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Fox Sports Tennessee:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. There is a distinctive structure to the busy clutter that is the office of McKinnis Sports Management.
For agency president Bo McKinnis, its a mix of preparation for an impending office expansion, the looming national tax deadline of clients, an accumulation of correspondence while constantly on the road the past few months, and an avowed packrat mentality that keeps cherished items with special meaning.
Against one wall is a signed placard from late-night television host David Letterman to Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey, a McKinnis client who won the National League Cy Young Award last year. It came last year after Dickey, then a New York Met, made an appearance on the show.
Leaning against the leg of the conference table is a framed and autographed starting lineup card for the first Major League Baseball start of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, another McKinnis client who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012.
On the television, a replay s...
BEST OF MAXIM
Not even a week into the season and the Toronto Blue Jays have a losing record. I can not believe, with all talent in their lineup that the Jays have a 2-4 record.
This past weekend, the Jays played a three game series against the Boston Red Sox.
They lost the first game 6-4. ”We made too many mistakes tonight,” said Jay’s manager, John Gibbons at the post game...
These are different times for David Price. His offseason was spent, deservedly so, receiving the spoils of his American League Cy Young Award earned last season. His name has been mentioned, deservedly so, as a star who could command a contract that soon prices him out of Tampa Bay the lone franchise he has known in his five-plus-year major-league career.
But the past week has served...
This morning's rant is for all the owners who took it up the ace on Sunday. It's one thing when your ace is pitching @TEX or @COL but home against Cleveland where David Price gave up 8 ER and 13 baserunners in 5 IP? Ouch. Home against an Ortiz-less Boston offense (RA Dickey - 4.2 IP, 7 ER, 12 baserunners - the first 5 runs coming before an out was recorded)? Damn. Home...
Is it too early? Is it too cold? Or should the Toronto Blue Jays be concerned?
Let's put it this way: R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson -- the pitchers brought over from the National League to transform the Jays' rotation -- have started twice each. Their ERAs are, in order, 8.44, 10.24 and 11.05.
The Toronto rotation has a 7.59 ERA. That is the worst in the major...
The Toronto Blue Jays were the story of baseball’s offseason, acquiring Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and others from the Marlins as well as trading for NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets. The Jays haven’t been to the playoffs since winning consecutive World Series in 1992-93 but were installed as Bovada betting favorites to capture the AL East this season...
R.A. Dickey has pitched just 10.2 innings for the Toronto Blue Jays, and fans are already booing him! He has not been good, there is not doubting that. He has allowed 15 hits, 12 runs, 10 earned runs, 3 homers, walked 6 and struck out 9. His ERA is 8.44, his WHIP sits right under 2 and the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox hit .326. Not for nothing, the Blue Jays offense...
How does the old paintball adage go...a team that plays together stays together? Let's pretend that's how it goes. Last month, while most baseball teams took to the golf course on their off day, the Tampa Bay Rays, well, they took to the paintball course. Apparently reliever Kyle Farnsworth put together the squad...which included none other than 2012 American League...
The greatest source of entertainment for Blue Jays fans on Sunday came from this guy.The video footage picks up after the man has already made his way onto the field, and he appears to have every intention to escape by scaling the outfield wall.However, his attempt proves both hilarious and futile, as he is mobbed by security within seconds of reaching the warning track. So close...
Welcome to the first edition of Triple Play, a new weekly column in 2013 that combines three features from last season (Who’s Hot/Who’s Not, Playing the Name Game and Random Thoughts). Look for this column on Mondays or Tuesdays throughout the season. Off we go:
Who’s Hot: Dexter Fowler, Colorado Rockies
While Chris Davis and Justin Upton have gotten tons of headlines –...
THE VARSITY SQUAD
Tweet Led by manager Joe Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays have to be one of the more fun Major League Baseball teams to play for. The clubhouse seems lively and entertaining more often than not. Last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner, David Price, talked earlier this year about how good Rays players have [...]
The First Pitch:
Fantasy baseball sage Paul Sporer sums up today quite well:
Aces looking more like Jokers today! #nailedit
— Paul Sporer (@sporer) April 8, 2013
Sunday was a day of Aces performing anything like Aces.
Boston 13 Toronto 0
Ace on his face: R.A. Dickey 4 2/3 IP 10 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned, 2 walks, and 5 Ks. Some might ask, how long has this been going on?
Baseballs must’ve looked like this to some of the game’s best pitchers last Sunday.
If you had bet that the majority of aces would bust last Sunday, you’d be very rich right now.
Cole Hamels – Phillies – 5 2/3 innings vs. Kansas City Royals, 8 earned runs, 9 hits, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts. After two starts, Hamels is 0-2 with an ERA of 10.79
R.A. Dickey – Blue...