Kushner: What Pitcher Would You Choose?

Kushner: What Pitcher Would You Choose?

Thursday, May 27, 2010, 12:34 p.m.

By Holden Kushner

Stephen Strasburg will arrive sometime next month. With that in mind, I asked two former major league general managers and a former player the following question: which pitchers would you rather have in Major League Baseball over the next five seasons over Strasburg?

I say five seasons because the Nats will want a pitcher who will be entering his prime when the team is a legitimate contender. I believe they can be a contender in the National League by 2012 given their young pitching, an offense built around Ryan Zimmerman and an ownership group with lots of money (assuming they finally spend their cash).

Heres who my panel said theyd take ahead of Strasburg, who hasnt had the opportunity to prove his worth at the major league level.

Former Mets and Orioles General Manager Jim Duquette: Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, Zack Greinke, Felix Hernandez, David Price and John Lester.

Former Nationals and Reds General Manager Jim Bowden: Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez and Felix Hernandez.

Former major league player Bill Ripken: Tim Lincecum, Zack Greinke, Ubaldo Jimenez and David Price.

Lincecum was named by all three panelists. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will be 26 next month, and is considered by some to be the best pitcher in the game today.

Jimenez was preferred over Strasburg by all three men. Jimenez is also 26 years of age, and looks to have finally figured out command and control of the strike zone.

Id take Lincecum and Jimenez over Strasburg right now, given the nastiness of their repertoire and the fact that they are just now entering their primes.

Give me Greinke, who is also 26 and a Cy Young winner. Id have to take Felix Hernandez, who is in his sixth major league season and only 24 years old. King Felix is a seasoned veteran with tons of upside.

Lester and Price are young left-handers who are having success in the ever-tough AL East. Their early-career success has me buying on them more than Strasburg as well.

As much of a fan I am of Roy Halladay, hell be 38-years-old in five years and too far past his prime to consider him a better long-term value.

Which current pitchers would you take for the next five years ahead of Stephen Strasburg? Look forward to your comments below.

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thaamel of YAHOO Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Among some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball includes former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent, Andy Miller and his former associate, Christian Dawkins of ASM Sports were dishing out the incentives. Included were cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other player's included in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama are also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the NBA draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA released this statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.


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NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?


NHL Awards tracker: Where would the Caps' offense be without Ovechkin?

The Hart Trophy is given to the player judged to be the most valuable to their team. With the Caps currently struggling in almost every aspect of the game, consider this: Just where would they be without Alex Ovechkin?

Washington ranks 10th in the NHL in goals per game with 3.05. Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 36. He has scored an incredible 19-percent of his team's goals. No one on the Caps is within 20 goals of the Caps' captain.

That's not a typo. Evgeny Kuznetsov ranks second on the team with 16 goals. No other team in the league has a larger separation between its top two scorers. In fact, only three teams have a difference that's in the double digits: Vancouver (11), San Jose (10) and New Jersey (10).

Ovechkin is almost singlehandedly propping up Washington as a top-ten offense. If you think about just where this offense would be without him, there's a pretty strong case to be made that Ovechkin is as valuable to his team this season as any other player in the league.


Here are the Caps' hopefuls for awards this season:

John Carlson

In contention for: Norris

Carlson is fifth among all defensemen with 45 points, but his case goes beyond the numbers. With a blue line that has featured two rookies the majority of the season, an aging veteran in Brooks Orpik and that had to deal with an injury to Matt Niskanen, the Caps have asked a lot of Carlson this season and he has always been up to the task.

Alex Ovechkin

In contention for: Hart

Few players, if any, are as important to their team's offensive production and therefore its success than Ovechkin has been this season.

Check out who the top candidates are for the league's major individual awards in this week's 2018 NHL Awards Tracker!