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Billy Connors Jake DeBrusk Jersey , a three-time New York Yankees pitching coach and confidant of late owner George Steinbrenner, has died. He was 76.

The Yankees said Wednesday that Connors died Saturday. The team held a moment of silence before their game Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium.

”A close and trusted friend of my family for many years,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. ”Billy contributed to the organization in countless ways over his long career as a pitching coach, executive and advisor.”

Connors coached the Yankees from 1989-90, 1994-95 and 2000, and was vice president of player personnel from 1996-2012. He was instrumental in the development of Yankees pitchers Orlando Hernandez, Andy Pettitte, Chien-Ming Wang and Mariano Rivera.

Steinbrenner and Connors would go over pitching plans not only at the team’s spring training complex in Tampa, Florida, but also while regularly watching Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games in the Boss’ suite.

A native of Schenectady, New York, Connors played baseball and basketball at Syracuse and was member of the Schenectady team that won the Little League World Series in 1954.

Connors spent three seasons in the major leagues, starting with the Cubs in 1966 and then with the New York Mets the following two years. He was 0-2 with a 7.53 ERA in one start and 25 relief appearances.

Connors became a Mets batting practice pitcher in 1971 and was a minor league pitching instructor for New York from 1972-76. He spent 17 years in the big leagues as a pitching coach, working for the Chicago Cubs from 1982-86, and also spent time with Kansas City and Seattle.

He was with the Cubs when they won the NL East championship in 1984, the teams’ first postseason trip since winning the 1945 NL pennant. Rick Sutcliffe, acquired in a mid-season trade from Cleveland, went 16-1 to capture the NL Cy Young Award.

Connors also helped the Royals win the 1980 AL pennant.

Former Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott shared a story about Connors’ on Twitter.

”Sadly, our family once lost a beloved dog in an accident Nick Foligno Jersey ,” Abbott wrote. ”I was with the Yankees and on the road in Anaheim when it happened. Our pitching coach, Billy Connors, told me I needed to be at the ballpark early the next day. I arrived to the Yankee clubhouse to find the cutest brown and white Springer Spaniel, ribbon around its neck, frolicking with the players. Billy with a smile on his face. He had driven around Southern CA all morning in search of this puppy. We lived with `Billy’ the Springer Spaniel for 12 years, never forgetting the smile on Billy’s face that day in Anaheim.”

Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux, at his induction ceremony, discussed the important role Connors played in his career. Atlanta scout Tom ”T-Bone” Giordano scouted Connors as a high school player and the pair became long-time friends.

”Lost a dear friend and a heck of guy,” the 92-year-old Giordano said. ”A great baseball man.”

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — There’s no doubt halfback Saquon Barkley is the most-hyped rookie to join the New York Giants since future Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor donned the blue in 1981.

Within weeks of being taken second overall in the draft, the likable 21-year-old from Penn State had the hottest-selling jersey in the NFL. Seemingly half the kids wearing jerseys at training camp had his No. 26 look.

When he touched the ball in camp, there were ‘oohs and aahs’ from the fans, and visions of him going to the house in the regular season to help revive a franchise that went 3-13 last season, the second-worst record in the league.

Dream time is over. With the season opener at home against 2017 AFC runner-up Jacksonville on Sunday, it’s time for Barkley to live up to the hype, just as Taylor did after also being taken with the No. 2 overall pick.

“I just want to play,” Barkley said after a short practice Monday. “It’s finally here. The season is finally here. I didn’t get to play as much as I would like in the preseason, but now it’s here and it counts now, so I am just excited to get on the road. You can tell Jason McCourty Color Rush Jersey , the energy of the team is high and we’re all just excited for this game and this season.”

Barkley had four carries in the preseason for 43 yards. The number was originally reported as five after the first preseason game against Cleveland, but an official review silently changed it.

It stayed at four after Barkley slightly strained a hamstring on Aug. 13 and didn’t play in the final three preseason games. It was a precautionary move.

“The one week I didn’t get that much practice, but after that I was back on my normal schedule,” he said. “I feel pretty confident and I feel pretty good. I just have to continue to attack practice and get better.

For the next week, Barkley plans to immerse himself in watching videotapes of the Jaguars’ defense, a group that last season was the best in franchise history and is loaded with Pro Bowl players.

Barkley has set some personal goals, but he hopes to focus on his next play.

“I’m not a numbers type of guy who says I need this many yards, this many touchdowns,” Barkley said. “My goal is to attack every single day and get better every single day. The rest of the stuff will take care of itself.”

Barkley isn’t sure how many tickets he will need for his NFL debut. His parents and his family are coming to MetLife Stadium and, of course, there might be some surprise visitors he needs to accommodate.

New coach Pat Shurmur caught Barkley off-guard when he talked about the return game Monday. The Giants waived returners Kalif Raymond and Hunter Sharp over the weekend and were awarded Kaelin Clay on waivers. Clay has handled return work in games and would seem to be the best option Sunday.

If they are ready, Shurmur said that Odell Beckham Jr. and Barkley would be options. He did not mention Cody Latimer, who also has experience as a returner.

“I’ll be eager to definitely be in the mix of kickoff return. I did it in college,” said Barkley, who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns last season. “I was able to help my team out in college in that area. If they, or if I show that I’m capable of doing that for the Giants, why not? It’s definitely something I feel comfortable with.”

Don’t count on it this early in the season.

NOTES: LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) did not practice Monday. Shurmur hopes to have him back Wednesday. … TE Evan Engram was on the field but remains in the concussion protocol. … With Davis Webb being cut, Shurmur would not say who is No. 2 behind QB Eli Manning. He hinted it might be Alex Tanney instead of rookie Kyle Lauletta because he likes have a veteran behind the starter.

 


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