Baseball numbers are just the best, aren’t they?

With one month in the books, we thought we’d take a look at some of our favorite numbers good and bad from the first month of the season.

Hau’oli Kikaha Kids Jersey It hardly seems possible that a guy hitting .420 with a 1.385 OPS, 11 homers and 29 RBIs could be overlooked, but Ryan Zimmerman has been overlooked through the first month of the season. Zimmerman isn’t the only Nationals player producing at an All-Star level (hi, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Max Scherzer!), which means he kind of gets lost in the shuffle. That’s a shame, because his bounce-back story is impressive. His past three seasons have been a washout of injuries and struggles he averaged only 90 games a year and produced a minus-1.1 WAR in 2016 and it wasn’t crazy to wonder whether, at 32 years old, his time with the franchise was nearing an end. Um, nope.

And we have to mention Jason Heyward here, too. He was awful at the plate in 2016, his first after signing a deal for $184 million with the Cubs. Heyward isn’t closer to matching Zimmerman, but he’s hitting .279 with a .747 OPS and has 16 RBIs in 23 games. That’s much better than the .230/.306/.325 slash line he put up last season (and that doesn’t count batting .104 in 16 postseason games). Will he keep it up? We’ll find out.

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It took you long enough. I’ve only got four days left.

David Ross and I have something in common: We’ve both been in a year-long retirement party.

None of this would have happened without the extraordinary contributions of (Cubs owner) Tom Ricketts and his family. Tom met his wife, Cece, in the bleachers at Wrigley about 30 years ago, which is about 30 years longer than most relationships that begin there last.

Former Giants closer Brian Wilson attempting comeback as beardless knuckleballer

In his prime, Brian Wilson was known for his ferocious beard and blazing fastball.

Jalston Fowler Limited Jersey Now, in 2017, Wilson is attempting a major league comeback without either; he want to come back as a 34-year-old, beardless knuckleballer.

According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Wilson, who has had two Tommy John surgeries in his career, threw a 30-minute bullpen session at USC on Wednesday, where most of his pitches were knuckleballs.
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Wilson told Brown he always envisioned coming back to baseball throwing the pitch. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014.

I always said that once my career was over I was coming back as a knuckleballer, Wilson said. I’m good with it. Man, I get to play a game. It’s going to be pretty fun.

If Ventura’s death over the weekend in a car crash in the Dominican Republic is determined to have been an accident, then the remaining money would go to his estate. The Royals, who had insurance on the contract, would be reimbursed for an amount that hasn’t been determined yet, Fox Sports said, again citing unidentified sources.

However, Ventura’s contract, like many guaranteed MLB contracts, had in it an exception relating to player conduct: Payment on his deal would be nullified because of injury or death resulting from operating a motorized vehicle while intoxicated, Fox Sports’ sources said.

Royals GM Dayton Moore said on Sunday that authorities in the Dominican Republic told him no alcohol was found at the scene of the fatal accident, but Moore said toxicology results wouldn’t be known for three weeks.

Funeral services for Ventura, who was 25 when he died, will be Tuesday in his hometown of Las Terrenas in the Dominican Republic.

Dodgers, Sergio Romo reportedly agree to deal

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Romo, 33, has a sterling career 2.58 ERA with 84 saves and 142 holds with the Giants. He has just six saves since 2014.

With Kenley Jansen firmly entrenched as the team’s closer, Romo will likely work in the seventh and eighth innings for Los Angeles.

He has never pitched more than 62 innings in a season, so it will be interesting to see if he can handle a supposed larger workload.

With the Braves bounced from the playoffs, Diamond, director Mark Johnson and the rest of the crew dove right into editing 400 hours of tape into something not only cohesive but compelling.

How do you choose? How do you format? How do you tell this out-of-nowhere baseball story while also showcasing the behind-the-scenes nuggets that had been the point all along?

The editing process was nearly as daunting as the filming.

So many unexpected gems had been captured during the season: the arguments, the banter, the hijinks. Finding them and weaving them into the overall narrative was just part of the challenge.

After fans were calling for the head of general manager Ruben Amaro, the fruits of Amaro’s labor are starting to show in Philly. The Phillies are quietly building a good group of young players, with Herrera and Maikel Franco leading the charge. So there wasn’t much to do but supplement what they have, and they’ve done that fairly well 鈥?trading for professional hitter of baseballs Howie Kendrick.

Lynch and the 49ers let Pace and the Bears do the reaching.

The Bears are 9-23 under Pace and coach John Fox, who’s way better than that record but needs a far better roster in order to prove it. Are they going to make it better with this draft? Maybe — but they won’t do it with the third- and fourth-round picks they sent to the 49ers to move up for Trubisky.

Or, for that matter, with Trubisky, or with Glennon. Not this year, not likely, not very soon, not without a lot of help.

Decide on your own whether their general manager gave Fox and the Bears the help they need. So far, all he’s given them is a big bill.

A collection of factors led to the slide. The Miami Herald cited three shoulder surgeries and hamstring injuries that he has dealt with throughout his career at FSU. Cook was acquitted of a misdemeanor battery charge before the 2015 season. He scored an 11 on the Wonderlic test. That’s the best explanation.

This is a case where for the Vikings, the production outweighs the potential problems. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher defended Cook on the ACC teleconference on Wednesday.
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Elite Youth Abraham Almonte Jersey You have to do your own research and your own decisions in that regard, Fisher said. Our media in that regard has gotten so crazy that it’s, anything that’s said, anybody can throw something out there. Come watch the guy play, watch him practice and he was a tremendous role model for us.

Draft picks: Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey, Ohio State WR Curtis Samuel, Western Michigan G/T Taylor Moton, Texas A&M DE Daeshon Hall, Miami CB Corn Elder, West Georgia FB Alex Armah, Georgia Tech K Harrison Butker

Or the QB scrambled across the line of scrimmage before being ruled down.

It was remarkable how much McDowell would win out on an edge as a pass rusher considering how little time he actually spent out there.

Unfortunately for him, the quarterback either ended up completing the pass — meaning no hurry by my definition — on several of those plays which happened to be some of his best pass rushes.

Or the QB scrambled across the line of scrimmage before being ruled down.

If you only look at his stat sheet in the five games I watched the guy had no sacks and just five hurries (by my count) in five games, so it might seem comical to even be considering him some kind of big time pass rusher, let alone a first-round pick, but over and over again I was watching McDowell making these good moves.

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And just as he is hitting the quarterback, the ball is released and ultimately ends up as a catch.

What you think? an agitated Paul said, when asked about his level of confidence of forcing a Game 7. I’m on the team. What you want me to say, no, it’s over? That’s what you want to hear? Yes. Come on, man. You’ve been doing this long enough. Seriously, right?

When asked to expand upon his answer, Paul responded: No, I don’t know. Everybody in here laughing for a reason. Come on, man.
If any off-court moments have gleamed through this year’s playoffs, it’s been the postgame press conference. And we’ve had some crazy ones through just the first round.

Sticking with the theme of players clashing with reporters, Russell Westbrook got into it with one who asked about the difference in the Thunder’s performance with and without the MVP frontrunner on the floor.

Limited Mens Dee Milliner Jersey There was also Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, who was fined $30,000 for ripping the officiating crew his team’s Game 2 loss to the Spurs. Fizdale was irate over the disparity in foul calls, with Kawhi Leonard attempting four more free throws than Memphis as a whole.

NHL draft lottery results 2017: Devils win first overall, Avalanche to pick 4th after stunning draw

The 2017 NHL draft lottery offered some high drama on Saturday night, as the New Jersey Devils jumped from fifth overall to claim the first overall pick.

The Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers also made huge leaps. The Flyers jumped from 13th overall to second overall and the Stars jumped from eighth overall to third overall.

With an offense that ranked No. 5 in the NBA with 109.2 points per game during the regular season, and a defense that ranked in the bottom 10 league-wide, allowing 107.2 points per game, the Wizards are obviously comfortable shooting out with anybody.

That plan can backfire when facing another excellent offensive team like Boston, but Washington will continue to live and die by it and hope to be on the right side of the high score this time around. Washington is 7-1 SU and 4-4 ATS in its last eight games at home.
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Thursday night’s total is set at 218.5 points at online sports betting sites. The OVER is 4-1 in the last five games between Boston and Washington.

With 234 points scored in Game 1 and 248 points scored in Game 2, there has been no shortage of excitement early on in this series. The tempo should remain the same in Game 3, which could be a good indicator of how long this series figures to go.

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Predators vs. Blues 2017: Time, TV schedule, and live stream for Game 5

The Nashville Predators are on the verge of franchise history.

With a win in St. Louis on Friday, the Predators will advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since joining the NHL in 1998.

It would complete a heck of a run. Nashville swept the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, holding Chicago to just three goals in four games. That defensive prowess carried over against the Blues: The Predators have allowed just 11 goals in eight total playoff games.

The key for St. Louis, then, would obviously be scoring first. The Blues have led in this series for a grand total of 3:51.
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But before we get there, let’s revisit what we’ve learned.
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Let’s start with the Most Valuable Player race that is still raging. We had every narrative and every argument come to life during the first round and there still is no consensus.

You and I both had Russell Westbrook. I felt bad about shortchanging James Harden, who really didn’t do anything to lose his hold on the top spot, and I wasn’t at all surprised by the 4-1 series outcome. Is it wrong that I still back Russ?

Not at all. Nothing about the series made it clear Harden is more valuable than Westbrook right now. The Thunder continued to revolve around Westbrook in every way; the Rockets continued to be better than the Thunder because of Harden’s excellence and a superior supporting cast. That series was essentially a microcosm of each team’s season (though the Thunder obviously had a good deal of success in the regular season).

How John Ross III became Mr. 4.22, the fastest man in NFL draft history

John Ross will hear his name called in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft on Thursday in Philadelphia. The fastest player in NFL Combine history hails from Washington, where he was one of the best receivers in the Pac-12.

Ogunjobi only played three years of organized football before signing on with Charlotte, but his raw talent made him the backbone behind the program’s transition to the FBS. The burly run-stopper lit Conference-USA on fire, recording 29 tackles for loss in two seasons at college football’s top division. The 49ers never had a winning season — or even won a Homecoming game — but the raw Ogunjobi still did enough to cement his place as one of 2017’s top defensive line prospects.

Ogunjobi is a relative football noob whose strength and athleticism helped him overcome a lack of experience. His strength and girth in the middle often means two blockers have to keep him at bay — but despite an abundance of double-teams, he was still a monster against the run. He was a black hole that swallowed up tailbacks in the middle of the field, creating several X-and-long situations for opponents in college.

The North Dakota State product made good on his potential, standing out as a potential franchise quarterback and raising the profile of his prairie-based alma mater. Wentz hit the turf running and opened his NFL career with a bang, but he struggled once opponents got more usable game footage of him. An extra season to correct those mistakes should help him settle into his role as the team’s quarterback of the future.

The Eagles paid a ransom to get Wentz, but like Goff, he’s a better prospect for the coming year than any member of this season’s draft class.
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Zay Jones, NCAA single-season receptions leader, gives Bills much-needed WR help

Limited Womens Sam Reinhart Jersey The FBSs top single-season reception leaders doesnt boast many memorable names. Theres Jordan White, Troy Edwards, Manny Hazard, and Freddie Barnes. Between them, they have just seven seasons of NFL experience and zero Pro Bowl appearances.

The biggest knock on Tomlinson is his limited experience. He was a rotational player on a Bama defense that was stacked with stars, and his senior season was the only year he played more than 45 percent of the teams defensive snaps.

He did have success pressuring the quarterback in college, but that will be more of a challenge in the NFL. Hes one-dimensional as a pass rusher and hell need to develop different techniques to get the best of offensive linemen and get to the quarterback as a pro.

Elite Mens Darren Fells Jersey Tomlinson has torn both of his ACLs in the past. He tore one when he was playing goalie on his high schools soccer team, and it delayed his ability to hit the field for the Crimson Tide. He tore his other ACL in the only game he played for Bama in 2013. Otherwise, though, his injury history is pretty clear.

The Giants defense saw a resurgence in 2016 and finished No. 2 in points allowed, but relied heavily on the production of Johnathan Hankins in the middle. Damon SnacksHarrison is still in the middle, but Tomlinson could be an instant boost to the middle of the Giants defense.

Chiefs trade up to No. 10 in NFL draft in swap with Bills to select Pat Mahomes

The Kansas City Chiefs have traded up to the No. 10 pick in the draft, in a swap with the Buffalo Bills. Previously, the Chiefs had the No. 27 pick in the draft. They selected Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes with the pick.
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ESPNs Field Yates reported that the Chiefs added a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, (No. 91) as well as a 2018 first-round pick to the Bills.

Mahomes shot up draft boards as the draft became closer and closer. The former Texas Tech quarterback will be groomed to replace incumbent quarterback Alex Smith.

Cleveland still hasnt taken a quarterback, but they added an athlete to the offense. The Browns were often linked to O.J. Howard with the No. 12 pick and ended up getting a tight end at a decent value.
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins was a swing and a miss, and it left a hole at the position that was filled by the emergence of Cameron Brate. But double tight-end sets have worked well in Carolina and Jameis Winston will benefit from a similar situation in Tampa Bay.

Every time I’m in a private interview with teams, I have an opportunity to get on the board, and every team’s been impressed with my football IQ, Webb told Bleacher Reports Doug Farrar. I’ve had great coaches in multiple systems and different ways of getting it done, so when I’m on the board talking defenses and personnel and coverages, they’ve been blown away, because there are different types of Air Raid offenses and spread offenses.

I was asked to do a lot at both schools when it came to checking off at the line of scrimmage, getting us into the right play and being a good leader.

Mahomes has also emphasized that he was allowed to audible at the line of scrimmage and he didnt work with predetermined reads.