WATN: Pat Burrell to rejoin Giants as an Assistant Coach?

WATN: Pat Burrell to rejoin Giants as an Assistant Coach?

Color us unsurprised.

Pat the Bat may have had his issues with the outside breaking ball from time to time, but who among us hasn't (right, Ryan?)? Yes, the guy caught a lot of flack for the one-knee-reaching strikeout, but it's hard to argue Pat Burrell didn't have one of the better batting eyes of any Phillie in recent memory.

Burrell walked 932 times in 12 major league seasons. His OBP's averaged roughly .120 points higher than his batting averages in each of his final three seasons as a Phillie. In his final season in San Francisco, when he wasn't seen as much of threat at the plate, he still reached base in 35 percent of his plate appearances despite hitting just .239.

Seems like he might make for a decent hitting coach, right?

Well, apparently, Giants general manager Brian Sabean agrees. Sabean told MLB.com's Chris Haft that Burrell's "selective plate approach" has impressed the Giants enough that the GM hopes to "figure something out" in regard to the 35-year-old, two-time World Series champ joining the San Francisco coaching staff after he has sufficient time to rehab from a recent shoulder surgery.

Burell is more than likely familiar with the student-teacher role play at this point, so the transition should prove fairly natural. And, really, if you're a promising prospect looking to acclimate yourself to the big leagues, who better to show you the ropes than the guy who managed to crash at a Clearwater retirement community during spring training and still pull chicks? This started about baseball, didn't it?

Add "molder of young minds" to The Bat's growing resume.

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Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Report: Kings called Flyers about bad goalie Steve Mason

Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.

Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.

Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.

Sixers fan ejected for flipping Russell Westbrook the double bird

Sixers fan ejected for flipping Russell Westbrook the double bird

Get this guy season tickets! (Just kidding, we don't endorse this kind of behavior and almost don't find it funny at all)

A man who if you were kind of drunk could almost look like Larry Bird's second cousin was ejected from the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night for showing a bit of negative emotion directed at Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Kids, if you're reading at home, stop....

earmuffs ** He flipped him the double bird ** earmuffs

The fan was later removed from his seat and probably told to act like a decent human.