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Linsanity…it’s the new thing.
Out of seemingly nowhere Jeremy Lin, a point guard from Harvard, has become an overnight sports sensation. The only person who really saw this coming was his high school coach, who smartly registered linsanity.com.
Both the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets had given up on Lin, cutting him this very season. But Mike D’Antoni and the New York Knicks, who were short at guard, took a flier. Even then, his chances looked bleak. There was talks he would be cut. His status was so uncertain he was living on a couch. Then. after being thrust into the starting lineup the unthinkable happened…a star was born.
All was quiet this off-season for the New York Yankees. Some would say too quiet. But last week that all changed.
All in a span of 45 minutes, team general manager Brian Cashman addressed the Yankees’ problematic starting rotation with two personnel moves. First, he shipped promising slugging prospect Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for 23year old starter Michael Pineda. Then the Evil Empire signed former Dodgers’ hurler Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year pact. All of the sudden, the Yankees find themselves with a pretty formidable rotation.
The trade of Montero however, did not come without its’ share of detractors. To say the young catching prospect impressed after a September call-up would be quite the understatement. He batted a staggering .328 with four home runs, and earned himself a spot on the team’s post-season roster. He was slotted to become the teams’ starting designated hitter for the 2012 season. Read more
At a press conference today, Bobby Valentine was introduced as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox. The 61-year-old has previously managed of the Rangers, Mets and in Japan. Most recently he worked as an analyst for ESPN. Team President Larry Lucchino has seemingly been sold on the prospect of Valentine for some time, others aren’t as sure.
Reports have surfaced that several Red Sox players weren’t pleased about the Valentine selection. Having been told by General Manager Ben Cherrington that Valentine was not a candidate, they are said to feel lied to and disappointed by the front office.
Unfortunately, members of the front office might be disappointed with the choice as well. Although he praised Valentine at the press conference, Cherrington was believed to want to hire Gene Lamont. The fact that the decision was made in spite of the wishes of the general manager may signify tension within the upper ranks of the team. In Lamont, Cherrington would have someone that would cater to his wishes. Valentine, however is known to clash with executives, never more apparent then during his time in New York.