It’s slow in the world of sports right now.
But while things are slow, and I only put out content when it’s justified, things are starting to heat up. Let’s review some of the news that has popped up recently. And although I can’t do a podcast until Sunday or Monday, you can bet it will be jam-packed with tons of information.
Kansas City Royals 5, Milwaukee Brewers 2
1:10pm – MLB – Kansas City Royals at Milwaukee Brewers (BSKC)
7:30pm – MLS – San Jose Earthquakes at Sporting Kansas City (BSKC)
Bobby Witt Jr. and Nick Pratto were promoted to Triple-A Omaha Sunday. Both players have been on fire at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
Witt is the future starting shortstop for the Royals. Don’t let anyone try to tell you it’s Adalberto Mondesi. There is no way Witt should be taking a backseat to Mondesi after all of the trouble Mondesi has had staying on the field.
Pratto is the first baseman of the future. Will he push Carlos Santana off of the bag next season? I think he likely will. Santana will move to to designated hitter based on the roster as it now stands. Jorge Soler is gone after this season.
The major league team isn’t very interesting these days, as you know. They are awful and really hard to watch. But we did learn that LHP Danny Duffy and RHP Brady Singer were put on the 10-day injured list. Infielder Ryan McBroom and RHP Tyler Zuber were recalled from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster spots.
Duffy is back on the injured list because of his forearm strain. We have talked about this. My view when Duffy initially went on the injured list with a forearm strain was that it was a precursor to Tommy John surgery. Sometimes teams and players like to rest and try to pitch without surgery. It rarely works. The Royals and Duffy tried that. It clearly didn’t work.
Now Duffy is back on the injured list. The Royals aren’t sure if he will be shut down for the season or not. I said when he went on the injured list for the first time that if he returns this season, he won’t make it to the end of the season. It didn’t take long for that to be true.
Duffy’s situation now is likely one of two choices. One option is for Duffy to have his second Tommy John surgery and try to pitch again in 2023 for someone. The other option is retirement. Retirement seems like the likely path to me. Duffy was never the pitcher the Royals thought he would be for an extended period of time. He has had a decent career. Not bad. Not great.
Singer went on the injured list with right shoulder fatigue. Really? How about telling it like it is? Singer is headed to the injured list because he stinks right now. He won’t throw the changeup he worked on at one point. He thinks he can get major league batters out with just two pitchers as a starting pitcher. That’s not going to happen. Singer has to admit he has problems or he’s a bullpen piece at best.
CHIEFS SIGN OKAFOR
The Chiefs signed DE Alex Okafor to a one-year contract. The move is certainly because of the legal trouble currently facing DE Frank Clark. Okafor provides depth at defensive end. He knows Steve Spagnuolo’s defense, having been there the last two seasons.
SEC COVID APPROACH FOR FOOTBALL
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey recently talked about how the SEC might handle covid issues in the upcoming season. He said he’s thinking about eliminating the minimum number of healthy players required for a game to be played. The conference might not allow games to be rescheduled, but instead teams will either play or forfeit. Finally, a rational approach to the schedule might be put in place.
TRANSFER PORTAL IS NOT JUST A BENEFIT FOR ATHLETES
The transfer portal is huge for college athletes. They can move between schools easier than ever before. Now, some people complain about the amount of movement of the players because of it. What few people realize is that the transfer portal is not a one-way street.
While players are provided the opportunity to improve their situation by moving to another school through the transfer portal, coaches also have an opportunity to reload their rosters.
Some players will maximize their time in college by using the transfer portal. Joseph Yesufu had a nice tournament last year for Drake. He turned that into an opportunity to play at Kansas. Unfortunately for him, he’s not the only one. Bill Self has put together a ridiculously deep roster for the upcoming season through the transfer portal. Yesufu might not start for the Jayhawks.
You see, the transfer portal is not only good for players. It helps coaches as well. And now more people might start to realize that athletes are on year-to-year scholarships. They don’t have a four-year deal. If players are going to be willing to leave on a whim after a good season, coaches are probably going to be more willing to rescind a scholarship in order to replace a problem athlete.
So, while the transfer portal appears to be a great opportunity for athletes, and it is, remember that it works both ways. Life comes at you fast. It won’t always go your way. Whenever you get something, you often lose something. For the athlete pool as a whole, some will be helped a lot by the transfer portal, but some are going to be hurt. And that’s ok.
NOTES… Sporting coach Peter Vermes and two players have entered the covid protocol… Peyton and Eli Manning will headline an alternate broadcast of Monday Night Football on ESPN2 and ESPN+ for ten games a year for the next three years… The Big 12 conference will penalize teams that do the “horns down” sign to mock Texas Longhorns teams starting this fall. The Longhorns have it so bad. We hope this will help their fragile mental state… Now there are reports that the temperature and humidity might be dangerously high for the olympics. I say add water breaks and orange slices to get through it… Alabama QB Bryce Young has signed endorsement deals for almost $1 million.
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