Belichick Asked About New York Giants Job In 2017, New Rumor Says

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Could the New York Giants have potentially reunited with Bill Belichick?

Well, according to one rumor, there was at least an inquiry into the position from the legendary Patriots head coach… However, take it with a large grain of salt for a few reasons. Aside from the fact that the nature of the rumor seems like a stretch, the news is being broken late enough to perhaps seem a bit unreliable. Why, after all, would this information sit around for so long if it was true?

However, it still might be worth considering.

There’s a lot of talk about the Patriots going into decline after their season ended in loss to the Titans, in a result that not a lot of people expected, and the bonds between Brady, Belichick, and the team’s ownership have been rumored to be strained for some years now. There’s also been fringe theories about how the Giants could benefit from it, if it results in Belichick coming back to New York.

This kind of speculation, however, has been going on for some time and nothing major has come of it yet. Then again, losing to the Titans in the playoffs is new territory for the Patriots, and the differing circumstances could potentially change that existing pattern.

The Giants already have a rookie head coach right now in Joe Judge, so it’s safe to say they won’t make a move anytime soon for Belichick in that area, but it is worth considering the chance that if a comeback did happen, the Patriots coach could end up in the front office.

Dave Gettleman is somewhat expected to retire in the next couple of seasons. Probably as soon as this season if the Giants don’t perform better and pick up more wins. And if or when that does happen, could it potentially be Belichick that takes up the reins?

There’s a chance that it isn’t outside of the realm of possibility – but right now, we don’t have the most reliable sources to go on.

New York Yankees’ top prospect needs to explode in 2020 or could be left behind

New York Yankees, Estevan Florial

The New York Yankees‘ farm-system is packed full of talent, but only one player reached the top 50 list for prospects in 2020. Outfielder Estevan Florial was the lone player, and despite his unfortunate injuries, he presents the most value in terms of utility and tools.

According to The Atheltic’s Jim Bowden, Florial ranks at No. 50, the final spot on his compiled list.

Florial has been plagued by injuries over the past couple of years, but Yankees manager Aaron Boone assures me, based on what he saw last spring training, he has the potential of developing into an impact type of center fielder. Scouts love his tools, which are all average and above (except the hit tool); hitting coaches love the loud noise that comes off his bat; the analytics personnel love his career on-base percentage; and the outfield instructors love the velocity and accuracy of his arm. The bottom line is Florial still has the potential to be an All-Star-caliber center fielder in time.

The Yankees’ top prospect suffered a broken wrist during spring training in 2019, after putting together a confidence-inspiring performance. The potential is there for the taking, but Florial must remain healthy moving forward if he wishes to find a place on the 40-man roster.

Brian Cashman, GM, Yankees: “Injuries, like last year being hit with a pitch and breaking his wrist, have robbed him of development time, but this is an exciting, high character, incredibly intelligent player. All the ingredients exist for this rare talent to reach his potential.”

The New York Yankees have plans for Florial, but he needs to leave his mark quickly:

The Bomber extended Aaron Hicks on a seven-year deal last offseason, which plants him in center field for the foreseeable future. However, I see Hicks as more of a reserve option long-term. Florial’s development also comes with the starting center field job, whether it’s sooner or later.

His performance this spring will give us a solid indication of how far along he is in his progression and if the Yankees can utilize him as a reserve player during 2020.

Giants: Joe Judge reveals his three coordinators

New York Giants, Joe Judge

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge has found the men he wants to go to battle with. On Saturday, he officially announced his three coordinators: Patrick Graham (defense), Thomas McGaughey (special teams) and Jason Garrett (offense).

“We’re setting out to develop a smart, tough and really sound football team and that’s going to start with the coordinators setting the tone in each room,” Judge said in a release by the team. “Each one has experience, each one has the ability to run multiples (schemes), put the pressure on the opponent, and each one is an excellent teacher.

“All these guys were priorities to add to our staff. You have a short list when you come into this and you make sure you go ahead and take your time and get those guys in with whatever it takes. The priority is to put the best teachers and the best people around your players so you can form a strong locker room and make them fundamentally sound and situational. And I think all three of these guys bring that to the team.”

McGaughey is a holdover from Pat Shurmur’s staff and Graham, who served as Brian Flores’ defensive coordinator in Miami last season, was Ben McAdoo’s defensive line coach here with Big Blue in 2016 and in 2017.

Judge on McGaughey:

“I’ve known T-Mac from going against him as well as being in the business and I have a good relationship with him professionally and personally,” Judge said. “I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as a person. He gets the most out of his players. I’ve competed against him and I knew it was always going to be tough sledding in the game there. From the perspective of having to go against him, you understand you don’t want to get him out of the building; you want to hold onto guys like that. They’re definitely key assets. He and (assistant former coordinator) Tom Quinn do an outstanding job of working together, coaching the players in techniques and coming up with schemes for game plans that allow them to apply pressure on the opponents.”

Judge on Graham:

“We’ve had a lot of discussions, both before he came here as well as since he’s been here, in terms of what he would want to do with the scheme,” Judge said. “We share the same vision to be able to run multiples and use the players on our roster to the best of their ability to match up against the opponent.”

The hiring of Garrett is a huge boon for the Giants. Don’t believe all the nonsense about him not winning in Dallas. He’s a top-notch offensive mind who the Giants hope gets the most out of an offense that features running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones.

Judge said he has the utmost respect for Garrett and likes what he brings to the staff.

“There were guys I worked with that I came across in my career at both Alabama and at the New England Patriots that worked with Jason through their time in Miami with him,” said Judge. “They consistently all reflected on how smart he is, how great a teacher he is and how his perspective of the game was through a different lens than most coaches. And when he sees it, he’s able to communicate it and paint that mental image to the players. And he does a fantastic job of making in-game adjustments.”

There are still a few assistant slots to be filled, but the mainframe of the coaching staff is in place and by all accounts, the Giants look like a better team already.

New York Giants’ Joe Judge lands coach who can bring the best out of Saquon Barkley

Maximizing your players is the epitome of being a successful coach, and the New York Giants have seemingly done a substantial job in fining coaches who are not only disciplined but dedicated to their craft. New head coach Joe Judge has started off his young career with Big Blue by hiring several quality assistants, but the latest could have a significant impact on star running back, Saquon Barkley.

Barkley, who struggled in 2019 due to a high ankle sprain and below-average offensive line, will benefit from Burton Burns, who’s leaving Alabam to join the Giants. Burns has an obvious connection with Judge from his time in Bama. Burns just finished his 13th season with the Crimson Tide and his second as their assistant athletics director of football. Making the jump to the NFL might have been a long-time coming, and one NFL running back advocated for his talents.

Burns has served as Alabam’s running backs coach for 11 seasons, giving him plenty of experience with some of the best players to enter the collegiate stage. He has coached both Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry, who both won Heisman trophies with Alabama. He also assisted in the development of Trent Richardson, who failed at the NFL level but was polarizing in college.

The New York Giants are piecing together a solid coaching staff:

The connection between Burns and Judge is a significant positive, as it indicted their relationship and chemistry. Judge is adding his people to the mix and not letting the Giants brass decide for him. Having the right amount of control to formulate your destiny is exactly what Judge needed. We should be excited about the group he’s putting together.

The New York Mets Managerial Malediction

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The New York Mets have a manager problem. Again.

For the 4th time in 5 years, the Mets are looking for a new manager to lead the team. And with less than a month before pitchers and catchers report, it’s not like they’re going to have a lot of time to secure someone who can truly evaluate the team. Part of it was Brodie Van Wagenen’s fault, as he didn’t press Beltrán about his involvement in the Astros cheating scandal before he was hired, but that’s not important. What is important is trying to find the right person for the job in the span of a few weeks.

Lead Candidates for the Mets

In a report by Danny Abriano for SNY, Luis Rojas is reportedly the lead candidate right now being discussed internally by the team. Rojas is only 38 years old, but young managers are in vogue right now. What works to his advantage is that he’s a coach who’s worked his way up through the Mets system, from when he joined in 2006. Rojas would then have a closer relationship with homegrown stars like Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonzo, and Brandon Nimmo, who would get vets like Cano, Cespedes, and Betances fully on board. Three other potentials include Hensley Meulens, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez.

Maybe Go Old School

It’s no surprise that front offices want managers who will abide by the analytical information provided by their analytics department. Which has resulted in managers like Buck Showalter and Bruce Bochy out of the game? With a mess like this, the manager got fired for his involvement in a cheating scandal, someone hard-nosed and old school may be just the kick in the pants an organization needs. The players on the Mets, Red Sox and Astros are all going to be distracted come Spring training by the added media attention around their former manager’s departure. Buck Showalter would be a perfect guy to keep a team focused, cut out all the noise, and get his men to focus on the task at hand. Getting to the 2020 World Series.

Debate: Should the New York Giants take a WR at 4?

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

As the NFL season comes to a close, fans of the New York Giants have already begun speculating moves that their beloved team should do this offseason.  Something that has become all too familiar over the last few seasons.

One position of intrigue and debate is wide receiver.  After trading away Odell Beckham Jr. and being thin at the position, many wonders if the Giants will take an elite receiver at the top of this April’s NFL Draft.  Others, on the other hand, believe this would be a mistake. Which side are you on?

Making the case for a WR in Round 1

With the 4th overall pick in hand and considering the needs of Washington and Detroit in front of them, the New York Giants very likely could miss out on a premier defensive talent yet again.  Chase Young seems bound for Washington. Isaiah Simmons’ performance has made him a strong candidate to go 3rd overall. So, what does that mean for the Giants?

Popular options include trading back to a quarterback hungry team, taking a young offensive tackle or grabbing another cornerback.  However, many others think the New York Giants should be taking a wide receiver. 

Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb have been considered by some to be ideal selections for the Giants.  Jeudy has been compared to the Cowboys’ Amari Cooper and can be the outside receiver New York covets. His speed and agility make him a threat at all levels.  

Then there is CeeDee Lamb.  Lamb has incredible ball skills and control of his 6’2” frame.  Many compare Lamb to Houston’s Deandre Hopkins or even 6-time Pro Bowler, Reggie Wayne.  How could the New York Giants pass on that?

Even if the Giants were to trade down, the talent in this draft class at the receiver is very deep.  Clemon’s Tee Higgins, Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III, LSU’s Justin Jefferson, and Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. are just some of the names that could be called in the 1st round.

Making the case against a WR in Round 1

The depth of this receiving class may be the strongest case against taking a receiver in the first round.  It is no secret that the New York Giants have needed all over, especially on the defense and offensive line.  Is taking a receiver in the Top 5 really the best use of draft capital?

Without trading out, the Giants are sitting in a great position to address many needs with premier talent.  Isaiah Simmons is an ideal fit, but may not be available. Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah is another top prospect that will be available with the 4th pick.  The tackle position is very top-heavy, with Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, Alabama’s Jedrick Wills and Georgia’s Andrew Thomas all being considered as the best tackle prospect in the class. 

The Giants have a talented group of receivers already, but they are thin at the position.  With the injuries they suffered last season, having depth is critical. Taking a wide receiver later in the draft may be their best option.  Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk, Southern Cal’s Michael Pittman Jr. and Ohio State’s K.J.Hill are just some of the names the Giants could call at any point in the later rounds.  Temple wide receiver Isaiah Wright has been impressing scouts this week at the Shrine Bowl and could very well be a breakout player in the NFL.

What about the free-agent market?

The New York Giants are going to have a ton of money available for free agency.  If they prioritize the offensive line and defense in the NFL Draft, they have some options in free agency in order to build out the depth at wide receiver.

New York can definitely bring back guys that WR Coach Tyke Tolbert is familiar with.  Cody Latimer, Cody Core, and even Da’Mari Scott would all be unsurprising returns to the Giants.  If the G-Men dip elsewhere in free agency, they do have options. They could look to add a veteran with a one year deal, much like Randall Cobb, Demaryius Thomas or Danny Amendola.  The veteran option giving them depth, talent, and experience as a stop-gap for the season.

What about a younger option that could be signed for a longer deal?  WR Amari Cooper hasn’t be resigned by Dallas… yet. The Jets Robby Anderson looks to be headed to the open market and will be sought after.  There are also options like Rashard Higgins, who showed flashes with his time in Cleveland before the Browns brought in Landry and Odell.

Whatever the case may be, the New York Giants will have to address the lack of depth at wide receiver.  The talent is there, especially with the emergence of Darius Slayton, but there is a longevity concern that will need to be taken into consideration.  

New York Mets rumors: A “golden opportunity,” Dusty Baker, the Mahomes family and more

The New York Mets are looking for a manager. Each day, more candidates appear, and others lose steam.

Today’s news include an analysis on why this is a golden chance for Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets, plus other interesting takes.

Here are the New York Mets’ news and rumors of the day:

New York Post: Ken Davidoff explains why the current managerial search is a golden opportunity for GM Brodie Van Wagenen. He says that their position is a desirable one even if it ranks third behind the Astros and Red Sox.

The sportswriter thinks that BVW whiffed on the Beltran hire but is presented with a strong second chance. He has several picks, ranging from experienced managers such as Dusty Baker to internal choices like Luis Rojas and Hensley Meulens.

According to Davidoff, managers would gladly take the Mets’ job because of the career prospects implicated. The roster is talented and in a good position to succeed.

New York Post: According to Mike Puma, the New York Mets are now considering veteran manager Dusty Baker for their manager job. He has a strong track record of taking over teams with tumultuous offseasons.

Baker, 70, wasn’t seriously considered back in the winter when the team was reviewing other candidates and when Beltran got the job. He is now, though.

MLB.com: Bill Ladson wrote a fantastic story about the Mahomes family and their love for sports. Pat Mahomes father is currently in Port St. Lucie serving as a coach at the Mets Fantasy Camp. He said he “is teaching Mets fans how to play the game the right way.”

“It is awesome to be able to mingle and hang out with lifetime Mets fans. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, and I’m happy to be given a chance to mingle, hang out, coach and do these things. Watching the guys compete [is special],” were his words.

The elder Mahomes played 11 seasons in the bigs, from 1992 to 2003 with six clubs, including the Mets. He finished with a 42-39 record and a 5.47 ERA. He will likely remember the 1999 season with the Mets, his best one, going 8-0 with a 3.68 ERA.

Mahomes, the son, is currently making a deep playoff run with the Kansas City Chiefs. He loves baseball and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2014. He wanted to play football, though.

MLB.com: The staff of writers put together a list with each team’s best defensive prospect. For the Mets, Andres Gimenez got the nod.

The writeup says that “Gimenez was the shortstop on MLB Pipeline’s 2019 All-Defense Team and was in the mix again this year after a strong defensive campaign as Double-A Binghamton’s everyday shortstop. A plus runner who earns similar grades for both his fielding and arm strength, Gimenez committed 11 errors in 112 games last season and has totaled just 25 miscues over the past two years. What’s more, the 21-year-old appears ticketed for a breakout offensive season after winning the 2019 Arizona Fall League batting title (.371).”

New York Yankees: Do the Houston Astros pass the Duck Test?

UNCLE BILL ASKS:  DO THE HOUSTON ASTROS PASS THE DUCK TEST? The New York Yankees should be wary of them during 2020.

Surely you have heard of the Duck Test. “If it walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”  That phase is generally considered to identify something or someone that is defined by their habitual characteristics.  According to the nine-page report issued by Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 postseason by the use of electronic means in stealing the signs of opposing catchers.  Okay, now we know that, although we expected it long before the report.

There is also a saying that states, “once a cheater always a cheater,” that is at least until your caught.  It would be natural to wonder if you were successful at cheating, would you give it up or work to refine it even more?  Some believe Houston was successful at it and continued it in even more refined ways, right up to and including this past postseason.   However, the MLB took steps before the 2019 season to further prevent electronic sign-stealing from happening by limiting live feeds and preventing the placement of in house cameras from being placed between the foul poles.

It was evident that the Astros were very creative in scheming to steal signs and allowing their hitters to know what pitch was coming from the opposing pitcher.  Due to their creativity, all kinds of things creep into your mind, like why did Jose Altuve, the MVP of the series, scream at fellow players waiting for him at home plate as he rounded third base.  He shouted twice, “don’t rip off my jersey.”  There are three possibilities.  One is his wife wouldn’t like it, two he wanted to save it as a souvenir of his walk-off homer, or three he was hiding something under his jersey.  Unfortunately, now that they have been proven to be cheaters, the later might well have been true.  He could have had some wiring under his jersey that would signal in some way, possibly through vibrations, what pitch was coming.  If you are of the negative mind, you think that Altuve was intimately involved.

That’s the big problem the Houston Astros will be facing for years to come, the Duck test.  In Minutemaid Park and wherever they travel, fans and the opposing team will continually be wondering if they are cheating in some way.   If you are positive of mind, you will believe the steps the MLB has taken will prevent them from doing so and that they have learned their lesson.   One thing is for sure, the 2020 season for the Houston Astros is going to be a challenge in many ways as they try to restore their reputation and avoid the Duck Test.

Report: David Wright will not be the New York Mets’ new manager

David Wright, one of the New York Mets’ best players of the 21st century, will not be the new manager. According to a report from Mike Puma, the captain is not interested in the position.

The position is open because Carlos Beltran, who was appointed in November to be the Mets’ skipper, stepped down. The team and the former player itself informed that it would be best if he didn’t move forward as the manager.

Beltran participated in the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. The team illegally used the replay room to decode opposing team’s signs and relayed them by banging a trash can. He was named in this week’s MLB report that resulted in the suspensions and subsequent firings of AJ Hinch and Jeff Lunhow. Alex Cora, who was the Astros’ bench coach in 2017, was dismissed by the Boston Red Sox, where he managed in 2018 and 2019.

The former Mets’ All Star doesn’t want to manage

Puma tweeted that David Wright “has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to manage at this point in his life.” The sportswriter was replying to a Twitter user that suggested the New York Mets should name Wright as the new manager.

Puma also tweeted that Wright “barely wants to be an advisor.” Since early 2019, the former third base has been a special advisor to chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Wright was a fantastic player, with a career line of .296/.376/.491, 242 home runs and 970 RBI. He had a .373 wOBA and a 133 wRC+. Injuries derailed what looked like a Hall of Fame career in his later years. He last played in 2018, spending his whole trajectory with the Mets.

He accumulated 52.0 fWAR in his career, an impressive figure given that he barely played from 2014 to 2018, his final season.

Yankees news/rumors: Derek Jeter getting his own street, the Yanks needs one reserve option to step up

New York Yankees, Thairo Estrada, Gio Urshela

A Daily look at a summary of News and Rumors of interest for New York Yankees fans!

Estevan Florial:  Athletic’s Jim Bowden released his best 50 MLB prospects, Estevan Florial was the only Yankee on the list.  Florial has been with the Yankee minor league farm system since 2015.  The future centerfield star (hopefully) has been plagued with injuries the last few years. However, Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman still believes Florial will be a star player in the centerfield at Yankee Stadium.   Aaron Boone says he has the potential of developing into an impact type center fielder.  Scouts love his tools, which are average and above average except for his loud bat, which is impressive.  Yankee General Manager Cashman says, “Injuries, like last year being hit with a pitch and breaking his wrist, have robbed him of development time, but this is an exciting, high character, incredibly intelligent player. All the ingredients exist for this rare talent to reach his potential.”
Derek Jeter:  Two Bronx councilwomen, Vanessa Gibson and Diana Ayala, plan to introduce legislation to rename part of E. 161st street as “Jeter Street,” in a released report.  The plan is for “Jeter Street” to intersect “Rivera Avenue” — renamed after fellow Yankee pitching legend Mariano Rivera last year when he became the first unanimous inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Thairo Estrada:  After an unprecedented number of Yankee injuries during the 2019 season, the Yankees are hoping for much better luck this year with their new fitness training staff.  Even so, some injuries are unavoidable, and as they occur, they are likely to look to Scranton Wilkes/Barres star utility player Trairo Estrada who made his major league debut last season.  What males Estrada attractive is his ability to play anywhere on the field.  Last year he played at Short, at second base, and even helped out in the outfield corners.

Sabathia and Teixeira:  Former Yankees weigh in on the Houston Astro sign-stealing scandal.  Former Yankee pitcher and future Hall of Famer CC Sabathia was not shy in saying he felt that the Astros illegal actions might have cost him another World Series ring.  Former first baseman Mark Teixeira also stated in an interview that any team that played against the Astros where cheated, including the Yankees and particularly the Los Angeles Dodgers who lost to the Astros in the 2017 World series.

Others get involved in Astros scandal:  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) called for an official Congressional Oversight hearing into the scandal on Friday in a letter to the chairs of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is in charge of oversight of major league sports, according to Levi Weaver of The Athletic. If that ever comes to fruition, you could see significant names testifying before the U.S. Congress. The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on a resolution urging MLB to recall the World Series trophies awarded to the Astros in 2017 and Red Sox in 2018 and award them to the Dodgers instead.  It’s doubtful that that move will influence the MLB.