See this is Why Star Athletes Don’t Usually Talk Politics

If you’ve ever wondered why college and pro sports teams employ media handlers to train their athletes on public speaking, well Wednesday gave you the answer; repeatedly. Below you’ll find four examples of why publicists and media relations departments want all their players to be like Tom Brady, Russell Wilson or Derek Jeter- talk, without every saying anything.

That said, we’re ecstatic that “stick to sports” is pretty much dead now. Thank you Colin Kaepernick for being the primary driving force is getting this to happen. While we’ll focus here on the athletes expressing sociopolitical views that we disagree with, we absolutely support their right to express those views. Better to lose some of your audience but retain all of your soul, no matter what side you’re on.

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Top Five Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards and Rookie Card Checklist  

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By Poch de la Rosa

Legendary Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the best players of his generation. Not only was he an outstanding hitter, but he was also a staunch defensive player as well.

 Junior (his nickname) could do it all on the baseball field. It’s obvious from the get-go he got his baseball genes from his father, three-time MLB All-Star outfielder Ken Griffey, Sr. Junior, the man known for wearing his hat backward in the dugout and pumping himself up on the diamond to the tune of Naughty by Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray,” will forever live on in the hearts of baseball fans.   [Read more…]

2020 MLB Mock Draft 6-2-20

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We don’t have any actual real sports, anywhere, for the foreseable future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While playing games again is most likely weeks or in some cases months away, the respective drafts can still go ahead as planned, albeit in a very modified version.

And that means mock drafts will go on as planned too! With that in mind, our NBA mock draft can be found here, MLB is below and NHL can be found here. Finally, the 2021 NFL mock draft is at this link.

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Ed Howard Could Someday be the Next Tim Anderson

It’s rare for the Chicagoland area to have a sure fire first round prospect in the Major League Baseball Draft. It’s exceedingly rare to see it in back to back years. With the MLB Draft coming up in nine days, Ed Howard, out of Mount Carmel High School on the South Side of Chicago, is poised to become the first shortstop selected.

Last year at this time, Quinn Priester, from suburban Cary-Grove, was taken with the 18th overall selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates. For more on Priester go here, as for Ed Howard, well, he has a great role model and friend in the White Sox SS Tim Anderson.

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Spencer Torkelson: Safest Choice at #1 for Detroit Tigers, but Still Risky

As the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft approaches, Spencer Torkelson is the favorite to go first overall. It’s not a slam dunk kind of certainty, but almost every mock has him in the top spot. Only time will tell how this works out for the Detroit Tigers, if they do indeed draft the Arizona State first baseman in the top slot.

Maybe he’ll join the class of Ken Griffey Jr., Harold Baines, Chipper Jones and others in the best of the best #1 overall picks. Or he’ll, well, since the draft began in 1965, only four number one overall picks failed to reach the Major Leagues:

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Ten Worst Chicago White Sox First Round Draft Picks of the Last 40 Years

June 10 brings the Major League Baseball draft, an event that is “hit-or-miss” to say the least. Draft position, like recruiting rankings, can just as often be an indicator of future success as it is future failure. The only thing it absolutely predicts 100% is sky-high expectations.

Let’s look at 10 of the best and 10 of the worst first round draft picks for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Yes, we know that listicles are to journalism what Taco Bell is to food. However, it also worth noting that Taco Bell measures its annual revenue in the billions.

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Ten Worst Chicago Cubs First Round Picks of the last 40 Years

June 10 brings the Major League Baseball draft, an event that is “hit-or-miss” to say the least. Draft position, like recruiting rankings, can just as often be an indicator of future success as it is future failure. The only thing it absolutely predicts 100% is sky-high expectations.

Let’s look at 10 of the best and 10 of the worst first round draft picks for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Yes, we know that listicles are to journalism what Taco Bell is to food. However, it also worth noting that Taco Bell measures its annual revenue in the billions.

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Ten Best Chicago White Sox First Round Draft Picks of the last 40 Years

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June 10 brings the Major League Baseball draft, an event that is “hit-or-miss” to say the least. Draft position, like recruiting rankings, can just as often be an indicator of future success as it is future failure. The only thing it absolutely predicts 100% is sky-high expectations.

Let’s look at 10 of the best and 10 of the worst first round draft picks for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Yes, we know that listicles are to journalism what Taco Bell is to food. However, it also worth noting that Taco Bell measures its annual revenue in the billions.

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Ten Best Chicago Cubs First Round Draft Picks of the last 40 Years

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June 10 brings the Major League Baseball draft, an event that is “hit-or-miss” to say the least. Draft position, like recruiting rankings, can just as often be an indicator of future success as it is future failure. The only thing it absolutely predicts 100% is sky-high expectations.

Let’s look at 10 of the best and 10 of the worst first round draft picks for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Yes, we know that listicles are to journalism what Taco Bell is to food. However, it also worth noting that Taco Bell measures its annual revenue in the billions.

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2020 Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball Draft Mocksourcing

Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein rebuilt the entire Chicago Cubs roster, from the farm system up, once already. Now they’ll have to do it again as the Ricketts family is DOING ABSOLUTELY NOTHING with their money in the free agent market.

It’s been two straight winters of inaction and skinflintness and next winter will bring more of the same, except this time Ricketts will blame it on the coronavirus pandemic. That’s a common motif we’ve seen across all walks of life in all industries- doing what you were going to do anyway, but publicly saying that COVID-19 is the reason you’re doing so. If the Cubs are going to get back to the MLB postseason, they’ll need to draft and develop guys again.

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2020 Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Draft Mocksourcing

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The Chicago White Sox had a blockbuster off-season, so it’s really especially disappointing to them that the 2020 Major League Baseball season still hasn’t started yet. There are some plans to get things going in July, but MLBPA vs Owners squabbles could end up derailing that.

Hey, at least we have the 2020 MLB Draft still, and it will take place June 10-11. It will follow the lead of the NFL Draft, having no central physical location and instead being more virtual in nature.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson Card Sells for About Half-a-Million Bucks

Last fall saw the centennial of the 1919 World Series, in which the Chicago White Sox “threw” (intentionally lost) to the Cincinnati Reds. This fall will mark the 100th anniversary of the “Black Sox” scandal starting to become unraveled, as the plot between ballplayers and gamblers became revealed to the public.

No wonder interest in Shoeless Joe Jackson is starting to be revitalized, especially now as sports gambling continues to be legalized. As interest in Jackson rises, so do the prices of his memorabilia, and a 1910 series T210 Old Mill Shoeless Joe Jackson baseball card sold at auction for $492,000.

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