March 20, 2010SCOTTSDALE,Ariz. -- Ive often said that the best sports journalism takes fans where theycant otherwise go. That should be the goal of everybody in the business: servethe fan.And while thispost is certainly self-serving to an extent, Im compelled to post it to makesure the Bay Areas baseball fans dont miss out on a supremely cool thingwere doing this week on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California.As youre surelyaware, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area is the television home of the Giants, with Comcast SportsNet Cali the TVhome of the As. Beginning Saturday, March 20, were bringing you as close asyoull ever get to big-league players during spring training -- and given thegreat access fans have in the desert as it is, thats saying something.How close? Howabout in the dugout, during the game?Thats wherewell be, talking to a variety of your favorite players, on Saturday while theGiants are hosting the Reds at Scottsdale Stadium; on Wednesdaynight as the As host the Dodgers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium; and Thursdaynight as the As and Giants square off back in Scottsdale.Buster Poseyhits a bomb? Well bust out an interview with him, on the spot.Rajai Davisbecomes the first man in baseball history to steal first base? Well steal himfrom his teammates for a couple of minutes and bring him to you.Its somethingTV crews cant do during the regular season, unless you count the mind-numbingheadset chats with a pitching coach youve never heard of.Announcerto coach: Phil, hows your young lefty holding up in this heat?Coach: Well,Ill tell you what, Joe -- this kids in great shape. As long as he hits hisspots and stays on top of the ball and throws downhill and works both sides ofthe plate and changes speeds and stays hydrated, hes gonna be just fine.Fans:Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.There will be nosleeping during Comcast SportsNets TV coverage of the Giants and As this week. Youre gonnalove it, and for those of you whove been missing our Home Movies, heres alittle bonus: The flip cam will be in the dugout, too!--MychaelUrban
Veteran free-agent defensive tackle Earl Mitchell is scheduled to travel to the Bay Area on Tuesday evening and spend most of Wednesday with 49ers officials and coaches.
The 49ers will be Mitchell’s second visit on a four-city free-agent tour, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Mitchell is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday before traveling to the Bay Area. After meeting with the 49ers, Mitchell is set to fly to Denver, where he will meet with the Broncos on Wednesday evening and Thursday. Then, he will travel to Atlanta to visit with Falcons officials and coaches Thursday evening and Friday.
Mitchell became a free agent last week when the Miami Dolphins cut him to avoid paying his scheduled $4.5 million salary for the 2017 season. The move saved Miami $4 million in cap space.
Mitchell (6 foot 3, 310 pounds) is a seven-year veteran who could fit into the 49ers’ new 4-3 defense under new coordinator Robert Saleh. Mitchell played the first four seasons of his NFL career in Houston, where Saleh was a defensive quality control coach during Mitchell’s rookie season.
Mitchell appeared in just nine games last season for the Dolphins after serving a stint on injured reserve early in the season with a calf injury. He has appeared in 100 games in his career with 38 starts.
The Kings traded Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, prompting the forward to post a heartfelt message on his Instagram account.
I want to thank the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to play basketball in front of the great fans of Sacramento. My wife and I felt in Sacramento like being home and this is something we both will cherish for ever. This definitely isn't easy for me and my family to leave, and you all know how much I love our city, organization and fans but the time has come. I want to wish nothing but success to my Kings. I will definitely will follow and cheer from afar.
Always a big part of my heart,
Casspi, 28, averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 18 minutes per game for the Kings this year.
I want to thank the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to play basketball in front of the great fans of Sacramento. My wife and I felt in Sacramento like being home and this is something we both will cherish for ever. This definitely isn't easy for me and my family to leave, and you all know how much I love our city, organization and fans but the time has come. I want to wish nothing but success to my Kings. I will definitely will follow and cheer from afar. Always a big part of my heart, Omri #18