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Rangers draft paralyzed outfielder Johnathan Taylor

From NBC Sports Hardball Talk:

The Rangers used their 33rd-round pick Wednesday to draft University of Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor, who was paralyzed after an outfield collision in March and is considered unlikely to walk again.

Taylor fractured two vertebrae in his spine in a collision with teammate Zach Cone three months ago.  Cone was the Rangers’ second-round pick, and it looks like the team decided it’d be a nice gesture to select Taylor afterwards.

The paralysis has affected all of Taylor’s extremities, so he is considered a tetraplegic.  He has some use of his arms, but no feeling in his legs or fingers.  Still, he is able to use his hands again and even play video games.  Since his spinal cord wasn’t severed, the hope is that his condition will continue improve with time.

Taylor hit .335 with a team-best .442 OBP for the Bulldogs in 2010.  He was playing in Georgia’s 11th game of this season when he was injured.

 

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It’s hot in Texas, so why the black jerseys?

The Grand Prairie AirHogs baseball team played the Amarillo Sox today at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie. What was funny about the event was the AirHogs chose to wear thier black jerseys. Now anyone in Texas can tell you if you are out in the hot Texas sun, that’s the last color you want to wear in the direct sunlight.

The pitching coach for the AirHogs agreed. Let’s listen to Coach Thad Markray of the AirHogs:

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Here’s what we know about the NBA Finals so far

We know that the series is now tied 2-2.

We know that Dirk Nowitzki will play through a bad finger injury with a brace, will play through with a 101 degree temperature, and we also know LeBron James is human after all.

From the Miami Herald today:

It’s not just the first time in his playoff career that LeBron has been held  below 10 points. It’s the first time in 434 NBA games, regular season and  playoffs included. It’s the first time overall since Jan. 5, 2007.

If he’d done this in Cleveland, sat on the weak side watching teammates do  the bulk of the lifting, he would’ve been called a quitter. Given that his team  was hardly getting blown out of this one – in fact, the Heat was leading by nine  points with 10:30 left in the fourth quarter with LeBron playing the facilitator – it should probably just be called a once-in-a-lifetime oddity. The Halley’s  Comet of LeBron James’ playoff career.

Ouch! It goes further:

But here’s where the criticism is absolutely valid in this one. If LeBron had  played 44 minutes as the sidekick, the egoless point forward with all the right  intentions, and then turned it on for the final four minutes, no one would’ve  been concerned about the final stat line.

If LeBron James decided that, in the final few minutes with the Heat  desperate for big buckets, he would switch to a scorer’s mentality and just  flat-out missed, it would at least be reasonable.

But for LeBron to attempt exactly one shot in the fourth quarter when his  team needed everything he had, it’s pretty much inexcusable.   

So to put it mildly, LeBron is taking some HEAT (hahaha) for his poor performance no?

Look, the Dallas Mavericks are playing hard. They are huffing and puffing, running around bandaged up with a temperature of 101. These “old” guys have this series tied up at 2 games apiece. It’s going to be very interesting the way this thing ends up, but we do know that the Mavs are trying really hard in this thing. More than some players are playing right?

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