Whereas once it was expected that all sports teams would be named after ferocious animals, notable historic figures or events or something else otherwise inspiring, there has been a trend in the minor leagues over the past few years to give teams somewhat silly names. Not that those things are mutually exclusive. Gwinnett Braves general manager North Johnson announced a contest to rename the Triple-A team for the 2018 season and beyond.
The Houston Astros may have cooled off but still claimed the top spot in USA TODAY Sports' MLB power rankings. For the second straight week, the Astros - who swept the Miami Marlins but were swept by Cleveland - topped the Washington Nationals after receiving all but one first-place vote. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 games and are now 5 1/2 games behind Houston in the AL West. From 1 to 30, how they stack up based on voting from our 10-person panel: TEAM. MOVEMENT 1. Houston Astros: -- ►Luke Gregerson auctions off World Baseball Classic eagle for $51,000. 2. Washington Nationals: -- ►Stephen Strasburg has faced 244 batters and given up just four homers. 3. New York
Good morning Monday. I’m still disturbed over last night’s Twin Peaks revival. With MLB at the quarter-mark, Jay Jaffe takes stock of the season so far and how the Cubs are struggling more than a defending champion should. Will Leitch lists the three most disappointing teams so far this year, and the Cubs didn’t even make the list. The Mets are one of the teams that did make that list, but Paul Lebowitz doesn’t see the point in firing manager Terry Collins. Collins is now the longest-tenured manager in Mets history, by the way. Mets third baseman David Wright has had a setback in his recovery efforts. I don’t even have to cut and past that one anymore. I’ve got it on a macro. I know this isn’t