Nine pitchers, 3 Red Sox in ESPN’s top 25 MLB players of 2019

The 2019 MLB season technically kicked off in Japan on Wednesday, but all 30 teams will be returning to action in just over a week on March 28. 

Over the offseason, ESPN released its ranking of the top 100 MLB players of 2019. A panel of writers, experts and analysts voted from a list of 300 players to select the best of the best in the league entering the new season. 

Some major names, like the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, saw their stock drop from 2018. In fact, five players from last year’s top 50 weren’t even ranked this time around. Others, like pitchers Aaron Nola and Gerrit Cole, moved way up on the list after impressive campaigns last season. 

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox were well-represented in the top quarter of the list. American League MVP and Boston outfielder Mookie Betts made a significant jump up in the rankings, but was it enough to topple last year’s No. 1 (and soon-to-be highest-paid player) Mike Trout?

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Jemele Hill pens essay on ‘doing the right thing’ after tweets criticizing Trump

ESPN anchor Jemele Hill penned a powerful essay on “doing the right thing” after her tweets criticizing President Trump became a story of national interest earlier this month.

The SportsCenter co-host opened up on Wednesday about watching her employer “become a punching bag” because of her comments calling the president a white supremacist.

“Twitter wasn’t the place to vent my frustrations,” Hill admits, further stating that the social media platform isn’t the best place for “nuanced, complicated discussions” about race and social issues.

She connects the feeling she had of letting her employer and colleagues down to a story from her childhood, when she disappointed her grandmother by succumbing to peer pressure from friends and stealing beer from the fridge.

“I was heartbroken because I felt like I had let my grandmother, who was one of my best friends, down,” Hill wrote. “And there is no feeling worse than letting down the people who love and support you.”

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Former NFL coach under fire for his ranking of 10 best quarterbacks since 1978

In the history of professional quarterbacks, Peyton Manning has the most touchdown passes. Aaron Rodgers has the highest passer rating. Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl rings.

But who’s the best player overall?

There’s a lot to consider when making your pick for Greatest Of All Time — GOAT, for short. Lucky for us, ESPN put together an all-star panel of NFL icons to decide once and for all: Who is the best quarterback of the modern era?

A group of 10 NFL coaches and executives all submitted their votes for their top quarterbacks since 1978 — but the selection process was not as unanimous as you’d believe.

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ESPN reveals ranking of the 100 most famous athletes of 2017

Stars like Tom Brady and Ryan Lochte may be household names in the United States, but that doesn’t necessarily hold true throughout the rest of the world.

ESPN revealed the 2017 edition of its annual World Fame 100 ranking on Tuesday, listing the top 100 most famous active athletes on the planet.

For the second year in a row, soccer asserted its place as the most popular sport on Earth, with 3 of the top 10 most famous athletes being footballers. Tennis, golf and basketball were close behind with 2 stars each.

Usain Bolt, the fastest man on Earth, also landed a spot in the top 10.

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