Nov 03

You be the General Manager: Pablo Sandoval

By Sean Richards

The San Francisco Giants have won their third World Series in five years thanks in no small part to switch-hitting third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The “Kung Fu Panda” is a fan favorite in San Francisco, he had five RBI’s and posted an impressive .429 batting average with seven doubles in the World Series. While not as impressive, he had 73 RBI’s during the regular season while hitting .279 and 16 Home Runs, all for $8.25 million.

Sandoval is a Free Agent this offseason and the market remains limited for 3B. The Giants do not have any foreseeable internal options to replace his production and teams around the league, most notably Boston, New York (AL) and Los Angeles (NL) are ready to throw money at the Panda like it were bamboo.

Sandoval has expressed his interest in remaining and retiring as a Giant.  Earlier this season he rejected a 3yr/$40 million option presented by the Giants. The team is reluctant to give Sandoval the long term (5-7 year) option he is seeking because Sandoval’s weight has been a constant problem and team officials fear he may eat his way out of production. He is also already 28 years old.

The Giants have rewarded and retained their players in years past, Hunter Pence received a 5yr/$90 million contract and even the struggling Tim Lincecum received a 2yrs/$35 million contract. The team already has a host of other free agents including LF Michael Morse, starting pitcher’s Jake Peavy and Ryan Vogelsongand reliever Sergio Romo.

The Giants currently have $127 million committed to 12 players. The club wants to stay around the $149 million opening day payroll they had in 2014 and avoid the “luxury” tax MLB imposes when a club reaches $189 million.Sandoval is looking for a deal in the same realm that Hunter Pence received.

If you were Brian Sabean, General Manager of the Giants, what would you do? Post your comments below.

 

Oct 17

Autograph Signing: Who’s to Blame?

By: Allison Wells; 1L, Penn State Dickinson School of Law SELS

The University of Georgia released a statement on October 9, 2014 regarding the indefinite suspension of its star tailback, Todd Gurley based on allegations that he was paid for signing memorabilia. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) prohibits athletes from taking payments, of any kind, for their athletic talents. Although college athletes have to agree to the terms that are mentioned in the NCAA bylaws, there continues to be an investigation regarding memorabilia signed by some of the top collegiate athletes every year. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 16

Is the NFL entering Collective Bargaining over Player Conduct?

By Sean Richards 

The NFL has been digging a hole over the last few months. From Ray Rice, to player concussions and a variety of other issues, the Summer and Fall of 2014 has been nothing short of a public relations disaster for America’s favorite league. At the forefront of it all was the league’s personal conduct policy. Public pressure is calling for changes to the policy after former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was initially suspended for two games following domestic violence charges against his wife, only to see him and his contract nullified by the team upon the release of video evidence of the footage. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Korean MMA Fighter Forced to Put Career on Hold to Serve Country

By Samuel Rodrigues

Chan Sung Jung is nicknamed the “Korean Zombie” for his fighting style: trudging forward and absorbing massive amounts of punishment, all while appearing unfazed. Jung captured the hearts of MMA and sports fans alike after his three round war-like loss to fellow featherweight Leonard Garcia at World Extreme Cagefighting 48. He amassed a record of 3-1 while fighting for the UFC (his only loss came against current featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr.) and held a record of 13-4 overall.  He even made UFC history in his rematch against Leonard Garcia in which he submitted him with “a twister” (first time in UFC history.) Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 13

Jameis Winston: Stay or Go?

 

By Sean Richards

It was reported on Friday October 10th that Florida State QB and 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston may be facing discipline from the University for the alleged 2012 rape of a female student of which he was not charged. The disciplinary hearing, rather than being what is normally held for Florida State Students by having faculty and students judge, will be more like that of a private Arbitration. The University has proposed a three judge panel picked by the school. Winston and his accuser will each be allowed to strike one of the three. Read the rest of this entry »

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