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Marlins Fear Jose Fernandez Done For Season - RealGM Wiretap

The Miami Marlins fear Jose Fernandez will need season-ending elbow surgery Jeremiah Poutasi Jersey , according to sources.

Miami placed Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right elbow on Monday.

Fernandez will return to Miami for further evaluation as the Marlins await more results from an MRI in Los Angeles.

Fernandez, 21, is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this season. He leads all of the majors with 70 strikeouts.

Book A Rod OKd For Testosterone Use In 2007 - RealGM Wiretap

Alex Rodriguez was granted an exemption by Major League Baseball to use testosterone prior to his 2007 MVP season, according to a new book.

The book Dorial Green-Beckham Jersey , "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era" by Tim Elfrink and Gus Garcia-Roberts outlines that Rodriguez was granted a therapeutic use exemption in order to treat hypogonadism (a testosterone deficiency), a rarity in the sport.

"In 2007, of the 1 Kalan Reed Jersey ,354 players subjected to testing, 111 were granted a TUE," according to the book. "Only two, apparently including Rodriguez Kevin Byard Jersey , received an exemption for 'androgen deficiency medications,' the category that would include testosterone."

Rodriguez went on to win his third MVP award in 2007 after hitting 54 home runs and driving in 156 runs (both MLB highs) with a .314 average.

Joe Girardi On Playing A Rod Im Not Here For Farewell Tours - RealGM Wiretap

Joe Girardi got heated several times while talking to reporters before Wednesday's New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game.

Girardi got defensive about his reasons for benching Alex Rodriguez with the 41-year-old's career set to come to an end on Friday.

The manager had a problem with reporters who asked him why he wasn't sitting a struggling Rodriguez early in the season but now wonder why he isn't playing him as the Yankees say they're trying to contend for an American League Wild Card spot.

"I'm putting out what I feel is the best lineup as we sit around and talk about it as coaches," Girardi said. "That's my job. That's in my job description. My job description does not entail a farewell tour."

锘? The Indianapolis Glazier Clinic was a medium sized clinic with a small but enthusiastic contingent of youth football coaches. It was great to see guys from all the way from Cincinnatti there that ran my system last year for the first time.

I got to the clinic just in time to see some excellent speakers including a Special Teams guru that had sent a number of kickers to Division I and NFL teams. I got the chance to listen to an Illinois Hall of Fame High School coach, Mike Rude talk about the nuances of his famous Shotgun 'T' Series as well as hear a former 11 year NFL vet speak about connecting to players. I had breakfast one on one with a High School head coach from El Paso whose team set numerous Texas Passing Records. I had the pleasure of sharing a ride with fellow speaker David Tennison Derrick Henry Jersey , the Defensive Coordinator from Jenks High School in Oklahoma and got a chance to talk with him on the 40 minute trip to the airport as well as when we waited for our flights. Jenks as many of you know is a perennial USA Today Top 10 Program. It was non stop football for 3 days and 2 nights and as usual I came away the better for the experience. We don't go to these things with the idea we are looking for new football plays or new schemes, just better ways to accomplish our goals and to see how other successful coaches and programs do things.

Kickoff Coverage

One area I thought we needed improvement on was our kickoff coverage. We onside kick with a mob or pooch kick until we are leading by 3 touchdowns, then we kick deep. Our onside and pooch kick coverage has been very good. In the last 8 seasons, we have yet to have a return for a touchdown and our recovery rates have ranged from about 5 %-30 %. Our theory is Austin Johnson Jersey , why put the ball in the hands of the other teams best player "in space", when no one is holding a gun to your head to do so? They want the ball in that guys hands, so why do I want to give the other team exactly what they want?

Deep Kicks

What hasn't looked so good for us has been our deep kickoff coverage. We just haven't bothered to put a descent coverage scheme in place or even practice covering deep kicks. Part of my lack of coaching effort in this area comes from priorities and part comes from the fact that when we are up by 3 or more scores and kick deep we really don't care if there is a descent return or not. But if part of our charge as youth football coaches is to pursue excellence in every aspect of the game, our deep kick coverage was in need of a lot of work.

High School Legend and His Kick Coverage Concepts

Phil Acton is a High School coach with a tremendous track record of success Kevin Dodd Jersey , especially in the special teams arena. His kick off coverage team had not had a kickoff return for a touchdown in over 20 years and last season had just 2 returns go past the 30 yard line. Phil is firmly convinced the "lane theory" that most kick-off coverage teams use doesn't make much sense. He drew up a number of returns that showed the sheer silliness of this concept. If the opposing team were to receive the kick on the right hash and the returner ran the ball straight up the right hash, the kicking teams players on the left hash and to the left of the left hash would be wasted players if they stayed in their lanes. These left hash defenders could even be left unblocked, allowing the return team to use double teams and numbers to overwhelm the coverage team where the return team wanted to focus its return.

Phil had a very simple concept imparted to all his kick coverage players: keep the returner in front of and inside of you. So if you are on the left side of the returner, you would adjust your pursuit path to in.

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