Monday’s PFT Live draft included a look at the coaches with which we’d start a franchise. (Stats said I won, even if the voters disagreed.)
Tuesday’s PFT Live featured a similar proposition: Which G.M. would you start a franchise with?
Logan Forsythe (R), 4 percent, Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (LHP Ty Blach): Forsythe has hit southpaws well, putting him in great position for a productive day against Blach. The crafty lefty allows frequent contact, aiding the matchup.
Nicky Delmonico (L), 2 percent, Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers (RHP Mike Fiers): Fiers is expected to be activated off the disabled list to start his first game of 2018. While he has no restrictions, he isn’t likely to work deep into the contest, meaning Delmonico benefits from the platoon edge and multiple likely innings against a subpar Tigers bullpen.
Babich was Urlacher’s coach for nine seasons (2004-2012), as linebackers coach, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Urlacher won a defensive player of the year award under his tutelage (2005).
“I am so humbled by the offer that Brian gave me to present him,” Babich said. “He is such a good guy and was such a good player, but even more so than that, he was a great person to be around.”
Babich is now working as linebackers coach for the Bills.
The Cavaliers winning the Eastern Conference would also buck historical trends. No team has made the NBA Finals with a point differential worse than plus-3.2 (Cleveland’s mark last season) since the New York Knicks in 1999 (plus-1.0) after a lockout-shortened season. Just three other teams since the merger (the 1978 Seattle SuperSonics and Washington Bullets and 1981 Houston Rockets) have made it with a point differential worse than plus-2.