New York Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch: “Everything’s Up In The Air” On Eli Manning

New York Giants, Eli Manning

Going into 2020, there’s no indication yet of whether or not Eli Manning will come back to the New York Giants as either a player or a part of the coaching staff. Manning looks done as the starter after being replaced a couple weeks into the season by Daniel Jones and only appearing again once Jones was injured late in the year, but there’s been no official retirement yet, leaving the door open for Manning to either continue with the Giants or possibly find another team.

Either of those options, or Manning simply announcing his retirement, are all options which could reasonably happen. And the team ownership doesn’t necessarily have the answers at this moment either.

Co-owner Steve Tisch spoke briefly to TMZ, and one of the questions was about the Manning situation. His reply shows that anything can happen at this point. “Everything’s up in the air,” Tisch told reporters.

He didn’t have much more insight to share on the current status of the team in other areas, either, such as the draft. “Not up to me… I totally trust our new head coach,” Tisch said when asked about his thoughts on Isaiah Simmons, who is one of the primary prospects linked to the Giants right now for their first round draft pick.

It’s perhaps a good sign. While some would like to hear more information from the owners, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have proved over the years that it’s often times better for an organization to trust its coaching staff rather than having the owners make executive decisions on important matters and expect the staff to go along with the outcome.

And the Giants owners, right now, show that they’re trusting in their staff – time will tell whether that trust has been well placed or not.

New York Yankees: Strip The Astros Title

New York Mets trade for Jake Marisknick

This week has been unbelievable for baseball.

The Houston Astros were punished for cheating in the 2017 season, but there may be more. What they have done over the last few seasons has stopped the New York Yankees from advancing to the World Series, and has affected many other teams as well.

To go along with the sign stealing, there are accusations that Astros players may of had buzzers on their chest in some games, including the 2019 ALCS game six. The buzzers would buzz a certain amount of times to notify players the pitch.

Jose Altuve, who hit the walkoff home run off of Aroldis Chapman, may of had a buzzer on him. As he rounded third base headed for home, he pleaded to his teammates to not rip off his jersey. Watch:

Absolutely unbelievable. This can’t happen, and it may of happened a lot. The MLB needs to review the entire case again and repunish.

Some may think that it’s extreme, but here’s what I think should happen:

-Alex Cora, AJ Hinch, and Jeff Luhnow banned from baseball

-Loss of 2020 and 2021 first and second round picks (current punishment)

-$5 million fine (current punishment)

-Jose Altuve stripped of MVP

-Players from team stripped of any offensive awards from 2017-2019

-World Series title stripped

There should just be no 2017 World Series winner. With what they did, it’s just completely unfair for them to keep the ring and all the accolades. Kudos to pitcher Mike Fiers, who brought light to the whole situation and was brave enough to say something.

More needs to be done. Not doing so will hurt baseball.

New York Giants: Could Jason Garrett As OC Bring Amari Cooper With Him?

The New York Giants are heading into the 2020 offseason as a completely different team. They fired head coach Pat Shurmur and replaced him with Joe Judge. Daniel Jones, not Eli Manning, will be the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1. And, with free agency and the draft upcoming, the Giants’ roster could look drastically different.

But before the Giants can start targetting free agents and draft prospects, they need to get their coaching staff in place. New York still has yet to hire an offensive coordinator, one of the staff’s most important positions. However, there is one prominent name that the Giants are considering for the job: Jason Garrett.

The former Dallas Cowboys head coach interviewed with the Giants for their vacant offensive coordinator position and he is considered to be a strong candidate. Hiring Jason Garrett would be an exceptional move, bringing a veteran coaching presence to an otherwise inexperienced staff, not to mention Garrett’s impressive track record coaching top-ten offenses.

Jason Garrett gets the most out of his quarterbacks. This would be good news for Daniel Jones as he heads into his second professional season. But Jason Garrett has also coached up a few ultra-talented receivers in Dallas. One of these receivers, Amari Cooper, is about to be a free agent. The Giants should try to arrange this reunion between the former Cowboys coach and player in the 2020 offseason.

Amari Cooper Would Require A Big Contract

The Dallas Cowboys are in a bit of trouble regarding their salary cap. They just paid Ezekiel Elliot and Demarcus Lawrence, and they still have not paid Dak Prescott. New head coach Mike McCarthy will have some tough decisions to make regarding the team’s impending free agents, and he might have to let some big names walk out the door.

Amari Cooper could end up being the one that got away in Dallas. The receiver out of Alabama is about to get paid in a big way. According to Spotrac, Cooper has an estimated market value of $19.7 million on average annually. This is a massive contract to hand out to a wide receiver, but the Giants have the cap space to do it.

The New York Giants are estimated by Spotrac to have over $69 million in cap space before they start trimming the fat and cutting veteran contracts. Singing Amari Cooper would put a big dent in the Giants’ cap space, but they would still have roughly $40 million left to spend.

What Amari Cooper Would Bring To The Giants

Amari Cooper is known as one of the best route runners in the NFL. He has the shiftiness to break cornerbacks’ ankles and toast them on double moves. Check out this filthy route Cooper ran to get himself open against the Eagles:

Cooper has always possessed great talent in the NFL, but they were not being utilized correctly during his time with the Oakland Raiders. This led to the Cowboys trading a first-round pick for Cooper, who then went on to tear it up in Jason Garrett’s offense.

In the 6 games Amari Cooper played with the Raiders in 2018, he totaled 280 yards and 1 touchdown. After being traded to Dallas, Cooper racked up 725 yards and 6 touchdowns in 9 games. 2019 featured more of the same. Amari played in all 16 games this season and totaled a career-best 1,189 yards and 8 touchdown receptions.

Amari Cooper is a dependable primary wide receiver that creates separation as well as anyone in the league. Bringing him and Jason Garrett over to the Giants would instantly elevate the Giants’ offense into one of the most lethal groups in the league.

What now for the New York Mets?

Now that the New York Mets have fired Carlos Beltran after he was mentioned in MLB’s sign-stealing report concerning the Houston Astros in 2017, the search for a new manager begins. Spring Training is only a few weeks away and the team has no skipper.

In fact, Beltran was already preparing for Spring Training. Now that is no longer the case, and the Mets are left in shambles.

Who are the candidates to take over the Mets?

The Mets appointed Beltran back in the winter. Before doing so, they interviewed other candidates. Some of them were Joe Girardi (now the Phillies’ manager), Eduardo Pérez, Tim Bogar, Derek Shelton and Luis Rojas.

Rojas is the Mets’ quality control coach and is, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, under consideration for the club’s managerial vacancy. The organization hasn’t yet confirmed or denied Rojas’ candidacy.

There will be competition

An important factor to take into account is that two big contenders are also looking for a skipper. Yes, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox, the two teams implicated in sign-stealing scandals in 2017 and 2018, respectively, axed their managers (AJ Hinch and Alex Corea) as a result of the fiasco.

Danny Abriano of SNY names Terry Collins as one of the primary candidates to replace Beltran as the Mets’ manager. Collins is currently working as an advisor to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Another logical candidate could be current bench coach Hensley Meulens. The thing is that, per reports, he could also be a candidate to replace Cora in Boston.

It remains to be seen how the New York Mets approach the search of their new manager. However, one thing is certain: Beltran’s dismissal (or mutual decision, as the club informed) left the organization in a very uncomfortable position with Spring Training being so close.

New York Mets and Beltran acted in the “best interest of the team” — Read their statements

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Carlos Beltran

Several media personalities wrote via Twitter in the last few hours that they expected the New York Mets to make a decision on Carlos Beltran’s future by today, and they were right. He was appointed as the team skipper on the winter and is now out before managing a game.

A sign-stealing scandal took over baseball and resulted, after an investigation, in suspensions for several Houston Astros staffers, most notably their manager AJ Hinch and their GM Jeff Lunhow. Both were fired, additionally. Alex Cora, who was with the team as a bench coach in 2017 (when the scheme took place) got the axe from the Boston Red Sox. The players involved in the events weren’t punished, however.

People were asking for Beltran’s head because of his implications in the scheme. He participated, and the MLB even named in its report. However, he was a player at the time and the league decided not to punish players.

Statements from the New York Mets and Beltran

“At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways. I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team. I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future,” Beltran said via a statement.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and executive vice president/general manager Brodie Van Wagenen issued the following statement:

“We met with Carlos last night and again this morning and agreed to mutually part ways. This was not an easy decision. Considering the circumstances, it became clear to all parties that it was not in anyone’s best interest for Carlos to move forward as Manager of the New York Mets. We believe that Carlos was honest and forthcoming with us. We are confident that this will not be the final chapter in his baseball career. We remain excited about the talent on this team and are committed to reaching our goals of winning now and in the future.”

The search for a new manager begins now.

New York Ranger Prospect Tylor Wall Could Ease Goaltending Situation

New York Rangers, Alexandar Georgiev

As Alexander Georgiev prepares to make his second consecutive start for the New York Rangers, the media and the internet keep wondering how long the Blueshirts will carry three goaltenders. The likely scenario is that one of the three will get traded, with Georgiev the likely candidate. The thought of losing any of them can be eased by the fact that the Rangers have a very solid goaltending prospect in UMass-Lowell netminder Tyler Wall.

Not Just Another Brick in the Wall for the New York Rangers

Wall was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round with the 174th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. After a nice freshman season, Wall struggled a bit in his sophomore campaign. He turned things around when he started 21 games for the River Hawks in his junior campaign, posting an 11-7-3 record. He amassed a 2.09 GAA and a .921 save percentage with four shutouts. In his senior year so far, Wall has posted a stellar 1.80 GAA while compiling a 12-3-4 record, not to mention an outstanding .941 save percentage.

UMass-Lowell has been known for turning out NHL quality goaltenders which include alumni such as Carter Hutton (Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Buffalo), Kevin Boyle (Anaheim) and Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg). Back in November, Wall was tabbed as Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week, also receiving that honor for four of those previous six weeks. He was also named the  Hockey East Goaltender of the month for November. The UML senior is a candidate to win the Mike Richter Award, which is given to honor the outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey. Yes, that Mike Richter, who has his number 35 retired by the Rangers.

Wall has attended multiple Rangers Prospects Development camps. It was there he witnessed first-hand that hard work is what separates those who climb the hockey ladder from those who do not. Between these camps and his performance at UML, the conventional wisdom has the Rangers signing Wall to a contract and letting him begin his career in the AHL. Steady progress could mean that Wall would be ready around the time Henrik Lundqvist’s contract expires and/or when he decides to retire. The Rangers would be very happy to have a solid Wall in the net for the foreseeable future.

 

The Yankees’ backup first baseman shouldn’t be Mike Ford

New York Yankees, Mike Ford

The New York Yankees aren’t hiding their plans for spring training and the regular season, as first baseman, Luke Voit, will be the primary options moving forward. Voit, who suffered a sports hernia last summer, was unable to return to full form in the latter portion of the year and failed to feature during the postseason.

Despite his falloff post-injury, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone remained steady regarding Voit, stating:

“I think Luke Voit comes in healthy, and I think even though he got back and I think was healthy to some degree, still probably wasn’t quite all the way Luke Voit the second half of the season. Luke has proven to be a really impactful hitter and confident that the surgery he had this winter was a successful one and that he will come in and really lay claim to that position,” Boone said at the Winter Meetings.

Voit’s slugger mentality and power make him a must-start for a home run centric Yankees team. Alternatively, they have Mike Ford, who posted adequate numbers in 2019 during his first campaign at the top level. He could be a reliable option moving forward to back up Voit, who has suffered through his fair share of injuries the last two seasons.

However, the Yankees have taken precautions to mitigate soft tissue injuries with the hiring of Eric Cressey and the turnover of the strength and conditioning department.

The New York Yankees have more than enough talent at first base:

Aside from Ford, who can fill in for Voit if need be, the better option is DJ LeMahieu, who posted incredible numbers at first last season in limited action.

“Obviously Mike Ford really had an impact for us last year as well, so he could be in that mix a little bit. And DJ, his ability to bounce around is huge. But I’m confident that Luke Voit is an impact player for us.”

Before the 2019 season, LeMahieu has featured at first base just once. He played in 40 games last year for the Yankees, posting a .992 fielding percentage with 24 completed double plays. Incorporating his incredible offensive production into his value, if the Yankees have a better option to plug into second base (Gleyber Torres, Thairo Estrada), they should prioritize that move over pulling Ford up.

 

New York Jets: What Will Jordan Jenkins Cost the Jets?

New York Jets, Jordan Jenkins

Jordan Jenkins is the New York Jets most secret weapon. Over the past three years, Jenkins has quietly disrupted opposing offensive lines. Jenkins will be a free agent this offseason and the Jets must make the decision on whether to cut bait with their best pass rusher or not.

Production

Since being drafted in 2016 Jordan Jenkins has notched 20.5 sacks with back to back 8 sack years. Jenkins also has 6 forced fumbles, 5 of which he has recovered, and 7 pass deflections. Jordan Jenkins isn’t a Von Miller or Chandler Jones, but he is a very solid complementary piece that will always produce. Jenkins is also one of the biggest leaders on the team although he is not very vocal, he gives a stable veteran presence on a young defense.

Contract

A contract for Jordan Jenkins is tough to calculate because he values anywhere from 8 million dollars to 14 million. Unfortunately for Jenkins, there is a surplus of pass rushers in this year’s draft and free agency class which will most likely force him to lower his price tag. A reasonable deal Jenkins would be a four-year deal ranging from 35-45 million dollars.

Other Options

If the New York Jets don’t want to pay Jenkins, then they will most likely address the position in free agency. A couple of players to keep an eye on our Yannick Ngakoue, Jadeveon Clowney and Dante Fowler Jr. If the Jets want to draft a replacement, they’d most likely go either A.J. Epenesa or K’Lavon Chaisson with their first pick.

 

Report: Carlos Beltran Out as Mets Manager

Carlos Beltran will not be the New York Mets next manager after all. Sources are reporting that the organization has decided to go in a different direction after MLB released their findings in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal during their 2017 World Championship season.

Beltran was cited as a central figure in the scandal along with manager A.J. Hinch, general manager Jeff Luhnow and bench coach Alex Cora. Hinch and Luhnow were suspended by the league office for one year then were subsequently fired by the Astros earlier this week.

Cora, now the manager of the Boston Red Sox, stepped down this week before the Commissioner’s office could impose any discipline. Cora is also embroiled in another similar scandal in Boston and could end up getting banned from beabll altogether after this second investigation is completed.

Beltran was said to be safe, but the evidence against him have forced the Mets’ hand.

From Rick Laughland of SI.com:

There’s reportedly been disagreements within the organization about how to handle the cheating scandal that Beltran has been implicated in. If New York moves on from the future Hall of Fame player turned manager, they’ll be in effect paying three managers in” Mickey Callaway, Beltran, and the newly hired skipper.

 

It’s not exactly an enviable position to be in, particularly with the current ownership not exactly being on stable financial footing. Many Mets fans are lukewarm on the Beltran hiring to begin with. After his epic strikeout on an Adam Wainwright salacious curveball in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS that sent the Mets home packing and the Cardinals to the World Series, it appears Beltran will never live that down. Mets fans had Joe Girardi as their top choice before letting him leave their building without a deal and watching him sign with the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

The Mets bypassed several talented managerial candidates this offseason to hire Beltran, even though they knew this timebomb was ticking in the background. They had to know no matter which way this fleshed out that it would be a lingering distraction.

 

Shots Fired By Beltran’s Former Yankees Teammate Over Involvement in Houston

New York Mets to interview Carlos Beltran.

The New York Yankees have officially entered the debate over what the Mets should do with current manager, Carlos Beltran. And it comes from one of Beltran’s former teammates.

Mark Teixeira Takes a Stand on ESPN’s Get Up

ESPN baseball analyst, and former Yankee first baseman, Mark Teixeria, had very choice words about the current situation the Mets find themselves in over Beltran being named in the commissioner’s findings over Houston’s cheating. The first words out of Teixeria’s mouth were:

“I don’t think the Mets have a choice either. They have to fire Carlos Beltran.”

He would elaborate further:

“The only reason Beltran wasn’t punished…, was because of that immunity you just talked about.”

The immunity was brought up by show host, Mike Greenberg, earlier in the interview. Discussing the immunity, Teixeria continued:

“It’s really a loophole for Carlos Beltran because he immediately retired after that World Series.”

As we know, no Astros players involved in the sign-stealing scandal were punished by MLB after the conclusion of the investigation. When talking about his involvement with Alex Cora:

“Him and Alex Cora were the main culprits. Alex Cora got fired on the spot by the Boston Red Sox. The New York Mets are in an impossible situation. There’s no way that Carlos Beltran, especially in the pressure cooker of New York, there’s no way he can be the manager of the Mets!”

He concluded talking about how the tabloids would eat Carlos Beltran alive “every, single, day,” for being caught in this cheating scandal should he see the start of the season.

Mark Teixeria was teammates with Carlos Beltran through his entire tenure as a Yankee, 2014-2016. Teixeria finished 2016 on the team, while Beltran was moved at the deadline. 2016 would also be Teixeria’s final season with the Yankees.