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Monday, August 9, 2010
This and that

By Dick Vitale

Each week I talk about the world of sports:

*I recently had a discussion about a couple of Yankees on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show. Do you agree with me that Alex Rodriguez will eventually get into the Baseball Hall of Fame? Will Joe Girardi end up managing the Cubs? I feel that there is a lot less pressure on Girardi if he returns home to Chicago. Remember, he was a Cubs catcher and also played at Northwestern. If he was to win a championship in the Windy City, they would erect a monument of him!

*Okay, A-Rod finally got his 600th home run, but my feeling is simple. There are only four players in the legit 600 club: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr.!

*Who is your choice for AL MVP? Is it Josh Hamilton of Texas, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers or Robinson Cano of the Yankees? My choice is Hamilton as he has been vital to the Rangers' big lead in their division.

Isiah Thomas
Even though Isiah Thomas will remain behind the scenes in his new role with the Knicks, his presence will draw a lot of attention.
*Keep an eye on Jeremy Hellickson of the Rays. He was superb in his major league debut and he will be a stud in the stretch drive for the playoffs when he is back in the majors. Tampa Bay's scouting system has been excellent and guys like David Price and Hellickson are a perfect example of that.

• Wow, the NBA East has become something special. The Heat have the big three with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Orlando has Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson and company. Chicago has really improved by adding the likes of Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver. My friends, I know there is great talent in Miami but, as a team, I go with the Celtics at this time. The addition of Shaq, who badly wants another championship to cap his career, is another key piece to Boston's puzzle.

• I really find it surprising that Isiah Thomas would be allowed to have an NBA job while coaching in college! He has accepted a role with the New York Knicks while keeping his position running the Florida International program. This can create a wacky situation. We will see how the NBA reacts to this. I like Isiah and appreciate what he has done for my Dickie V gala in the past, but this is a strange dual role.

• Alumni and fans should not panic over eligibility issues involving future stars. In most cases, it is just a matter of time before those issues get straightened out.

• Congrats to Minnesota basketball coach Tubby Smith and family as a new Diaper Dandy arrived in the Smith household. Grandpa must be jumping with joy!