The dugout phone, a staple of virtually every pitching move in baseball, may soon join relics like the bullpen car, the collared jerseys of the Chicago White Sox and the 50-cent ticket on the game’s scrap heap.
In announcing a “multi-year, multi-million dollar deal” that made T-Mobile the game’s official wireless carrier, Major League Baseball said T-Mobile will create an on-field communication system, most notably a wireless voice system that connects managers in dugouts to coaches in bullpens.
From Pro Football Talk
The Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, according to multiple reports.
Rob Ryan took the job in 2011, after being fired by the Browns.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has vowed that changes are coming to the franchise. He also has lamented the absence of fundamentals, like solid and basic tackling skills.
At the NFL level, Rob Ryan has worked for the Raiders, Patriots, and Cardinals. It’s possible that the Cowboys will look to replace Rob Ryan with Mike Pettine, who has served as Rex Ryan’s defensive coordinator since 2009.
There’s a chance that Rob Ryan will join the Jets’ coaching staff, but Rex didn’t hire Rob when he was available two years ago. Rex reportedly will be making Dennis Thurman the new defensive coordinator in New York.
From Hardball Talk:
There was a brief period in the early offseason when it was thought that perhaps prospect Jurickson Profar would be given the Rangers’ second base job, moving Ian Kinsler to first base. But that’s out the window:
I’m assuming Profar’s ineffectiveness and forearm inflammation in winter ball put to rest any notion of giving him the second base job. If, indeed, that notion ever truly resided in Ron Washington’s head. Kid is still 19 years-old, after all.
Profar, it would seem, will start the season in Triple-A, where he has yet to play. He hit .281/.368/.452 in a full season in the Texas League last year which is pretty astounding for a guy his age. But really, nothing will be harmed and much could be gained by giving him some more time in the minors.
From Sports Kings
It’s been quite a fun time in the last few days for those of you that follow the NFL’s 32 teams on Twitter. Before the Bengals’ 19-13 playoff loss to the Houston Texans, the team’s official Twitter set off a little friendly trash talk towards the opposing team. It’s not something you see every day from media outlets who usually keep their tweets on the professional side of things.