Remember Yankees #1 draft pick Brien Taylor? Yeah, he was Josh Hamilton minus the white skin and ability to hit dongs. His left arm was supposed to win multiple World Series titles and he would eventually have broads hanging from arms and legs. Yeah, so then he went and tried to fight a guy on December 18, 1993. A dislocated left shoulder and torn labrum later, this guy was the biggest bust in Yankees history. Now he's charged with cocaine trafficking. JUMP!
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran is dumping his Long Island estate and probably also thanking his lucky stars he doesn't play for the New York Mets anymore. The home can be yours for a mere $5.8 million, but beware, it's not for movie buffs. Sure, there's a home theater room in Beltran's pad, but it looks like it doubles as a closet. Of course, this place was obviously built around the gym anyway. Oh, and there's a karaoke bar! Sold! JUMP!
Good news for the Kansas City Royals this year. You get the MLB All-Star Game and Jonathan Sanchez will be back in your rotation. Yep, that Sanchez of Giants fame. Threw the no-hitter. Blah, blah, blah. We're here today to help K.C. radio dorks have something to actually talk about other than a year of 65 wins. You guys are lucky enough to have one of the hottest, unheard of WAGs coming to town. Her name: Audris Rijo. JUMP!
It was 1990s reunion today at the Cleveland Indians spring training camp in Arizona. Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga & Sandy Alomar got together to chat about whatever old Indians chat about at Spring Training. The big news: Albert Belle is a Chipotle burrito away from bursting at the seams. It's not that the guy was ever a picture of health, but old boy hasn't been hitting the treadmill lately. Hard to believe he's been out of the game for 11 years. JUMP!
When did the Orioles start using Intercourse, PA as their Spring Training home? Oh, it's Florida, you say? Then how the hell did these bros get all the way to Florida by horse & buggy from Mechanicsville, MD? And how do these bros know anything about baseball? You guys been cheating on God? Been sneaking away and hitting Buffalo Wild Wings for 7:15 first pitches? Ladies of Sarasota, you've been warned. Amos & his bros will be slaying this week. (via @ProtectThisYar)
What else would you expect from Ryan Braun's girlfriend, model Larisa Fraser, over the news that her man had been cleared (on technicality) in his PED case. Fraser, not very well known on the girlfriend market, went on her Facebook page yesterday and dropped this: the truth is always relevant :). She has 464 'Likes' so the message isn't causing much commotion. Come on, Milwaukee media, this is your chance to go all Gisele on this chick. JUMP!
Remember the name Curt Hogg. The kid is only 16, but somehow this high schooler landed the scoop of his lifetime and not a soul noticed. A self-described Brewers fan & Brewers blogging junky, Hogg had a source tip him off to the news that Ryan Braun's PED urine sample might have been mishandled. That was 9 days ago. Last night, baseball announced Braun was cleared of his failed drug test because of a mishandled sample. Not kidding. JUMP!
What a month for the left side of the Tampa Rays infield. First, Busted Coverage tells you guys that Evan Longoria & Jaime Edmondson are dating and the dogs are getting along. Now, The Big Lead was tipped off that shortstop Reid Brignac has knocked up Miss July 2002, Lauren Anderson. These kids have been dating on-and-off, according to the Internet, since 2009. That was just after she broke it off with legendary Florida basketballer Matt Walsh. JUMP!
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA: It's Day 3 of Busted Coverage's Gronk-watch and instead of sitting by the pool and getting kissed by local chicks, today the Patriots tight end stopped into Red Sox training camp to bro out. Good news for the ladies: this was at 1:22 p.m. JUMP!
Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland continues to claim the mantle as the weirdest dude in baseball. We're not sure if he still has the pederast mustache, but he's now driving something that will probably kill him before spring training is over -- a dune buggy. He doesn't just drive it off road, though. He also drives it to spring training, which is pretty much a totally Derek Holland thing to do. Check it!
Get ready to be terrified. The the jowly Don Zimmer bear is a reality. We're serious. The Tampa Bay Rays will be giving away a promotional item to fans in June known as the Zim Bear. It's half teddy bear, half Don Zimmer and all creepy as hell. Here's a look at the Zim Bear and one alternative fan promotion involving Zimmer that we just know would bring the fans to the park and not scare children. Check it!
Not sure what finally made Nomar Garciaparra unload his Whittier, California childhood home, but it's on the market and can be all yours for only $595,000. Documents show that Nomar & Mia Hamm took ownership of the one-story house in 2010. His father bought it for $44,500 in 1976. Will your kid eventually hit .300 and drive in 120 if he sleeps in Nomar's room? Of course not. JUMP!
Former major leaguer and injury risk Eric Davis is dumping his Los Angeles home, presumably because he's spending most of his time in Cincinnati. The two-time All Star, who made his name with the Reds, now works in the team's front office, so he probably has no need for this pad anymore. It can be all yours for a little over $2 million and it comes with a basketball court. Or at least half of one. Check it!
Can't remember the exact night last week, but we told you that it seemed Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson was dating dreamy Rays 3B Evan Longoria. And now Tampa media is asking him about it at Spring Training. "It's been a secret for long enough; it's not really been a secret, but nobody has asked about it. We are dating.'' And there you have it. In Europe, this kind of news would send the tabloids into a frenzy. In Tampa, it makes a barely trafficked blog. Ho-hum.
That's Jose Canseco and his on again girlfriend Leila Shennib who filed a restraining order on his ass last summer. It must be love because Leila is in Cancun with Jose. Guess they've patched things up since this NY Daily News story in August '11. (via @josecanseco) As for what else is hot this morning, last night Deron Williams dropped 38 on Jeremy Lin and the Knicks went 5-of-21 from 3-point range in the 100-92 loss. It was only the Nets 10th win. Let's get rolling!
You know how we think we know Tommy Lasorda has some gangsta bones left in his body? We think he hustled the guys from the Art of Shaving. At some point this week, Tommy got creamed up by the shaving experts and got razored. Next thing you know he's tweeting out this photo. Was it paid? Can't say for sure, but if it was we'd want our f*cking money back. Lasorda has 37,500 followers and only got six RTs and 1 favorite out of this. Straight cash, homey!