New York Giants: Pat Shurmur Response To Jenkins Shows Lack Of Understanding

New York Giants, Pat Shurmur

Pat Shurmur isn’t helping himself keep his job as the head coach of the New York Giants.

Many believe that the ship has already sailed and that it’s simply a matter of waiting for the offseason to come and for the team owners to pull the trigger and announce the start of a new head coaching search. Ron Rivera, Jason Garrett, Matt Rhule, and others have been mentioned as potential option’s to take over for the team’s current coach. But for now, Shurmur still has the job.

He likely won’t have it much longer if this is how he’s going to handle certain situations.

Shurmur has replied to criticism from cornerback Janoris Jenkins about the schemes used on defense by the Giants, and while the problems with cornerback play and the secondary in general have been well known and well publicized this season, Shurmur has chosen to defend the current system of doing things rather than admit that Jenkins might be right and something might be wrong with what the Giants are doing.

“I think his assessment of we’re the only team that doesn’t travel isn’t quite accurate. I just came from the Minnesota Vikings who don’t. I think there’s a lot that goes into that. Again, he’s a competitive guy and I’m sure those are just immediately after the game comments,” said Shurmur.

The comments, of course, criticized a lack of movement when it comes to playcalling for the secondary. Jenkins claimed to spend most of the game on one side of the field rather than traveling from side to side like other cornerbacks in the league.

“Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to talk to him, he left immediately [because] there was an illness in his family that he had to go attend to. I’m sure I’m going to have a conversation with him when he gets back,” Shurmur added.

Whatever the Giants have been doing in the secondary this season clearly hasn’t worked, though, and Aaron Rodgers was able to exploit that for a number of touchdowns on Sunday. Shurmur chose to defend his defense and shrug off the concerns from Jenkins – but based on how the team has played so far, the better option might have been to listen to the players once on a thing or two and see if any improvement presents itself.

The fact that Shurmur is doubling down just makes it look less likely that he’ll come back again next year… After all, the last thing the Giants need right now is more of the same, when ‘the same’ hasn’t been working for the past two years at least.

Giants’ Co-owner Steve Tisch asks fans to be patient

New York Giants, Dave Gettleman

The owner of the New York Giants finally spoke to the media today but it wasn’t the owner you’re thinking of. John Mara has yet to opine on his team’s horrific season and no one is sure when he or his general manager, Dave Gettleman, will come out of hiding and face the masses.

Today, co-owner Steve Tisch spoke with WNBC Ch 4’s Bruce Beck at the March of Dimes event and shed a little light on the current state of Big Blue.

“It’s been a very frustrating season,” Tisch said as per Beck’s Twitter feed. “At the end of the season John Mara and I are gonna get together and discuss the future. As partners we have to be very honest with each other about where we see this team going into the 2020 season.”

Tisch had a message for Giant fans, who are at the end of their collective rope.

“I’m asking for patience. I’m being patient which you know at times is challenging. Please be understanding and patient. I want Giants fan to feel that their voice is being heard.”

Beck asked Tisch is he still believed in Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur, who are off to a 7-21 start with the Giants.

“Those decisions & conversation are not going to be made this morning,” said Tisch. “It’s really at the end of the season that John and I are going to sit down and talk about these issues.”

This is all generic information. Tisch is not heavily into the football end of the business but does hold some weight in the decision-making process. Right now, fan confidence is low and the results have been embarrassing for one of the league’s most storied franchises.

The average price of a ticket to a Giants game is $115, which is eighth-highest in the NFL. Every seat in the stadium also has a personal seat license which can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The New York Mets are looking for creative ways to trade bad contracts

New York Mets, Jeurys Familia

According to a report from MLB Trade Rumors quoting Ken Rosenthal and The Athletic, the New York Mets are looking for creative ways to shed payroll. The idea is to gain some financial flexibility this offseason.

The team decided to tender contracts to all eight of their arbitration-eligible players. They are Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, Marcus Stroman, Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Edwin Diaz, and Steven Matz.

Some of those players are about to get expensive, and while the contract of Zack Wheeler is off the books, the Mets are allegedly looking to trade costly players. Jeurys Familia and Jed Lowrie fit the bill.

Easier said than done

Of course, it would be easier said than done, given that Familia had a 5.70 ERA with an even uglier 6.30 BB/9 in 60 innings, and Lowrie didn’t have any hits in eight plate appearances. The infielder missed nearly all of the season with a string of injuries.

Familia has $22 million and two years remaining in his pact, while the Mets owe Lowrie $13 million in 2020. The team is reportedly considering pairing each one of them with a more desirable asset in order to move them.

The Seattle Mariners did a similar thing with the Mets a year ago, pairing Robinson Cano’s enormous contract with Edwin Díaz, one of the most desirable relieves in the game at the time.

New York had to send two premium prospects to the M’s in pitcher Justin Dunn and outfielder Jarred Kelenic. Gerson Bautista, Jay Bruce, and Anthony Swarzak went to Seattle, as well.

Possible candidates

It isn’t ideal that the New York Mets are in the opposite situation this time around just a year after acquiring the talent. However, implementing the concept makes sense.

MLB Trade Rumors mentions Dominic Smith (.282/.355/.525 with 11 home runs in 197 plate appearances) and his five seasons of team control as a candidate to be paired with Familia or Lowrie in order to make the package more enticing for the club taking on the contract.

JD Davis (.307/.369/.527 with 22 home runs in 453 plate appearances) is another candidate. He is more likely to stay, though. The reason is that he has a clearer path to consistent playing time than Smith.

New York Yankees are all in on Gerrit Cole after meeting in SoCal

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole

The New York Yankees are reportedly all in on star pitcher Gerrit Cole this offseason, especially after meeting with him in Southern California on Tuesday afternoon. The former Houston Astros ace presents the best pitching option this offseason and will earn upwards of $30+ million per season in free agency.

With general manager Brian Cashman’s willingness to push past the luxury tax threshold, Cole has become a legitimate option for the Bombers. Considering their early pursuance, it’s likely the Yankees are willing to offer him a huge deal, which would give the team one of the best starting pitching rotations int he MLB as soon as ink touches paper.

The New York Yankees rotation would look like this:

  1. Gerrit Cole
  2. Luis Severino
  3. James Paxton
  4. Masahiro Tanaka
  5. Jordan Montgomery
  6. Domingo German
  7. J.A. Happ
  8. Michael King/Deivi Garcia

This would give the team one established ace and a player in Severino that has the quality to reach that level. Paxton and Tanaka are both reliable arms who pitched exceptionally well during the postseason. Beyond the first four, Montgomery and German are still developing but have shown No. 2 potential in their young careers.

Who met with Gerrit Cole?

The NY Post reported that Cashman, Aaron Boone, and new pitching coach Matt Blake were among the people participating in the meeting, which also included Cole and his wife, Amy. The Yankees are expected to meet with Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday, and it doesn’t seem as if owner Hal Steinbrenner is holding back from leaving a blank check in front of Cole.

The Yankees have been on the hunt for Cole for the better side of a decade. After picking him 28th overall in 2008, the former Astro elected to take his talents to UCLA. The Yanks attempted to lure Cole in after the 2017 season, but Houston’s offer enticed the Pittsburg Pirates. The current scenario presents the best chance for the Bombers to lure Cole to the Bronx.

New York Giants: Ron Rivera Becomes Leading Option To Replace Pat Shurmur

The New York Giants are 2-10 in their second season under head coach Pat Shurmur. They are on an 8 game losing streak and have a 7-21 combined record from the start of last season.

Pat Shurmur is starting to feel the pressure. Rumor has it, the Giants are already considering firing Shurmur, and he senses that it will happen. On Tuesday, however, a coach was fired, but not Pat Shurmur.

The Carolina Panthers announced on Tuesday that they had fired their head coach Ron Rivera. Ron Rivera has been the head coach of the Panthers since 2011 and has an excellent track record. If/When the Giants fire Pat Shurmur, Ron Rivera should be at the top of their list of candidates.

Ron Rivera’s Record And Achievements

Rivera was named the fourth head coach in Carolina Panthers history in 2011 and earned a 76-63-1 regular-season record and a 3-4 postseason mark. In nine seasons, Rivera guided the team to a Super Bowl appearance, an NFC Championship, and three NFC South titles.

Ron Rivera is a former player turned coach that has been coaching since1997. The former linebacker is a defensive-minded head coach that has put together numerous top-tier defensive units in his coaching career. 8 times in his career as both a defensive coordinator and head coach has Ron Rivera seen his unit rank amongst the ten best in the league.

Ron Rivera could be precisely what the New York Giants need. He is an experienced coach with an excellent defensive scheme that gets the most out of his players. He has proven that he knows how to win and sustain success as a head coach in the NFL. Ron Rivera has won the AP NFL Coach of the Year award twice in his career (2013 and 2015).

The Giants’ last two head coaches (Ben McAdoo and the current coach, Pat Shurmur) have been mostly inexperienced offensive coordinators trying to make a jump to the next level. Ron Rivera is already a proven coach that could develop the Giants’ young roster into a winning team. Plus, Rivera already has a connection to the New York Giants that could make him their top candidate.

The Dave Gettleman Connection

In addition to his impressive career record and achievements, the Giants might also favor hiring Ron Rivera because of his connection to general manager Dave Gettleman. Now, there is no guarantee that Gettleman’s job is safe it this point. But if the Giants decide they do not need to clean house entirely and fire only the coaching staff, then Dave Gettleman and Ron Rivera could make a reunion.

Dave Gettleman was the general manager of the Carolina Panthers from 2013-2017. Gettleman inherited Ron Rivera and his coaching staff, and the two had a great run together. The tandem compiled a regular-season record of 51-28-1. Rivera and Gettleman’s Panthers advanced to the playoffs 4 seasons and won 3 NFC South titles during their 5 years together and even made it to one Super Bowl.

Gettleman and Rivera’s previous success together could be reason enough for the Giants to hire the recently fired head coach. The Giants need to get back to their winning ways and have been unable to do so with the combination of Gettleman and Shurmur. Maybe Dave Gettleman and Ron Rivera could replicate their success from Carolina in the future with the New York Giants.

New York Mets Tender All Arbitration Eligible Players A Contract

yankees, New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets have tendered all eight of their arbitration eligible players a contract.

The New York Mets’ announced last night that they have tendered a contract to all of eight of their eligible players.

This should come as no surprise considering who the eight players were.

Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo are both starting outfielders for the Mets, and all-star caliber players. There was never any doubt that the Mets would ever consider not tendering them a contract.

Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz were also never in jeopardy. They’re three of the Mets starting pitchers for the 2020 season.

The Mets traded for Stroman in July and he pitched well for them. The Mets view him as their internal replacement for Zack Wheeler. Noah Syndergaard is one of the top 20-25 best pitchers in baseball. He had a down season last year, but even then his fWAR was higher than that of Dodgers’ ace Walker Buehler. Matz is one of if not the best number four starter in baseball. On another team Matz would likely slot in as their number two starter.

Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz were also never in doubt. Lugo is one of the best relievers in baseball. He may have never been an All-Star, but he’s also never been a close before. He’s made his money working as a multi-inning relief ace to put out fires and bridge to the closer. He was excellent in that role and he was excellent was asked to close in 2019. Despite his down year, the Mets were never going to non-tender Diaz. His ceiling is way too high and they gave up way too much to let him leave.

Last is Robert Gsellman, and while it was unlikely he would be non-tendered there was a slight chance. Gsellman hasn’t excelled in either the bullpen or the starting rotation. He’s been mediocre at both and hasn’t given the Mets much reason to pay him more than a relief pitching free agent would cost. However, his versatility and his consistent mediocre ability are worth something. Not everybody has to be good, teams need mediocre middle-relievers too.

New York Jets Designate Two Players to Return from IR

The New York Jets have been decimated by injury, but they’ve got some good news. Brent Qvale and John Franklin-Myers are set to return from IR.

The New York Jets have the most money on IR of any team this year. They’re also tied for the most players on IR of any team in the NFL with 19. Injuries have crushed the Jets this season. That’s especially true at offensive line and linebacker. Well, the Jets are getting two players back who should help that situation.

Brent Qvale has been with the Jets for years. He has been the team’s primary backup tackle for the past three years and he’s gotten some significant playing time. With the Jets suffering injuries to Kelvin Beachum and Chuma Edoga at different points of the season having Qvale would have helped.

Now that he is set to return Qvale will likely join the team as the primary backup offensive lineman. The Jets currently only have one other healthy backup offensive lineman, and Leo Koloamatangi has never played a down in the NFL. It’s easy to see why the Jets haven’t had Koloamatangi active for a single game. With Qvale coming back the Jets know they have at least one offensive lineman on the bench who can provide adequate play if need be.

The Jets are also set to get edge rusher John Franklin-Myers back from IR. Franklin-Myers is in his second year in the NFL, the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams after the preseason.

Franklin-Myers flashed during his rookie season. He had two sacks in limited playing time during the regular season but turned it on in the playoffs. Franklin-Myers had a strip-sack in the Super Bowl against the Patriots.

Franklin-Myers picked up an injury in camp and only played in one preseason game. The Rams cut him when preseason ended not wanting to hold a roster spot for a promising but injured situational pass rusher. The Jets jumped on him when he went on waivers.

He has spent the entire season on IR, but he’s finally healthy. The Jets pass rush has been anemic this season, and Franklin-Myers has the potential to help fix that problem.

Why the New York Yankees will go Gerrit Cole or go home

Could the Yankees pursue Gerrit Cole this offseason?

The New York Yankees always manage to surprise the masses when it comes to signing high-priced free agents. Whether it be trading for a Giancarlo Stanton type player or signing a Jacoby Ellsbury, unexpected bust type, GM Brian Cashman always keeps us guessing on his moves.

This offseason, the hype centers around top pitcher Gerrit Cole, who was recently knocked out of the World Series by the Washington Nationals. Cheating allegations against the Houston Astros immediately followed the team’s knockout.

Cole is looking to separate himself from the doomed organization, and he will dive into a free agent market that’s begging him to set a record-breaking contract. However, the Yankees are loaded in the pitching department even without Cole.

The New York Yankees starting rotation currently looks like this:

-Luis Severino

-James Paxton

-Domingo German (suspension)

-Masahiro Tanaka

-Jordan Montgomery

-J.A. Happ

-Deivi Garcia/Michael King

Even without the services of Cole, who’s expected to break $30 million per season, the Yankees still have a solid group of starters that can get them through the regular season in one piece. The issue is the postseason, where Paxton elevated his game, and Severino pitched several hearty innings. German was forced out due to domestic violence allegations, and Tanaka performed as his usual quality self. It’s not worth factoring Happ into the equation who barely saw the mound until a bullpen game against the Astros late in the ALCS.

Adding a pitcher that can nearly guarantee a win is what the Yankees are looking for, and it would increase the probability of winning the 2020 World Series 10-fold. Having a four-man rotation of Cole, Severino, Paxton, and Tanaka would allow the Bombers to keep their top options ready to go in the later games of the postseason. Minimizing fatigue is the trick here, and if Cashman is willing to push past the luxury tax, overspending on Cole should be an easy decision.

The New York Knicks All Decade Team

This decade has not been kind to the New York Knicks. With multiple coaches, and roster turnover every single year, this was a hard exercise to do.

A Not So All-Decade team will be featured later, and it will have an easier roster to configure, but here is the hard one first.
KNICKS ALL DECADE TEAM
STARTERS:
Point Guard: Raymond Felton
Easily the best point guard of the decade, Felton led the Knicks during there best season and had multiple stints with the Knicks. The journeyman last played for the Thunder and is currently out of the league.
Shooting Guard: JR Smith
The two guard positions were the hardest to come up with starters. Smith was up and down in his Knicks career, but did win 6th man of the year, and was vital to the Knicks best team in decades.
Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony
Easily the best player of the decade, ‘Melo was an under-appreciated star on the Knicks, and led the Knicks through the majority of the decade.
Power Forward: Amare Stoudemire
Stat underperformed as a Knicks but was easily the best forward throughout the decade. While Amare ended up not being worth the large contract he signed, he was still better than the majority of players to wear Orange and Blue recently.
Center: Tyson Chandler
Chandler won Defensive Player of the year and was a force in the middle of the Knicks best defense this decade. Chandler anchored the one good run of Knicks basketball this decade.
Bench
G- Jeremy Lin
G- Jason Kidd
G- Landry Fields
G- Tony Douglas
If you are telling the story of this decade in Knicks’ history, it can’t be complete without Linsanity. Linsanity sparked the Knicks for 3 weeks and led the Knicks to a playoff birth. Jason Kidd flamed out during the second half of his season with the Knicks but was a good veteran presence. Fields and Douglas flamed out of the NBA, but it was hard to come up with two guards better than them this decade.
F- Iman Shumpert
F- Danilo Gallinari
F- Steve Novak
F- Wilson Chandler
Iman Shumpert was a polarizing Knick, but played good defense, and was apart of the team of the decade. Gallinari and Chandler have brief Knick careers but showed promise before being traded for the player of the decade.
C- Robin Lopez
C- Kyle O’Quinn
The Brooklyn native, O’Quinn was a steady inside force for the New York Knicks and may have been one of the best signings by the Knicks this decade(it was a sign and trade). Lopez was only on the Knicks for one season, but he brought consistency to the team.

New York Mets: Sam Haggerty Year in Review

New York Mets, Sam Haggerty

The final position player on the 2019 player reviews is the utility man Sam Haggerty. He was part of the small crew the New York Mets called up in September. Haggerty’s story went viral when Syracuse manager Tony Defrancesco gave a compelling speech to Haggerty about him getting to the big leagues for the first time.

Haggerty spent the last five seasons working his way up through the minor league ranks for the Indians and Mets. Known as a gritty and hard-working player with a lot of speed, he immediately became a fan favorite. The Mets acquired him in exchange for Kevin Plawecki back in January and it has seemed like a good exchange so far.

Pinch Running Specialist

Haggerty played in 11 games but only received four at-bats, striking out in three of the four. His bat was not the reason the Mets brought him up. In 8 of the 11 games he played, it was solely as a pinch-runner, and the other three were as a pinch hitter.

He only scored two runs during his time with the Mets, but he has a good chance to potentially land on the MLB roster out of Spring Training in 2020. The Mets do not have any speed, outside of Amed Rosario. It would benefit the team to have a speedy utility man off the bench. Haggerty has to prove he can hold his own with the bat to be a key contributor off the bench. If he hits any where from .230-.250 at the big league level he can hold a bench role with the Mets.

Grades (Small Sample Size):

Hitting for Average: F

Hitting for Power: F

Fielding: A, No Errors in 5 innings

Speed/Baserunning: B, did not steal any bases but his speed paid off when he was used

Intangibles: A, The team loved watching him get the opportunity to play

Overall: B, if his purpose were to hit this year the grade would be lower, but he did a solid job filling his role