New York Giants: Report Says DeAndre Baker Set For Release

New York Giants, DeAndre Baker

The DeAndre Baker era for the New York Giants secondary might just be over. There were high expectations for the first round draft pick coming out of college, especially after the Giants traded up for him, but this current legal case will almost certainly see Baker’s exit from the franchise.

That’s because there’s been a delay in the proceedings and it won’t be resolved until at least January. Probably, things will get dragged out even longer than that. And the Giants, having brought in Logan Ryan and Isaac Yiadom as alternatives, don’t have time to sit around and wait.

Report claims Giants are moving on from Baker

It’s not just random speculation saying the Giants will move on from DeAndre Baker.

Once the media learns that a team is planning on cutting a player, it’s oftentimes true that the player’s days with the team are numbered. And Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that the Giants are finally going to pull the plug and release Baker.

The Giants will try to recoup some of Baker’s guaranteed salary and bonus money on a four-year, $10.5 million contract after he is released because of personal conduct clauses, but that is a complicated process, league sources say.

Getting into a legal case centered around armed robbery is certainly the kind of personal conduct the Giants would like their players to avoid. However, that’s exactly what happened to Baker. Also, with at least two new replacements at the position, there’s no need for the Giants to wait for Baker to sort things out.

At this pint, it looks for sure based on the team’s moves that his time with the Giants is over. The only question is whether or not the Giants get their money back as they close the disappointing chapter of DeAndre Baker’s career that was spent with the team.

New York Liberty emerge on wrong end of sloppy tilt vs Atlanta

An opportunity for a win fell by the wayside for the New York Liberty despite a career-best in scoring from Leaonna Odom.

An opportunity for a confidence-boosting win fell by the wayside for the New York Liberty. The team allowed only 62 points, no more than 18 a quarter, to the Atlanta Dream, but a tough shooting night led to a 62-56 loss on Thursday night in the Bradenton bubble. Leaonna Odom and Kia Nurse each led the way with 12 points each for the Liberty (2-15).

Stuck at the bottom of the bubble standings, New York and Atlanta (5-13) combined to shoot just a combined 29 percent from the field. The Dream overcame their own poor shooting with a double-double performance from Courtney Williams (15 points, 13 rebounds). Monique Billings also had seven offensive rebounds that led to second-chance points for Atlanta.

The Liberty were slightly hindered in the interior by the loss of rookie and paint prescience Kylee Shook, who was forced to leave the game in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on a defensive stand. New York also shot 19-of-73 from the field, including 6-of-35 from three-point range.

The Liberty started the game on a 17-8 opening run, anchored by triples from Odom, Layshia Clarendon, Amanda Zahui B, and Paris Kea. They led 21-18 after the opening frame with the Dream anchored by several blocks from Elizabeth Williams. She wound up with six on the evening

New York’s shooting woes dominated from thereon. The Liberty held Atlanta to only 13 points in the second quarter but countered with only eight of their own. A strong defensive effort thus went for naught as they failed to convert on their open looks. It spoiled a career-best 12 points from the rookie Odom, a second-round choice that has been a startling lineup staple since the injury to top overall pick Sabrina Ionescu.

Elsewhere for the Liberty, Zahui B, Kea, and Kiah Stokes united for a combined 29 rebounds. Zahui B (11) earned double-digit rebounds for the fifth consecutive game while Kea set a new career-best (8).

The Liberty return to action on Friday night when they take on the Phoenix Mercury (8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Go/CBSSN).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Mets: Alonso Delivers Walk-Off Homer in 9-7 Win

The New York Mets needed their offense to outproduce their pitching struggles once again. Before the game, the Mets had a tribute for the passing of Tom Seaver, and all players rubbed dirt on their right knees in his honor. Despite the tribute, Robert Gsellman performed anything but Seaver-esk.

They had to come back from a 7-4 deficit, starting in the eighth inning, to score five unanswered runs to win. It was all capped off with a Pete Alonso two-run walk-off home run that dropped through the building raindrops at Citi Field.

The Mets would not have gotten to that spot without J.D. Davis revenge home run off Aroldis Chapman. He drilled Davis in the left hip during last weekend’s Subway Series matchup, and Davis continued the trend of revenge home runs against the Yankees.

The Mets offense was top notch for the second straight game. Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier both delivered three hits. All three of Frazier’s hits were for extra bases, including a home run, and Rosario drove in three runs.

Gsellman Struggles Once Again

The Mets gifted Robert Gsellman another start as the Mets continue their search for quality starters. He failed to get out of the second inning, allowing four runs before being yanked early. Chasen Shreve (2.1 IP) and Jeurys Familia (2 IP) saved the day. They combined for 4.1 innings of hitless baseball.

Edwin Diaz also had a dominant two innings out of the bullpen with four strikeouts. He continued his rampant strikeout rate and picked up the win, lowering his ERA to 2.25.

On Friday, the Mets begin a four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. Rick Porcello makes the start against Jake Arrieta in a 7:10 p.m. start from Citi Field.

New York Yankees: Good news and bad news following embarrassing loss to Mets

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees were headed toward a victory over the New York Mets on Thursday evening in a makeup game, but closer Aroldis Chapman simply wanted to make things more interesting. In the ninth inning, Chapman gave up a JD Davis home run to dead centerfield, which tied the game. Just moments before, catcher Kyle Higashioka threw out Billy Hamilton trying to steal third base, which evidently would’ve been the game-winning run.

The Yankees finally sparked their offense, who hadn’t scored more than seven runs since they played the Mets almost a week ago. In fact, it was the second time they scored seven runs or more since their win against the Red Sox back on August 15.

However, their loss to the Mets is a testament to their struggles as of late. With the rain drizzling down in the top of the 10th inning, Pete Alonso smashed a game-winning homer to overcome a deficit.

FINAL SCORE: 9-7

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

GOOD NEWS:

Offensively, the bottom half of the New York Yankees batting order had a solid outing. They combined for five hits and four runs scored, which is far better than their recent production would indicate. At the top of the order, things were a bit more tumultuous. Luke Voit recorded a two-run double in the second inning, but aside from that, they were relatively quiet on the night. Clint Frazier has come crashing back to earth offensively, currently sitting at a .273 batting average with two strikeouts on Thursday.

The good news really comes in the form of injury news. Starting shortstop Gleyber Torres is set to return over the weekend, which should provide a massive boost to the offense and get Tyler Wade out of the starting lineup.

The Yankees expect to have Gleyber Torres back in the lineup on Saturday or Sunday at Baltimore. Giancarlo Stanton is still “a ways away,” so he won’t be in Baltimore, according to manager Aaron Boone.”

BAD NEWS:

Pitching wise, starter JA Happ had a poor outing, allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman both struggled, allowing three earned runs over two innings, giving the Mets an opportunity to fight their way back into the game. In the bottom of the 10th inning, Pete Alonso launched a solo shot to left field, giving the Mets a 9-7 victory.

More bad news you ask? Giancarlo Stanton is nowhere near returning to live action.

Brooklyn Nets: Diving into what led the Nets to hire Steve Nash as new HC

Brooklyn Nets, Steve Nash

You can’t bring up the best point guards of all time and not mention the name, Steve Nash. His brilliant 18-year career in the NBA made him stand out as one of the fiercest competitors and greatest play-makers in the history of the game. Nash went from being an undersized backup point guard as a rookie on the Suns to a two-time MVP, 8-time NBA All-Star, and 7-time 1st team all-NBA. He most recently served as a player development consultant on the Golden State Warriors. Earlier today, Nash was named the 27th coach in the history of the Nets franchise and was signed to a 4-year contract (Full Nets Press Release HERE). Let’s dive into why the Nets made this hire and how they will fare moving forward with Nash at the helm.

MY REACTION TO THE NASH HIRE:

What made the Nets decide to go in this direction?

According to NetsDaily beat reporter Anthony “Pooch” Puccio, this decision was made way before the Orlando bubble even started.

If the Nets chose to hire Nash in May, did interim coach Jacque Vaughn ever have a fighting chance for this job? What would Vaughn have had to do in the bubble to win the job over Nash? While the Nets seem to value their former interim head coach enough to keep him on the staff as an assistant, clearly they felt Nash (even with no NBA head coaching experience) would be better suited to lead this superstar built team.

Let’s start by taking a look at Nash’s prior relationship with Kevin Durant. Nash was a player development consultant on the Golden State Warriors during Durant’s tenure in the Bay Area, and the two seemed to get along well during their time together. Check out this video of Nash and Durant practicing together, tweeted by NetsDaily reporter Matt Brooks:

Obviously, Durant and Kyrie would have to sign off on whichever coach Marks decided to choose. From an outside perspective, it appears that Durant was 100% on board with this hire. For Kyrie Irving, Nash is a coach that views the game through the same lens as he does. My assumption would be it didn’t take too much convincing for Kyrie to be buy into one of the greatest point guards of all time becoming his new head coach, especially since Kyrie still considers himself a student of the game.

The Nets star of the bubble, Caris LeVert, also had a positive experience with Nash when he trained with the former MVP and Kevin Durant in California four years ago. In a 2016 article written by Pooch, LeVert described his experience with Nash as “great” and was extremely happy about the trip. Fast forward three years later, KD is now his teammate (and was one of his biggest fans this year), and Steve Nash is now his head coach.

How will the Nets Fare with Nash at the Helm?

In today’s modern NBA, you don’t need a ton of head coaching experience to be a successful coach. Look at the last several coaches to win NBA championships: Steve Kerr, Tyronn Lue, Nick Nurse. All were first-time NBA head coaches. In Kerr’s case, similar to Nash, he didn’t even have experience as an assistant coach. What makes a great coach in today’s NBA is how he communicates and gets along with his players. Nash has been known as one of the nicest guys in the league. Marks referred to Nash as a leader, communicator, and mentor in his statement on the signing. With the Nash + Vaughn combination, I don’t think the players on the Nets will have any problem buying into their new coaching staff.

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New York Yankees Provide Great Injury Update on Gleyber Torres; Bad One on Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

After a brutal series against the Tampa Bay Rays that leave them three games out of the loss column, they get some updates on injuries. The New York Yankees‘ poor production offensively from Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman, and Tyler Wade. They need their bats back, and while one is coming soon, another seems to be even farther away. According to Bryan Hoch, the news we got today are both good and bad.

The Yankees expect to have Gleyber Torres back in the lineup on Saturday or Sunday at Baltimore. Giancarlo Stanton is still “a ways away,” so he won’t be in Baltimore, according to manager Aaron Boone.”

Let’s break this down:

Getting Gleyber Sooner Rather Than Later

Tyler Wade’s offense has been brutal for the Yankees, as a solid start has petered out, as the 109 wRC+ through his 1st 16 PA has been undone by a brutal 22 wRC+. This has been out of your shortstop position which is exactly where Gleyber would play. Having your reliable bat in there to get the offense going in this September stretch that consists of 10 games against the sneaky good Blue Jays. They have a light schedule to many, and if they want any shot at the division, they need to get clicking now. Gleyber Torres being a .350 OBP and .500 SLG caliber hitter like he usually is would give the Yankees the boost they need to get going.

What Do the Yankees Do Without Stanton?

The New York Yankees outfield has been brutal offensively, with only Aaron Hicks and Clint Fraizer hitting well. Mike Tauchman and Brett Gardner have been downright brutal with the bat, and it’s been tough to watch. Not having Stanton or Judge means they can’t even take Gardy/Tauchman out of the lineup. They need to either get the two going or figure out if there’s a bat they have to call up and take their ABs, something that they might have to look into.

This news is both great yet awful, as while Gleyber is a huge help, you were hoping for Stanton to get healthy soon.

Johnnie Bryant thanks Jazz, excited for Knicks job

Johnnie Bryant, New York Knicks

Shortly after the Utah Jazz blew a 3-1 series lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Johnnie Bryant is headed to the New York Knicks for a fresh start.

Bryant, now a former assistant coach of the Jazz, has officially signed with the Knicks as their new associate head coach under Tom Thibodeau.

Marc Spears of The Undefeated first reported the news.

Bryant was grateful to the Jazz organization for having him since 2012.

“To the city and the state that embraced me when I first step foot on the campus of the University of Utah, I say thank you. To the Miller family, Steve Starks, Dennis Lindsey, and Ty Corbin, who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to coach in the NBA, I say thank you. To Quin Snyder who encouraged me daily to be the best coach that I can be, I say thank you. To all the players, co-workers, those at the arena, the friends, and simply everyone, I say thank you,” Bryant said in a statement.

Prior to joining the Jazz in 2012, Bryant was running his own training gym (Bryant Sports Academy).  Corbin, the former Jazz coach, was so impressed with the player development work he’s done with Ronnie Price and Paul Millsap and his son Tyrell Corbin that he invited him to join his staff.

Bryant stayed with the Jazz when Snyder replaced Corbin in 2014.

Bryant has since been credited for Gordon Hayward and Donovan Mitchell’s development while in Utah. He has also forged a strong bond with the Jazz current star Mitchell.

It was Bryant, who consoled Mitchell right after his emotional post-game interview in the aftermath of their Game 7 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Mitchell collapsed into Bryant’s arms and began weeping uncontrollably.

The poignant scene could also have been good friends saying goodbye to each other as they chart new chapters in their respective careers.

Mitchell is said to be closing in on a max deal extension to stay with the Jazz.

Bryant, meanwhile, is excited for the tough task of helping Thibodeau turn the Knicks fortunes around.

“As I embark on new journey, I am very appreciative for this opportunity to coach for the Knicks and I’m excited for my next coaching chapter in New York,” Bryant said.

The hiring is viewed beyond the developmental coaching standpoint. While Bryant is expected to help develop the Knicks young core particularly RJ Barrett, he will also help Thibodeau in managing game situations and in-game plan preparation.

Snyder vouched for Bryant that he’s more than just a developmental coach.

“Tactically, he’s learned [a lot] in the game and on the bench. He’s great on the court with players and you see him develop guys. It’s something we take pride in with our program. Johnnie’s been a big part of that,” Snyder told reporters during the Jazz-Nuggets series.

Bryant’s length of contract was not made available but it is believed to be the same with Thibodeau, who was signed to a five-year deal.

Bryant will join the Knicks when they conduct voluntary workouts as approved by the league for the eight teams that didn’t make the Bubble starting from September 14 until Oct. 6.

Should the Yankees move on from Gary Sanchez after 2020?

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

The New York Yankees have a massive problem at the catcher position. That problem’s name is Gary Sanchez. Yes, I know that some Yankees fans are likely getting ready to type an angry comment back at me for suggesting this, but should the bombers move on from Sanchez after this year?

Sanchez is getting ready to turn 28 years old in December. You cannot deny the power that Gary Sanchez has in his bat. He is lethal when he’s able to connect the barrel to the ball. The problem is those lethal shots are becoming fewer and further between.

Since being called up in 2016, Sanchez has hit an astonishing, 111 home runs in 400 games. Over a 162 game average that’s just about 45 home runs a year. While those numbers the Yankees love, the batting average and the defensive stats are not figures they love.

Since the start of the 2017 season, Sanchez is hitting just .230 and he’s had 45 passed balls in 258 games started at catcher. These are not the kind of numbers the Yankees want from their star catcher.

I know that many people will want to keep pointing to the power numbers, but Sanchez is turning into a blind squirrel at the plate. Sure, he’ll run into a nut every once and a while, but when he’s hitting .177 since 2018, your power defense becomes irrelevant.

The Yankees Options

There’s nobody that the Yankees have on their team that I want to root for more than Gary Sanchez. I want to see Sanchez hitting close to 300 and smacking 40 home runs a year. I want to see the Yankees catcher gunning runners down with his elite arm.

The problem is, the things he does well, we’re not seeing them very often at this point. So what do the Yankees do? Well the easy thing to do is to keep Sanchez and pray that he can stay healthy as well as become more consistent.

Sanchez is just entering his first year of arbitration this year. The Yankees have him relatively cheap next year. If the bombers want to explore other options, they can try to trade Sanchez then turn to the city of Brotherly Love.

J.T. Realmuto is considered by many to be the best catcher in baseball. He hits for average, he has good power, he can steal bases, and he’s a gold glover. Realmuto will enter free agency after the 2020 season.

The Yankees have been interested in the past, and they could make a run at him in the offseason. It should be an expensive offseason given the fact that DJ LeMahieu, James Paxton, and Masahiro Tanaka are all free agents.

The Yankees do have some holes to fill after this year. Realmuto could be a very real option for the bombers in the offseason especially if they can get a good return in a Sanchez trade. The biggest thing about him is that he’s consistently good which is something that we cannot say about Gary Sanchez.

The baseball world reacts to the passing of Mets’ legend Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver was, without question, the most influential New York Mets‘ player of all time. He was the idol of a generation of avid sports fans, a true warrior on the mound and a gentleman outside of the diamond. He passed away this week, at 75 due to a battle with dementia and COVID-19, but his legacy in American sports is intact.

Fellow athletes, teams, former teammates, fans, media members and the whole baseball industry in general have shared experiences with “Tom Terrific,” also known as “The Franchise” because of his importance to the New York Mets of the sixties and seventies.

MLB.com compiled quotes of some teams, players, executives and broadcasters, remembering the Mets’ legendary pitcher as a one of a kind individual.

Commissioner Rob Manfred:

“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time. Tom was a gentleman who represented the best of our National Pastime. He was synonymous with the New York Mets and their unforgettable 1969 season. After their improbable World Series Championship, Tom became a household name to baseball fans — a responsibility he carried out with distinction throughout his life.

MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark:

“Tom Seaver will be remembered as a fierce and gifted competitor, a Hall of Fame pitcher whose passion never wavered on or off the field. He was a strong and steady voice on behalf of his fellow players as the Mets’ player representative in the early days of the Players Association. We send our sympathies to his family, friends and legion of fans.”

Mets’ owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon:

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Mets Legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. Tom was nicknamed ‘The Franchise’ and ‘Tom Terrific’ because of how valuable he truly was to our organization and our loyal fans, as his No. 41 was the first player number retired by the organization in 1988. He was simply the greatest Mets player of all-time and among the best to ever play the game.”

Bob Casteilini, Reds’ CEO:

“Tom Seaver was one of the best and most inspirational pitchers to play the game. We are grateful that Tom’s Hall of Fame career included time with the Reds. We are proud to count his name among the greats in the Reds Hall of Fame. He will be missed.”

Mets’ Hall of Famer Mike Piazza:

“Tom was always rooting for me to get into the Hall. Two of my fondest memories are walking out of Shea Stadium together after the last game and then when he threw the ceremonial first pitch to me at Citi Field the next year. He was one of a kind.”

Former pitcher Tom Glavine:

“So sad to hear of the passing of my friend Tom Seaver, great pitcher and great man. My prayers to his family.”

Jim Palmer:

“Saddened to hear my friend, Tom Seaver, has passed away. My condolences to Nancy and the Seaver family. Baseball lost the best pitcher of my era.”

Jerry Koosman:

“He was a great leader of our team. When he wasn’t pitching, he was always there to help the other guys on the staff. He was a true professional.”

Keith Hernandez:

“I am deeply saddened of the passing of Tom Seaver. I had the honor of unsuccessfully hitting against him and having as a teammate. He is the greatest Met of all time. No one will ever surpass him that wears the orange and blue. My condolences to Nancy and his family. Tears.”

Don Mattingly:

“Every time you walk through the door there, it’s like, Tom Seaver Hall, with different pictures. I noticed the other day, the look and the youth. How young he looked.”

Hank Aaron:

“I remember meeting Tom Seaver at his first All-Star Game, and I knew he was a special person. He was a terrific pitcher and a wonderful friend. I was lucky to have dinner in his home in New York and in California which I remember fondly. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Adam Sandler, actor:

“Tom Seaver. My dad loved him. My brother loved him. I loved him. A hero to so many. Thoughts to his entire family.”

Former Mets pitcher Al Leiter:

“Sad news for sure. My idol growing up was Tom Seaver. I am forever grateful and blessed to have been able to befriend this great man. Tom Terrific was a classy gentleman and the greatest Met. May he Rest In peace.”

Should the New York Yankees finally give up on Tyler Wade?

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

Tyler Wade is in his fourth season as a member of the New York Yankees, and he’s once again struggling. He’s just 7-of-43 with a home run, three RBIs, and a .539 OPS in 2020.

Wade struggling for the Yankees isn’t something out of the ordinary. 2019 was the only season that he’s hit above .200 (.245), and his career average is just a sub-par .192. In this day and age, players can still be productive even with a low average, but that isn’t the case with Wade. He’s a contact hitter and his game relies on getting base hits. Wade just doesn’t have enough power to stay productive. He has just four home runs and 21 RBIs.

Well, why do the Yankees keep bringing him back? Wade is one of the fastest players in the league and can steal bases. He has 10 career stolen bases and has been caught just once. The lefty-hitting infielder is also a slightly above average defender, as he has two defensive runs saved in 2020.

Is it time the Yankees give up on Wade? He’s never panned out the way the team has hoped, and they’ve given him plenty of opportunities. Maybe a change of scenery for Wade would be the best thing for him, a way to possibly jump-start his career. Plus, no player is happy spending so much time in AAA, as that’s where Wade spends more time at than the big-leagues. He has just over a year of service time even though this is his fourth year in the majors.

The Yankees also have Thairo Estrada to take the place of Wade if he gets dealt in the offseason. Estrada has been much better than Wade, sporting a .244 career average.

Should the Yankees finally bite the bullet and give up on Tyler Wade?