13) Atlanta Braves’ general manager John Coppolella, who built baseball’s top-rated farm system, has quit amid an investigation into whether the Braves were weasels with the international signing rules.
Coppolella had the job for two years; he is the third executive to get into trouble in recent years. GM in San Diego has been suspended twice for his refusal to play by the rules. Someone in St Louis went to prison for four years in a corporate hacking scandal– he hacked the Astros’ computer system to gain information on the amateur draft. Oy.
12) Oakland Raiders’ QB Derek Carr is out 2-6 weeks with a broken bone in his back. Backup QB EJ Manuel lost his last five NFL starts- his last win as an NFL starter was in 2014.
11) Howard Schultz used to be the CEO of Starbucks and also owned the Seattle Sonics of the NBA; he is really rich. Schultz went to college at Northern Michigan, where he was the backup QB of the football team.
Starting QB of that team? Former 49ers/Lions’ coach Steve Mariucci, who now works on the NFL Network.
10) Chicago Bears are starting rookie QB Mitch Trubisky Monday night against Minnesota; he will become the 4th rookie QB who was drafted in the first round to make his debut on Monday Night Football. The first three:
1988— Jim Harbaugh
2006— Philip Rivers
2008— Aaron Rodgers
9) Over their first four games, Green Bay has started three different left tackles, three different right tackles, yet they’re 3-1. Very unusual turnover at that position, even more unusual for a team with that kind of turnover to be 3-1.
8) If Louisville fires its athletic director Tom Jurich, a clause kicks in for Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino, which could make it easier for him to leave the school.
Petrino’s buyout to leave Louisville gets cut in half if Jurich is no longer the AD. Cardinals will probably be hiring a new basketball coach next spring; they don’t want to be hiring a new football coach, too.
7) Pablo Sandoval hit a walk-off homer for the Giants Sunday; that win cost the Giants’ the #1 pick in next June’s draft. Detroit Tigers get it, instead.
6) Good time to be the agent for Twins’ manager Paul Molitor; he doesn’t have a contract for 2018. Cha-ching!$!$!$!$!
No team had ever made the playoffs after losing 97+ games the year before; Minnesota lost 103 games last season. Molitor is going to get a nice contract this winter.
5) In 2015, Miami Marlins thought so highly of pitching development expert Jim Benedict that they traded right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams to Pittsburgh for him; now Marlins’ new CEO Derek Jeter has already fired Benedict, while Williams is 7-9, 4.07 in 25 starts for the Pirates this year.
4) Glenn Johnson has been the PA guy for Washington State football for 38 years; he is a professor at the school. He is also the 4-term mayor of Pullman, Washington. Going to take several people to replace him when he decides to retire.
3) Fantasy baseball is interesting/weird; last winter, I had to cut a guy to get my roster down from 26 to 25 players, which we do every winter.
The guy I cut was Mark Reynolds, who wasn’t expected to start for the Colorado Rockies this year— this wasn’t a difficult decision, there was a thought he would wind up on a different team.
Because of injuries to Ian Desmond/David Dahl, Reynolds made the ballclub in the spring and wound up playing first base the whole year, hitting 30 homers with 97 RBI. Whoops.
2) Paradise Jam college basketball tournament will be moved from the Virgin Islands to the campus of Liberty U in Lynchburg, VA this fall, because of the hurricane damage in the Virgin Islands.
1) If you read this space a lot, you know I go on vacation in Las Vegas a few times a year; I love it there. Excellent place to visit, lot of great people, always fun stuff to do.
Was so sad Sunday night to see the carnage after a 64-year old guy lost his mind and started firing on an outdoor concert from the 32nd floor in the Mandalay Bay hotel, a place I’ve stayed- a terrific place, a very fun place.
Life is short; hug your loved ones and try to enjoy every day.