August 31, 2013 |
Before Arte Moreno resolves the cold war between Jerry Dipoto and Mike Scioscia, the Angels' owner ought to invite Mike Trout to lunch. Trout could be the first player to wear an Angels cap in Cooperstown, if he sticks around. He could have won the most valuable player award in each of his first two seasons, if not for the Angels' futility. By the time the Angels replenish enough pitching to reclaim their status as a perennial contender - and this is a best-case scenario - Trout will be on the verge of free agency.
July 1, 2013 |
1. Doc Rivers has already proved to be worth giving up that draft pick. Paul got his coach, and the Clippers got their franchise player. It's that simple. So what if the first-round draft pick the Clippers must surrender in 2015 turns out to be a good player? The Clippers could have made their first trip to the Finals by then. And that pick could be playing for the last-place Celtics. 2. Clippers executives can celebrate for five minutes and then it's back to work. Paul's return to the Clippers has been a done deal for some time now, so let's not go overboard with the parties.
June 30, 2013 |
Chris Paul and Dwight Howard became free agents at 9:01 p.m. PT on Sunday. At 9:02 p.m., all but a handful of NBA teams stopped daydreaming and resumed their pursuit of more realistic options. If Paul and Howard represent the Rodeo Drive of this year's free-agent class, available to a select few, then there is still plenty of quality shopping to be done at nearby mega-malls. Andrew Bynum, Al Jefferson and Nikola Pekovic are all available. And those are just some of the top centers.
June 13, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - Andre Ethier doesn't know where he'll be batting in the lineup when the Dodgers open a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday. Or, for that matter, if he'll be playing at all. These days, nothing is certain for Ethier, who only a year ago was viewed as one of the team's centerpieces and signed to a five-year, $85-million contract extension. Not only is Ethier's short-term future now in question, his long-term future is too. The emergence of Yasiel Puig has led to widespread speculation in baseball circles that the Dodgers will attempt to trade Ethier in the near future.
June 8, 2013 |
If any NBA team is hoping to land a franchise-altering player during the June 27 draft, like a Tim Duncan or LeBron James, good luck finding him. Seemingly every NBA general manager or scout views the 2013 draft as being devoid of that dominant force. Instead, most GMs say, it's the kind of draft in which teams will pick the best player available, to fill a need at a particular position or because a team likes a certain player for its own reasons. "I think it's just an OK draft," said one Western Conference executive who was not authorized to speak publicly about the draft.
April 5, 2013 |
Back at Dodger Stadium for the first time in more than two years, Russell Martin was pleasantly surprised to learn part of his legacy was still in the ballpark he used to call home. On his way to the visiting clubhouse, Martin walked by a recently renovated hallway that exhibits awards won by former and current Dodgers. In one of the cases was a replica of a Gold Glove he won in 2007. "It brought back some good memories," said Martin, now a 30-year-old catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.