When we talk about Yankees there is a question on everybody's mind is sanchez going to be the catcher for the Yankee's in the future. Many say he will not but many say he can be the star. I see that in 2018 he struggled some much in hitting he can't get the job done where it counts. Sanchez is only 26 years old he is still young and getting his act together is a must. Within his 2 season with the ball club he has hit 53 home runs which by far is not too bad. Talking as a baseball fan this kid needs to be more defensive and stay reverent behind the dish. Sanchez needs to improve which many times the Yankees' organization, Sanchez is a harder worker than he is given credit for by outsiders. That said, the time to demonstrate that with results on defense is certainly nearing, if not already here.Should Sanchez revert back to his stellar offensive production while curtailing defensive lapses ,he may once again be labeled, "Future catcher of the Yankees." As of now, Sanchez should without a doubt be the Yankees starting catcher for 2019. We can then see how future plays out. Lets hope in 2019 he has a better season or expect to see him traded by the trade deadline.
Why? Shurmur understands the business side of football, and like any head coach, he'd rather not lose sleep over things out of his control.
"We traded two players, and we're moving on," Shurmur said during his Wednesday press conference. "In our mind, we've got some guys that we feel like can step in and fill in."
One of those players is sophomore DT Dalvin Tomlinson, who will see an increase in reps with Harrison on his way to the Lions. Tomlinson, the Giants' second-round pick a season ago, has started next to Snacks in all seven games this year, totaling 21 combined tackles. In fact, with Harrison gone, Tomlinson owns the longest consecutive start streak on the team.
That streak will definitely continue as Shurmur believes Tomlinson will return to a more natural position lining up over the center. He hopes that change will result in more production from No. 94.
"He's probably a natural nose guard, so this would put him back in that position full time," Shurmur explained. "We're looking forward to seeing him do good things."
Tomlinson said he spoke to Harrison "briefly" as he made his final rounds in the Giants' facility. However, the 24-year-old isn't focused too much on his new opportunity to fill in the void, as he exudes the same amount of energy in every game and every play no matter what.
"Wherever they want to put me, I'm excited for it, to go out there and ball out and step up my game," Tomlinson said.
Many are viewing the Giants trading away two of their best defensive players as surrendering for the year. But Tomlinson shook his head at that question when asked if it was true.
"We have great players in every position across the locker room," he said. "It's the NFL, they have to be great to play in it and we're not giving up. We're all hungry out here and just want to make sure we prepare right and get this win."
The Giants technically are still in the hunt as their Week 8 matchup against the Redskins approaches. They are only 3 1/2 games out of the first-place lead in the NFC East, which is held by Washington. Unless their level of play changes on both sides of the ball, the term "rebuilding" will become more apparent by the week.
But,as the Giants try desperately to come out with a win on Sunday, it will feel different for Tomlinson when he grips the turf for the first defensive snap at MetLife Stadium without Harrison on his side in the trenches.
"Snacks is a great guy," he said. "I've learned a lot from him on and off the field. He's just a great role model. It's going to be slightly different not playing next to him, I feel like, but like I said, it's the nature of the game and I have to get used to it and we have other guys I'm used to playing next to also. We just have to keep improving."
Due to a scheduling conflict, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will have to wait a few days to undergo his second heel surgery which needs to be setback because of issues he is having . however, regularly checkups bring his surgery slated to undergo surgery on Oct. 23. Despite the delay, Cespedes is still expected to begin baseball activities in late February or early March.
The 32-year-old outfielder was hampered by a right hip flexor strain during the season and was ultimately knocked out for the season with heel issues.
Cespedes underwent the first of two surgeries in August and said in September that he felt "very good" and "even better than I was expecting" after his first surgery.
In 38 games during what was an injury-plagued 2018 campaign, Cespedes hit .262/.325/.496 with nine home runs.
Hayes is on a one-year deal and can be a UFA on July 1 but said that he would love for his agent and the Rangers to start talking about a contract extension on January 1 and "get a deal done."
On Wednesday, Quinn said that he thinks Hayes continues to get better and that it was nice for him to be rewarded offensively on Tuesday. (NYR)He said that Hayes is playing faster and "there is a quickness to his game." (NYR)Quinn said in early October, "I think Kevin has world class talent and when he plays fast and physical, and I don't mean going around and hitting people, I mean physical around the puck. Physical enough to allow his skills to influence the game. When he is physical around the puck he is as dangerous a player as we have."Jeff Gorton, at a fan forum prior to the season, said that in the position the Rangers are in, they don't want to tie up too many spots but Hayes is someone that they want to keep around. (NYR)
Glen Sather, at a fan forum prior to the season, said "Kevin has the opportunity for a great year, he is an ambitious guy, good player, he's gonna have a great year. I expect that he will get a better position than the one Jeff was going to offer him this summer. It's up to the player." (NYR)
Through nine games, Hayes has 2 goals, 1 assist, 19 shots on goal and an average of 18 minutes per game.
Not only is Jets RB Bilal Powell's season coming to an end, but there's a possibility it could be his career as well. During his press conference on Wednesday, head coach Todd Bowles said Powell will undergo neck surgery. He also said his injury was similar to that of WR Quincy Enunwa's that held him out all of last season. However, in Powell's case, the injury is worse. Bowles said it is "possible" it could be a career-ending injury. Powell's injury occurred during the team's Week 7 matchup against the Vikings. He had five rushes for 20 yards in the contest. So far this season, Powell rushed for 343 yards on 80 carries with one touchdown reception as well. With Powell out, Isaiah Crowell will likely see an increase in touches for the rest of the season. He was playing through a foot injury against the Vikings, where he had 11 carries for 29 yards. Trenton Cannon is also on the roster, and Eli McGuire is set to come back at some point this season as well. If this injury does turn out to end Powell's Jets career, he would have totaled 5,013 yards and 20 touchdowns over eight plus seasons.
The Jets keep insisting they're not the same, old Jets, and that they're not going to fall apart like they did last season. Even on Sunday, when they were clearly out-classed on the field, they swore they were ready to be a playoff contender now.
"I think we're there," Jets safety Jamal Adams said. "I think we're close. This team is a great team. We have a 53-man roster full of a lot of talent. There's no waiting for next year, or rebuilding. There's none of that. This team can be special."
It's a nice thought, but it might not be the Jets' reality. And their 37-17 loss to the Vikings made that crystal clear. These Jets are headed in the right direction. They've got some terrific building blocks in place.
But they just don't have the offensive weapons to compete with the better teams in this league.
That remains the most glaring omission from the rebuilding job Jets GM Mike Maccagnan started last offseason, and it's an even bigger problem now. They knew they didn't have a true No. 1 receiver when the season started, and now they're playing without two guys - the injured Quincy Enunwa and the released Terrelle Pryor - who had a shot to stake a claim to that job.
They are so depleted, so undermanned, that at one point in the fourth quarter, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold was dropping back and staring at punt returner Andre Roberts, special teamer Charone Peake, and Deontay Burnett, who was on the practice squad 24 hours earlier. That made it pretty easy for the Vikings to clamp down on Robby Anderson, the Jets' deep threat, and Jermaine Kearse, who had no catches and was only targeted twice.
Granted, Darnold was pretty terrible on his own. He earned whatever criticism he gets for his 17-for-42, 206-yard, three-interception performance. But the number of drops he endured, including a deflection of Peake into one of his interceptions, was maddening. So was the fact that Jets receivers had only two catches in the first three quarters.
I would say that i find Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. The Beston the Knicks Dispite the Knicks did led the Knicks offense in tonights game against the Nets, as each scored a game-high 29 points. Kanter had another double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Hardaway had four steals and a pair of rebounds. While Rookie Kevin Knox had a much better game than his debut on Wednesday. He was efficient from the field and made three three-pointers compared to 4-of-16 shooting against the Hawks. And the points came in clutch moments: With the Knicks down three with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter, he tied the game at 93 with a transition dagger from the corner. Knox seemed more composed, shaking off the nerves from his first NBA game.
Hall of Fame manager and current Red Sox executive Tony La Russa recently called the Mets to give a strong endorsement for Gary LaRocque, who the team is considering to fill their GM or president of baseball operations role.
"I don't want to disrespect anyone who is being considered, but there isn't going to be anyone who is better than [LaRocque]," La Russa told Mike Puma of the New York Post. "Whoever the best candidates are, he is right there at least tied with them."
Along with LaRocque, MLB executive Kim Ng, Nationals special assistant De Jon Watson, and Doug Melvin are being interviewed during Round 1 of the process. According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets are still open to agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Casey Close for one of the roles, along with at least one other unidentified candidate whose name has not been reported.
The 65-year-old LaRocque, currently working for the Cardinals as their director of player development, has a strong scouting background.
Prior to joining the Cardinals in 2008, LaRocque worked for the Mets from 1998 to 2004 -- first as their scouting director and then as their director of player development/assistant GM.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco are conducting the first round of interviews, with the team likely announcing a second round of candidates after the first round concludes.
Free agency begins the day afte the World Series ends (some point between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1), so the Mets have under three weeks to get a GM/president of baseball operations in place if they want to do so before the market opens.
The first five weeks of Sam Darnold's NFL career have not been easy, but the way the Jets rookie quarterback is handling it all has not gone unnoticed.
The 21-year-old rookie, fresh off a three touchdown game in a 34-16 win over the Broncos, is receiving praise from his coaches and teammates for how he's handled the ups and downs of his season thus far.
"He's been very positive," coach Todd Bowles said, per Newsday. "He understands that he's close and we're close as a team and they keep grinding at it. That's what you like about him, he keeps working."
Darnold sandwiched three subpar performances between his latest start and his Week 1 two touchdown game against the Lions.
He had back-to-back two interception games and threw for just 167 yards against the Jaguars in Week 4 in the midst of a three-game losing streak.
"He doesn't look at the good and the bad, he looks at the progress and knowing everybody is close and making sure everybody is on the same page," Bowles added. "It really wasn't hard to keep him level-headed. He already has been."
That demeanor has caught the attention of his teammates, too.
"He's a mature guy for his age obviously," safety Jamal Adams told Newsday. "He's honestly like a five-year vet. He stays grounded. He stays hungry."
Knox' father, Kevin Knox Sr., was drafted by the Bills in the sixth round back in 1994 after four seasons as a wide receiver at Florida State. Despite only playing two games with the Cardinals over his NFL career, Knox Sr. totaled 1,431 yards on 102 receptions with 11 touchdowns over his FSU career that saw a national championship game in 1993. So, Kevin has grown up knowing exactly what it takes to make it to the pros.
"He just knows what it takes to get to the highest level," Knox told Newsday's Steve Popper of his father. "He's been under this pressure. He's played in the national championship game, big-time winning teams. He knows that pressure, what it takes as far as winning, being that young."
The younger Knox has more pressure than his father ever did, coming into New York City as the eighth overall draft pick in 2018. And at the ripe age of 19, Knox is already expected to be a vital asset in the Knicks' rebuilding process.
It has been so far, so good for the Kentucky product despite some shooting woes in the preseason. There will be some woes and tribulation for the rookie, and criticism will certainly follow. But Knox says his father prepared him for those situations very early.
"My dad, he yelled and screamed at me all the time," Knox said. "So when I got to [John Calipari] in college and Fiz, I mean, it's just so natural the yelling and screaming and all that stuff. My dad doesn't cuss, so I mean, he just constantly yelling and screaming, always hard on you, hard working. At a certain age you just get used to it. And I've kind of adapted to it. It helps when you go to other coaches."
Knox said his father stopped coaching him once began playing competitive AAU basketball around seventh and eighth grade. But, even though he isn't on the bench with his son anymore, doesn't mean Knox Sr. isn't critiquing his eldest son.
"After every game he'll give me his critique, give me some tips for the next game," Knox said of his father. "But every time I talk to my dad he's giving me extra tips, extra advice. That's just who he is. I mean, as a pro player. It's the same probably for Tim, his dad will give him advice. If you're a pro player and you're watching your son you're always going to have advice."
Knox Sr. will certainly give his son advice as he joined him this week in New York coming from his home in Florida. His son will have one more preseason game against the Nets before playing his first regular season bout at Madison Sqaure Garden against the Hawks on Oct. 17.
The truth is, Knox has already soaked in lessons he'll be thinking about before, during, and after that first tip.
"He taught me throughout my whole life, just staying disciplined, staying respectful, manners, all that stuff," Knox said. "You never know who's watching. Somebody could be watching wanting to sign you, to do a deal or something like that. Basically, one thing he always told me is stay professional at all times."
All through the fall and winter, it will be as if Aaron Boone didn't help a team win 100 games during his rookie season as a manager, didn't synthesize complex analytics, didn't win over the clubhouse, and didn't handle his media responsibilities with ease and class.
Many Yankee fans will only want to talk about his bullpen management in the division series. And in a sense, that's the deal in New York. When you work for the championship-or-bust Yankees (however silly and dated that mentality may be), you will only win over the public with a World Series win. Or two or three or four.
So there will be noise about Boone, and it will last for months -- maybe even a year until the Yankees get another chance at the postseason. But the truth behind it will be more nuanced: The team has found the right manager to lead it into the future, provided Boone spends the offseason reflecting on this series, and making a key adjustment.
For all his facility in implementing the analytics provided by his front office, Boone needs to strike a better balance between his pregame planning and his ability to react to the moment, especially when under extreme pressure. He can't freeze again like he did the fourth inning of Game 3, and he can't be as trusting of his starting pitchers.
In that pivotal frame, Boone had a perfect grasp on the game plan, which results from top-notch work from the analytics and coaching staffs. He was trying to get a struggling Luis Severino through the bottom third of the Boston order, and then summon Lance Lynn for the top. The idea was that Lynn would be the best choice to induce a double play, and that his stuff would play well against the top of the Red Sox lineup.
But it was clear to everyone watching that Severino didn't have it, and Boone failed to read the moment and summon a reliever sooner. Simply put: He choked.
Tuesday's inaction was not as egregious. In the third inning, as CC Sabathia began to struggle, Boone perhaps should have gotten a reliever up sooner. It went like this: Andrew Benintendi hit by pitch, Steve Pearce single, J.D. Martinez sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.
Then, during the Xander Bogaerts at-bat that followed, David Robertson began to throw. While he did so, Ian Kinsler doubled, Eduardo Nunez singled, and the Yankees found themselves trailing 3-0. Should another pitcher have been ready to spell Sabathia before the scoring began? It was an elimination game, after all.
I checked in with several baseball folks after the inning, and the opinions were mixed.
"Two batters too late," one rival executive said.
"As soon as they scored a run, there was a phone call to get someone up," said an evaluator who said he had no problem with the flow of the inning.
Said another evaluator and former pitcher: "Robertson in to face Kinsler and/or Nunez was a move he could have made."