Michael Morse reacts after hitting an RBI single during the fourth inning of Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. (David J. Phillip/AP)

World Series hero available for hire

Pablo Sandoval isn’t the only member of the even-year teams to struggle after leaving the Giants.

Michael Morse, who drove in the clinching run of the 2014 World Series, was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday.

He’ll likely clear waivers, in which case any team could pick him up for the prorated league minimum, with the Los Angeles Dodgers (who traded him last season) and Pirates covering his $8 million salary.

Their archrival picking up the tab might provide motivation for the Giants to welcome back the swing-and-miss power hitter. But at that price tag — and with the Giants’ already stacked 40-man roster — it’s more likely Morse ends up with the A’s if he returns to the Bay.

Bowman on the Kobe System

Wednesday marked Kobe Bryant’s last NBA game and the masses genuflected to the top-20 all-time player to say goodbye.

A lot of it was driven by Nike, which promoted a #MambaDay trend on Twitter. As a part of the marketing campaign, the brand put together a commercial that featured some of its best athletes including LeBron James, Tiger Woods and 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

The hard-hitting heir to Patrick Willis’ throne expressed why he admired Kobe, “‘No one likes me?’ So what? He’s going to make you like him.” Which doubled as Chip Kelly’s philosophy for player engagement during his time in Philadelphia.

NFL RB, or the A’s best pitcher?

CJ Anderson, the Denver Broncos running back and former Cal Bear, threw out the first pitch for a strike before the A’s game Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Anderson said he’s an A’s supporter, so it must have been an honor throwing in front of literally dozens of his fellow fans at the Oakland Coliseum.

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