Have you heard the story of the carrot and the stick? Tua Tagovailoa will have carrots this time around.
Those proverbial carrots come in the form of improvement on offense for Tua. Tyreek Hill, Alec Ingold, Sony Michel, Raheem Mostert, Cedrick Wilson Jr., Terron Armstead, among others, were brought in to provide help.
Back when the head coach was Brian Flores it was speculated to want quarterback DeShaun Watson, well back then, it was just the stick, and that was the threat of bringing in another quarterback.
Let me reach into my bag of speculation, and try to guess why that was. Brian Flores, during his three seasons as head coach for the Miami Dolphins, appeared to lean toward defense. That is his background as a defensive coach.
If I might risk painting Flores in a good light, and probably get some blow-back from the gauge of fandom toward him, his first season came after a total tear-down. If you remember the leading rusher that season was quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The first season Josh Rosen was raw and didn’t work out, but somehow Fitzpatrick could hang in there, as he was a seasoned veteran, with many years under his belt.
In the second season, Flores did make an attempt to improve the offense by bringing in running backs Jordan Howard and Matt Breida, but it was 7th round pick Myles Gaskin who held things down and is now fighting for survival in a very crowded running backs room.
Also during the second season, Tua Tagovailoa was on board, waiting in the wings, Flores had a tightrope to walk, do you start the rookie by throwing him into the fire, or let him sit and learn? This has always been a divisive decision, for there are two camps and both are headstrong.
I can see positives from both sides, and sort of sit on the fence, but when it comes to finding out if you really have an elite quarterback, then you probably have to throw him out there just to see if he can do it with little help.
The third season showed more failed attempts to improve the offense, another running back was brought in who failed in Phillip Lindsay. And there was the Will Fuller fiasco, as the wide receiver played in all of two games.
It is a good thing this time around, there are carrots for Tua Tagovailoa, which the front office showed by standing behind this quarterback, stating so in press meetings, and backing those words up with actions. They built an offense around him, but the stick still lingers, and that is the rumor of Tom Brady to the Miami Dolphins.
Report: Yankees cut former 3rd-round draft pick for allegedly stealing teammates’ equipment
A now-former New York Yankees prospect allegedly had some issues with steals, and we are not talking about baserunning.
Jake Sanford, the Yankees’ third-round pick in the 2019 MLB draft, was cut by the team last week over allegations that he repeatedly “hounded” teammates for equipment such as bats and gloves to sell online, and occasionally going as far as grabbing it from their lockers, according to NJ.com’s Brendan Kuty.
Simply put, Sanford’s teammates were not happy with him:
“He was scamming other players,” the person said.
There are also reportedly allegations on social media that the 24-year-old Sanford, who signed out of the draft for $597,500, victimized fans as well. While allegedly selling the equipment he procured legally or illegally, fans have accused him of taking money in advance and never delivering the equipment.
According to his Minor League Baseball page, the Yankees officially released Sanford on May 12. He had previously been demoted from High-A Tampa to the organization’s rookie-level FCL team. He has reportedly since signed with the Ottawa Titans of the independent Frontier League.
Drafted after a standout season at Western Kentucky, Sanford hit .267/.332/.446 across two seasons ranging from Low-A to High-A, with the 2020 season lost to the pandemic. He was never considered one of the Yankees’ top prospects, but he did rank as high as their No. 24 prospect with MLB Pipeline entering last season, with encouraging coverage from Kuty himself later in the year.
And now he’s out of affiliated ball, and any team interested in signing him is probably going to want to do its homework.
Hiura’s HR in 11th gives Brewers 7-6 victory over Braves
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keston Hiura returned to the majors and hit a two-run, winning homer off Jesse Chavez in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Wednesday.
Hiura, called up from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, l ed off the bottom of the 11th by sending a 1-2 sinker from Chavez (0-1) over the center-field wall. The drive scored automatic runner Jace Peterson.
Hiura was batting .216 with two homers when he was sent to the minors earlier this month.
Both teams scored in the 10th, and the Braves took a 6-5 lead when Travis d’Arnaud led off the top of the 11th with a single down the right-field line off Trevor Kelley (1—0) that brought home automatic runner Ozzie Albies from second.
Milwaukee made it 4-all in the ninth when Braves closer Kenley Jansen blew a save for the first time in 10 opportunities.
After falling behind 0-2, Wong worked the count full and then sent a liner into the right-field corner to bring home Peterson with the tying run. Peterson had drawn a leadoff walk and stole second with one out.
The Braves took a 5-4 lead in the 10th when automatic runner Ronald Acuña Jr. hustled home from second on a botched double-play attempt for an unearned run. Milwaukee tied it on Hunter Renfroe’s sacrifice fly.
The burst started when a pitch from Burnes glanced off Acuña’s arm and Matt Olson singled.
Riley then hit a slow roller that headed halfway up the third-base line before finally going foul, preventing an infield hit that would have scored Acuña.
What seemed like good fortune for the Brewers ended up being a tough break. On the next pitch, Riley sent a cutter from Burnes over the center-field wall for a 429-foot, three-run shot. Ozuna followed with a 409-foot drive to left for his second homer in as many days.
Riley has eight homers and Ozuna seven this season.
Braves starter Max Fried struck out six and allowed seven hits, three runs and two walks in six innings.
The Brewers actually hit Fried harder than they usually do. Fried has allowed four earned runs in his last 31 innings against the Brewers, including six shutout innings in Game 2 of last year’s National League Division Series.
Burnes struck out seven and yielded four runs and seven hits in his six-inning stint.
Braves: Acuña was in the lineup for a second straight day and started at right field after filling a designated hitter role Tuesday. Acuña had missed five games with a sore groin.
Brewers: SS Willy Adames went on the injured list, retroactive to Monday, with a high left ankle sprain. … OF Andrew McCutchen remained out of the lineup. McCutchen rejoined the team Tuesday after dealing with COVID-19.
Braves: Off Thursday before starting a three-game series at Miami on Friday. RHP Charlie Morton (2-3, 4.93) will start for the Braves on Friday, while LHP Trevor Rogers (2-4, 4.45) pitches for the Marlins.
Brewers: Off Thursday before beginning a three-game home series with the Washington Nationals on Friday. Scheduled starters are RHP Erick Fedde (2-2, 4.24) for the Nationals and LHP Eric Lauer (3-1, 2.60) for the Brewers.
Security guard demoralized after interfering with live ball in Giants-Rockies
Security guard demoralized after ‘error’ in Giants-Rockies originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Colorado Rockies lost their first five matchups with the Giants this year in part because of sloppy infield defense. On Wednesday afternoon, someone in purple finally made a clean play on a rolling grounder.
Unfortunately, that was a mistake, too.
A Rockies security guard stationed down the left field line scooped up Thairo Estrada’s double in the sixth inning while it was still in play, and he had a hilarious reaction when left fielder Sam Hilliard informed him that the rolling ball had not been ruled foul. The security guard immediately covered his face in horror.
To be fair to the poor guy, the ball was about as close as it gets. Estrada hit it right over the bag and it was ruled fair by third base umpire Paul Emmel as third baseman Ryan McMahon threw his hands up in disappointment.
The interference also didn’t change the play at all, as Estrada would have cruised into second regardless and definitely would not have taken the risk of making the first out of the inning at third base.
The mistake also might have brought the Rockies some good luck. Two strikeouts and a flyout followed, as Estrada was stranded on second.
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