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If Shohei Otani is baseball's Superman, the Phillies should make a push for him

If Shohei Otani is baseball's Superman, the Phillies should make a push for him

Is Shohei Otani baseball's Superman?

No, he cannot run faster than a locomotive or leap over tall buildings in a single bound.
 
But he throws 100-plus mph fastballs and hits bombs that have the power to break through a stadium roof (literally). And he’s only 22 years old.  
 
Here's some proof: Otani's home run that went through the roof at the Tokyo Dome.

And him pitching over 100 mph -- yes, he does look a bit like Yu Darvish when he pitches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7F7Ri1y_qQ

Unfortunately, Otani is currently on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. Jon Wertheim from CBS' 60 Minutes highlighted the Japanese superstar on Sunday night, deeming him the Japanese Babe Ruth because of his prowess as both a pitcher and a hitter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5XiobgdYoY

Should the Phillies make a push to get Otani? Why wouldn't they? Despite the fact that Otani would likely be better suited for an American League team where he could pitch every five days and hit as a DH on off days (if an AL team is open to such a unique arangement). The Phillies should still make a push because he would be relatively cheap at age 22 thanks to MLB’s new collective bargaining agreement.
 
Under MLB’s new CBA, any international player under the age of 25 is now capped at a $6 million signing bonus. However, Otani says he is not looking to wait three more years when the chance for a bigger pay day would open up.
 
"Personally, I don’t care how much I get paid or how much less I get paid because of this," Otani said through a translator in the 60 Minutes segment.

His numbers are astonishing.

Otani, who plays for the Nippon Fighting Hams, has thrown the fastest pitch in league history at 102.5 mph.

As a starting pitcher last season, he went 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA and averaged 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
 
His four-year pitching record for Nippon is 39-13 with a 2.49 ERA and 595 strikeouts.

The 2016 season was Otani’s best year at the plate. He hit .322 with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs. This performance earned him the league's MVP.
 
John Gibson, a reporter who has covered Japaneese baseball for over 20 years, told CBS that the 22-year-old is simply unbelievable.
 
"You think about a guy who throws 101 (mph) and then a guy who hits home runs and that's a comic-book character," Gibson said. "That's not somebody you're thinking about in real life. You know, nobody does that. Who does that?"

Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

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Did the Flyers just troll the Eagles on social media?

The Eagles have been quite the disappointment this season, with the latest being their atrocious 37-31 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday in South Florida. And with disappointments come possible troll jobs? 

As the clock wound down and fans became increasingly exasperated with the team, social media anger started to build and it looks like one fellow Philadelphia team may have added just an oh-so-subtle jab in there.

As the 37-31 score went final, the Flyers sent out quite the interesting reminder of their impressive record this November. It seems like they don’t want fans to forget that they are NOT part of the teams that have been disappointing this city. 

You have to admit, the timing is a bit suspicious. 


Fans certainly seem to think that the Flyers are trolling the Eagles with their post, based on the replies. 

https://twitter.com/sluongo19/status/1201252463703154688 https://twitter.com/btcs41/status/1201252665977720837

We love a little friendly fire between the Philadelphia sports teams, if this is a true troll job. Or maybe it’s just a conveniently scheduled tweet by the Flyers' social media team. 

You be the judge. 

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Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Eagles social media exposed Orlando Scandrick in the best way

Updated: 6:35 p.m.

Oh boy.

Things have gotten wild over in the Eagles' world today, beginning with former Eagles cornerback Orlando Scandrick torching almost everyone on his old team on FS1’s “Undisputed” this morning (see story).

Then, Malcolm Jenkins clapped back at Scandrick in NSFW fashion to essentially dismiss the claims by Scandrick, to which Scandrick then responded on Colin Cowherd’s show that he essentially “wasn’t attacking anyone personally”(see story).

And so, after a morning of ping-ponging back and forth, we have the ultimate response, from the team itself.

The Eagles social media account offically weighed in in the most brilliant way. Actions speak louder than words, Scandrick, and you can't run from history.

Well damn, they really just exposed Scandrick. I mean, how do you come back from being shredded by both Jenkins and a professional NFL team?

So long Scandrick, you won’t be missed.

Jenkins himself apparently liked the tweet, too ... he had a very interesting quote tweet.



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