Urban: Urbs' Daily 5 -- Should a pitcher be MVP?


Urban: Urbs' Daily 5 -- Should a pitcher be MVP?

Sept. 6, 2011


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Mychael Urban

Back to work and happily so, right? No? Let's change that right now. Avert your gaze from that daunting spreadsheet for a few minutes and soak up today's set of MLB-related questions, collectively and individually sure to put into your day a charge similar to that fifth cup of coffee you just banged down.1) Should a pitcher ever be considered for a league's MVP award?
Justin Verlander's season for Detroit has people talking, but he's got a teammate -- Miguel Cabrera -- going monster every day. Is every-fifth-day dominance enough to take the prize?
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2) If the A's move to San Jose, will you go to fewer games?
This is assuming you're one of the faithful fans who goes to games in Oakland. Is that assuming too much? 3) Will the Giants sell out the rest of their home schedule?
The streak likely won't end this weekend against the Dodgers, but what if they're cooked by the time that Rockies series rolls around later in the month?4) How old is too old to wear a jersey with another man's name on the back?
Something seems wrong about a 37-year-old paying to rock a 24-year-old's gear. Proposed cutoff: 16.5) Runner at third, one out, tie game, fly ball to right field. If it's your squad, who do you want camped under that ball and ready to throw to the plate?
Ichiro Suzuki can still bring it. Locally, it's hard to ignore Nasty Nate Schierholtz. Hunter Pence? Torii Hunter? Justin Upton?Don't forget to leave your thoughts below, folks. Let us know how you'd handle today's Daily 5. Reader with the best answers wins a jumbo Chick-O-Stick.

Peters happy for Marshawn, but Chiefs 'going to beat the dog s--- out of him'

Peters happy for Marshawn, but Chiefs 'going to beat the dog s--- out of him'

Marshawn Lynch is getting to live out the dream of most pro athletes.

He's getting to finish his career by playing for his hometown team.

One fellow Oakland-native and AFC West rival can appreciate the opportunity in front of Lynch, but also had some fighting words for the Raiders running back.

“For Shawn to finish off this last little stretch of his career here at home, that’s dope,” Chiefs CB Marcus Peters told the Bay Area News Group on July 8.

“It’s going to feel good for him. It’s going to be a good feeling. It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland. But when [the Chiefs] come here, we’re going to beat the dog s--- out of him,” Peters said.

So you can circle Thursday, Oct. 19 on your calendars. The Raiders host the Chiefs in Week 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25pm PT.

Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs


Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be adding a former MVP to the roster.

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose has "committed to sign" with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, according to The Vertical.

The pact is expected to be a one-year, $2.1 million deal, according to ESPN.

In one season with the Knicks, Rose appeared in 64 games. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes.

News of Rose joining the Cavs comes as trade winds swirl around starting point guard Kyrie Irving.

Drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, Rose spent the first eight years of his career with the Bulls and won the 2010-11 NBA MVP.