It's widely known the Twins have some promising young stars presumably in the making. Through the wonders of Twitter and YouTube we catch onto 19-year-old Byron Buxton flying around the bases after moon-shot, walk-off home runs in Cedar Rapids. And Miguel Sano turning hard on a fastball and depositing it into the seats. And big 6-7 Alex Meyer nearing triple digits from the mound.
These "big three" prospects are noted by CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman in a recent post on the site. They're the core reason one National League general manager told the former Newsday and Sports Illustrated writer that the Twins have "the best farm system in baseball."
Too strong? Maybe. But what little secret is left about these prospects won't be kept under wraps for long if more national exposure comes their way.
In the meantime, please enjoy this clip of Buxton mashing a walk-off grand slam earlier this month
Former Alaska-Anchorage hockey coach Dave Shyiak has been accused of violently striking a player with his stick during a 2011 practice.
According to the Alaska Daily News, ex-Seawolves winger Mickey Spencer sent a letter to the University of Alaska president, Patrick Gamble, and detailed the incident. The university has launched an investigation.
Spencer said Shyiak took a baseball-style swing at Nick Haddad and struck Haddad across the thigh.
"He tomahawked, lumber-jacked -- whatever you want to call it -- him across the thigh on his (hockey) pants,'' Spencer said. "We knew this wasn't a small deal, it's kind of a big deal. I've seen a coach break a stick over a goalpost or the glass because he's [mad] about something, but I've never seen one take out his anger on a player.''
But Haddad downplayed the incident today, according to this Associated Press story:
Haddad says in a Wednesday email to The Associated Press that the university investigation into the incident is "ridiculous" and should end immediately. In his email, Haddad says Shyiak did strike him with a hockey stick, but it sounded worse than it was. They exchanged words, and Haddad was sent off the ice. He says they spoke the next day and resolved all differences, and that he hasn't thought about the incident since.
Shyiak was fired in March after eight losing seasons.
His lawyer, Kevin Fitzgerald, said: "He confirms he did strike Nick's knee pads with his stick. It wasn't an assault. It was, in essence, an attempt to get Nick's attention. It wasn't designed to injure Nick. It didn't cause any injury. Nick didn't report to the trainer, didn't suffer an injury, didn't go to the hospital.''
Spencer also alleged Shyiak told the team not to discuss the incident.
You've got some time before the draft to read a bit more about Manti Te'o, right?
Vanity Fair has this profile on the Notre Dame linebacker, who is said to be in the sights of the Vikings in tonight's first round. And, surprise surprise, there's a lot about the fictional girlfriend.
Reaction to No. 1 Indiana falling at Minnesota on Tuesday night was what you might expect in the Hoosier State.
Michael Pointer of the Indianapolis Star had a nice little roundup today from media types in Louisville and Michigan in addition to takes from CBS Sports and NBC Sports. They're worth a read if kneejerk reactions interest you at all. It seems a team falling from a projected No. 1 seed to a No. 2 in the NCAA Tournament is the end of the world.
So what happened through the view of red-colored lenses?
Star writer Terry Hutchens pointed out in his postgame video report that Indiana's big men plain "just didn't show up" at Williams Arena.
Indiana fans saw what Gophers fans (and everybody else for that matter) saw: Cody Zeller was not Cody Zeller. Particularly after Zeller's early-game slam dunk attempt was monster-blocked by Trevor Mbakwe (described as Mbakwe being "possessed" on ESPN) . Of course, the play sent IU fans into a tizzy, because in their minds Mbakwe "fouled Zeller into the third row" and he was given "the Shaq treatment" all game long.
Denard Span did many things during his time in Minnesota. He played all three outfield positions. He collected a lot of total bases. He developed a large following on Twitter and won a Diamond Award for community service.
Apparently one thing he did not do was enjoy fishing on any of these 10,000ish lakes we've got around here. Now that he's with Washington the guess here is you won't find Span on the Potomac River with a rod and reel anytime soon either.
During a workout in Viera, Fla., on Thursday, Span and others Nationals players were soon joined by a bird overhead. In its grasp was lunch - a fish of some sort - that dropped into the field near the players.
As you can see here, Span didn't exactly take the matter calmly. He told the Washington Post he started "screaming and making noises" to discourage the bird from coming back for its snack.
Watch for yourself, but Span said on a scale of 1-10 he's at about "a half" when it comes to his comfort level with nature ("the only thing I'm not scared of is an ant.") He also said he's been fishing maybe twice in his life.
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