On the eve of Opening Day, Toronto Blue Jays speedsters Kevin Pillar and Curtis Granderson had a conversation about taking extreme base-running gambles.
They were discussing a spring-training video they had just seen of Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Lolo Sanchez and what it would take for them to one day replicate his jaw-dropping feat of stealing home from third base.
Little did Pillar and Granderson know, just a few days later, it would be Pillar’s turn to wow and amaze. His clutch, game-defining steal of home Saturday helped clinch a 5-3 win over the division rival New York Yankees. It was the first straight steal of home by a Blue Jays player since May 2007, when Aaron Hill did it also against the Yankees.
The one thing that you can respect and as I continue to navigate just getting into this situation and what it entails is the respect that I have for is that executives Les (Snead), Kevin (Demoff) and Tony (Pastoors), and even (owner) Mr. (Stanley) Kroenke do such a great job of exploring all avenues to upgrade our football team, whatever way that is, if it’s trades, if it’s free agency, if it’s through the draft or re-signing our own, those are the things we’re going to explore and things we’re going to do, McVay said. And I think one of the things that being able to play in such a unique environment and atmosphere like L.A., it provides us the opportunity to take advantage of that, and that’s something we want to be proactive about, and that’s where we’re at right now.
The Jets also have Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett and Neal Sterling at the tight end position.
Hodges was a sixth-round draft pick of Minnesota last year out of Virginia Tech, where he had 133 catches for 1,747 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons.
The 6-foot-6, 257-pound Hodges was waived-injured last September after suffering a concussion in the Vikings’ preseason finale. Hodges was signed to Carolina’s practice squad and released last October.
They addressed the negatives associated with gambling and acknowledged that the public would likely lose interest in a league featuring games believed to be compromised. Given these realities, concerns about integrity are economically justified, the report stated.
They examined the sharing of inside information, deriving that effective prevention of insider trading requires coordination between sports leagues and betting operators.
The conclusion was straightforward.