-Compiled by Travis Duncan
-Spring training is horribly, utterly broken; here’s how it can be fixed, writes Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
I can’t say I disagree with him. It was the great Harry Caray who said:
“It’s the fans that need spring training. You gotta get ’em interested. Wake ’em up and let ’em know that their season is coming, the good times are gonna roll.”
For the players it’s just much a do about nothing, save for the very few fighting for a roster spot.
Grant writes, “As a marketing tool for the game, spring training has never been better, but as a prep tool for the championship season, it’s never been worse.”
Read the full story here.
Fast Facts: Coach K is making his 12th Final Four appearance, matching John Wooden for the most by any coach….The Big Ten will have two teams in the Final Four for the eighth time in history, leading all conferences, second best is the ACC with 5 Final Fours with multiple teams….Jose Abreu leads MLB in batting average this Spring training at .479 in 48 ABs……..CBS and Turner report that the NCAA Tournament is averaging 9.9m million total viewers its highest average viewership since 1993.
Pete Rose may actually get a listen from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, reports John Shea. Bud Selig simply was not willing to do it under his watch. He couldn’t consciously agree to the idea.
Meanwhile, in a very well researched and lengthy piece detailing the Pete Rose case by the Courier-Post, the man who investigated Pete Rose John Dowd says he believes Rose should not be reinstated. Via the Currier-Post
“I’m not particularly proud of the result as this is an incredibly tragic story,” Dowd said. “But at least it stands as an example for all of baseball, and hopefully for all time.”
In news which is difficult to hear, Craig Sager‘s son Craig Sager Jr., says that his father’s Leukemia is back
Wisconsin stars strike back at those who doubted the Big Ten, writes Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger.
Via the AP, Professional tennis player John Isner appears to be the only celebrity to accurately pick the Final Four this year.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times on Derek Jeter’s journalism venture “The Players Tribune”
Harvy Araton of the New York Times on Chris Dailey, UConn’s associate head coach, who joined Coach Geno Auriemma in 1985 and has been part of nine championship teams in 29 years.
Richard Pitino at Tennessee. A move from Minnesota to Tennessee is not out of the question according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
Billy Witz writes that Alex Rodriguez has been on his best behavior, so far this spring training.
Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson banners have been removed from Angel Stadium entrance
The Boston Celtics likely will be interested in Kawhi Leonard who will be a restricted free agent this summer, reports Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
Basketball Insiders has released its Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects list. Karl Towns of Kentucky is No. 1 followed by Jahlil Okafor of Duke.
Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback writes all 32 NFL teams are near unanimous in believing the point after touchdown needs to change.
The time Mark Cuban bumped Magic Johnson off a flight using his unlimited airline flying pass.
Marc Stein of ESPN Tweets, “San Antonio has dressed its true starting five in a mere 22 games this season. Parker/Green/ Leonard/Duncan/Splitter are 17-5 in those games”
Via @AnnFrazi on Twitter, what a batter sees in terms of different pitches.
The Philadelphia Eagles are taking a look at wide receive Miles Austin, reports Pro Football Talk.