How Much Better Does Juan Soto Make the Padres? Also, remembering Vin Scully

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you are ok.

Let’s get to it.

Good morning everyone but especially…

Juan Soto, Josh Bell and the San Diego Padres

gave Padres He has since won the race for best young player traded. Babe Ruth. And this is no exaggeration. Juan Soto is going to San Diego. I One of the biggest trades in recent memory.

This Took a great trip, but Soto is more than worth it. At just 23 years old, he has the second-highest career OBP by a player through an age-23 season in the modern era. Ted Williams. Even this season, where his batting average is low and he’s had little help in the Nets lineup, Soto’s .408 OBP ranks third in the majors. The Padres earned an “A” for the move.writes RJ Anderson.

  • Anderson: “Adding Soto to an already good roster for up to three playoff runs is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often. It’s a high-end maneuver where any price is justified, even if it means more. But what’s left is to clear up. About your farm system. … That the Padres got more than Soto here is hard to fathom — and that ‘more’ is a good thing. The in-demand player is… well, jeez.”

The grade at Nationals wasn’t pretty, which is obviously to be expected when you have a Hall of Fame track star leave, even if the comeback was impressive. The last few days have been great for the Padres, Joe I talked about something yesterday.. The Padres, according to SportsLine’s calculations Playoff chances increased from 68% to 79%. They only have one. Five percent A chance to win it allbut when you add a young star who already has a dominant World Series performance on his resume, those numbers might not be doing San Diego justice.

so, What will the Padres lineup look like going forward? Dan Axa put together something like this:

Good luck, opposing pitchers.

Honorable mention

And not such a good morning for him…

Smell it

Miami Dolphins

Remember when ex Dolphin coach Brian Flores Sued the Dolphins (and other teams) and there were serious allegations against the team owner. Stephen Ross Back in February? To review, Flores charged Racial discrimination by the Dolphins, Giants and Broncos. Flores also said that Ross offered her $100,000 per loss in 2019 and that Ross met her and engaged in a flirtation. Tom Brady Conversations with and Don YiSean Pattonagent — in ways that violated NFL rules.

Man, it’s been a long offseason. But Ross’ punishment It has finally arrivedand it is An important one.

  • The NFL Doc Miami 2023 first round pick And a 2024 third round pick As punishment for molestation. “Breach of integrity of the game” Those were the right words.
  • Ross received a $1.5 million fine and was suspended until October. 17. He cannot be at a team facility, and he cannot attend league meetings until the 2023 owners’ meeting.
  • Bruce Bellthe Dolphins’ vice chairman has been banned from attending any league meetings for the remainder of the 2022 season and fined $500,000.
  • Brady was not punished (and Here’s why).

Importantly, The NFL didn’t find Ross seriously encouraged tanking.. That doesn’t mean it didn’t take place, thoughnotes NFL expert Cody Benjamin.

It seems as though Ross escaped a significantly worse punishment. He also put out. A celebratory/deviant statementAlthough he only cost his team two very valuable draft picks. The 2023 draft class should be loaded at quarterback.and the Dolphins were sitting pretty with two first-round picks to potentially trade up and address the position. Tua Tagovailoa Struggle now, they only have 49ers‘First rounder.

If I were a Dolphins fan, I’d be really angry with Ross, who cost his team dearly and, in response, basically celebrated the decision. But I’m a Nationals fan, so I’m too busy to really worry about the Soto trade.

Not so honorable mention.

Rest in peace, Vin Scully โšพ

Smell it

Vin Scully, the legendary Dodgers broadcaster, He died last night at the age of 94., the team announced. Scully aired. 67 seasons with the DodgersStarting in 1950 — when the team was in Brooklyn (they moved in 1958) — through 2016. This is the longest tenure with one team for a broadcaster.

  • Scully also worked on national MLB broadcasts as well as NFL games and the PGA Tour. He worked for CBS Sports from 1975-82. and NBC Sports from 1983-89.
  • Scully’s many awards include the Ford C. Frick Award — given by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 — and the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award in 2014. He was named the top sportscaster of all time by the American Sportscasters Association. 2009
  • He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

Here’s everything that happened on MLB Trade Deadline Day โšพ

The Soto trade was just the (admittedly huge) tip of the iceberg for a huge MLB trade deadline day. Here are some more. (And when I say something, I mean a lot..)

no way. everyone deal done There were several players — including a pair Children — who were Often mentioned over the past few weeks but gone.

Yet, with all this movement, some clear winners and losers emerged, and The Yankees — who added Andrew Benintendi K, SP Frankie Montas, Harrison Bader K, RP Scott Efros And RP Lo Trevino — were on the right side of things, writes MLB expert Mike Axa.

Preseason CBS Sports 131 Unveiled ๐Ÿˆ

Graphic by Mike Meredith

Why rank the top 25 when you can? Rank all 131 FBS teams.? That’s exactly what our team of college football experts did with the season just three weeks away. There is a familiar face at no. 1. Here are the top 10:

  • 1. Alabama
  • 2. State of Ohio
  • 3. Georgia
  • 4. Utah
  • 5. Clemson
  • 6. Notre Dame
  • 7. Oklahoma
  • 8. Michigan
  • 9. Texas A&M
  • 10. Baylor

The biggest mover, not surprisingly, was from last year’s season-ending rankings. USCwhich one From 85th to 12th Thanks for the arrival of the head coach The Lincoln Rallythe quarterback Caleb Williams and many others.

You can see the top 25. Here And all 131 here.

What are we watching on Wednesday ๐Ÿ“บ

๐Ÿ€ Spark in Libertyon CBS Sports Network at 7 p.m
๐Ÿ€ Lynx on a stormon NBA TV at 10 p.m