Saturday, July 15, 2017
Lately all we hear about is the acronym GOAT, the Greatest Of All Time used in sports discussions. As an avid sport fanatic, I've seen a lot of GOATS. It is very tough to pick one athlete out for each sport.
In my opinion Tim Tebow, when he played football at the University of Florida, can be ranked as one of the greatest college quarterbacks ever. Tebow won the Heisman trophy and TWO NCAA football national championship with the Gators. You never counted out Florida with him at quarterback.
How can you overlook that? What I love about this guy is his dedication on doing right, his commitment to be the best at whatever he's doing and his love for sports, his fellow man and life.
Therefore, he's trying his hand at baseball and the New York Mets are moving up him through the chain of minor-league baseball. It seems the Mets have moved him up quickly because of his stature as well known athlete. Tim's trials at Low "A" level with the Columbia Fireflies was below average looking at his statistics. The New York Mets organization felt they needed to move him up to the High “A” level with the St Lucie Mets. Why we don't know based on statistics. This has been discussed repeatedly.
Was it because the Mets know he would bring people to the park to see him succeed or fail. Tebow is turning heads since his promotion. Take a look at his statistics since he's joined the St. Lucie Mets it's pretty impressive. Tebow has a batting average of .321 in 17 games, three home runs; eleven runs batted in and only has struck out nine times. Not bad for a guy that was promoted for his name.
We have all heard the expression nice guys finish last coined by the great New York Giants baseball manager Leo Durocher. For me, I hope this nice guy finishes first because he is a professional athlete our youth can look up to. That’s why I love this guy!
Friday, July 14, 2017
Who’s on the Winning Base Path in 1st Half of the 2017 MLB Season?
Mr. Brave goes to Freddie Freeman. Before Freddie’s injury, he led the National League in home runs and was Mr. Clutch. The man is dedicated. He should have been out ten weeks, but he returned in eight and making an impact right away. In six games, back Freeman has three doubles and two home runs as well as the .385 batting average.
We have to acknowledge the Braves front office. Bringing in Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals was a great move right after Freeman went down with a fractured wrist and was placed on the disable list. Adams had several walk-off hits and with the Braves is batting .292, has 13 home runs and 35 runs batted in. Matt has made the Braves aware he needs to stay in Atlanta.
Again, the front office is realizing what they need to do to win. Letting their young pitchers pitch. Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb are showing they can throw the rock in the MLB Show. The top brass finally realized that Bartolo Colon was a disappointment. The Braves released Bartolo Colon and must face the fact that sticking with Colon was not a good move.
The Braves veterans have been holding their own. The Braves brought in experience last year with Matt Kemp, Brandon Phillips, and Nick Markakis. All three players have been clutch at one point or another this season. We can’t forget about the Braves Only All-Star Ender Inciarte. Ender leads the team based on at-bats in batting average, on-base percentage, and hits. The Braves are still waiting for local product Dansby Swanson to shine with his bat, but he has saved some games with his glove with some top ten defensively plays.
Overall, the Braves were not supposed to compete and were projected to lose another 90 games. Atlanta enters the second half three games under .500 and has shown a lot of bright spots. If the young pitchers improve, and the veterans hold the team together. The Braves are on the winning path in the 2017 MLB season. The second half will be interesting for “Da Braves.”
Friday, June 16, 2017
Danny Britt transitions duties at Benedictine, will continue as football head coach; Tom Palmer hired as athletic director
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Benedictine Military School has transitioned Danny Britt’s duties in athletic development and hired Tom Palmer as athletic director, BC Headmaster Fr. Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B., announced today. Britt, BC’s athletic director for the past six years, will continue as the Cadets’ football head coach.
“Given the excellent performance of our athletic program the last six years under the direction of Danny Britt, BC has created the position of athletic director as distinct from coaching responsibilities,” Ziemkiewicz said. “This will allow Coach Britt to focus on his coaching responsibilities as well as the development of BC’s athletic facilities.”
Britt coached Benedictine to GHSA Class AA football state championship victories in 2016 and 2014. During Britt’s time as athletic director, BC has been named the No. 1 boys’ athletic program in southeast Georgia in all classifications, “A” through “AAAAAAA,” in each of the past five years.
“I believe this is a great opportunity for Benedictine,” Britt said. “Mr. Palmer can put all of his focus into the athletic director’s role, and I can focus completely on football and the development of the athletic facilities.”
Palmer has extensive coaching and entrepreneurial experience. Through a football scholarship, he graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After a 24-year career in various sales and management roles at Xerox Corporation, he worked at Pinecrest Academy in metro Atlanta from 2005-15, where he coached several sports and was the athletic director and Dean of Students. Palmer, who has a 17-year foundation in Catholic education, joined the BC community this past year. He and his wife, Susan, are members of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
“We are most grateful for the considerable time and energy that Coach Britt has invested into our athletic program, which has benefitted Benedictine Military School as a whole,” Ziemkiewicz said. “We are excited about the future under the leadership and expertise of Mr. Palmer.”
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