Fun Fact of the Day: The Chargers are moving from San Diego to Los Angeles next season, but they might have a little trouble getting there. HireAHelper.com has started a boycott campaign at WeWontMoveYouChargers.com with over 27 San Diego moving companies.
MLB: Baseball Hall of Fame Edition
Hall aboard! Yesterday, 3 more baseball players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan "Pudge'' Rodriguez.
Who gets into this famed hall? Candidates must have played baseball for 10+ years and retired 5+ years ago. Members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America vote for their favorite players. Those that get 75% or more votes get the big honor.
What should I know about these renowned baseballers?
- Tim Raines was one of the best leadoff hitters and base stealers of all time. He finally made the HOF, after appearing on the ballot for the past 10 years (the max number of tries).
- Jeff Bagwell was one of the best hitters of his era, averaging over 30 home runs per season in his 15-year career. On paper he should have been an obvious choice to make the HOF, but it took him 7 years to get in because he was a big muscly dude during the peak steroid era… suspicious.
- Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez was a fantastic defensive catcher, who won 13 Gold Glove Awards, but he was also embroiled in PED speculation. He never failed a drug test during his career, but Jose Canseco said in his 2005 book “Juiced” that he personally injected Rodriguez.
Who has to stand outside?
- Trevor Hoffman was just 5 votes short of making the HOF, but he’s a shoe-in to make it next year.
- Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were kept out yet again for suspected PED use throughout their careers, which some folks see as hypocritical with Bagwell and Rodriguez getting in this year.
What a Djok! Ruh-roh! #2-ranked player in the world Novak Djokovic was ousted in the 2nd round of the Australian Open last night to #117th ranked player Denis Istomin. It was an extra big surprise because Djokovic usually dominates this event; he’s won the Australian Open a record-tying 6 times. Now, it’s become another disappointment for Djokovic who started faltering last summer, when he lost in the 3rd round in Wimbledon and 1st round at the Rio Olympics.
A long way to go. When the playoffs end, sources say that Kyle Shanahan will be announced as the San Francisco 49ers’ next head coach. Shanahan is currently the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, where he’s helped the team become the highest scoring offense in the NFL. The 49ers are hoping he can bring some of that magic with him and get their team back on track. If the name Shanahan sounds familiar, it’s probably because Kyle’s dad, Mike won back-to-back Super Bowls as the head coach of the Denver Broncos.