Stanton On The Move

The 2017 National League MVP, Giancarlo Stanton has waived his full no trade clause to join the New York Yankees from the Miami Marlins. He is known for his devastating power, having hit a total of 267 homers over his 8 year MLB career. This comes as a surprise because Stanton initially said he didn’t want to join them only about a week ago. The LA Dodgers, who he rooted for growing up in southern California, seemed to be the favorite to acquire the slugger after he named them as the team he would waive his no trade clause for. That obviously didn’t come to fruition. The Yankees are sending second baseman Starlin Castro and two prospects to Miami, but most importantly and the deal sealer, New York is going to pay all but $30 million of the $295 million remaining on Stanton’s contract.

I guess you can say the Yankees can claim their nickname ‘Bronx Bombers’ legitimately once again. Stanton joins the 2017 rookie of the year Aaron Judge, who himself hit 56  home runs with 114 rbi in first season. Thats by far the deadliest one two combo in MLB.

One thing that made me laugh was thinking that even though Yankees legend, Derek Jeter isn’t part of the organization anymore, he’s still very much helping them out with this Stanton trade. Jeter is a part owner of the Miami Marlins and hasn’t been hesitant to make moves right away by also sending speedster, Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners. Marlins are definitely in a sell now and re-build mode once again. With new ownership, maybe the re-build won’t be as long and bad as previous occasions.

Ohtani Signs With Angels

Huge news coming down today as Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani signs with LA Angels. The Padres and Mariners were the two favorite to sign Ohtani according to reports, so this comes as a surprise to most people.

Ohtani’s agent states: “What mattered to him most wasn’t market size, time zone or league but that he felt a true bond with the Angels. He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals.”

Finally the best player in my opinion, Mike Trout gets some legitimate help. He’s won two MVP’s recently but his team is always under performing around him. An old Albert Pujols can only do one thing nowadays, hitting homeruns and thats just not good enough. Angels signed star outfielder, Justin Upton this off-season after acquiring him in a trade during the 2017!season. Trout, Ohtani and Upton should be a deadly threesome in the middle of the Angels lineup but only time will tell if Ohtani can live up to the hype hitting and pitching.

Now, as a Padres fan, this one stings more than walking through a bee farm. I had feeling they were going to sign him because of all the Japanese connections throughout the organization but to no avail. This is nothing new to the San Diego sports scene. We constantly get kicked in the gut and get looked down upon by the national media. Hell, the Chargers just left for bitter sports rival town LA, and now we lose out again to the city 2 hours north of us.

NHL Expansion

An ownership group based in Seattle has been authorized to file an application fir expansion. The team would begin play in the 2020-21 season and would cost $650 million. It would become the 32nd NHL franchise. The ownership group includes hollywood producer, Jerry Bruckheimer and David Bonderman, a private equity CEO.

Cavs Keep Rolling

The Cleveland Cavaliers win last night made it a bakers dozen of wins in a row for them. They tied the franchise mark at 13 and its only the third time in franchise history they’ve done so. LeBron James is playing some of the best basketball I’ve seen in recent memory.  His squad is without the likes of  Tristen Thompson, Isaiah Thomas, and Iman Shumpert all due to injuries, and yet LeBron keeps it all flowing as if they were all playing. He’s averaging 27.2 pts, 8.9 Reb, 8.2 ast, .573% from the field, and .473% from beyond the arc. Cavs look to stay hot and break the win streak record when they play the Pacers next. I have a feeling they will, the Pacers are average at best.

Fantasy Basketball

Its been a bad week to say the least for one of my fantasy basketball teams (yahoo sports). First off I had the number four pick in the draft and I regretfully chose Steph Curry. To make it worse, the greek freak was available and I passed a stat stuffer for a fragile shooter. He ends up spraining his ankle and is out at least two weeks and i had to put him on the injured list. Already on the IL for me is Blake Griffin, who is out at least eight weeks. Then just yesterday another one of my players Devin Booker hurt his quad and is now out at least two weeks and there’s no more injured list spots available so i just have to shorthanded until one of them becomes healthy again. To fill the voids for the time being, I picked up Kris Dunn and Rajon Rondo. Hopefully they can stay hot and keep my team in first place.

UEFA Champions League

Earlier today, we found out the remaining eight teams to make the round of 16. included Liverpool (England), Sevilla (Spain), Manchester City (England), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), Besiktas (Turkey), FC Porto ( Portugal), Tottenham Hotspur (England) and Real Madrid (Spain) (the other eight teams can be found on my previous post).

The days headline game belonged to Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund, based soley on club size and prestige. Madrid won the match 3-2.  Ronaldo was at it again, breaking another record, by scoring in every group stage game. As a Barcelona and Messi fan, this isn’t that intriguing of news but it is what it is. In a huge upset, Manchester City, who haven’t lost a game all year (all competitions), wound up losing to an Ukraine powerhouse club Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian Premier League is not an overall great league when it comes to the product on the field, but Shakhtar has some good players to compete in Champions League.  You would think their first loss might come to a fellow big time Premier League club but I guess thats why you have to play the games and not use whats on paper.

The round of 16 draw is on December 11th and the first leg of action begins February 13th.