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Word on the Street: Buehrle Gold Glove winner?

Word on the Street: Buehrle Gold Glove winner?

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010
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Buehrle wins second Gold Glove award?

The Gold Glove awards are scheduled to be announced Tuesday, but a well-placed source reported that White Sox ace Mark Buehrle will win his second consecutive award for his exceptional defense.

According to a Facebook post Monday, Jamie Buehrle expressed her happiness for her husband's honor.

"So proud of my husband," Jamie Buehrle posted Monday. "He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!" (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

Bennett OK after car accident

Bears receiver Earl Bennett is OK after being involved in an early-morning accident Monday that totaled his car, multiple sources confirmed.

According to entries on Bennett's Twitter account, Bennett said he was OK but his car, which he refers to as "Ole Skool," wasn't as fortunate.

"Thanking God I'm alive!!!!," Bennett tweeted. "Drunk guy ran into back of my ole skool we smashed into wall ole skool done!!! But I'm alive that's all that matters," (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Comcast SportsNet earns two Emmy Awards
Comcast SportsNet was the recipient of two Emmy Awards from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 52nd annual ceremony was held in Chicago on Saturday, November 6, (CSNChicago.com).
Nuggets' Anthony: Chicago a 'top 3' NBA City
Carmelo Anthony had a lot to say after the Nuggets' shootaround at Moody Bible Institute. Amongst his comments, Anthony praised Chicago and the Bulls, saying Chicago is in the top 3 of NBA cities, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

White Sox lose Triple-A Charlotte manager

The White Sox recently lost Triple-A Charlotte manager Chris Chambliss, who was hired by Seattle to be the Mariners' hitting coach.

But the Sox might receive some minor consolation, as former major league catcher Tim Laker is expected to join their minor league staff. Laker, 40, managed the past two seasons for the Mariners' Double-A West Tenn affiliate. A Seattle source confirmed that Laker is no longer with the organization.

Laker was a catcher for parts of 11 seasons with seven major league teams, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Should NHL Hall of Fame voting be made public?

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto welcomes its newest class today, with former Minnesota North Stars great Dino Ciccarelli; women's stars Cammi Granato and Angela James; and builders Jimmy Devellano of the Detroit Red Wings and the late Daryl Seaman, who founded what's now the Calgary Flames.

As with any year, there are annoying controversies that linger during the celebration. This year's class debates:

That the voting for the Hockey Hall of Fame should be made public.

The question is: Would making those totals, andor those voters' decisions, public do anything to improve the process?

Or is this simply another case of fans and media craving another debate topic, another argument to wage over the airwaves?

Vote totals in the NHL aren't exactly state secrets. The League began real-time All-Star Game voting a few seasons ago, where fans could reload a page and see the numbers climb. The NHL Awards vote totals are released the night of the show; if players are red-faced about it, they've not made a stink over them. (Despite the fact that Alex Ovechkin(notes) had more first-place votes for defensive player of the year than Patrick Marleau in 2009-10.)

The Hall of Fame obviously isn't an NHL property, and thus keeps its vote totals close to the suit jacket. The Baseball Hall of Fame isn't an MLB property either, but releases vote totals for players so fans and media can see who came closest to meeting the necessary threshold of support for induction, (Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports).

Blackhawks score two Emmys

The Blackhawks are doing some winning -- off the ice. They took home Emmy Awards from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Saturday night for their ''One Goal'' advertisements with coach Joel Quenneville and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, and for the ''Blackhawks TV'' television program, (Chicago Sun-Times).

Derrek Lee has surgery

Former Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee recently underwent surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament that he suffered during the Cubs regular season opener. Lee, who is a free agent heading into the 2011 season, is expected to recover in time for spring training. Assuming he is healthy, Lee will join a talented list of free agent first basemen that includes Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Lance Berkman and others. (Yahoo! Sports)
Cubs interested in Adrian Gonzalez?

CSNPhilly recently posted a report that the San Diego Padres are open to trading All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez before the start of the 2011 season. Gonzalez, who will turn 29 in May, is a two time gold glove winner who hit .298 with a .393 on base percentage and 31 home runs in 2010. The Padres would prefer to keep their star first basemen, but Gonzalez' agent recently informed the team that his client would be seeking a contract on par with other star first baseman such as Ryan Howard (five years, 125 million) and Mark Teixeira (eight years, 180 million). A contract of that size is likely far out of the price range of a small-market club such as the Padres. Additionally, ESPNChicago.com recently suggested that the Cubs may be interested in acquiring Gonzalez. (CSNPhilly.com)

Breaking down where Cubs can turn NLCS around and beat L.A.

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Breaking down where Cubs can turn NLCS around and beat L.A.

“Sometimes, you got to lay your marbles out there,” Jon Lester said Sunday night inside Dodger Stadium’s visiting clubhouse, before the Cubs flew home from Los Angeles down 0-2 in the National League Championship Series. “And you get beat.”

It will be extremely difficult for the Cubs to win four of the next five games against the Dodgers, starting Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. But the Cubs had the, uh, marbles to win last year’s World Series and have developed the muscle memory from winning six playoff rounds and playing in 33 postseason games since October 2015.

There is a cross section left of the 2015 team that beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and silenced PNC Park’s blackout crowd in a sudden-death wild-card game. While 2016 is seen in hindsight as a year of destiny, those Cubs still had to kill the myths about the even-year San Francisco Giants, survive a 21-inning scoreless streak against the Dodgers and win Games 5, 6, 7 against the Cleveland Indians under enormous stress.

There is at least a baseline of experience to draw from and the sense that the Cubs won’t panic and beat themselves, the way the Washington Nationals broke down in the NL Division Series.

· Remember the Cubs pointed to how their rotation set up as soon as Cleveland took a 3-1 lead in last year’s World Series: Lester, Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks would each give them a chance to win that night. The Dodgers will now have to deal with last year’s major-league ERA leader (Hendricks) in Game 3 and a Cy Young Award winner (Arrieta) on Wednesday night in Game 4.

“Obviously, we know we need to get wins at this point,” Hendricks said. “But approaching it as a must-win is a little extreme. We've just got to go out there and play our brand of baseball.

“Since we accomplished that, we know we just have to take it game by game. Even being down 3-1 (in the World Series), we worry about the next game. In that situation, we didn’t think we had to win three in a row or anything like that. We just came to the ballpark the next day and worried about what we had to do that day.”

· The history lessons only go so far when the Dodgers can line up Yu Darvish as their Game 3 starter instead of, say, Josh Tomlin. There is also a huge difference between facing a worn-down Cleveland staff in late October/early November and a rested Dodger team that clinched a division title on Sept. 22 and swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round. Joe Blanton and Pedro Baez aren’t walking through that bullpen door, either.

“We’ve done it before. We’ve been there before,” shortstop Addison Russell said. “But this year’s a new year. That’s a different ballclub. We’re definitely going to have to bring it.”

· Outside of Kenley Jansen, can you name anyone else in the Los Angeles bullpen off the top of your head? No doubt, the Dodger relievers have been awesome in Games 1 and 2 combined: Eight scoreless innings, zero hits, zero walks and Anthony Rizzo the only one out of 25 batters to reach base when Jansen hit him with a 93.7-mph pitch.

But the Dodgers are going to make mistakes, and the Cubs will have to capitalize. Unless this is the same kind of synthesis from the 2015 NLCS, when the New York Mets used exhaustive scouting reports, power pitching and pinpoint execution to sweep a Cubs team that had already hit the wall.

“Their bullpen is a lot stronger than it was last year,” Kris Bryant said. “They’re really good at throwing high fastballs in the zone. A lot of other teams try to, and they might hit it one out of every four. But this team, it seems like they really can hammer the top of the zone. And they have guys that throw in the upper 90s, so when you mix those two, it’s tough to catch up.”

· Bryant is not having a good October (5-for-28 with 13 strikeouts) and both Lester and Jose Quintana have more hits (one each) than Javier Baez (0-for-19 with eight strikeouts) during the playoffs. But we are still talking about the reigning NL MVP and last year’s NLCS co-MVP.

Ben Zobrist is clearly diminished and no longer the switch-hitting force who became last year’s World Series MVP. Kyle Schwarber doesn’t have the same intimidation factor or playoff aura right now. But one well-timed bunt from Zobrist or a “Schwarbomb” onto the video board could change the entire direction of this series and put the pressure on a Dodger team that knows this year is World Series or bust.

“We need to hit a couple balls hard consecutively,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Once we’re able to do that, we’ll gain our offensive mojo back. That's all that’s going on.

“I inherited something from my dad, and that was patience. So you’ve got to be patient right now. You’ve got to keep putting the boys back out there. You keep believing in them, and eventually it comes back to you.”

· Maddon is a 63-year-old man who opened Monday’s stadium club press conference at Wrigley Field by talking about dry-humping, clearly annoyed by all the second-guessers on Twitter and know-it-all sports writers who couldn’t believe All-Star closer Wade Davis got stranded in the bullpen, watching the ninth inning of Sunday’s 1-1 game turn into a 4-1 walk-off loss.

By the time a potential save situation develops on Tuesday night, roughly 120 hours will have passed since Davis threw his 44th and final pitch at Nationals Park, striking out Bryce Harper to end an instant classic. Just guessing that Maddon will be in the mood to unleash Davis.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Jordan Cornette (The U/ESPN 1000) join Kap on the panel. Justin Turner hits a walk-off 3-run HR off of John Lackey to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the NLCS. So why was Lackey even in the game? How much blame should Joe Maddon get for the loss?

The Bears run the ball over and over and over again to beat the Ravens in overtime, but should they have let Mitch Trubisky throw the ball more?