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Published: Monday, February 03, 2014 @ 9:03 AM
Updated: Monday, February 03, 2014 @ 9:03 AM
While advertisers spent millions of dollars to get exposure during the Super Bowl, it was Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath who garnered the most attention on social media. When the football hero appeared on the field for the coin toss wearing a massive fur coat, Twitter and other sites buzzed with jokes. The reaction to most ads was much more muted.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
— The newest Cincinnati Red is Rosell Herrera.
Here are five things to know about him after his call-up Thursday to replace veteran Cliff Pennington on the team’s bench.
1. He is a native of the Dominican Republic.
The Rockies signed Herrera in 2009 when he was 16, and he was named Colorado’s No. 12 prospect by Baseball America a year later.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder is a switch hitter who throws right-handed.
2. He was the South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player in 2013.
Herrera moved up to the No. 3 spot in the organization in 2013 when he hit 16 home runs and stole 21 bases while posting a .933 OPS for the Asheville Tourists (Single-A).
After putting up modest numbers in advanced Single-A in 2014 and ’15, he had solid seasons in Double-A and Triple-A in ’16 and ’17, respectively, but never got a call up to the major leagues.
3. The Reds signed Herrera to a minor-league contract last November and invited him to spring training.
He was not among MLB.com's top 30 Reds prospects in the system at the start of the year but hit .267 with an .890 OPS during spring training.
He hit two home runs, a double and a triple in 30 at-bats in Arizona.
4. He has been Triple-A Louisville’s best offensive player so far this season.
Herrera has played 15 games for the Bats, batting a team-high .311 with a .980 OPS. He has paced Louisville in homers (three) and triples (two) while sharing the team lead in doubles (five) and RBIs (10).
He’s also committed three errors.
5. He should bring some versatility.
Herrera began his career as an infielder but added outfielder to his resume in 2015.
This season he has played shortstop, third base, second base and all three outfield spots for Louisville.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:25 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals continued the rebuild of their offensive line by selecting Ohio State center Billy Price with the 21st pick in the NFL Draft tonight.
Price suffered a pectoral injury at the NFL Combine, creating doubt about how far his draft stock would plummet, but all indications are he will be ready for training camp, if not sooner.
Price said he was hopeful to hear his name called in the first round but was still stunned when the phone call came.
“I sat there and looked at my phone,” he said. ” I looked at my agent and said, ‘Holy (crap). It’s Cincinnati.’ He’s like ‘Well, you’ve got to answer the phone.’
“It’s just an unbelievable feeling right now,” Price added. “I’m oozing with emotions right now because this is exactly what I wanted in this draft, for me to be able to go as high as possible and to stay home in Ohio, to stay in the midwest and to bring the brand of Ohio State football down to Cincinnati and to completely be able to do everything, all my hopes and dreams for the NFL.”
Last month the Bengals traded for Cordy Glenn, who is expected to start at left tackle. And Price will enter camp as a projected starter after the Bengals let four-year starter Russell Bodine leave for Buffalo in free agency.
“My goal is to finish up my career at Ohio State and transition to the NFL and set this league on fire from Day 1,” Price said. “It’s that expectation to go and earn a starting job, to compete from Day 1, to be that plug-and-play player at center or guard or whatever the team wanted. There’s a lot of pride coming with me. I have sky high expectations for myself.”
Price is the fourth center the Bengals have selected in the first round, joining Bob Johnson (1968), Blair Bush (1978) and Dave Rimington (1983).
Arkansas center Frank Ragnow, whom the Bengals also were high on, went 20th the Detroit Lions, one pick before the Bengals.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:01 PM
— Ohio State’s recent defensive back draftapalooza continued Thursday night when Denzel Ward was selected No. 4 overall by the Cleveland Browns.
The pick made Ohio State the first school in the common era (since 1967) to have five defensive backs taken in the first round in three years. That run started with Eli Apple in 2016 and continued with Marshon Lattimore, Malik Hooker and Gareon Conley last year.
Ward was a consensus All-American last season as a junior, the only season he was a starter.
He broke up 15 passes, had two interceptions, blocked a punt and an extra-point kick.
A four-star prospect from Nordonia High School in northeast Ohio, he is the 20th Ohio State cornerback drafted in the past 25 years.
Only five of Ohio State’s regular starting corners in that time have not been drafted, an 80-percent hit rate.
The Browns last picked a player from Ohio State in 2009 when they took receiver Brian Robiskie, who was also a northeast Ohio native (Chagrin Falls).
Ward is the 33rd Buckeye to be drafted by the Browns, whose first coach was former Ohio State coach Paul Brown.
The last Ohio State defensive back drafted by the Browns was Dick LeBeau in 1959.
He didn’t make the team but went on to have a Hall of Fame career playing for the Lions before becoming a successful coach in the league.Follow @marcushartman
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:15 PM
— UPDATE, 8:36 p.m.
The Cleveland Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth overall pick after taking Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first overall.
The New York Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley second, and the New York Jets picked USC quarterback Sam Darnold third.
This is the second time in three years an Ohio State player has gone in the top four picks after San Diego took Joey Bosa third in 2016.
The Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick in the NFL Draft tonight.
The Browns also own the fourth pick in the draft and will be back on the clock in about an half hour.
This is the third time since 2012 the Browns have drafted a quarterback in the first round. They selected Johnny Manziel 22nd overall in 2014 and Brandon Weeden 22nd overall in 2012. The team picked DeShone Kizer in the second round last year and took Cody Kessler in the third round in 2016.