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Rebuilding Pittsburgh Pirates announce 2020 Spring Training non-roster invitees

The Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, January 31, announced the following players will attend big league camp as non-roster invitees.

Robbie Erlin (LHP) – Has gone 13-20 with a 4.57 ERA (313.0ip/159er) and 249 strikeouts in 106 games (38 starts) while spending his entire big league career with the San Diego Padres (2013-19)…Went 0-1 with a 5.37 ERA (55.1ip/33er) in 37 appearances (one start) with San Diego in 2019…Was also optioned to the minor leagues four times in 2019…Has gone 11-19 with a 4.98 ERA (198.2ip/110er) in 38 starts and 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA (114.1ip/49er) in 68 relief appearances during his Major League career.

Derek Holland (LHP) – Has gone 78-78 with nine complete games, eight shutouts, a 4.54 ERA (1375.2ip/694er) and 1145 strikeouts in 295 Major League games (222 starts) with the Rangers (2009-16), White Sox (2017), Giants (2018-19) and Cubs (2019)…Limited left-handed hitters to a .192 batting average against (19-for-99) in his 51 games (eight starts) between San Francisco and Chicago last season.

Andrew Susac (C) – Has a .221 career average (61-for-276), 17 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 35 RBI in 113 Major League games with San Francisco (2014-15), Milwaukee (2016-17) and Baltimore (2018). …Attended spring training in 2019 with Baltimore before being traded to the Kansas City organization on April 2 for cash considerations…Was limited to 26 games with Triple-A Omaha in 2019 before being placed on the injured list on May 27 for the remainder of the season with a broken left wrist.

Charlie Tilson (OF) – Has compiled a .246 average (62-for-252), six doubles, a home run and 23 RBI in 96 Major League games as a member of the Chicago White Sox from 2016-19…Split the 2019 season between Chicago and Triple-A Charlotte…Made 39 appearances in right field, 19 in left field and 14 in center field last season with the White Sox…Was originally selected by St. Louis in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

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Toronto Blue Jays announce 2020 Minor League assignments

The Toronto Blue Jays have announced the following appointments to their High Performance and Player Development departments for 2020:

The Field Managers for the upcoming Minor League season will be Ken Huckaby (Buffalo-AAA), Cesar Martin (New Hampshire-AA), Donnie Murphy (Dunedin-High A), Luis Hurtado (Lansing-Low A), Brent Lavallee (Vancouver-Short-Season), Jose Mayorga (Bluefield-Rookie Advanced), Dennis Holmberg (Gulf Coast-Rookie), and Dane Fujinaka (Dominican Summer League).

The organization has made the following internal coordinator promotions: Matt Buschmann has been promoted to Director of Pitching Development while remaining as the Major League Bullpen Coach; Casey Candaele has been named Field Coordinator; Dallas McPherson has been named Skill Development Coordinator; John Tamargo Jr. has taken the role of Short-Season Field Coordinator; Cory Popham will serve as Pitching Programs Coordinator & GCL Pitching Coach; Matt Tracy has been named the Pitching Analysis Coordinator & GCL Assistant Pitching Coach; Harry Roberson has taken the role of New Hampshire Development Coach; David Aardsma has been named Rehab Pitching Coordinator; Michael Rivera will serve as an Assistant to Player Development; and Matthew von Roemer will serve as Technology Operations Coordinator.

New affiliate hires this season are: Phil Cundari as Pitching Coach for Lansing; Matt Hague as Swing Consultant & Hitting Coach for Dunedin; Ryan Wright as Hitting Coach for Lansing; David Howell as Development Coach for Buffalo; Taylor Hill as Development Coach for Dunedin; Reed Kienle as a Minor League Hitting Analyst; Zach Stewart as Minor League Assistant Coach & Batting Practice Pitcher; and Sonia De La Cruz as Education Coordinator.

Joining the High Performance department this year include: Brandon Stone as Sports Science Coordinator, who joins us from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee; Matt Hunter as Vancouver S&C Coach; Tommy LaBriola as Bluefield S&C Coach; Kara Terry as Lansing’s Dietitian; Leila Hughel-Deeds as Dunedin’s Dietitian; Michael Moh as an Assistant Dietitian based out of the Performance Development Complex and the Dominican Republic; John Lannan as Mental Performance Coach for Dunedin and Buffalo, with Matthew Galvez covering Short-Season teams as an Assistant Mental Performance Coach; and Drew MacDonald in a dual role as a Major League Assistant & Athletic Training Coordinator.

The High Performance department has also had the following promotions and role changes: Scott Peters has taken a new role as Medical Research Coordinator; Phil Dimino as Rehab Coordinator; Michael Rendon as Assistant Athletic Training Coordinator; Jeremy Chiang as Nutrition Coordinator; Stephanie Wilson as Special Assistant, Nutrition; and Reeve Bergesen as High Performance & Player Development Project Manager.

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Former Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson elected to 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

 

Jimmy Johnson 2009 photo By SRA Felicia Juenke Public Domain https commonswikimedia.org

Former Dallas Cowboys  and Miami Dolphins Coach JIMMY JOHNSON has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020.

A special Blue-Ribbon Panel met at the Hall of Fame in Canton a few weeks ago to elect the Centennial Slate. This is the first time any members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were elected during a selection meeting held at the Hall in Canton.

The Centennial Slate includes 10 Seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach), and two Coaches (who last coached more than five seasons ago) and were voted on from a list of 38 Finalists. The Centennial Blue-Ribbon Panel carefully scrutinized nearly 300 nominees in the process.

Johnson served as the head coach for the Cowboys for five seasons (1989-1993) and the Dolphins for four seasons (1996-99) and posted an 89-68-0 overall record. He turned a Cowboys team, that posted a 1-15 record in 1989, into a Super Bowl Champion in just two seasons. Johnson led the Cowboys to three playoff appearances and two Super Bowl victories – Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII – and led the Dolphins to three postseason appearances.

The 76-year-old Johnson played college football at the University of Arkansas with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The longtime friendship did not start in college. It started in Port Arthur, Texas Thomas Jefferson High School where they were teammates. Also in that school were two future famous stars, rock icon Janis Joplin and actor G.W. Bailey.

Johnson was the head coach at Oklahoma State from 1979-1983 and the University of Miami, Florida 1984-1988.

In the NFL, he was the head coach for the Jones’ Cowboys from 1989-1993 and the Miami Dolphins from 1996-1999.

 

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Former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher elected to 2020 Class of Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

Bill Cowher challenging a play by throwing flag 2006 photo by By photo taken by flickr user SteelCityHobbies - flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020.

A special Blue-Ribbon Panel met at the Hall of Fame in Canton a few weeks ago to elect the Centennial Slate. This is the first time any members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were elected during a selection meeting held at the Hall in Canton.

The Centennial Slate includes 10 Seniors (players who last played more than 25 seasons ago), three Contributors (an individual other than a player or coach), and two Coaches (who last coached more than five seasons ago) and were voted on from a list of 38 Finalists. The Centennial Blue-Ribbon Panel carefully scrutinized nearly 300 nominees in the process.

Cowher served as the head coach for the Steelers for 15 seasons (1992-2006). He led the team to 10 playoff appearances including eight division championships and two Super Bowls – capturing one Lombardi Trophy when the Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL. Cowher had an overall career record of 161-99-1 with a remarkable winning percentage of .619.

The 62-year-old Cowher, a native of  Crafton, Pa., went to North Carolina State. He played in the NFL as a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, two stints and the Cleveland Browns. He was an assistant coach for the Browns and Kansas City.

 

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SEC Men’s Basketball Players of the Week: Tide’s Lewis Jr., Wildcats’ Richards and LSU’s Watford

Trendon Watford LSU

Nick Richards Kentucky

Kira Lewis Jr.

 

SEC co-Players of the Week - Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr. and Kentucky forward Nick Richards were named co-Players of the Week. Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound sophomore from Meridianville, Ala., averaged 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and 1.5 blocks in wins at Vanderbilt and against Kansas State. He led the Crimson Tide with 26 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a career-high three blocks against K-State. Richards, a 6-foot-11, 247-pound junior from Kingston, Jamaica, averaged 22.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in wins against Georgia and at No. 18 Texas Tech. He tied his career-high with 25 points to go with 14 rebound for his eighth double-double of the season against Texas Tech.

SEC Freshman of the Week - LSU forward Trendon Watford, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound freshman from Birmingham, Ala., averaged 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in wins over Florida and at Texas. He scored a career-high 22 points and made a pair of late free throws to help seal the win at Texas.

 

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