Here we are, the first of August, and the baseball season is full swing. With the top teams battling for a shot at the playoffs and each game being crucial to the end of the year, the focus for most fans is not the battle on the diamond, but rather the battle behind closed doors between Major League Baseball and the players that were involved with Biogenesis clinic in Florida.
The Atlanta Braves pulled off a blockbuster trade on Thursday, as the team completed a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks that brought outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson to Atlanta and sent utility man Martin Prado, pitchers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed and first baseman Brandon Drury.
The deal sets the Braves up with arguably the best outfield in the majors, as the team will have Justin Upton, his brother B.J., and Jason Heyward all in the same outfield, putting together a trio that last year combined for 72 homeruns with 227 RBIs and a batting average of .265. (more…)
Dear Ben Sheets,
I would like to apologize to you for some of the comments I made concerning your signing with the Atlanta Braves over two weeks ago. I wasn’t the only one who had doubts about the Braves bringing in a thirty-three year old pitcher who had been out of baseball for over two years, and those doubts grew a bit following your first start with the AA Mississippi Braves, in which you gave up four runs in five innings of play.
Your mediocre start in the minors was soon followed by a call up to the League to face Johan Santana and the New York Mets, which appeared to me as sending a sheep to the wolves in the fact that you would merely take the loss against Santana, who had been pretty much lights out throughout the season, instead of one of the other starting pitchers in Atlanta’s rotation. Given the fact that your last season in MLB wasn’t too successful (posted a 4-9 record with a 4.53 ERA with the Athletics in 2010), I, along with the majority of Tomahawk Nation, wasn’t about to hold my breath. (more…)
What a difference a day makes. By waiting an extra 24 hours for this week’s Two Minute Drill, we were able to witness and discuss one of the NBA’s greatest players going down with a debilitating injury plus all seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five biggest stories from the week that was: (more…)
Hello, and welcome to “J-Hill’s Two Minute Drill”. In case you aren’t familiar with The Drill, it is where I take a look at five of the biggest stories in the sports world and give my take on each situation. Today is Super Bowl Sunday, so while fans everywhere get the pizza and wings ready, let’s dive into the headlines around the world of sports: (more…)
Hello again, and welcome to another edition of The Drill. It’s race season once again, so in the spirit of raceday being a little over 24 hours away now, let’s start our engines up and take a look at what the world of sports has to offer for our amusement this week: (more…)
Welcome back to The Drill. March has already arrived, meaning that another month of crazy sports action is in the books. Let’s see what’s trending in this week’s news: (more…)
In my brief time writing “J-Hill’s Two Minute Drill”, I don’t believe that there has been a busier and more headline-filled seven days of sports. Let’s take a detailed look into the week that was: (more…)