Transcript: Tim Raines Hall of Fame speech

Editor’s Note: Tim Raines was inducted into the national baseball Hall of Fame on July 30, 2017. Here’s a full transcript of his 30-plus minute speech.

Wow. Thank you so much. Thank you, Jane, Jeff, Jon and Whitney for being such great hosts for me and my family. It’s been a great six months, when we first got that call. We’ve been waiting for a long time for this call, and that day has come.

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Bonds remained largely ostracized from the game until being hired by the Marlins to serve as their hitting coach for the 2016 season. He was dismissed following the season and hired by the Giants in March to serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer.

While allegations of performance-enhancing drug use have left made him a lightning rod around the game, Bonds saw a nearly 10-percent increase in his Hall of Fame voting totals this year, with 53.8 percent of voters checking him on their ballots.

Analysis (Rivera): Colorado boasts one of the most explosive lineups in MLB, but pitching has been a problem. Neshek’s presence (and 1.12 ERA) should help the end of the bullpen.

Neshek is 37 now, and is posting some of the best stats he’s had since his rookie season with the Twins. That’s a good thing for Colorado, especially considering the fatigue the ‘pen has faced in the last couple of weeks.

Good on the Phillies to stick with their rebuild and unload some unneeded pieces in Neshek and Howie Kendrick, getting as much value as they can back. Hey, better than nothing.

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The curious case of Lucky Whitehead’s kidnapped dog, a rapper and a $20,000 ransom

Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead went public Monday with the news that his beloved pit bull Blitz had been kidnapped from his Dallas home on Sunday, and moreover that the kidnappers had contacted him demanding a $20,000 ransom.

I understand where (Allen) and the organization are coming from, Cousins said. It was a great starting point … I think it was a fair offer. I respect and appreciate Bruce’s point.

Allen’s statement also said Cousins prefers to play on one-year deals. Cousins replied that he would be glad to play for Washington on one-year deals for the next decade and he wouldn’t be upset if the team tagged him again next season.
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Authentic Youth Damontre Moore Jersey If I’m getting tagged a third time, that means this season went really, really well, and that would be a beautiful thing, Cousins said.

That $34.5 million salary Cousins would earn if tagged for a third consecutive season wouldn’t hurt, either — especially since it’d be fully guaranteed. Only a portion is guaranteed with a long-term deal, and it’s something Cousins would like to see change.

I think we all as players would like to see more guarantees, Cousins said.

Here’s a little math for you. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has an estimated net worth of $5.2 billion. The Cowboys are spending, roughly, $146 million in cash for player salaries this year (not cap spending). This year’s payroll in Dallas would be less than three percent of what Jones is worth. You tell me who’s in a better position to withstand a labor stoppage.

Blake Bortles threw 5 picks in one training camp practice

Training camp is a time for players to work out the kinks, and there are bound to be mistakes. Blake Bortles took the field on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 4,015 Jaguars season ticket holders, and he threw five interceptions.

Even in the context of training camp, that’s a lot of mistakes. Head coach Doug Marrone said he was “concerned.”

The team has won just 11 games over the past three seasons despite being praised for their solid efforts in the draft and free agency. Last preseason, plenty of people believed the Jaguars were in for a turnaround. They won three games.

It may have something to do with the Jaguars being crowned offseason champions seemingly every year, and season after season of futility surely doesn’t help. Jaguars fans are just not having any of it right now.

Jacksonville fired Gus Bradley before the end of a disappointing 2016 season, and now new head coach Doug Marrone and executive vice president for football operations Tom Coughlin are tasked with turning things around. It’s a tall order.

Here’s hoping training camp exceeds your apparently low expectations, Jags fans.

Clowney became the first name off the board after a dominant college career. A rare physical specimen, he weighed in at 6’5, 266 pounds at the combine and still ran a 4.53 40 time. Unfortunately, Clowney’s first two years in the pros were plagued by injuries. He missed most of 2014 with a torn meniscus and later underwent microfracture surgery. Clowney managed to play 13 games in 2015 and showed glimpses of his massive potential, but he still had trouble staying healthy.patriots_304-180x180

Capitals GM doesn’t rule out eventual Alex Ovechkin trade

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Alex Ovechkin’s future in Washington is secure for now, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be a career Capital.
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Washington general manager Brian MacLellan on Tuesday acknowledged that trading the team’s captain doesn’t make sense right now, though it could happen eventually if a lucrative deal presented itself.

The $7 million annual value of Vlasic’s deal ranks ninth-highest among the league’s defensemen. The Sharks signed Vlasic’s fellow defenseman Brent Burns to an eight-year, $64 million extension in November.

The Mercury News writes Vlasic’s contract is particularly impressive because he lacks the offensive numbers that are usually required for a top-dollar defenseman. The contract shows just how much respect Vlasic has earned around the NHL by shutting down the league’s top forwards on a nightly basis and how integral his role is to the Sharks’ success.

Vlasic has tallied 53 goals and 254 points, and boasts a plus-129 rating through 812 games in the league.

In a statement, San Jose GM Doug Wilson said, We’re thrilled we could get this extension done early and ensure one of the league’s top defensemen will remain in San Jose for the long term.

Jones’ deal makes him the 12th-highest paid goalie in the league, based on average annual salary, per the Mercury News.

I’m obviously very grateful to the Sharks. When they traded for me, I had 50 games under my belt, so they showed a lot of faith in me right from the start, Jones told NHL Network. I just want to play well and bring a Stanley Cup there.

Predators fans will need ID to buy catfish in Pittsburgh

The only catfish Nashville fans will be able get in Pittsburgh will be cooked and served with fries.

Wholey’s Fish Market in Pittsburgh’s Strip District is taking a hilarious but serious precaution ahead of Monday’s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final to ensure Predators fans won’t be able to toss catfish on the ice at PPG Paints Arena during the championship series against the Penguins.

Instead, Jonathan Bernier was the first goalie on the ice for warmups to make his first career playoff start in Nashville as the Predators attempt to close out the series.

With Gibson scratched, third-stringer Jhonas Enroth is Bernier’s backup.

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Bernier stopped 16 of 18 shots filling in for Gibson in the 3-1 loss and owns a .905 save percentage in three appearances this postseason. The 28-year-old went 21-7-4 with a .915 save percentage during the regular season.

Gibson had a .939 save percentage in the West finals, with 10 goals allowed on 163 shots faced.

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For the second straight spring, Murray was on the ice when the final buzzer sounded, mobbed by his teammates after the Stanley Cup finally was secured. While he won 15 of the 16 post-season games a year ago, Murray backstopped the final seven victories this spring. He did so after Fleury stepped in for the injured No. 1 netminder and masterfully guided the club to series wins over the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals, the President’s Trophy winners, in the first two rounds, as well as the first victory over the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference finals.

NBA stars celebrate Chinese New Year in new commercial

NBA stars Stephen Curry, James Harden, Jeremy Lin, and Anthony Davis are celebrating the Chinese New Year in a new commercial.

The ad is titled Secret Envelope, and features a grandfather who gives his young son a red envelope, containing mini paper cartoons of Curry, Harden, Lin, and Davis.

The gifting of red envelopes is a Chinese New Year tradition.

The envelopes usually contain money, but Chinese fans surely wouldn’t mind finding their favorite NBA stars inside.

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The Warriors, Rockets, Raptors and Wizards will also wear special Chinese New Year uniforms.

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Davis suffered an injury after a fall in the Pelicans’ loss to Indiana on Monday, but before that, he had been contributing to a New Orleans team that had begun to turn things around since getting healthy: Davis averaged 28.7 points and 15.6 rebounds, shooting 51.1 percent, for a team that had gone 7-5 in its previous 12 games.