Fun Fact of the Day: The Olympics are right around the corner and everyone is waiting to see if Jamaican sprinter and reigning world record holder Usain Bolt can win gold in the 100m and 200m races for a 3rd consecutive time. During his 9.58-second 100m world record, he averaged a pace of 22 miles per hour and peaked at 27 mph.
Where do you think you’re going? Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig will be demoted to the minors, after the team picked up OF Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s. Puig reportedly stormed off when he was told the news and he didn’t travel with the team to their next game. What happened to him? Puig had a phenomenal rookie season in 2013, but his performance really dropped off afterwards. To make matters worse, his teammates have complained that he needs a serious attitude adjustment.
Spotlight on the Biggest Moves of the MLB Trade Deadline
The MLB trade deadline was yesterday and a bunch of teams made last minute deals, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets, and San Francisco Giants. Here is our spotlight on the biggest movers and shakers of this year’s trade deadline:
Texas Rangers. The Rangers are sitting pretty at the top of the AL West standings, but they still made the biggest splash of the MLB trade deadline. Even though they didn’t get much-needed help with their starting rotation, they stepped up their game in 2 other areas. They added Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is a big upgrade from their current catchers and New York Yankees OF Carlos Beltran, who is 39-years-old but still a big help on offense.
Chicago Cubs. The Cubs already had the best record in baseball going into the trade deadline. Last week they got even better by adding dominant reliever Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees. Despite lingering questions about his domestic violence incident, the trade looks like it will pay off on the field.
Cleveland Indians. The Indians have been on top of the AL Central for the past 2 months. This trade deadline, they showed that they are willing to take big risks for a shot at winning it all. First, they tried to trade for Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, but he vetoed the deal and ended up with the Rangers. Next, they picked up pitcher Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees. Miller is one of the most elite relievers in the game, so the Indians had to give up 4 of their most coveted prospects for him. Only time will tell if it was worth the hefty price tag.
New York Yankees. Oh how the mighty have fallen! Usually, the Yankees go shopping for players at the trade deadline, but this year they have been mired in mediocrity, so it was their turn to sell. They unloaded a bunch of aging and expensive players, in exchange for an impressive haul of top young prospects that will hopefully get them back into fighting shape for next season.
Seen and Heard
If the camera adds 10 pounds, how many cameras were on you? A picture of a surprisingly chubby Tony Romo at Dallas Cowboys training camp went viral yesterday. Last year, the QB broke his collarbone and missed 8 weeks of the season, so the internet had a field day wondering if he spent his time off eating BBQ instead of hitting the gym. Yesterday, Cowboys execs defended Romo saying he is actually in tiptop shape and it was just a bad camera angle.