells a story of dominance and efficiency. If he can continue to build his route tree and adopt more reliable hands, he can undoubtedly be an excellent pass-catcher for the Giants moving forward.

Even with Shepard and Engram in line to return in week 12 against the Chicago Bears, head coach Pat Shurmur will continue to look Slayton’s way in the passing game. Both Darius and Golden have been Jones’ top targets, and the developing chemistry will prove to be significant down the road.

New York Giants news, 11/17 – Dave Gettleman silence is a non-story, here’s why

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

There’s no rule in the books that force general manager’s in the NFL to speak publicly about their plans. There’s no exception for New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman, and expecting him to talk to the fans is a non-story.

Would we like to hear his plans for the future, and what’s going through his mind? Of course, but that could be revealing for other teams. Any factoid can be used against Gettleman if he doesn’t keep his mouth shut. Remember, Leonard Floyd? Jerry Reese went sputtering his name about, and the Chicago Bears traded up to snag him one pick for Big Blue.

While we are months away from the 2020 NFL Draft, is there anything Gettleman could say right now that would ease the pain of being 2-8? The more probable result would be him commenting and the fan-base picking apart every sentence and spinning it into a negative narrative.

Cornerback DeAndre Baker is struggling, interior lineman, Dexter Lawrence looks phenomenal, the Leonard Williams trade is still up in the air but looks fair after two weeks…what more is there to discuss? Maybe the offensive line, where Gettleman invested heavily in left tackle Nate Solder, a move that needed to be made. Imagine he didn’t sign the best tackle available during the 2018 free agency period, his head would be on a spike. All of the negatives we want an answer to have alternative realities that are far worse for the New York Giants.

The bottom line, let him work behind the scenes, we don’t need him to justify the mishaps we can see on television every Sunday. He hit on Lawrence, Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, Kevin Zeitler, a slew of other rookies, and we are targeting a few bad free agent signings? Remember, it’s only year two of a full-team rebuild.

Nonetheless–

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