Dodgers Release MEGA Flop Andruw Jones

15 01 2009

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In a not so surprising move the Los Angeles Dodgers released outfielder and dutch native Andruw Jones. The Dodgers had some trade talks going on before releasing him but it looks like they were not able to come to an agreement with another club. Jones a 5 time all-star, and 10 time Gold Glove winner had a season from hell in 2008. First he started off the season struggling and hadn’t recorded a Home Run until 17 games into the season, then he hit the Disabled list in late May and had Knee surgery, July 4th marked his return but Jones continued to contribute very little to the Dodgers lineup and 23 days later he was benched by Joe Torre and at the time, Jones was batting .166 at the plate, with only two home runs and 12 RBI’s coupled with 68 strikeouts in 187 at-bats. On September 13th Joe Torre shut him down for the season and put him on the DL. Jones finished the season with a .158 batting average, three home runs, and 14 RBI and was sent home for the winter. Oh and did I mention he was making 18.1 Million per season? Yeah that’s right. The Dodgers signed him to a 2 year contract worth 36.2 Million in December of 2007 and figured him to be a huge addition to the team.

No one expected to see him batting 8th in the lineup early in the season, then later taking a backseat to the amazing Juan Pierre. Who wants Andruw now? Well none other than his former team the Atlanta Braves, it looks like all they need to do is put it in ink and he’ll be back home.

Despite his struggles last season at the plate hes still an above average outfielder and should have a few good seasons left in him if he is able to find his swing again.

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Colt McCoy Wins Another Award

14 01 2009

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Yesterday the great folks over at the Touchdown Club of Columbus announced that Junior Quarterback Colt McCoy had been selected as the winner of the 2008 Archie Griffin Award which honors college football’s most valuable player. Add it to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year, Maxwell Award (college player of the year), and O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback) he’s won this season, and the numerous player of the week awards.

McCoy put up some Madden like numbers this year, he shattered several University Of Texas Passing records held by Vince Young and most impressively he broke Daunte Culpepper’s NCAA single-season record of 73.6 completion percentage set in 1998 by posting a 76.7 completion percentage.

Way to go Colt! Maybe UT will get some love from the voters next year. Here are some great photos from the 2009 Fiesta Bowl where Texas beat OSU 24-21 in a thriller. Thanks to one of the fine posters over at BurntOrangeFanZone.