Word on the Street: Bears' Phillips willing to share

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Word on the Street: Bears' Phillips willing to share

Sunday, March 27, 2011
Posted 5:43 p.m. Updated 10:03 p.m.

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Phillips willing to share records

Bears president Ted Phillips is willing to share Chicago's financial records with the players' union, saying that the franchise has nothing to hide.

If the league feels, to get a deal done, they need to release financials, were on board, Phillips told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Im actually proud of how we operate our club. We think we do a good job, revenue-wise and expense wise. (footballnewsnow.com)

The case against Rose for MVP

In Dan Le Batard's column on Sunday, the writer compares Derrick Rose to Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and argues that while the two have similar numbers, the only reason Rose is being considered for MVP is due to the fact that Rose and the Bulls are exceeding expectations.

He goes on to suggest that the Bulls offense is only mediocre which allows Rose to be the best player in it, while he's arguably the least important piece of their NBA-best defense. (miamiherald.com)

Garcia beats out Colon for Yankees starting rotation

The Yankees have set their starting pitching rotation, announcing that former White Sox starter Freddy Garcia will be the No. 5, edging out another former White Sox starter, Bartolo Colon.

The 35-year-old Garcia had a 5.93 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts spanning 13 2.3 innings, while Colon had a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings. However, New York manager Joe Girardi acknowledged that Garcia was the favorite from the beginning since Colon has not pitched in the Majors since 2009. (mlb.com)

Zbikowski wins by unanimous decision

Baltimore Ravens safety and Buffalo Grove High School almuni Tom Zbikowski delivered several brutal punches en rout to a unanimous decision win over a bloody Caleb Grummet on Saturday night. (chicagotribune.com)

SportsTalk Live: David DeJesus discusses time spent with Joe Maddon, World Series criticism

SportsTalk Live: David DeJesus discusses time spent with Joe Maddon, World Series criticism

"Be sexy."

That was one of two rules manager Joe Maddon told David DeJesus when the Tampa Bay Rays acquired him in 2013.

DeJesus appeared on SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss his time spent with Maddon in Tampa Bay.

"Just be yourself out there," DeJesus said of Maddon when the Rays traded for him. "I want you to have fun and I want you to just have that ora of 'just don't worry, just go out there and play.' It kept the whole team loose."

DeJesus also shared his thoughts on Maddon's questionable managerial decisions in the World Series.

Hear that, and more, in the video above.

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Between Cubs' victory lap and Hall of Fame vote, Sammy Sosa barely staying in the picture

Sammy Sosa has stayed so far off the radar that his long-running absence from Cubs Convention didn't even come up during last weekend's Q&A session with ownership.

And the Cubs can't go viral all the time and dominate every offseason news cycle, with the National Baseball Hall of Fame revealing the election results on Wednesday and welcoming Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez as part of its 2017 class.

But it's become out of sight, out of mind for Sosa, who barely crossed the 5-percent threshold (8.6) needed to remain on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for another year.

Sosa — a seven-time All Star, 1998 National League MVP and the franchise's all-time leader with 545 home runs (and 609 overall) — hadn't gained any traction at all during his first four years under BBWAA consideration, hovering between 12.5 and 6.6 percent.

It's complicated with Sosa, a diva personality who experienced a dramatic late-career renaissance and got named in a New York Times report that exposed him as one of the players who tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003 (during what was supposed to be an anonymous survey).

The Cubs have undergone a complete makeover since Sosa walked out in 2004, leaving him without many allies in the organization. It's nothing personal, but in the past the Ricketts family has hinted that Sosa could mend certain fences and fill in some of the blanks he once left open during an unconvincing performance in front of Congress.

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The Cubs brought Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg to meet President Barack Obama during their Martin Luther King Jr. Day visit to the White House and keep adding former players to the front office. It's awkward after a World Series run where so many alumni showed up to do TV work, throw first pitches, spray champagne or simply watch a rare playoff game at Wrigley Field.

— If Sosa's looking for a roadmap, Manny Ramirez did his penance and cooperated with Major League Baseball to the point where Cubs president Theo Epstein shockingly hired him as a Triple-A Iowa player/coach in the middle of the 2014 season, something that would have been unthinkable during their clashes with the Boston Red Sox.

As a hitting consultant, Ramirez took a come-and-go-as-you-please arrangement, becoming a national story during the 2015 playoffs but largely staying away from the 2016 championship team, perhaps gearing up for his independent-ball comeback in Japan this year. Even after failing multiple drug tests, one of the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation still finished at 23.8 percent in his first year on the BBWAA ballot.

— Lee Smith (34.2 percent) — a drafted-and-developed Cub and the franchise's all-time leader with 180 saves — didn't come close in his 15th and final time on the BBWAA ballot. Smith had been grandfathered when the Hall of Fame narrowed the eligibility window to 10 years, possibly trying to squeeze Steroid Era symbols like Roger Clemens (54.1 percent) and Barry Bonds (53.8 percent).

— This will make Cub fans feel old: Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano are Hall of Fame-eligible for the first time in 2018, when based off this year's returns Trevor Hoffman (74) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7) should be building momentum toward the 75 percent needed for induction into Cooperstown.