Daily Grind 12/12

Reconsidering the NL MVP, coaching changes, Dede Pujols’ comments, New York Knicks, and a potential ankle injury to a Blues forward. Check it out on the Daily Grind.

Ryan Braun

Ryan Braun (Image via Wikipedia)

If Ryan Braun is guilty of testing positive for PED’s, his MVP award should be repealed. If MLB is serious about getting rid of drugs in their sport, they should hold their players accountable for cheating. The MVP should go to Matt Kemp if Braun is found responsible. Kemp hit .324 with 39 HR, 126 RBI, scored 115 runs, and swiped 40 bases.

KC Chiefs fire Todd Haley; Dolphins can Tony Sparano.

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 06:  Head coach Ton...

Tony Sparano (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)

Kansas City finished 10-6 (1stin AFC West) in 2010 but lost to the Baltimore Ravens 30-7 in a home playoff game. The Chiefs were riddled with injuries in 2011. Matt Cassel, Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki, and Jamaal Charles are on injured reserve. Somehow the Chiefs have won 5 games in 2011. Tough luck, Todd. I’ll miss his passion.

Tony Sparano went 29-33 in four seasons with the Dolphins. Sparano led the Dolphins to an 11-5 season in 2008 after Miami finished 1-15 in 2007. Ironically, they lost 27-9 in a home playoff loss to Baltimore as well. Sparano is a hard nose, old-school coach. Here is a tip for Sparano going forward: get a quarterback and don’t go 1-7 at home in back-to-back seasons.

Deidra Pujols is trying to vindicate her husband for leaving St. Louis. Her appearance on a Christian radio station (previous link with sound has been removed by JOY-FM) in St. Louis is laughable. First of all, can we please remove “God” from business decisions? Commitment is fine, but please…God did not put him in Anaheim. Pujols decided to accept an offer to go.

Secondly, the Cardinals could clear up the entire situation by going public with what they actually offered. In fact, it would offer peace of mind to Cardinal nation. Nobody wants to hear these various accounts of what was offered. Just be honest. Tell us why. Obviously, the Cardinals are not required to do this but it would certainly give the fans some transparency.

Moving on…

The Cardinals are apparently close to agreeing to terms with Skip Schumaker. Schumaker has always

Skip Schumaker
Skip Schumaker

been a personal favorite. His versatility is nearly unheard of. Schumaker is a career .290 hitter. He plays all three-outfield spots and a respectable second base. Having Schumaker and Rafael Furcal in the fold is important. Though Furcal may have been overpaid, if he can stay healthy his upside is beneficial. Furcal’s defense was fun to watch in 2011. Let’s not forget what this duo did in Game 5 of the NLDS.

The New York Knicks will be a contender in the Eastern Conference. The signing of Tyson Chandler gives the Knicks a scary frontcourt. Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony provide a tough matchup. Tony Douglas will handle the PG duties, but they have other options if necessary.

Andy Strickland notes that Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka left Monday’s practice with an undisclosed ankle injury. This would be a tough blow. Sobotka has been a force on the ice. His effort is relentless and he brings a ton of energy on each shift. He  apparently an took an Alex Steen slap shot off his ankle.

Thanks for reading.

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