New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has an answer for anyone wondering why Tim Tebow is in the team’s major league spring training camp less than two years after he returned to the game after a 12-year absence:
As far as the game clock, that’s going to be a tough one to where everyone is comfortable. Everyone has a ritual and it takes a little time, so it’s probably good that they’re taking a step back before they do something too drastic and players will have to adjust too much.
The Chicago Blackhawks have run out of answers to the same old questions. Why did that defenseman pinch so aggressively? When will Corey Crawford come back? What’s wrong with Brandon Saad? How did last year’s No. 1 seed in the West become one of the worst teams in the NHL?
The team, which lost its eighth consecutive game Thursday night, is clearly at a loss to fix this. I don’t know if it’s the situation we’re in or what, but it seems like we’re lacking that confidence, Saad said after the 3-2 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks. A disappointing stretch has snowballed into a crater so deep the Blackhawks stand no chance of digging out.
Chicago’s playoff odds have dropped to just 0.4 percent, according to Hockey-Reference. Their chances of landing the No. 1 overall pick and the right to draft wunderkind defenseman Rasmus Dahlin are far better at an estimated 6.7 percent, per Tankathon.com. The Hawks’ chances of landing a top-three pick are already over 20 percent.
Once I walked in, seeing the guys, seeing the coaches, it’s like being back at home, reliever Jason Motte said Monday. This is where I started my career. This is where everything began.
After signing a minor league deal over the weekend, Motte returned to the Cardinals for the first time since 2014.
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The 35-year-old Motte began his professional career as a catcher in the Cardinals’ organization before making the switch to the mound. He took over the closer’s role late in 2011 and was on the mound that Andy Levitre Jersey fall, inducing a flyball from Texas’ David Murphy for the final out in Game 7 of the World Series.
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He’s been there, got some big outs for the Cardinals, St. Louis pitching coach Mike Maddux said.
Since leaving St. Louis, Motte pitched for the Chicago Cubs (2015) and Colorado (2016) before spending last season with Atlanta, recording a 3.54 ERA in 46 appearances.