I’ve picked up a few terms here and there

The notion that foreign born players can, and should, easily pick up the language of the country they’re playing in has become somewhat prevalent with fans and those around MLB. Proponents of the idea claim that it’s not that difficult to learn a second language while simultaneously spending six to eight hours a day at the ballpark, and that if a big-league club has the resources to provide a player with an interpreter, they should have the resources to provide the player with an English teacher. Whether it’s a majority opinion or not, that pressure to learn English is being felt by international players across MLB.

Asked whether he has felt any pressure from the fans in South Korea to learn the language, Dean said that he had not, though, he said that he has made a point to try to learn as much of the language as possible.

“I learned the alphabet, so I’m able to read Hangul, which is helpful, and I’ve picked up a few terms here and there. It’s definitely not easy, though,” he said.

He also recalled how, whether he is with his Korean-born teammates or interacting with fans, anytime he has used “one of the few Korean phrases [he] knows” correctly, everyone around him lights up, appreciative of the effort he made to learn their language.

While he acknowledges the difficulties he encounters daily, Dean knows it could be worse and considers himself lucky to be playing a game for a living, albeit far from home. He also notes that his pitching coach with the Tigers spent a little time in America and knows a few English Good Quality Cheap Jerseys phrases, making mound visits, with the help of the interpreter, easier than expected.

it gets even better with another new weapon for the seam.

Although Evans will keep drawing the most attention as the No. 1, Jackson puts defenses a lot more in “pick their poison” mode. That also allows Adam Humphries to slide into more reasonable No. 3 wideout duties from the slot. When the Bucs spread the field and go four wide for Winston, rookie fourth-rounder Chris Godwin will provide some extra explosiveness.

Winston will be much improved not trying to force-feed Evans, and it gets even better with another new weapon for the seam.

The drafting of former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard in the first round was a monstrous boon to both Martin and Winston. He’ll dominate as a blocker, and as he’s eased in a little more as a receiver, he has the size and athleticism to play well off Evans and Jackson downfield. He poses another tall matchup nightmare, one that Austin Seferian-Jenkins could never provide despite his upside. Howard’s immediate floor is high, and his ceiling is elite All-Pro.

He told ESPN 98.7 radio in New York last month, “Really, the way I want to be judged this year, hopefully, from the fans’ standpoint, is just watch how we improve during the year, and look at each individual on the team and see how they’re getting better. And if they’re getting better, that’s Cheap Essendon Jerseys a mark of progress, and that’s what we’re looking for.

“I think what you want to do, if you want to go in the promised land, you’ve gotta go in a certain direction, and I think this is a direction we’ve never tried in 17 years that I’ve been involved in the Jets.”

Or similar nonsense, seven months after the team surrendered in the middle of OTAs.

Remember this next January, if and when the Jets have hit Cheap Dream Team Jerseys rock bottom with a threadbare roster — including one quarterback or another who was left with nothing to work with: Bowles’ comments to reporters, after David Harris was released and Eric Decker’s imminent departure was unveiled, indicated that he was not part of the discussion about either veteran.

The Lions are giving Greg Robinson the chance to be more than a ‘draft bust’

The Detroit Lions were a surprise playoff team in 2016. Now, they’re looking to build on that season, and one of the driving forces behind that is general manager Bob Quinn. After spending years in New England, he knew that protecting the No. 1 asset of the team, Matthew Stafford, was the top priority.

In his first draft as the team’s general manager, Quinn, with the 16th overall pick, selected Detroit’s future left tackle, Taylor Decker from Ohio State. Later in the third round, he selected a big physical C/G Graham Glasgow, and after that, another offensive lineman, Joe Dahl.

Decker is exactly the type of college tackle you look to draft. Still, most rookies struggle early on and then catch up to the speed as the season goes on, and Decker’s rookie season followed that path. He struggled early, then played much better starting halfway through the season. His potential is sky high for the left tackle. Unfortunately, last week Decker had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, and the rehab is four to six months. It’s a bummer for Decker and the Lions. Where do the Lions turn to find another left tackle?

The left-handed reliever followed up an All-Star nod in 2013 with a few more good seasons and got paid by the Cardinals this past offseason. He hasn’t quite delivered, blowing multiple-run leads multiple times.

I know what you’re thinking, “Sean Doolittle was an All-Star?” Yeah, his quality Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China first half in 2014 merited a spot (and he wasn’t even a mandatory selection; the A’s had several All-Stars that year). He’s been a pretty reliable left-handed reliever throughout his career, but he was actually drafted out of Virginia as a first baseman.

The 2015 A.L. MVP, King of Launch Angle, Donaldson’s season was stunted Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys by a calf injury, but he’s making up for lost time now.

O’s Kevin Gausman pays for umpire’s poor read of Red Sox-Manny Machado feud

Leave it to the umpires to take the absurdity of the Red Sox-Orioles feud to ludicrous levels.

O’s pitcher Kevin Gausman was ejected by home plate ump Sam Holbrook in the second inning of Wednesday’s game for hitting Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts with a pitch. In isolation — and only knowing that the teams have exchanged beanballs over the course of a week, mostly aimed at Gausman’s teammate Manny Machado — you might say, “Well, yeah, Gausman deserved to go. Good job, umps.”

People who know baseball’s unwritten rules (and umps should be part of that group) know Cheap Jerseys Hockey that intentional knockdowns/purpose pitches/hit batsmen are done with fastballs.

That has been the case each time Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Barnes and Chris Sale have thrown at Machado in response to Machado spiking Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on a slide last month. It was the case when Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy plunked Boston star Mookie Betts on Monday.

Gausman was incredulous when Holbrook tossed him. He motioned that he threw a curve. TV captured him mouthing, “What the f— are you doing?”

Player celebration became a topic last season when the NFL Cheap Jerseys Good Quality decided to really crack down on what the league deemed inappropriate. Players were penalized and fined and often felt like they were being mistreated with the punishment.

Bennett is just one of several players to voice frustration over the issue and says the underlying factor is that the league wants to promote itself and not the players in it. He then compared the NFL to NBA in terms of marketing.

Prince Fielder to host food show on Netflix, Hulu

Prince Fielder won’t be part of spring training this year. Instead, he’s headed to the kitchen.

In an interview with ESPN, Fielder talks about life after baseball, leaving the game early with health issues and moving forward.

One of the challenges ahead will be in the world of culinary entertainment.

Arizona coach Jay Johnson does his best Lou Brown, freshman outfielder Matt Frazier faithfully(ish) embodies the persona of Willie Mays Hayes, and other players and personnel lend their acting talents to produce a spoof that’s pretty much spot on.

The video was produced and directed by Sawyer Gieseke, a senior film and TV major who also plays infield for the Wildcats and produced last season’s “Family Matters” parody, “Clubhouse Matters.”

Yes, “Major League” is a movie that keeps on giving.

But unless you like feeling old, don’t think about how none of the Arizona players had been born when the movie came out.

“I sense sleep deprivation more than anything,” Maddon said, via ESPN.com. “Sleep Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China deprivation has a lot to do with it. Right from the beginning of the year our schedule has been awkward. No one has had a chance to settle in.”

Maddon made that statement just before Chicago dropped to 17-17 with a 3-0 loss Wednesday to the Rockies. The Cubs got off to a 25-6 start last year, which led to the team snapping its 108-year championship drought.

The Cubs are in fourth place in the NL Central, and backup catcher Miguel Montero doesn’t sugarcoat his disappointment.

Chris Godwin will be Buccaneers’ new fan favorite wide receiver

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers keep adding weapons for Jameis Winston and snagged a reliable deep threat with the No. 84 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, claiming wide receiver Chris Godwin out of Penn State.

Just look at what he did in the Rose Bowl earlier this year. Godwin did his part to keep Penn State in the game, despite ultimately falling to the Trojans 52-49. He totaled 187 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions — averaging over 20 yards a catch.

The Clippers have had a formula for relative success in the Doc Rivers era: Keep Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan together and make sure the moving parts all fit.

Their issue has always been at the small forward spot. The Clippers have had 13 different small forwards on the roster since the 2013-14 season. Some of those names include Danny Granger, Jared Dudley, Stephen Jackson, Hedo Turkoglu, and Matt Barnes.

At the end of the season there seemed to be a rush to name Nikita Kucherov MVP of the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s understandable, the soft-spoken Russian had a career year with 40 goals and 85 points. (C’mon you couldn’t even pick up one measly assist to match your uniform number? Sad.) Now, as some time has passed and the beards have been shaved and the golf clubs dusted off, is it that clear of a choice?

There are two ways to look at this. The first is that if Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, Tim Anderson, and Carlos Rodon aren’t contributing much now, just imagine how good the White Sox will be when they all snap out of it! Abreu can hit a dozen homers next month and carry the team. Quintana could rattle Cheap USA Jerseys off five one-run outings in a row. If the White Sox are good now, just imagine when the rest of the team starts to show up.

Watch Shaq learn on live TV that Ernie Johnson didn’t vote for him for MVP

One of the best moments on Monday night was Shaq finding out live on the air that Ernie Johnson didn’t vote for him for MVP in 2005 and 2006.

Steve Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys while with the Phoenix Suns. The more important part is who he edged out. In 2005 Shaq lost by just 34 points and finished second. Now, Ernie Johnson’s vote alone wouldn’t have swayed the voting — O’Neal would have needed a lot more people to change their votes — but the reaction was incredible when he found out.

It’s a solid second of pure awkwardness. Like someone arriving to a party you didn’t invite them to. Shaq might be mad at his coworker, but when it comes time to 2006 he doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Shaq didn’t even finish in the top 10.

Now, it turns into a regular pick and roll. Lee backs up towards the elbow, essentially “zoning up,” and this time, Leonard tries going under the screen, and Harden makes him pay from three. As soon as Harden notices Kawhi is not fighting over the top he knows he’ll have room to shoot the ball.

When you have the right personnel, switching the pick and roll Cheap Official Jerseys is the most effective way to guard it. It ensures there is a body on a body at all times. If there’s a Harden/Ariza pick and roll and Leonard and Danny Green are involved, you could simply switch the pick and roll and maintain a high caliber defender on Harden at all times. But the Rockets are not dumb.

DeShone Kizer hopes to channel Tom Brady, Cam Newton to be the best of all time

DeShone Kizer is confident in his abilities, that much is for sure.

The Notre Dame quarterback told USA Today’s Tom Pelissero that he believes he could end up being the best quarterback of all time.

“No one else can do what I can do,” Kizer told USA Today. “And I’ve truly figured out in this (draft) process, if I can maximize all my potential in every aspect of the game – this is bold – I do have the ability to be the greatest quarterback to ever play. Imagine taking (Tom) Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body. Why can’t I be the greatest? The only thing stopping me from it is me. That’s what’s driving me now.”

Aaaaaaand then both went in the top 10, Fournette to the Jaguars and McCaffrey to the Panthers, which would seem to indicate NFL general managers didn’t care much about players with injury issues skipping December bowl games. Maybe the NFL also likes their RBs to have minimal tread on the tires, too.

Especially since later in Michigan’s bowl, star tight end Jake Butt tore his ACL, as did McCaffrey’s QB in the Sun Bowl, less-severe versions of what happened to Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith in the Fiesta the year prior. When even healthy players can suffer crucial damage in these semi-exhibitions that don’t even count toward NCAA records, any prospects with any worries should be excused.

So does the NFL care about bowl game attendance? This draft was a good test. And Cheap Jerseys To Design with Fournette and McCaffrey going early, we might ought to expect more bowl absentees again Cheap Jerseys Outlets next season.

It’s possible that the Pacers could trouble James’ Cavaliers

The 2017 NBA Playoffs begins with an old grudge match between LeBron James and some of his biggest rivals: Paul George and Lance Stephenson. James met those two and the Indiana Pacers for three straight years from 2012-14, engaging in some bitter playoff battles. The Pacers are a much weaker team than they were then, but Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China there will be plenty of nostalgia in this series.

It’s possible that the Pacers could trouble James’ Cavaliers, too. Cleveland struggled down the stretch this season, going just 14-15 after the All-Star Break. The Cavaliers surrendered 111.2 points per 100 possessions in those 29 games, the second-worst mark in the NBA. James’ teams have a history of flipping the switch, but this is still a bad omen.

The Pacers enter the playoffs playing their best ball of an uneven season. They’re on a five-game winning streak and seem to have discovered an identity after an odd season. George has been scorching from the field since the All-Star break, while Stephenson has provided new energy since he arrived at the end of March.

These two teams recently gave us one of the games of the season back on April 2. James lit up the Pacers for a 41-point triple double, but George matched him shot for shot in scoring 43. It eventually ended with a Cavaliers victory in double overtime, but Cavaliers fans may be worried that the competitiveness of Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping that game was a harbinger of things to come.