Edwin Jackson is baseball’s ultimate vagabond

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The Blue Jays are the record 14th MLB team for the veteran RHP

Edwin Jackson pitched five innings for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon, a perfectly respectable but also rather ordinary outing that for the most part has defined the right-hander’s career. On the surface, there wasn’t much remarkable about Jackson’s start against the San Francisco Giants, allowing three runs (two earned) in a no-decision.

But Jackson’s appearance on Wednesday was significant, and quite noteworthy. It was the 35-year-old’s first game with his Toronto, Jackson’s record 14th major league team.

FOURTEEN TEAMS.

Jackson broke his tie with longtime journeyman reliever Octavio Dotel, who pitched for 13 teams in his 15-year career (1998-2013), which overlapped with Jackson for 11 seasons.

With nearly half of the entire league on his resume, here is a closer look at some memorable facts about Jackson, baseball’s ultimate vagabond.

Don’t I know you from somewhere?

Pablo Sandoval was 1-for-3 with a double against Jackson on Wednesday, which continues a career-long trend in their matchups. Sandoval is 11-for-26 (.423) with two home runs and three doubles against Jackson, and has reached base in all but one of their 11 meetings.

What’s incredible about their history is Jackson has faced Sandoval while pitching for five different teams. Ryan Braun has also faced Jackson on five different teams. Andrew McCutchen has seen Jackson on eight different teams!

Don’t ask, Dotel

Baseball’s two ultimate journeyman, Jackson and Dotel, were actually teammates once, and even involved in the same trade to make it happen. Well, sort of the same trade. There were three teams involved, and 11 different players on July 27, 2011, with Jackson going from the White Sox and Dotel from the Blue Jays, ending up on a Cardinals team that won the World Series.

I’ve been everywhere, man

Jackson has pitched for 14 different major league teams, and like Grover Cleveland had two non-consecutive stints in Washington, pitching for the Nationals in both 2012 and 2017. Jackson has been spread all over baseball, pitching 1,004 innings in the National League and 893⅓ innings in the American League.

He has pitched for eight different NL teams, and Toronto is his sixth AL squad. The Blue Jays are the third AL East team Jackson has played for, one of three divisions for which he has pitched for three teams (also the NL East and NL West). The AL West is the only division in which Jackson hasn’t played for at least two teams. He knocked off that check box with his 17 starts for Oakland in 2018.

Jackson’s five innings with the Blue Jays match the Orioles for his fewest with any team. He pitched the most innings with the Rays (380⅔), from 2006-2008.

Minor issue

Jackson began 2019 on a minor league deal with the A’s, making a pair of starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before getting traded to Toronto. This is not a new phenomenon for Jackson, who has bounced back and forth between the minors and majors at times in recent years, living the true nomadic existence. Since the start of 2016, Jackson has pitched 138 innings in the minors for five different organizations.

Always on the move

Jackson has been traded six times in his career, involving 23 different players besides Jackson. His latest trade, on Saturday between Oakland and Toronto, was for cash considerations. He’s been released three times.

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The last time Jackson pitched for one team the entire season was in 2014 with the Cubs. In each of the five years since, Jackson has played for two different organizations.

Age is but a number

Not many have had more memorable major league debuts than Edwin Jackson, who was the Dodgers’ top prospect in September 2003, and one of the top prospects in baseball. He was ranked fourth overall in the sport heading into the 2004 season.

But on September 9 in Arizona, Jackson on his 20th birthday took the mound against Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, who was one day shy of his 40th birthday. Facing a pitcher almost literally twice his age, Jackson allowed just one run in six innings, outdueling the Big Unit for his first major league win.

Parks & recreation

Jackson began his career in 2003, and Oracle Park has been open since 2000 (now on its fourth name). So it’s no surprise that Jackson has pitched in San Francisco before. Wednesday was his sixth start at the ballpark, for five different teams. Oracle Park is one of 35 different ballparks Jackson has pitched in. Keep in mind there are 30 major league teams.

What’s next?

Despite being around for seemingly forever, Jackson is still just 35 years old. There are 32 active pitchers older than Jackson, who has 306 major league starts under his belt. To me, there’s plenty of time for Jackson to continue his grand tour and add a few more notches to his team belt.

Jackson just might have to keep pitching for a while, anyway. After all, it can’t be cheap to house all the jerseys he has worn in his extraordinary career.


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Notre Dame Pool, Honey Dijon, Alvin Baltrop, Glenn Close, Vaccines, Dinosaurs, Milo Ventimiglia, Tolkien: HOT LINKS

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HOLY WATER. Architects propose cross pool atop Notre Dame. “The ideas aired publicly so far are unlikely to please traditionalists who want the 12th century gothic cathedral complete with 19th century spire by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc put back the way it was.”

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‘Bad Boy’ Finds a New Daddy: WATCH

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Artie O’Daly continues his “Bad Boy” short film series with the arrival of a delivery boy with a knack for lifting things.

In the latest film, Scott (O’Daly), an aspiring screenwriter, is working on a film with his chip-addicted agent when he gets an unexpected food delivery. But it turns out that sometimes surprises appear in big ginger packages. Featuring Drew Bradley, Lyndsey Doolen, and Theresa Ryan.

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Should anyone actually want to be the Jets’ GM?

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New York’s looking for a new general manager — but is the opening an opportunity or a crisis?

Less than a month after allowing him to make the Jets’ selections at the 2019 NFL Draft, general manager Mike Maccagnan is out. Now the once-quiet May-June stretch of New York’s offseason will now be occupied with a job search predicated on finding the latest architect of the club’s oft-delayed revival.

But is it a job the league’s hottest power brokers will want?

Whomever takes over will inherit a rising team with a young franchise quarterback in place and a defense loaded with potential. He’ll also take the reins for a team that hasn’t made it to the postseason since 2010 and has won just 14 total games over the past three years. The Jets are also relying on a new head coach who just delivered back-to-back losing seasons with an AFC East rival — and that coach, Adam Gase, is currently the interim general manager, a taste of power from which Gase may be unwilling to part.

The Jets have to fill their top human resources position in hopes of building a roster that can finally dethrone the Patriots and return to the salad days of, uh, Rex Ryan. Is it a job anyone but the hungriest front office climbers should want?

Point: The Jets don’t have much to offer a creative GM candidate

A caveat: any general manager position in the NFL is a good, resume-headlining job. But compared to the other openings that could fly open like a saloon door in the next two years, the Jets’ is a graveyard of opportunity. Whomever takes the reins is handcuffed to the big decisions made by the regime the preceded him.

You’re stuck with head coach (and aforementioned interim roster builder) Adam Gase, he of the 23-25 record at Miami, for at least two years before you can justifiably fire him. You’re stuck with Sam Darnold, who has tremendous potential but also everlasting red flags that followed him from USC to the NFL. Those concerns contributed to a 17:15 TD:INT ratio and the league’s third-worst quarterback rating — behind Blake Bortles and higher than only Joshes Allen and Rosen — in his rookie campaign.

You’re stuck with Maccagnan’s major offseason signing, Le’Veon Bell, for at least two expensive years. He could be the safety valve that clears Darnold’s path to becoming a franchise quarterback. Or he could continue the overlooked decline that saw his yards per carry drop from 4.9 to 4.0 between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. You’re also locked in to C.J. Mosley, whose five year, $85 million contract briefly reset the inside linebacker market. Both are moves that reportedly ruffled Gase’s feathers.

And since the draft has already come and gone, the new GM’s blueprint will have to be built around Maccagnan’s picks rather than the other way around — though to be fair, his final draft in New York appears to be at least relatively sturdy.

There are other factors as well. Every move the Jets’ GM makes will be skewered underneath the hyper-focused gaze of the New York City media and fans — as Giants GM Dave Gettleman will gladly tell you. And the Jets don’t exactly have a great tradition of stability and trust.

If you’re a rising assistant, maybe wait this one out and see if there’s a brighter destination on your horizon. — Christian D’Andrea

Counterpoint: The Jets offer a helluva chance for a GM to shine

If you don’t believe in Sam Darnold, this isn’t the job for you. But it shouldn’t be that hard for the Jets to find someone who does. Yes, he had only a 77.6 passer rating as a rookie, but all things considered, that’s not so bad. He didn’t have many weapons, was forced to thrive in chaos way too often, and continued to show improvement as the season went on.

Darnold was also considered by many to be the best quarterback of the 2018 NFL Draft class, and there will be no shortage of executives who still think highly of him. Considering the way quarterbacks typically jump from year one to year two, Darnold’s probably going to be a much better passer in 2019 and beyond — especially now that he has Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder added to the mix.

The man tasked with leading that offensive growth is Adam Gase. His record with the Dolphins may look bad, but it’s actually pretty impressive that he was close to .500 with that team. Miami gave him absolutely nothing to work with, and he still got wins. The Dolphins went 7-9 in 2018 with a bottom-five offense, a bottom-five defense, and Brock freakin’ Osweiler at quarterback for five games.

When he actually had a quarterback — ya know, like Peyton Manning — Gase was one of the hottest young coaches in the NFL. Manning still raves about him.

The Jets have much more talent than Miami’s primed-for-tanking roster. And if you’re a young executive who believes in the trajectory of Darnold and the coaching ability of Gase, what else is there to be worried about? The defense has young playmakers like Jamal Adams and Leonard Williams. It’s also adding No. 3 pick Quinnen Williams and star free agent acquisition C.J. Mosley.

It’s not exactly a finished product at this point, but the pricy contracts given to Bell and Mosley didn’t mortgage the future either. The Jets are still top 10 in cap space for the 2019 season, and projected to be around the middle of the pack in space in 2020. It also wouldn’t be too difficult to part with Bell after the 2020 season and recoup more space if he ends up disappointing.

The Jets have all their draft picks for the 2020 NFL Draft and young stars at several premium positions already. A better situation for a rising executive will be hard to find. — Adam Stites


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted.
Barr tapped John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to lead the inquiry, but remains directly involved in the probe, which he initiated about three weeks ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The investigation is examining intelligence and surveillance used during the Russia investigation that shadowed Donald Trump’s presidency for nearly two years. Barr is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray as part of the probe.
With Durham’s appointment, Barr is addressing a rallying cry of Trump and his supporters, who have accused the Justice Department and FBI of unlawfully spying on his campaign.
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As he left the White House Tuesday for a trip to Louisiana, Trump referred to Mueller’s investigation as a “hoax” — as he has frequently done in the past — and said he didn’t ask Barr to open the inquiry and didn’t know about it in advance.
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Sergio Aguero made Manchester City’s title inevitable

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City’s star striker turned what could have been a thrilling final day of the Premier League into what has become customary domination.

Few things this season felt as inevitable as Sergio Aguero playing a critical role in Manchester City’s last game.

It’s not that Aguero always scores in those critical moments; that feeling of certainty isn’t entirely logical. We all have ideas of what players are, ideas that can be close to reality but are often shaded by particular moments or discussions about a player. But Aguero’s inevitability is earned, starting in 2012 when he scored the winning goal on the last day of the season to give City their fire Premier League title. A goal that has become his lasting image at the club.

From then, he has had a litany of clutch moments. There was the goal from a near-impossible angle against Norwich in 2017 that put City up by two goals when they were down to ten men. An equalizing goal against Liverpool in February of 2013. The 78th-minute winner against Manchester United in April of 2013 after coming on as a substitute, putting City back in the title chase. The two goals against Chelsea in the Community Shield Cup at the beginning of 2018.

This season, just two games before City’s last game against Brighton, he scored the only goal against Burnley after Burnley frustrated City for most of the game. The goal made sure that City kept control of their destiny, and Liverpool remained chasers.

I watched the game against Brighton with a friend who was rooting for Liverpool to win the title. That hope was highly improbable, but football has a knack for being chaotic. Only one point separated the two teams, and all Liverpool needed was to win their game against Wolves and for City to either draw or lose.

Things started well enough for Liverpool. Sadio Mane scored in the 17th minute. Against City, Brighton was defending as deep as possible and hoofing the ball clear whenever they could.

Then, in the 27th minute, Brighton won a cross during one of the few times they had an attack in City’s half. Glenn Murray got in front of Ederson at the near post to head in the corner by Pascal Gross, and Brighton and Liverpool fans celebrated in tandem. My friend jumped up from his seat, shrieked, and ran around the room with his arms in the air. The goal meant that City needed at least two, which wouldn’t normally seem so daunting, but they had won three of their last four games with 1-0 scorelines. Brighton and Liverpool were in great position.

For roughly two minutes.

Before the possibility of winning the title could settle in the minds of Liverpool fans, or the fear of losing could make City lose their composure, a David Silva flicked pass found Aguero on the left side of Brighton’s box, and City’s greatest forward ever put the ball between the legs of the keeper.

Aguero’s goal emboldened City to push harder for a result, and a few minutes after his goal, Aymeric Laporte scored a header to put them up 2-1. After the half, City scored two more goals. What was on its way to becoming a chaotic last day was refashioned into a boring conclusion.

The victory might not have been as exciting as City’s 2012 title win, but it reinforced the gravity of Aguero. In 2012, his goal was a surprise and a signal of the start of a new era when City would be the dominant force in the Premier League. In the time since then, Aguero has proven he is one of the deadliest players in the world.

His goal against Brighton, rather than being a surprise, had the calming effect of reinforced order in the world. Of course City won the title; they’re the strongest team. And of course it was Aguero who propelled them to it; he’s the best striker in the league.


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Baker Mayfield’s beef with Kliff Kingsbury could be even better in the NFL

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Mayfield played under Kingsbury at Texas Tech in 2013, and it didn’t exactly end well.

The Arizona Cardinals hired former Texas Tech head coach (and briefly, USC offensive coordinator) Kliff Kingsbury in January 2019. His offensive resume is impressive, as well as the quarterbacks he’s coached: Case Keenum, Johnny Manziel, Baker Mayfield, and Patrick Mahomes.

He’ll face one of those guys, Mayfield, when his team plays the Cleveland Browns in 2019 — and things could get pretty interesting when that happens. NFL schedules don’t come out until April so we don’t know the exact date of this game just yet.

Let’s just say Mayfield and Kingsbury’s relationship didn’t exactly end on good terms.

In 2013, Mayfield walked on at Texas Tech, and earned the starting job in Tech’s season opener. The Red Raiders beat SMU 41-23 and then went on to win their next four games. On Oct. 5, Mayfield was 5-0 and had thrown almost 1,500 yards when he suffered a leg injury against Kansas.

Then, Kingsbury had to make do without him. The Red Raiders went 2-5 with five straight losses to close out the season. Mayfield came back In November, but has stated that after his injury, he didn’t have much communication with Kingsbury.

“When I got hurt, there was no communication between me and my coach,” Mayfield told ESPN. “When I got healthy, I didn’t know why I wasn’t playing right away. At that time, we were losing a couple games in a row. I was still clueless as to why I wasn’t playing. That was really frustrating for me because I started the first five games and we won. So, I just didn’t really know exactly what he was thinking or what the situation was.”

December of that same year, Mayfield announced he was transferring after stating Texas Tech hadn’t offered him a scholarship for the spring semester. Kingsbury denied that claim.

“I know a lot has come from Baker’s side, but I loved coaching him, loved the chip on his shoulder, cheered for him in every game except one,” Kingsbury said in July 2016. “It’s been fun to see the success he’s had.”

He transferred to Oklahoma, but was held up by Tech:

Mayfield ended up not being able to play at the rival Big 12 school right away:

There are two relevant rules to know here. One is the NCAA’s, and one is the Big 12’s. The NCAA’s says that players who transfer, if they haven’t already graduated, must sit out a year before returning to game action. That “academic year in residence” is a redshirt season, so players get an extra season tacked on at the end of their careers.

But the Big 12 has a rule that if players transfer within the conference, they lose that year of eligibility, in addition to having to sit out the season. That loss of eligibility could be waived by the player’s former school, but Tech denied Mayfield’s request to do that — and also, for a while, to let Oklahoma put Mayfield on scholarship.

Once Tech relented on that point, the NCAA let Oklahoma have an extra scholarship slot for Mayfield as he sat out 2014.

Luckily, the Big 12 made an exception to the one-year loss of eligibility if the player was a walk-on, so Mayfield got an extra year of eligibility. Eventually, he went on to earn the starting job at OU for three seasons, and he flourished, winning the Heisman Trophy in 2017.

Mayfield faced Kingsbury’s Tech team in 2016, in a game that set NCAA record books on fire.

Oklahoma won 66-59 over TTU, and with Mahomes leading Tech’s offense their teams set the all-time Division I single-game yardage record with 1,708.


It wasn’t all friendly for Mayfield in Lubbock, though. They reportedly chanted “Fuck you, Baker!” at him during the game, and these were seen in the student section:

“You’d like to stay above that,” Kingsbury said of the chants directed at Baker. “Obviously emotions come into play, and we love the charged atmosphere, but obviously it’s not what you want to be portraying for our university, in that stadium, for our program.”

In 2017, Mayfield’s Sooners beat Tech 49-27. The two haven’t seen too much of each other, but it looks like the two are friendly when they do:

Mayfield hasn’t said too much about Kingsbury in his NFL days. But he has had a notable beef with another former coach, Hue Jackson.

Mayfield was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns, and led them to a 7-9 season his rookie year after earning the starting job in Week 3. Jackson was fired by the Browns on Oct. 29, and shortly thereafter, he landed a gig on the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff. Let’s just say Mayfield didn’t think too highly of this. When the Browns faced the Bengals in in November, Mayfield didn’t exactly warmly embrace his former head coach:

And after the Browns’ win, Mayfield was asked about the interaction between the two:

“Didn’t feel like talking to him,” Mayfield told reporters. “He was here trying to tell us to play for him. Then he goes to a team we play twice a year. That’s how I feel. We have people we believe in calling the plays now.”

When the Browns beat the Bengals again in December, Mayfield had this epic stare down of Jackson:

The NFL fined Mayfield $10,026 for unsportsmanlike conduct for this gesture:

Mayfield and now permanent Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens played it coy when asked about it:

“He came over and he simply said, ‘Great play call,’’ Kitchens joked. “That’s something in our room that’s an inside deal in our room that’s going to stay in our room. It’s not a big deal.’’

Mayfield, when asked about the gesture on Wednesday, said ‘Oh well, I didn’t so…’’ and trailed off.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you. I don’t know,’’ he said. “We have a lot of stuff within our locker room, within what we have going on in the offense, a lot of inside jokes. Who knows what it was?”

So you don’t know what I’m referring to?

“No, I try and stay off social media, so everything trending that you’re talking about … “

Mayfield’s game vs. Kingsbury might not have as much drama as the ones against Jackson. But it might!

We do know that the two have spoken months prior to the game, and all appears to be cordial for now:

Guess we’ll just have to see how it goes down when these two meet again!


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