First call: Ranking the best Steelers post-1970s; weird night in MLB
In "First Call" today, who are the Steelers' best of the best after 1979? Why did Barry Trotz really leave Washington? And an incredibly weird night in baseball with highlights aplenty.
Did they get it right?
As we referenced in our afternoon commentary on Monday , the guys over at SteelersWire.com put together a list of the best Steelers ever.
Well, best Steelers post-1970s, anyway.
As much as I like Casey Hampton, I wouldn't put him in the top 10. Top 15-20? Yes. But that's too high for a guy who was a one-to-two down player for much of his career. And there are too many other guys with Hall of Fame talent to leave off the list.
The other nine, I agree with. Just not the order. Mine would be:
1. Ben Roethlisberger
2. Jerome Bettis
3. Dermontti Dawson
4. Rod Woodson
5. Alan Faneca
6. Troy Polamalu
7. Antonio Brown
8. Hines Ward
9. James Harrison
10. Heath Miller
And your next 10 candidates in no particular order? Hampton, Greg Lloyd, Joey Porter, Carnell Lake, Jason Gildon, Maurkice Pouncey, Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Levon Kirkland and does Le'Veon Bell get to be considered?
Or are we all still too mad at him?
That's still not mentioning Kevin Greene, Cam Heyward, Brett Keisel, Jeff Hartings, Louis Lipps ...
How did this team not win more Super Bowls since 1979 again?
Trotz waltzes away
I guess the Caps just can't have nice things.
The ticker-tape has barely been swept up around Washington D.C., and the Capitals are already looking for a new coach.
Barry Trotz resigned Monday. And the team is saying that money and term on his contract demands were a "sticking point." Trotz apparently had a Stanley Cup winning clause in his contract. It kicked in. That would've extended his deal to $1.8 million over the next two years.
But Trotz wanted more so he left. Word is, that's going over poorly in the Caps' front office.
The Caps view of this is basically that he agreed to this and negotiated this arrangement four years ago, so he's not honoring his end of the deal.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) June 18, 2018
We already told you about the Juan Soto time-bending home run. But that just started scratching the surface on an unreal, strange night in baseball.
For instance, how often do you see a lead-off inside the park home run?
Circle those bases, @You_Found_Nimmo ! The @Mets leadoff man completed this inside-the-park HR in just 14.70 seconds. That's the fastest home-to-home time #Statcast has tracked this year, and the 5th-fastest since the system debuted in 2015! pic.twitter.com/rwHeeRjpVP— #Statcast (@statcast) June 19, 2018
That was courtesy of the Mets' Brandon Nimmo in Colorado. He hit another one of a more conventional variety en route to a 4-for-6 day and a 12-2 Mets win.
MLB oddities, part 2
I give you Phillies-Cardinals.
First, there was Nick Williams busting his nose after this fluke play off the fence in right field.
Then, there was how the game concluded. Forget homers that went back in time. How about coming back to win a game after you committed the 27th out? Victor Arano managed to strike out Yairo Munoz. But it was a wild pitch and Munoz reached first base.
That kept a rally going for the Cardinals, who forced extra innings. St. Louis took a 5-4 lead into the 10th until the Phillies won the game on this errant dive from Marcel Osuna in an attempt to make a game saving catch.
An incredibly wild game.
Who did it better?
Speaking of those Phillies highlights, one of their players turned in a highlight that rivaled Josh Harrison's fabulous play in the Pirates 1-0 win over the Brewers.
So, who did it better? J-Hay?
Just how Josh Harrison drew this up pic.twitter.com/AZAz0v1cD6— SI MLB (@si_mlb) June 19, 2018
Or Philadelphia's Maikel Franco?
So who did it better?