Mike Mahoney

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200
Bat: R
Throw: R
College: Creighton
Birth Place: Des Moines, Iowa
Draft: 1995 39th round by the
  • Why are baseball players allowed to eat and spit all game long?

    Enough with whether the Yankees can come back, or if the Cubs have another World Series in them. The real question this baseball playoff season for viewers is: Why is it still OK for players to spit constantly? No matter the team or the player, you’re guaranteed to see dozens of spit takes during any given broadcast. In a highly unscientific viewing survey by this fan, players, coaches and managers spit an average of once every 30 seconds. Clearly this disgusting custom goes back to the days of chewing tobacco, when the best mouths of a generation were destroyed by chew and pouches. Tobacco has been marginalized by the MLB, but kids emulate their heroes and now every angel-headed hipster with

    New York Post
  • College football ahead: Week 7 was crazy, but next weekend could be better

    Think of all the things we knew just a few days ago. We knew Clemson was neck and neck with Alabama at the top of the college football heap, the two programs seemingly distancing themselves from the pack. We knew Washington had nudged its way into the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 Conference with a clear sailing toward a playoff spot. We knew Washington State was this season’s Cinderella and Auburn was quietly mounting a run in the Southeastern Conference championship. Two days of head-scratching upsets changed all that, with each of the above teams, except Alabama, losing and the College Football Playoff situation getting turned on its head halfway through the race. “Oh yeah,” coach Todd Graham

    Los Angeles Times
  • Cubs' World Series ring taken off auction site, scout no longer with organization

    An authentic Cubs World Series ring has been removed from an online auction, and the scout who tried to sell it is no longer with the team. The Sun-Times first reported that auction site Lelands.com cooperated with the Cubs in taking the ring down about two weeks before bidding was set to close. Team spokesman Julian Green told the Tribune via email Sunday night, "We appreciate Lelands' cooperation in removing a ring that was not authorized for sale per the contract with associates." Cubs employees who are not players or coaches were required to sign an agreement to offer the ring back to the team for $1 before trying to sell it elsewhere. Green added, "We have identified the scout who no longer

    Chicago Tribune
  • What we learned in the NHL: Kings have turned things around, Vegas has been golden

    What we learned during the past week (and more) in the NHL: Kings enjoying a royal reversal The Kings are off to a franchise-best start at 4-0-1, looking every game like kids who have been freed from detention in a stuffy classroom. They’ve maintained a strong defensive game while capitalizing on the offensive freedom given them by new coach John Stevens. Defenseman Drew Doughty is making the most of his skating skills, and center Anze Kopitar (four goals, eight points) and winger Dustin Brown (four goals, seven points) have been active and involved. It’s a big turnaround from last season under Darryl Sutter, especially the last joyless months. Vegas earning its (golden) knighthood Club officials

    Los Angeles Times
  • Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Tuesday

    Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Tuesday: SOCCER World Cup playoff draw ZURICH - Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark will be the seeded teams for next month's four two-legged European playoffs for places in next year's World Cup. Northern Ireland

    Reuters5 hours ago
  • Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia

    With the Cubs facing the Dodgers in the NLCS, you know what will happen in Chicago. Everywhere you look, everything you hear will be Cubs this, Cubs that. Cubs, Go Cubs Go! Cubbies! And, as is typical when the Cubs are in the playoffs, many journalists will clap frantically for the Cubs, just like those North Koreans. But not this one. I gave at the office last year. I said good things about the Cubs. But I don’t want to overdo it, lest you think me insincere. Because odd as it may seem, not everyone you meet in Chicagoland is a Cubs fan. Some are White Sox fans. We are not the elites of the city. We are not the favored ones. Yet Sox fans need a place of mental and emotional refuge. We need a

    Chicago Tribune
  • Keep track of the MLB postseason, one game at a time

    The 2017 MLB playoffs are here, with 10 teams providing us several storylines to watch this October, from the wild card games all the way through the World Series. We had three 100-win teams — the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, and Houston Astros — for just the sixth time in major league history and the first time since 2003. There were a trio of great turnaround stories as well. The Minnesota Twins had the worst record in baseball in 2016 with 103 losses, but this year they’re in the postseason as the second American League Wild Card, the first team ever to make the playoffs one year after losing 100 games. In the National League, the Arizona Diamondbacks rebounded from a 93-loss campaign

    SB Nation
  • This Week In Sports Law: Dallas Cowboys Labor Dispute, Chicago Cubs Foul Ball, Jemele Hill Suspended

    Labor Union Tackles Dallas Cowboys Choice To Sit Players Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has received a mixture of heat and praise after making a comment that any player who disrespects the American flag and National Anthem by not standing will be sitting instead of playing. In response, Local 100 of the United Labor Unions filed a complaint against the Cowboys franchise. The filing states that “the employer, evidenced by repeated public statements, is attempting to threaten, coerce and intimidate all Dallas Cowboys players on the roster in order to prevent them from exercising concerted activity protected under the act by saying that he will fire any players involved in such concerted activity.”

  • Wave of healed players returns to Clippers' practice

    Sweat poured down the faces of Austin Rivers and Danilo Gallinari on Sunday, a byproduct of both of them finally practicing after they had succumbed to injuries during training camp in Hawaii two weeks ago. They joined another injured teammate, Sam Dekker, back on the court to make the Clippers almost complete again. Still unable to practice was guard Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) and rookie Sindarious Thornwell (sprained right shoulder). But Rivers, who had been out since the first exhibition game in Hawaii because of a strained right glute, at least gives the Clippers one of their starting guards back. “I’m ready to go, man,” he said after practice. “I could have played the last game,

    Los Angeles Times
  • Your guide to Game 2 of the NLCS -- Cubs look to Lester to even series

    David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995 Follow on Twitter You don't want to overreact to four playoff games, but the Dodgers look like they've brought their A-plus-game to the postseason, resembling the team that went 56-11 at one stretch. They're good enough that they don't need Clayton Kershaw to carry them like they have in the past and were happy to get five solid innings from him in Game 1. Yasiel Puig has been locked in so far, the bullpen suddenly looks like a shutdown crew and even emergency shortstop Charlie Culberson delivered a big sac fly and double in his first game filling in

  • Young fan is overcome with joy to see Todd Gurley play [Video]

    Todd Gurley has a huge young fan. In a video posted to social media, Kathryn Langley shared the moment she surprised her 7-year-old son Griff with tickets to the Rams and Jaguars game in Jacksonville, Fla. “What would you think if we watched Todd Gurley go play football today?” mom asked. “But they’re in L.A.” Griff said. “No they’re not, they’re playing Jacksonville!” mom said. Griff, a Gurley fan since he watched the running back star at Georgia, broke into tears upon realizing a three-hour car ride from Statesboro, Ga., would result in watching Gurley play at EverBank Field. The Rams running back provided plenty of highlights in a 27-17 victory over the Jaguars, rushing for 116 yards in 23

    Los Angeles Times
  • The Times' high school football rankings

    Rk. School (W-L) Result | Next game (last ranking) 1. MATER DEI (7-0) def. St. John Bosco, 31-21 | vs. JSerra (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday (1) 2. CORONA CENTENNIAL (5-1) def. Corona Santiago, 61-14 | vs. Corona, Friday (3) 3. ST. JOHN BOSCO (5-2) lost to Mater Dei, 31-21 | vs. Santa Margarita (at El Camino College), Friday (2) 4. MISSION VIEJO (8-0) def. San Juan Hills, 35-7 | at Trabuco Hills, Friday (4) 5. CHAMINADE (6-1) def. Loyola, 37-14 | vs. Alemany, Friday (5) 6. JSERRA (7-0) def. Orange Lutheran, 52-21 | vs. Mater Dei (at Santa Ana Stadium), Friday (6) 7. UPLAND (7-0) def. Damien, 49-8 | vs. Chino Hills, Friday (7) 8. RANCHO CUCAMONGA (6-1) def. Los Osos, 48-0 | vs. Etiwanda, Friday

    Los Angeles Times
  • Galaxy defeat Minnesota, avoid tying MLS record of fewest home wins in a season

    The Galaxy held their annual fan appreciation day Sunday at StubHub Center, giving away prizes to thank their supporters for sticking with the team through what has been a dismal year. But the most welcome gift may have been the final whistle from referee Alex Chilowicz. Because even with a 3-0 win over Minnesota United, 2017 will go into the books as the worst home season in the franchise’s 22-year history. The victory was just the third of the year for the Galaxy at StubHub Center, one better than the 16-year-old MLS record for fewest home wins in a season. Two years ago the Galaxy won 12 times at home. And their franchise-high nine home losses this season match their total from the last 4½

    Los Angeles Times
  • Memo to Cubs offense and bullpen: Try not to suck

    Snarktober continues: Albert Almora Jr. showed up in the fifth spot and showed off his nifty swing in the fourth inning, roping a Clayton Kershaw pitch for a two-run homer that put the Cubs up a 2-0 in Game 1 of the NLCS. And that was it for the Cubs offense. No more runs. Nor more hits. No more errors. G’night, everybody. Almora’s production during the regular season carries a bit of a reverse split for a guy Joe Maddon wants to play only against lefties, even lefties as great as Kershaw. The right-handed hitting Almora slugged .427 against left-handed starters this season, but he slugged .456 against right-handed starters. That might surprise you. That might surprise Maddon. Quick, someone

    Chicago Tribune