A's May Be In Position To Rewrite Bullpen Norms Once upon a time there were 9-inning SPs and 3-inning closers, until — prepare for deep and thoughtful analysis here — there weren’t. Tony LaRussa once took a two-time 20 game winner, with a no-hitter on his ledger, and turned him into the league’s most dominant “one inning closer”. Since then many teams have followed suit, spinning their failed SPs into plus relievers. Every era (not ERA) has its understood “way we do things” and with baseball tending to be old school, change tends to evolve slowly. Yet eventually change still occurs because once someone not only says “launch angle!!!!!” but then also backs it up by doubling his HR total, people begin to listen. One minute contact is all the range and the next minute it’s all about “grip
College Athletics Imperiled By House Tax Bill Photo credit: Chris Graythen/Getty College athletics administrators are panicking about a provision of the recently passed House tax bill that would make donations made to universities related to season ticket purchases non-deductible, potentially costing athletic programs enormous chunks of funding, according to a report from Darren Rovell of ESPN: In the proposed measure, Section 1306 would cut deductions associated with charitable contributions for tickets. Not allowing fans to deduct for donations that give them the right to buy tickets would immediately cost college programs hundreds of millions of dollars, according to athletic directors who spoke with ESPN. Here’s how this works: at certain colleges, and for certain prime
Deep pockets: Tiger Athletic Foundation gives $23 million to LSU athletics in 2016, documents show The Tiger Athletic Foundation in 2016 contributed more than $10 million to LSU athletics for operating expenses, but that’s not all. TAF, a nonprofit corporation supporting LSU athletics, gave the university another $12.8 million in donations for the golf program’s practice facility locker room, the gymnastics facility, the Bob Pettit statue and tennis facility. TAF's figures were available Monday in a report of the LSU athletic department produced by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. The report was carried out by an independent certified public accounting firm last spring and is performed each year to evaluate the athletic department. There were no findings from the report. T
Athletics - No Russian team but high jumpers strike indoor gold Mariya Lasitskene and Danil Lysenko could not represent their banned home nation of Russia at the world indoor championships on Thursday but, competing as neutral athletes, the spring-heeled pair still leapt to high jump gold. 02 Mar 2018 06:15 AM Share this content Bookmark BIRMINGHAM, England: Mariya Lasitskene and Danil Lysenko could not represent their banned home nation of Russia at the world indoor championships on Thursday but, competing as neutral athletes, the spring-heeled pair still leapt to high jump gold. Lasitskene, one of the world's most dominant athletes in her event, reeled off her 38th straight victory while Lysenko caused the championships' first b...
Spring Game #2: Another A's win, but another injury too Renato Nunez arrived at spring training with something to prove and a roster spot to earn, and through the first two games of the Cactus League he was off to a great start. Unfortunately, he strained a hamstring during Saturday’s tilt and “could be out awhile,” reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. On the bright side and for what it’s worth, the A’s won the game 8-3 over the Padres. San Diego jumped out to an early lead against A’s starter Andrew Triggs, with a two-run homer by Franchy Cordero in the 1st inning. Triggs was able to record two outs in the 2nd before hitting his limit for the day, but minor league teammate Ben Bracewell allowed one inherited runner to score before escaping the frame. All told, three runs were
Athletics Nation presents 2017 Player Awards Baseball has completed its 2017 award season, and the Oakland A’s were deservedly shut out. The last-place squad was almost completely absent from the proceedings, scoring only a couple down-ballot votes for Matt Olson as Rookie of the Year — he finished a distant fourth place overall. The closest thing to a snub was Matt Chapman being left off the Gold Glove ballot entirely, due to eligibility rules that are just stupid enough for me to angrily tweet about but not important enough to warrant an entire article. Fortunately the far superior Fielding Bible award exists, and in that voting Chapman finished runner-up at 3B behind Nolan Arenado. That’s a fair result for this year, and since Arenado plays in the NL it also means Chapman effectivel
The Rising Price Tag for Tar Heel Athletics As the costs of college athletics continue to rise, perhaps the only thing keeping pace is the anxiety about being able to cover them. It's a burden that North Carolina officials meet head-on. "We feel that strain every year," said Martina Ballen, UNC's chief financial officer. "We've been feeling some of that pressure for a while now. … It's never where we can breathe a sigh of relief. Because when we think we might have a little cushion, there are more things that we have to do on the expense side." The total operating expenses for UNC's athletic department rose again in 2016-17, reaching $96.5 million, according to the revenues and expenses report that the school submitted to the NCAA in January. UNC's total operating expenses were