Mo Walks Away With His Head Held High

Mo Walks Away With His Head Held High

The Sixers held a press conference this morning at which Mo Cheeks talked about being fired as head basketball coach of the team he once led to a championship as a player. We haven't chimed in much here about the decision mostly because we're torn. Cheeks is a class act and the kind of individual you want representing your organization. He was my favorite player growing up even playing alongside the Doc. That said, this team was not clicking and they certainly weren't winning.

Kate Fagan of the Inquirer summarizes Mo's press conference this morning quite well.

Cheeks started by thanking the organization, Ed Stefanski, and the
city for the opportunity to be the head coach in the city in which he
started his playing career. Many times throughout the morning he said
this was his city, he loved this city, and he would be open to working
with the Sixers in a different capacity. Although he said no one has
approached him yet on the topic. Stefanski did say on Saturday that he
would talk to Mo about this after the Holidays.

Cheeks said, "This is a tough situation for me, but it's part of the
business. If you're not winning games, things happen. I can't express
my appreciation as much as I'd like. No one understands the feelings
inside when you get fired." (In such a public forum.)

"I used to say when we had a bad game, 'It's a moment, and it will
pass.' Well this is a moment. I take solace in the fact I did the best
I could. This is not about pointing fingers. I'm not even going to go
into the X's and O's part of it. I'm not going to go into the blame
game. No one that gets fired can come up here and say, 'Look' no one
feels good about it. I would assume the Sixer organization doesn't feel
good about it."

Cheeks will always be remembered more as a player who brought a Championship Parade to this city. Unfortunately, his time as a coach never really had any milestone memories.

I hope Cheeks bounces back and get a job he loves. If that job is a role within the Sixers organization, all the better. The man is a class act in a sports world full of egos.

>>Parting Words [Inquirer]

Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

Phillies 2B prospect Valentin (shoulder) out; Kingery to stay at Double A for now

The Phillies' depth at second base has taken a hit.

Jesmuel Valentin, the starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is headed for surgery after dislocating his left shoulder. General manager Matt Klentak indicated that it was likely Valentin would miss the remainder of the season.

Valentin, 23, made a good showing in big-league spring training camp and, in fact, was the last position player cut from the 25-man roster. He had been off to a slow start at Lehigh Valley, hitting just .229 with a .573 OPS in his first 29 games.

With Valentin out, the Phillies could promote top second base prospect Scott Kingery from Double A to Triple A. While that is likely to happen at some point, nothing is imminent, Klentak said. The IronPigs will use veteran Pedro Florimon at second for the time being.

Kingery, 23, has been on a tear at Reading. He entered Monday leading the Eastern League in homers (13), extra-base hits (25) and slugging (.651). Overall, he was hitting .289 with a 1.018 OPS.

"Not imminent," Klentak said of a possible promotion for Kingery. "Very possible down the road. We've got more than enough infield coverage (at Triple A) to be fine and Kingery is good where he is."

Kingery, a 2015 draft pick, played just 37 games at the Double A level last season. He entered Monday having played in 37 games there this season.

Kingery on Monday was named the Eastern League player of the week for May 15-21. He went 9 for 30 with five homers, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .833 OPS.

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

N.J. high school baseball player performs big-league worthy bat flip

With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.

Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.

In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.

Look at this ridiculous bat flip.

According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.

Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.