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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Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.