Only one Ravens player made the NFL Players Association's top 50 list for jersey sales for the past fiscal year.
Quarterback Joe Flacco was 36th on the list, released Tuesday by the union, and ranked behind 14 other quarterbacks in the sales rankings.
In last year's list, which accounted for the 2013 season, Flacco was ranked 35th, and former running back Ray Rice was ranked 28th.
That Flacco was the lone Raven actually makes sense, though. Given the plethora of stars on both sides of the ball, plus fans' penchant for owning multiple jerseys, it seems that no Ravens player can get the bump that a city's lone star can.
This end result is somewhat bizarre, given that Dick's Sporting Goods' own metrics had Flacco as the eighth-highest jersey seller in the NFL for the 2014 season, and ranked fifth among quarterbacks. It appears many of the new Flacco jerseys are coming from there.
Perhaps the highlight of the list was Cincinnati Bengal Devon Still, for whom proceeds of his jersey sales were...Read more
Again honoring those who were killed or injured just hours after she won her first Boston Marathon in 2013, Clarksville's Tatyana McFadden wore a shirt honoring 8-year-old Richard Martin en route to her third straight women’s wheelchair victory at the Boston Marathon.
With a time of 1 hour, 52 minutes and 54 seconds — around 17 minutes behind her 2014 pace of 1:35:06 because of wet conditions — McFadden began a quest for a third straight “Grand Slam” after sweeping the marathons in London, Boston, Chicago and New York in 2013 and 2014.
Last year, McFadden was deeply affected by the bombing victims she met, and she said she ran her race for them. She raced as part of team MR8, and wore the team’s shirt. She also gave her gold olive wreath to Carlos Arredondo, who was lauded for his work at the bombing scene helping victims.
This year, she wore Richard’s team’s shirt yet again.
"Today it's really about strength, courage and hope, and that's what Boston is about," McFadden told Boston’s CBS...Read more
With injuries to shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Jonathan Schoop testing the Orioles’ middle infield depth through the first weeks of the season, the outfield has been relatively stable.
Were that to change, plenty of outfielders are showing they’re ready to return to the major league stage when called upon.
Four of the top five hitters for Triple-A Norfolk are outfielders or have time in the outfield this year.
While primarily a designated hitter for the Tides, Chris Parmelee has also played first base and right field for Norfolk and is batting .341/.431/.568 with a pair of home runs, four doubles, and a team-leading 12 RBIs.
Julio Borbon, who led the Tides last year with a .288 average in a team-high 124 games, has played in just six of 11 games with a .333 average, while left fielder Henry Urrutia is batting .325 with an .807 OPS. Farther down the list, Nolan Reimold is fifth on the team with a .308 average and an .849 OPS.
Only one outfielder is struggling. Dariel Alvarez,...Read more
In a mere two weeks, we'll be looking at a few knowledgeable analysts' grades and deciding whether the Ravens did a good job or not with their 10 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. Until then, let's look at what a lot of knowledgeable people have to say about who the Ravens could select in the first round as the draft approaches.
* NFL.com’s Charles Davis has the Ravens taking an heir to Justin Forsett in the form of Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. (April 15)
* Former Texans and Redskins general manager Charley Casserly has the Ravens selecting a wide receiver, Miami’s Philip Dorsett. (April 13)
* NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein has the Ravens adding to their secondary with Washington defensive back Marcus Peters. (April 8)
* Former offensive lineman Brian Baldinger of NFL.com has the Ravens selecting Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill), their second pick in as many years with those alma maters. (April 6)
* With Haloti Ngata a distant memory, NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the...Read more
The more you follow a team’s minor league system, the faster you get to the point where you only care about the low-minors, where raw but projectable players leave a little more to the imagination than players who you might have seen dozens of times in High-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie.
So I was jealous when Baseball Prospectus prospect team member Tucker Blair, formerly of OriolesNation.com, spent the weekend in Salisbury watching the Shorebirds’ series against Greensboro. Reports from the games are already being posted on BP.
Last night at Bowie’s home opener, we chatted a bit on some of the high-profile prospects in Delmarva, including 2014 third-round pick Brian Gonzalez, massive third baseman Jomar Reyes, and a trio of hard-throwing, intriguing college arms.
What are the initial reports you had on Brian Gonzalez, and how did that match up to what you saw last week?
The initial reports on Gonzalez were more polished than your typical high school player, not a ton of growth left but...Read more
They went about it in different ways, but High-A Frederick pitchers Mitch Horacek and David Hess showed in both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Lynchburg that big league potential comes in different packages.
Horacek threw a seven-inning, complete-game shutout in the first half of the double header, then Hess allowed two runs on five hits in the second half of the two-game sweep.
Horacek, a left-hander signed in the ninth round out of Dartmouth in 2013, used primarily his sinking 87-88 mph fastball and his slider, which sat 78-82 mph, to keep at bay a talented Lynchburg lineup that features three top draft picks.
He pounded the zone with first-pitch strikes, went to a three-ball count just twice in 23 batters faced, and coaxed swinging strikes on a fastball that was deceptive out of the hand but hardly overpowering.
In 2014, his full-season debut with Class-A Delmarva, Horacek was 6-10, but with a 3.80 ERA and a South Atlantic League-leading 151 strikeouts in 137 1/3 innings....Read more