New York Yankees pitcher Luis Cessa made his first game appearance in nearly two months, struggling with his control as he allowed two runs over 1 2/3 innings for the Class A Tampa Tarpons in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia’s Clearwater Threshers on Monday night.
Well, they mostly gave their approval. The team wasn’t permitted to play as the Syracuse Brannock Devices, because that’s a commercial trademark and would violate MiLB’s rules against advertising on a uniform. After considering a few options (Syracuse Foot Measurers didn’t have much of a ring to it, says Smorol), the team decided to go with the Syracuse Devices.
Once that was settled, Smorol’s small in-house staff had to kick into action. The first task was to create a logo and mascot character something that could literally serve as the face of the promotion. That job fell to Danny Tripodi, the team’s manager of social media and graphics (who, like almost everyone interviewed for this story, did not know the proper name for a Brannock Device until he began working on this project).
Kimes: Dallas Cowboys. Dallas, which hired former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard as its defensive backs coach, is the obvious choice. I think Seattle would rather stomach a brief holdout than cough up Thomas for a mid-round pick, though.
Yates: Los Angeles Chargers. Yes, they used a first-round pick on Derwin James, but top-tier defenses don’t overthink talent. Former Seahawks coordinator Gus Bradley holds the same spot in Los Angeles. The New England Patriots are an example of a team that relied on three-safety looks on two thirds of their snaps last season. It’s a valuable position, and there is no such thing as having too many talented defensive backs.
Sando: Dallas Cowboys. Because of their system and Thomas’ apparent desire to play there.
Bowen: Dallas Cowboys.They make the most sense because of the need at the position and Thomas’ immediate fit in their scheme. This would be a seamless transition for Thomas, and his presence would upgrade the entire Dallas defense.