Former Bears LB Lance Briggs worried about CTE symptoms


Lance Briggs is retired now, but the former Bears linebacker knows the 12 seasons he spent in the NFL didn’t do his brain’s health any good.

In a recent video Briggs posted to Sqor, he opened up about the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease. More information about CTE has been made public in recent years, and Briggs is worried he might suffer from it at some point.

“CTE affects guys in a different way, and you start seeing it even in the practice of football. You get worried. I get concerned for myself. Even though I’ve never had any suicidal thoughts or anything like that, for it to happen to some great men and great football players, I know I can’t separate myself from that crowd,” Briggs said. “The good thing for me is, at least I don’t feel like I’m at a level where it’s dangerous or harmful for myself. But the stories, the things that you hear, that stuff can be scary.”

Stewart, who was an All-Star in 1989, was part of three World Series championship teams. He was on the Dodgers team that won it all in 1981 and then won a pair of titles with the A’s in 1989 and 1993. He joined the front office of the A’s in 1996 as an assistant to then-A’s GM Sandy Alderson, and held a similar position with the Padres.

Following coaching stints with the Padres and Brewers, he worked for a sports management agency and then became the Diamondbacks GM in 2014, a position he held until his firing in October of 2016.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this week he believes both groups are strong and will have sufficient financial resources to complete the sale and run the team effectively.

MLB is expected decide which bid will be accepted Design Cheap Jerseys before their next owners’ meetings in New York on May 17-18.

Baseball Prospectus’ 2017 PECOTA projections love Dodgers, still hate Royals


Baseball Prospectus has made headlines with its PECOTA projection system in recent years, most notably in the algorithm’s disregard for the Kansas City Royals.

That hasn’t changed in 2017, as the computer projects the Royals to be the worst team in the American League this season. But it sure does love the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The full PECOTA projections for the upcoming season were released Tuesday, and expectations are highest for the Dodgers, who are pegged for a 98-64 season. That’s five wins better than the top projected AL team, the Houston Astros at 93-69.

Dodgers fans have been waiting with bated breath for Roberts’ decision on Bellinger, who has taken the team by storm since getting called up earlier this season. Bellinger, who is slashing .303/.361/.576 with two home runs and five RBIs, had been filling in for Joc Pederson in left field.

With Pederson set to be activated Friday, Roberts was left with a tough decision on what to do with Bellinger. Originally, Roberts said he would send Bellinger back down to the minors, but he had already softened on that stance earlier this week.

With Gonzalez on the DL, Bellinger could carve out a regular role, whether it be in the outfield or a platoon situation with Gonzalez even after he returns from injury.

Gonzalez said Wednesday that he should have gone Cheap Jerseys Wholesale on the DL to start the season. He understandably wanted to maintain his streak, but it may be time for him to rest up and try to get back to full health.

Bellinger has proven he is willing, and more than capable, to fill in while he rests.

Miguel Montero appears to have cleared air with Cubs manager Joe Maddon


Harper’s 24 years old, with five seasons and an MVP award under his belt — and he hasn’t come close to peaking yet. Already, he’s one of five position players to wrack up at least 7 Wins Above Average in his age-22 season. The others aren’t special, just four inner circle Hall of Famers: Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial and Eddie Collins.

A decade from now Harper might be one of the greatest players in baseball history. He could also be a broken-down bench player. It’s too early to tell one way or the other, but absolutely everything going his way with the Hall of Fame from here on out seems unlikely.

Miguel Montero and Joe Maddon look like friends again.

The Cubs catcher appears to have ended his beef with his manager. Montero was upset that Maddon didn’t play him much in the 2016 MLB postseason.

Montero was perturbed last year that Maddon didn’t tell him directly he would back up Willson Contreras in October. Montero still contributed to the Cubs’ World Series effort with a pinch-hit grand slam vs. the Dodgers’ Joe Blanton in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Montero is expected to split time with Contreras this season. Kyle Schwarber wants to be the Cubs’ long-term answer behind the plate, but he’s well on his way to becoming a full-time Cheap Jerseys And Jordans outfielder after suffering a severe knee injury last April.