Where better to start than with the most obvious fit? Stanton has expressed frustration about playing for a losing team. With four straight NL West titles (and a fifth all but mathematically locked up), the Dodgers are the antithesis of that. Of course, the trade can’t only please Stanton. It has to please Miami, as well. Fortunately, the Los Angeles can do that. If the Marlins are looking for a pure salary dump, the Dodgers have the money to take his contract on. The current ownership group has certainly shown a willingness to spend big since taking over. If Miami is looking to get good value back, Los Angeles can make that happen, too. The Dodgers still have one of baseball’s best regarded
Tommy Hawkins, the first black basketball player to earn All-America honors at Notre Dame and who played for the Los Angeles Lakers during a 10-year NBA career, died Wednesday. He was 80. Hawkins died in his sleep at home in Malibu, son Kevin told The Associated Press. He had been in good health and had lay down to rest, his oldest son said. Hawkins graduated from Notre Dame in 1959 after playing three years on the basketball team. He had 1,318 career rebounds for the longest-standing record in Fighting Irish history. He was named to the school's All-Century team in 2004 and inducted into its Ring of Honor in 2015. He led the Irish to a 44-13 record over his last two seasons, including an Elite
This had nothing to do with Yu Darvish making his regular-season Dodger Stadium debut (he threw three innings at Dodger Stadium for Team Japan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic), as he would later Wednesday night. Or any connection to Clayton Kershaw’s two simulated innings earlier Wednesday afternoon, after which Kershaw allowed the drive-by observation, “Everything is great. It was just a parched Chase Utley being apparently unwilling to put his mouth under the spigot like everyone else would’ve and therefore save themselves the time and energy required to trudge off to the cup storage area, wherever that might be.