Vikings to induct late coach Dennis Green into the team’s Ring of Honor in September

When people think of Dennis Green, his famous line they are who we thought we were following his Cardinals ‘ loss to the Bears in 2006 inevitably comes up. The Vikings, however, remember Green for much more. They will be inducting the former coach into the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime of the Vikings’ game against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 23. Green, who died in 2016 due to cardiac arrest, was 97-62 in 10 seasons (1992-2001) as the Vikings’ coach, missing the playoffs only twice.
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Only Bud Grant A.Q. Shipley Jersey who won 151 games between 1967 and 1983 for the Vikings coached the team to more victories. Green also led the Vikings to a 15-1 record in 1998 a season that ended in heartbreak, but one that still gave the team and its fans plenty of fond memories.

He opens my eyes from the at-bat quality, Boone said. Since the day we first called him up in Kansas City, right away you saw good, patient at-bats. He’s up there looking to do damage.

Any time we just throw him in there, right away there’s a plan and I feel like he’s giving you a mature at-bat plus with he’s tooled up. He can hurt you if you make a mistake.

The Astros have evolved into a model, 21st-century organization that works in lockstep all the way from owner Jim Crane, to Luhnow and his baseball operations department, to field manager/team spokesman/front-office liaison A.J. Hinch, arguably the Marshawn Lynch Jersey prototype for a big league skipper in a 2018 context. The Houston clubhouse is a lively, well-integrated environment with few apparent cliques and lots of video hockey.

(At least in spring training.) The players are embedded in the Houston community, which never was more apparent than during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Houston’s payroll is nicely dovetailed with the on-field value provided by the roster, and the system is still bearing fruit, with top prospects like outfielder Kyle Tucker waiting on a big league opportunity.

Thus, it was no surprise this week when Crane promoted Luhnow to the title of president of baseball operations and general manager and extended his contract through the 2023 season. The Astros’ window of contention is wide open, and even with crucial contract negotiations approaching in the years ahead Springer, Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers and Carlos Correa Houston seems poised to be an American League power for the foreseeable future.