Guys who throw a baseball 100 mph are hard to find. But the Minnesota Twins just discovered one named Brandon Poulson, who has been pitching for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. Ever heard of them? Neither have we. Poulson went undrafted this summer, and yesterday the Twins scooped him up for $250,000, a pretty hefty contract for someone passed over by 29 other MLB teams.
There is hope for Poulson yet. Here are five other players from across the four major professional sports leagues who went undrafted but still became highly-regarded names in their respective sports.
If you’re a Los Angeles Kings fan — or you just need a dose of hockey during the dog days of summer — you’ll want to circle tomorrow on your calendar. The official Kings Stanley Cup Champions DVD and Blu-Ray hits stores on Tuesday, and it comes loaded with extras.
The main program is an 86-minute recap of LA’s Stanley Cup-winning season. The film begins with the Kings hoisting their 2011-12 championship banner to the rafters of the Staples Center, but the celebration comes to an abrupt end with LA is defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012-13 Western Conference Final. The loss stings the team, and players and coaches talk about how the experience drove them to find redemption in 2013-14.
Hockey fans have spoken, and they've voted Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron on to the cover of EA Sports' NHL15. The cover was revealed during the NHL Awards presentation in Las Vegas earlier this week.
Voting began a few weeks ago with a field of eight players. Bergeron was one finalist, breakout Montreal Canadiens defenseman PK Subban was the other, with the Bruin earning the coveted spot as the face of the game.
"I have great memories of that game and never in a million years did I imagine that I'd one day be on the cover," Bergeron told the Canadian Press. "It's pretty surreal."
AP — Seven years after Sidney Crosby won his first Hart Trophy, the Pittsburgh captain has been recognized as the NHL's best once again.
Crosby won the NHL's most valuable player award for the second time Tuesday night at the league's postseason awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
After his first full season without major injuries since 2010, the Penguins' 26-year-old center cleaned up at the NHL's awards show to cap a fruitful year that included a second gold medal as Canada's captain at the Sochi Olympics. Crosby also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award as the players' choice for the NHL's most outstanding player.
In a modest acceptance speech, Crosby thanked his teammates and family.
''I appreciate all the sacrifices you've made to allow me to play the game I love every day,'' Crosby said.
The Hockey Hall of Fame is about to get a few new members. Yesterday, the NHL announced the 2014 Hall of Fame class, and it’s a good one. The marquee names are goalie Dominik Hasek (who will be the first Czech player enshrined in the Hall), forwards Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano, and defenseman Rob Blake. Coach Pat Burns, who will be inducted in the Builder Category, and referee Bill McCreary round out the group.
The six hockey legends will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame on November 17. And that gives us a little time to get to know them.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The longest postseason for the Los Angeles Kings led into the longest game they had ever played. After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrik Lundqvist's pads came straight to his stick.
"After it went in, I think I blacked out,"Martinez said. "I'm just so happy for these guys."
From their first elimination game seven weeks ago to Martinez's championship-winning goal, these Kings were resilient, relentless and remarkable.
And now they have the Stanley Cup. Again.
NHL logos are some of the coolest (cough) team crests around. But you know what makes them better? Adding Simpsons characters to them. And that's exactly what graphic designer Mark Avery-Kenny has done. Over on Instagram, Mark has posted images of Simpsons-ized logos that he's created for all 30 teams. Here are some of our favorites: