Roy Halladay Is So Much Better Than You, He Even Finds Email Useful

Roy Halladay Is So Much Better Than You, He Even Finds Email Useful

Email is annoying, isn't it? Always some new sales pitch from Amazon.com or J. Crew. And they're the only mildly annoying ones. Then there are all the Nigerian scams and PR pitches to write about this great hand cream that can really help you get through the NFL Draft.

But Roy Halladay's emails are better than the rest us. Because he's Roy Halladay. And he emails with a purpose.

After getting off to a bumpy start to the season, Halladay turned to his email -- Gmail? Yahoo! mail? Does he get a Roy.Halladay@Phillies.com address? -- in search of guidance. And he found it in the form of archived emails from his old sage, Harvey Dorfman.

As many of you know, Dorfman passed away a couple of years back, but Halladay kept all of his old correspondence with the former sports psychologist.

MLB.com's Todd Zolecki got the story:

Fortunately for Halladay, he saved nearly every email exchange with
Dorfman over the last five years of his life, so before his April 14
start against the Marlins in Miami, he read the ones he sent before the
2010 postseason, when the pitcher no-hit the Reds in Game 1 of the
National League Division Series and beat the Giants in Game 5 of the NL
Championship Series, despite pitching with a strained groin, to keep the
series alive.

"It was pertaining to big games and big situations and must-wins and
those types of things," Halladay said last week at Citizens Bank Park.
"I felt like that was something that I was kind of dealing with at that
point, even though winning a game at Miami isn't a must-win. There's a
lot of good stuff in there. As much as you read, you just never remember
it as much as you wish you could."

The crux of it seems to be that Doc needed to focus less on the big picture, less on proving everybody wrong, and simplify things. Focus more on each singular pitch. The results will work themselves out.

Pretty awesome. Roy Halladay even knows how to use email better than the rest of us.

BRB, gonna go look for some productivity tips over at Lifehacker.

>>Doc draws inspiration from late sports psychologist [MLB]

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Buccaneers promote former Eagles WR Josh Huff to active roster

Josh Huff is back on an NFL active roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are calling the wide receiver up from their practice squad to their 53-man roster. The Eagles released Huff just over a month ago following his arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm. 

The 25-year-old Huff was originally a third round pick by the Eagles in 2014. He made 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns over three seasons. He excelled on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. One of those kick returns came in his penultimate game with the Eagles, a 21-10 win over the Vikings on Oct. 23. 

Huff replaces Cecil Shorts III for the Buccaneers after Shorts suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday in San Diego.

Meanwhile, the Eagles have filled Huff's role in the offense with rookie receivers Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner. 

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

MLB Notes: Red Sox acquire ace LHP Chris Sale from White Sox

OXON HILL, Md. -- All-Star ace Chris Sale is joining the reloading Boston Red Sox, leaving behind his shredded reputation with the Chicago White Sox.

Boston acquired Sale on Tuesday for a package of four prospects, including high-priced Yoan Moncada.

Sale was a top trade target at the winter meetings and the AL East champion Red Sox were getting him instead of Washington, which also pursued.

A few hours earlier, Boston got prime setup man Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee. After that deal was announced, without tipping his hand, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said: "We're trying to win now, as you can see."

Boston acquired Sale for minor league pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, outfielder Luis Basabe and Moncada, a third baseman (see full story).

Red Sox get setup man Thornburg from Brewers for INF Shaw
OXON HILL, Md. -- The Boston Red Sox have gotten the setup man they wanted, acquiring right-hander Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers in a package that included infielder Travis Shaw.

The deal was announced Tuesday and was the first trade at baseball's winter meetings.

Milwaukee also got minor league infielder Mauricio Dubon, minor league right-hander Josh Pennington and a player to be named or $100.

The 28-year-old Thornburg will become Boston's eighth-inning guy, setting up closer Craig Kimbrel for the AL East champions. Thornburg was 8-5 with 13 saves and a 2.15 ERA in 67 games for the Brewers, striking out 90 in 67 innings.

The 26-year-old Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs last season. He mostly played third base, and also saw time at first.

The 22-year-old Dubon hit a combined .323 and scored 101 runs between the Single-A and Double-A levels. The 21-year-old Pennington was 5-3 with a 2.86 ERA in Class A (see full story).

Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits.

The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony.

Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. He won five World Series titles and was a 14-time All-Star during a 20-season career that ended in 2014 and he is sixth in career hits with 3,465.

Jeter set Yankees records for hits, games (2,747), at-bats (11,195), doubles (544) and stolen bases (358) (see full story).