David Stern met with Jeff Van Gundy and the rest of the league’s new competition committee today to talk about different strategies to deal with floppers. New rules haven’t been set yet but several sources are reporting that the league may start punishing floppers by issuing fines after games. The competition committee, which is comprised of several coaches, owners, and general managers from around the league also discussed expanding instant replay to cover flagrant fouls and goaltending. The competition committee can’t actually change any rules, however their suggestions will need to be approved by the league’s Board of Governors.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka told the Minnesota Twins on Friday that they could keep the $3.25 million the team still owed him if it released him from his contract. He hit .215/.267/.236 with zero homers and 20 RBIs over 71 combined games over the two seasons and spent most of 2012 playing at Triple-A Rochester. Why couldn’t Daisuke Matsuzaka have done the same?
Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney was on the brink of making history. Barney was 3 outs away from breaking Placido Polancos Major League record with his 142nd consecutive errorless game at second base. The error occurred in the eighth inning and actually came on a very difficult play that saw Barney range to middle of the diamond to flag down Justin Upton’s hard two-hopper. First baseman Anthony Rizzo should have made the scoop but he could not help out his teammate.
Did you miss the West Virginia Baylor game Saturday afternoon? Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith is accepting his invitation to the Heisman award show because he will be a finalist in 2012. Smith was 45 for 51 with 656 passing yards and 8 touchdowns. On the season, the Heisman hopeful has connected on 83.4% of his throws for 1,728 yards, 20 touchdowns, and the most remarkable stat…0 interceptions. He will finish the year with better numbers than University at Buffalo’s quarterback Alex Zordich. Smith’s stock is rising for the 2013 NFL draft. The Buffalo Bills do need a quarterback.