Lovullo, 50, is John Farrell’s bench coach in Boston, and he also earned rave reviews while managing the Sox while Farrell was battling cancer last season. Like Martinez, he’s one of the hottest managerial prospects around, and the bench coach role typically provides a natural transition. As Rob Bradford tweets, Lovullo’s contract with the Red Sox permits him to interview for managerial vacancies during the season. If the Braves opt not to keep Snitker in the job, then consider Lovullo to be a strong contender.
If you’re looking for a longshot, then maybe it’s DeRosa, 41. Joel Sherman of the New York Post recently name-checked DeRosa as a candidate in Atlanta, citing his popularity with some highly placed members of the front office. As well, DeRosa was drafted by the Braves in 1996 and spend the first seven seasons of his big-league career in Atlanta.
My colleague Matt Snyder put forth Ross’ name as another longshot contender. It indeed makes sense. Ross is a Georgia native who grew up in north Florida, and he’s in the final year of his playing career. He earns universal praise for his demeanor and clubhouse presence, and catchers so often wind up as managers. No, he doesn’t have any managerial experience, but neither did recent and semi-recent hires like Mike Matheny, Brad Ausmus, and Kevin Cash — catchers, all.
Mostly, consider all of this to be … developing.
The NFL Draft has come and gone, which means it’s the best season of the year: over/under season. We have win totals released for each and every NFL team, courtesy of Sportsbook.ag, and you can place a friendly wager on whether you think the teams will win more or less games than their perceived Las Vegas total.
Every year I break these down in May trying to predict how many wins every NFL team will have. Totally easy situation, but my favorite thing I write all season maybe.
Last year I went a very underwhelming 7-8-1 in the NFC, although my two locks (Vikings over and Cardinals over) both hit. Leave your picks in the comments, yell at me for my picks on Twitter
Dallas Cowboys 9.5 Over (+105) / Under (-135) — You want to talk about a guy getting suckered by the Cowboys’ first-round pick of Ezekiel Elliott? This is your guy. Combine Zeke, Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden and you’re going to get a dominant running game for Dallas in 2016. Elliott will make Tony Romo better because he’ll keep him healthy, and he’ll make the defense better because he will limit time of possession (the jury is still out on science but it worked two years ago). A lower number would be a lock but this team will be closer to 2014 than it was last year.
New York Giants 8.0 Over (-140) / Under (+110) — Everyone is buying into the Giants big time after their massive offseason, and it’s not hard to understand why. Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon are big headline-grabbing talents. Eli Apple’s mom is amazing. Odell Beckham is going to be amazing again. Eli Manning should have some protection. This is a team that’s better than it was after spending tons of capital, a change from Tom Coughlin’s final years. But sometimes I like to zag and I think this is a secretly questionable team — if they were the Dolphins people would be crushing them.
According to ESPN’s report, a five-minute portion of the May 6 rookie minicamp (a non-contact punt protection drill) was conducted using pads. The Ravens were mistakenly under the impression that rookie minicamp was exempt from the rule prohibiting full pads. Once players union rep Ben Watson clarified the issue, the Ravens reportedly pulled their players off the field.
Per the Baltimore Sun, “All of the Ravens’ practices, including the rookie minicamp, are taped, so it shouldn’t take the league too long to figure out the extent of the possible violation.”
If you’ve spent anytime on the internet over the past 24 hours, there’s a good chance you’ve been seeing a lot of Rob Gronkowski.
Not only did the Patriots tight end land on the cover of the latest Madden game, but he also landed on another big cover this week: The GQ cover.