Texans’ O’Brien: QB Mallett being evaluated

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UFC flyweight Joseph Benavidez’s dilemma: ‘Doesn’t make sense to call anybody out’

Veteran UFC flyweight Joseph Benavidez isn’t much of a trash-talker and rarely calls out specific opponents. That’s probably a good thing, considering his current situation.Filed under: News, UFC

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A California Power Plant Is Getting the World’s Biggest Lithium Battery

A California Power Plant Is Getting the World's Biggest Lithium Battery

The power shortages, brown-outs, and rolling blackouts that have long plagued Los Angeles county during times of peak energy usage may soon be a thing of the past now that the region’s energy utility has signed on with battery-maker AES Southland to install a massive, 400MW auxiliary power solution.

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#FCtalkingpoints: LFC Klopp swap, Rooney, Messi, MLS best and Moyes

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has praised star forward Lionel Messi after the 27-year-old became La Liga's record goalscorer with 253 goals during their 5-1 win at home to Sevilla. Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five white-hot topics on the ESPN FC radar following the weekend. Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints. Another weekend, another record-setting performance for Lionel Messi. Okay, the master doesn't do it every time he plays, but in Barcelona's 5-1 win vs. Sevilla, Messi broke Telmo Zarra's all-time La Liga goals record of 251 with panache: He netted a hat trick to put his total at 253. Where is Messi in his overall career arc? Still on the way up Starting to lose a step He's in his prime. Sit back and enjoy 17% Still on the way up 35% Starting to lose a step 47% He's in his prime. Sit back and enjoy $('.article-module.poll[data-poll-id="4600990"]').each(function(i) { var pollId = $(this).data('poll-id'); FC.Poll.polls[pollId] = new FC.Poll().init($(this), pollId); }); Last…

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Amazon?s Warehouse Robots, at Work and Play

It?s hard to say whether Amazon will ever really deploy squadrons of drones to deliver customer purchases.

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How Can Marlins Actually Build True Winner Around Giancarlo Stanton?

If you sign him, they will come.

That’s the philosophy underpinning the massive, MLB-record contract the Miami Marlins just handed Giancarlo Stanton: Nail down the young superstar—possibly the best pure power hitter of his generationand construct a winner around him.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill spelled it out after Stanton signed on for the long-term, per Christina De Nicola of Fox Sports Florida:

We understand that this is about a team and building a team we put together that can sustain winning because that’s our goal. He’s a big part of it. Obviously he’s one of the best players in the game, but I would hope when we talk to free agents that they look around and say, ‘I may be that missing piece or slide in here and help this team do special things.’

Stanton was more direct with his words.

We’ve got to add pieces around me,” he told De Nicola. “[The contract] was built that way in order to do so financially. That’s what we’ve got to trust.”

“Trust.” That’s your key word. It hasn’t always been there between Stanton and the Marlins, specifically owner Jeffrey Loria.

In 2012, after Miami jettisoned a gaggle of veterans in a midseason white-flag trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, Stanton took to Twitter to voice his displeasure:

Two years later, he signed a pact that could make him a Marlin for life. We say “could,” and that’s where the specifics of the contract become important.

For one, the 13-year, $325 million deal is back-loaded. Stanton is due just $6 million next season and $9 million in 2016, affording Miami financial flexibility to improve the roster in the short term.

And Stanton has an opt-out clause in 2020, his age-30 season, meaning if Loria and company haven’t built and sustained a winner by then, he could walk.

So there’s plenty of incentive for the Fish to swim headlong toward contention. What’s the plan?

First, let’s take stock of what they’ve got.

Despite losing budding ace Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery—and losing Stanton for the season’s final three weeks after he was beaned in the face by a pitch on Sept. 11—the Marlins finished with a 77-85 record, a 15-game improvement over 2013.

Fernandez, still just 22 years old, is expected back by midseason, according to ESPN.com‘s Jim Bowden. He’ll bolster a burgeoning staff that also includes a trio of talented 24-year-olds: Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi and Jarred Cosart.

While Stanton shines brightest among position players, he’s joined by 22-year-old Gold Glove-winning left fielder Christian Yelich, another of the National League‘s rising stars.

Miami has a strong nucleus, no question. And one of the first orders of business should be locking that nucleus up.

As De Nicola notes, “there have already been talks” about extending both Yelich and Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Additionally, the Marlins should consider inking their young rotation for the long term, though they’ve got more promising arms in the pipeline, including left-hander Andrew Heaney and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, each of whom made his big league debut last season.

OK, that’s what the Marlins are working with. What do they need?

First, they could use at least one power bat to complement and protect Stanton. Miami was in on Adam LaRoche—and offered him a two-year, $20 million deal, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald—before the veteran first baseman signed with the Chicago White Sox.

That’s a fine profile: an experienced, playoff-tested slugger. Unfortunately for the Marlins, this year’s free-agent class is thin in that department.

And next year’s projected market isn’t loaded with pop either, though Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes could well be available.

Speaking of which, there’s a Cuban with (reportedly) prodigious pop available right now: Yasmany Tomas.

The Marlins don’t crop up in any recent Tomas rumors, though they did send a pair of scouts to watch him swing in late September, per MLB.com‘s Joe Frisaro. 

Tomas won’t come cheap. Dayn Perry of CBSSports.com speculates the 24-year-old might become the first Cuban defector to land a $100 million payday. Plus, he’s an unknown commodity.

Considering the potential of pairing him with Stanton, though, and the buzz it’d undoubtedly generate in South Florida, this is a gamble the Marlins should at least consider.

All right, let’s talk pitching. As mentioned, the Marlins have it, especially if Fernandez comes back and performs like the guy who posted a 2.25 ERA with 257 strikeouts in his first 224.1 big league innings.

But the rotation, like the lineup, could use a steadying veteran influence. Hence Miami’s tire-kicking on 32-year-old James Shields, per FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal:

Shields, as Rosenthal correctly states, carries a hefty price tag. Even if Miami stretches the budget, it may not make sense to burn so much dough on a No. 2 starter.

Instead, what about right-hander Jason Hammel, who posted a 3.47 ERA for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A’s last season and who’d be less expensive than Shields while not swallowing a draft pick?

It appears Miami is thinking along those lines. They’ve “expressed interest” in Hammel, according to the Miami Herald‘s Jackson, as well as free-agent right-hander Justin Masterson and left-hander Wade Miley, assuming the Arizona Diamondbacks are willing to deal.

Whichever pieces the Marlins sign or trade for, the real question is whether they’ll keep the team intact.

Loria assembled what looked like a contender on paper before his club moved into its shiny new ballpark in 2012, then proceeded to blow it all up.

What’s to prevent that from happening again?

For one, there’s Stanton’s nuclear option, the aforementioned opt-out clause. And for now, the Marlins are saying the right things about building for the future and expanding the budget, which could swell “into the $60 million range” next year, according to De Nicola, and possibly higher as Stanton becomes more expensive.

Still, talk is cheap. Actions are what matter—and, most essentially, results. 

As Stanton himself put it, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com): “You can’t keep saying, ‘We’re going to win this year. We’re going to do it this year.’ I’m sick of hearing that. Everyone is sick of hearing that. It’s doing something about it.”

 

All statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com.

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PGA Tour Rises After the Silly Season Surrender; Tour Now Has 11-Month Calendar

Kudos to PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem. The ups and downs of the economy in the last six years combined with diligent work at Tour headquarters have given him a legacy that even former PGA commissioner Deane Beman would envy. The PGA Tour now has the men’s golf calendar locked up for 11 months instead of 10.

The combination of the Fall Series and the Fed Ex Cup has given the PGA Tour the domination in professional golf that it wanted 20 years ago but did not have the strength to produce. Surprisingly, this comes after a deep economic recession.

Today the PGA Tour has more strength than ever. While other tours may be looking for their next euro or yen or rand, the PGA Tour is on ridiculously solid footing.

With only five or six weeks of the calendar year not having a Tour event, and with those remaining weeks containing Thanksgiving and Christmas, plus events conducted by Greg Norman and Tiger Woods, the Tour has gone from strength to strength.

This is a big change from yesteryear. Back in the day before there was a PGA Tour, professional golf was a collection of state opens, regional opens and tournaments with purses provided by local businesses or civic leaders as History of the PGA Tour shows. Money was paid at the top but not at the bottom, and that is where the phrase finishing in the money originated.

In the 1920s and 1930s, some events, like the Met PGA, were outgrowths of the regional PGA of America sections. There were also state opens, like the Texas Open, now sponsored by Valero, which began in 1922. The LA Open, started by the LA Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1926, is currently sponsored by Northern Trust. Others, like the short-lived, All American Open, were sponsored by businessmen, like George S. May out of Chicago.  

The earlier tour had schedule gaps. Even in the days of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, there was sometimes a month between tournaments as demonstrated by Nelson’s streak in 1945, shown in Byron Nelson, The Story of Golf‘s Finest Gentleman and The Greatest Winning Streak in History.  As golf grew in post WWII America, the schedule filled.

With the advent of the PGA Tour in 1968, today’s professional circuit began to coalesce. Gone were the 36-hole tournaments. Some of the more prestigious opens from the early days, like Los Angeles and Texas and the Western Open (now the BMW), were included in the PGA Tour schedule, just as they are today.

Yet, even after the PGA Tour grew, there was a break in the fall. The season more or less came to a conclusion at the end August and severely dwindled as of October with a handful of events between then and the end of the calendar year. 

In the fall during the 1980s things changed. A few enterprising individuals who wanted star golfers as part of a television concept created events. One was Don Ohlmeyer who, after a suggestion from Bob Halloran of Las Vegas, brought us The Skins Game. That spawned the silly season, which was not a product of the PGA Tour. As one can imagine, this was a politically sensitive situation for the PGA Tour because the Tour represents all of its members, not just the stars.  

Eventually the silly season events worked out deals with the PGA Tour to coexist. At issue was the fact that the silly season did not allow the rank and file PGA Tour members additional playing opportunities. They were really limited field invitationals.

The Skins Game, which debuted in 1983, was followed by an assortment of additional events including the Kapalua Invitational, The Shark ShootOut, The Skills Challenge, The Wendy’s Three Tour Challenge, The Chrysler Team Championship, Spalding Invitational, Callaway Invitational, J.C. Penney Classic and others that played their way into our memories.  

One reason those events flourished is that while sponsors were willing to provide money for that one event, they might not want to provide the amount needed for a regular PGA Tour event. In addition, there were sponsors who wanted to cherry-pick to get names and ratings. With the right combination of ingredients it worked.

For those who participated in the silly season, the fields were limited enough that almost every golfer would make some money. It was definitely worth it to some. Fred Couples, for example, won so much money that he became known as Mr. November.

It was 1992 when USA Today gave him that nickname based on his postseason earnings. November of that year, he won $746,858 as explained in Fred Couples: Golf’s Reluctant Superstar.

The next year, it was $620,000. In 1994, it was $850,000 and a hole-in-one car. The next season, in a bit of a slump, he pocketed $542,333. And in 1996, it was a paltry $422,398. The grand total was a little over $3.1 million for five Novembers. And that was pre-Tiger Woods money.

In 1992, Couples won $1.3 million in official money and $746,000 unofficial money in the silly season. When Couples won $630,000 at The Players in 1996, one of the writers quipped it was like a bad November for him. He laughed.

What made the silly season fun were the participants. They were the high-profile names that people wanted to see playing golf at a time of year when there were no tournaments. Plus, when there’s lake-effect snow piling up around the house, it’s nice to curl up and watch somebody playing on a beautiful golf course while waiting for snow plows to clear roads.  

However, in 2008 and 2009, sponsors started dropping out of silly season events. Some reasons given were dilutions in television audiences, but one other factor was that there was so much money on the PGA Tour, the silly season didn’t have the financial impact that it once had.

When The Skins Game began, it was a big deal to play for $1 million. In 2008, almost every week on the PGA Tour, the winner got $1 million. Had the silly season sponsors decided to up the purses, maybe it would have turned heads, but it was not the time, economically or politically, for any company to spend lavishly.

And so, as a result, the FedEx Cup has become a September silly season, if you will, replacing the former fantastic purses of the silly events with amazingly large sums of money and a finale worth $10 million. The end result is that the PGA has now taken over the calendar from January to Thanksgiving week. If you wanted to create a golf event with PGA Tour players in the U.S., it would have to be between December 15 and January 5, because the PGA Tour has succeeded in locking up all the remaining dates.  

So while we have kissed the old silly season goodbye, except for the Hero World Challenge and The Shark ShootOut, for the PGA Tour, it’s a decisive business victory.  

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Why Yasmani Tomas Is a Poor Fit for the Atlanta Braves’ Offseason

The latest object of nearly every major league team’s desire is a Cuban baseball player—more specifically, a Cuban slugger. This craze was started by Yoenis Cespedes, then put into high gear by the “Wild Horse,” Yasiel Puig, and capped off by last season’s American League Rookie of the Year, Jose Abreu.

Their calling card is power, but they also bring athleticism and excitement to the field and the lineup. So it makes sense that the next big athletic slugger to come out of Cuba would be heavily sought after.

Outfielder Yasmani Tomas is that kind of player—athletic and powerful. Just about every team has scouted this guy, and there is a large amount of buzz that the Atlanta Braves are one of the teams most interested. But I say Tomas is a poor fit for Atlanta, and here’s why.

 

Money

The Braves have operated with a tight budget for nearly a decade, and Tomas is reportedly seeking a big monetary commitment, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com:

The slugger is believed to be seeking at least a five to seven year deal with an annual salary near $15 million, but the Tomas’ camp has not ruled out the possibility of signing a short-term, high-value deal that would allow him to return to the market sooner rather than later.

While that dollar figure per year is less than what free-agent-to-be Justin Upton will likely command next offseason, it is still a substantial sum of money to commit to a player who has never taken a swing in professional baseball.

Surely the Braves front office is too gun-shy to spend that wildly on an unknown player when they will be paying B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla each that much next season. And surely they still remember the bad free-agent deals given to Derek Lowe and the (similarly) unknown Kenshin Kawakami several years ago.

Committing that much money, more than 10 percent of the team’s salary, to an unknown player is not something the Braves can afford to do. Some teams can gamble like that, but the Braves should not.

 

Strikeouts

The last thing the Braves need is another player who strikes out a lot. The 2011 Braves set a franchise record for strikeouts. The 2012 Braves broke that record, and the 2013 team broke it again. This year’s club came just 16 strikeouts short of setting yet another new record.

Though the 2012 and 2013 squads made the playoffs while striking out a ton, those same bad habits led to epic collapses in 2011 and 2014. The Braves need to move away from that “swing for the fences or strike out trying” approach.

One of the big knocks on Tomas has been his propensity to strikeout. Since he hasn’t played against professional talent for any extended period of time, we don’t know how pronounced his whiff problem might be, but scouting reports paint a grim picture.

Here is what Baseball America’s Ben Badler had to say about the swing of Tomas (subscription required):

Tomas can hit towering home runs but it comes from an uppercut swing, which can be fine for a power hitter but also creates a swing plane with holes. That leads to swing-and-miss tendencies even in the strike zone, and Tomas’ penchant for chasing pitches off the plate only exacerbates that problem. The power arms on the U.S. college national team gave Tomas all sorts of trouble with mid-90s velocity, especially high and tight.

He has also shown—against Team USA, in the WBC and in Cuba—that he’s susceptible to swinging through offspeed pitches, both in the zone and off the plate.

If college pitchers are giving Tomas “all sorts of trouble,” imagine how the vaunted pitching staffs of the National League East will carve him up.

While Badler quotes a scout as saying Tomas will probably be a .260 hitter with 25-30 home runs, there is no mention of how much he might strike out.

 

Unknowns

If the Braves are itching to sign a slugger to a long-term deal, then they need not look any further than their own roster. Justin Upton is a slugger with power (who also happens to strike out a lot), and unlike Tomas, the Braves have the benefit of having seen what kind of player he is for the past two years.  

The unknowns with Yasmani Tomas are too great to take a risk. Much of his power comes from his big body. According to Badler, Tomas is listed at 6’1″, 230 pounds but was as heavy as 250 pounds last year.

While he is said to still possess athleticism in his thick frame, is that the type of player a team should give a huge contract? Badler puts it best when he calls Tomas “arguably the riskiest Cuban player yet to hit the open market.” This is a bad way for the Braves to tie-up a lot of money while they are trying to rebuild their major league team and their minor league system.

While I have focused on the possible negative outcomes, there is also the possibility that Tomas could exceed his projections and become a first-division All-Star for many years. But for my money, and the Braves’ money, I wouldn’t take the risk. This team simply cannot put that much money at stake for a gamble.

 

All stats used for this article come from Baseball-Reference.com.

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