Best 15 Minutes in Sports-Wednesday
Padres…Season ending Press Conference-AJ Preller-Bob Melvin:
..Feels like a funeral because we lost
..As a group we are prepared to take the next step
..Our core guys…good as group as there is in baseball
..Playing this deep into October is an awesome feeling
..Peter Seidler is committed to winning a championship
..Budget of 300M does not guarantee we would win..spend on right pieces
..There are more steps to be taken
..We need a couple of pieces to reach a finished product
..I want a complete club..want to build roster to complete this team
..Do we have right pieces on the bench..do we have pinch hitting options
..Must continued to find depth for injuries
..Our expectations don’t change..it’s about being in the World Series
..Go thru this experience in New York-LA-Play at Petco..builds confidence
..We want to finish the deal
..What we saw in the last month will serve us well
..We start meetings this week to eview players we have decision on
..There will be some roster changes-always are
..We will talk to Juan Soto in off season-gauge his interest in extension
..Tatis has a full off season of rehab ahead of him
..Will spend alot of time rehabbing in San Diego
..His skill set allows us to consider multiple positions
..I want Tatis on the field for 147-games
..We have alot of time to talk about best place to play him
..He gives us options he is so good
..Our farm system is huge part of the organization
..We draft well..we sign well
..How good are we-reflected by teams calling about asking our prospects
..Guys are opening our eyes in Arizona Fall League
..No one facing off season surgery
Bob Melvin comments:
..Our expectations will be higher next year
..Looking at us in spring training-everything to be a success
..Losing that final game was a disappointment-but look at year in totality
..it was a long hard year..the lockout..Tatis injury..my illness
..A hard year makes you stronger
..This was alot of fun-great guys-a hungry group
..There will be alot of reflection
..Tatis is hungry…he learned alot…he misses it
..Juan Soto-Josh Bell put alot of pressure on themselves
..8th inning decisions-would not change a thing
..We had to cut up the 7th-8th-9th innings…we had 2-pitchers to get it done
..Using Suarez-Hader-it just didn’t work out but plan was workable
..I understand media-fans questions..but best option we had
..Give Bryce Harper credit…
..He was on fire-on a mission..he was perfect
..Played at the highest level at the most important time
Arizona..P-Caleb Smith has possible torn elbow ligament
Marlins…Hire Skip Schumacher as manager-ex Cardinals player..former Cardinals-Padres coach
Tigers…Hire Rob Metzler as VP-Baseball Operations-ex Tampa Bay
Orioles..Hire ex Phillies player Cody Asche as analytics specialists
Texas..New manager Bruce Bochy (67)..’missed managing’
Chargers…Medical doctors offer ‘dire’ information about CB-JC Jackson upcoming surgery on ruptured patella tendon-near quad…”Very serious surgery…Only 50% players come back from the injury…Only 50%-of the 50% who come back return to playing level they were at prior to injury”…Jackson will be sidelined 10-to-12 months after fluke injury.
Rams…Failed trade talks with Carolina Panthers…Rams did not want to offer a #1 pick for Christian McCaffery….Offers of #2-#3 in future picks plus wanted Panthers to take on RB-Cam Akers in deal.
Chiefs..NFL suspends DE-Frank Clark for 2-games…Gun possession issues dating to 2021-arrest
Packers..QB-Aaron Rodgers questions why team keeps playing WRs-who keep making mistakes running routes.
Chicago..Coach Ed Elberfluss says DT-Mike Pennell deserved ejection for injuring Patriots OC-David Andrews on vicious blindside hit…’Was totally wrong”
Arizona..coach Kliff Kingsbury…’Adversity builds character’
Colts..Report owner Jim Orsay ordered QB-change and benching of starter Matt Ryan..because Ryan would get 17M in contract guarantees next year if he got hurt this year.
Patriots…Coach Bill Belichick says he has not made decision on QB-situation with Bailey Zappe and Mac Jones
Raiders-Dallas…TRADE….Raiders send DT-Jon Hankins to Cowboys for #6 pick
Dallas..Sign FA-WR-Kendall Sheffield-ex Houston
Titans..Sign FA-WR-Chris Conley-ex Chiefs-Houston
Rams..Release OC-Jeremiah Kolone
Titans..IR-WR-Kyle Phillips-ex UCLA
Steelers..Reject trade offers for WR-Chase Claypoole
Rams..Activate WR-Van Jefferson from IR
Rams..Activate S-Troy Hill from IR
49ers..Surgery FB-Kyle Jurziczyk-fractured finger
Bears..OC-Lucas Patrick-turf toe injury
Patriots..OC-David Andrews-concussion protocol
Patriots..S-Kyle Duggar-Ankle sprain
Titans..QB-Ryan Tannehill-misses practice-ailing ankle
Aztecs..Coach Brady Hoke…
..QB-Jalen Mayden has an extra year of ‘Covid eligibility’ could play in 2023
..Experimented in practice..moving OC-Alama Ulave to OG-not done in game
..Team defense was amped up last weekend-played way should at Nevada
..Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford-great at personnel grouping changes
..Bulldogs backup QB-Logan Fife gotten better and better
Arizona State…President Michael Crow gives ‘Vote of Confidence’ to AD-Ray Anderson…his job to hire the right coach and operate under NCAA rules’
Clippers-L-Oklahoma City (108-94)…Shai Gilegous-Alexander (33P)…Terrance Mann (25)..both ex Clippers lead Thunder in rout….Thunder blow game open in 3rd quarter with (21-2) burst against Shorthanded Clippers…At one point trailed (70-48) in game….LA went over 5-minutes without a basket…Played without Kawhi Leonard-Paul George in Tuesday game
Clippers…Knee stiffness returns to Kawhi Leonard after morning shoot-around…Ruled out both Tuesday-Thursday…Sent back to LA for additional rehab…Did not call it a setback…Has played 21-minutes each in 7-minute segments in 2-games last week.
Clippers…Guard Paul George out of Tuesday game with non-covid-illness
Lakers-at-Denver…Wednesday game…Lakers (0-3)…Playing status of G-Russell Westbrook still up in the air.
Brittany Griner…WNBA star appeals for early release on drug charges infront of Russian judge…Denied…still facing 8Y in prison.
Brooklyn…G-Ben Simmons faces find for angry ejection after 6th foul in game-bumped official
NBA..Commissioner Adam Silver says ‘no perfect solution to block teams from tanking…says change in lottery rules-only 14%-chance of getting number one pick’ is best league can do.
Suns-Milwaukee…Trade talks..F-Jae Crowder for Bucks #2 pick plus G-Grayson Allen-George Hill
Aztecs….coach Brian Dutcher comments:
..Preseason ranked 19th in Coaches Poll.
..Not offended we have to keep proving ourself each year-it’s the system
..Could we be a (30-2) team this year..have big games to prove ourself
..Did not like giving up 89-points in scrimmage to UCLA
..We faced 2-big time Pac 12-all conference guards-we learned a lot
..Jaedon LeDee-Keshod Johnson will battle for big forward shooting time.
LA Kings-Tampa Bay…Kings (3-4)…Late starting game…(0-0) in first period at Press Time.
Ducks-Tampa Bay…Wednesday game…Ducks (1-4-1) start to season
Gulls-Colorado Eagles…Wednesday matchup…Gulls won opening night-have lost 3-in a row since then…in AHL action
Montreal..G-Carey Price-Still not pain free-knee issues..cannot climb stairs..Will continue rehab and not play this season…Agreed to longterm IR to give Habs (7.5M) cap space to acquire other players.
Seattle..Lose G-Philip Grubauer-knee issue
Columbus..Lose F-Justin Danforth-6-months-torn labrum
Columbus..Activate RW-Patrick Laine from IR list
Flyers..Surgery F-James Van Riemsdyk-fractured finger
Las Vegas..C-Phil Kessell ties all time NHL record-989-consecuative games
Vancouver…Off to (0-7) start..talking to Carolina about possible trade for D-Ethan Bear-on trade block
Vancouver..Send D-Noah Juulsen back to AHL-Abbortsford Canucks
NASCAR…Richard Petty Racing-signs Xfinity rookie driver Noah Grayson from JR-Racing…won 8-races this year.
PGA Golf..Proposes that top rated College Senior be given automatic PGA Tour card to join the Korn Ferry Developmental Tour.