Five Things You Missed
On Sunday in Cooperstown, Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez became the newest members of the baseball Hall of Fame.
Is it the sign of the apocalypse? On Sunday, it rained in California, stopping a Padres home game for the first time since 2006 and washing out an Angels home game for the first time since 1995.
In a game known for its winning streaks, the American League won its third straight All-Star Game Game on Tuesday, 6-3.
Baseball’s first “half” concludes this weekend. The All-Star Game takes place in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Here’s 5 things you may have missed.
All-Star voting is closed, and we’ll know soon enough exactly how many Royals are starting.
A Kansas City Royal still leads in All-Star voting at catcher, third, short, second, two outfield spots, and DH, but Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera has jumped ahead at first base and the Angels’ Mike Trout is still the leading vote-getter in the outfield. Voting ends in less than a week.
There is some important off-field news to report, and not all of it is in the spirit of the game. But there was plenty of excitement on the field to remind us why baseball is fun, starting with a rare batting achievement.
Bryce Harper finally faced a pitcher younger than he is. Harper debuted at 19 years old, so it’s not totally unexpected that it took him 415 games to face a younger pitcher.
Baseball is a funny game. On Monday, for the first time in modern Major League history, a starting pitcher recorded double-digit strikeouts, allowed double-digit hits, and lasted fewer than five innings.
There were some records set this past week, some more impressive than others.
On-field excellence from both pitchers and hitters, as well a questionable off-field move, highlight this week’s recap.
This past week saw the reigning Cy Young winner regaining his form, baseball’s most feared slugger hitting one out of the stadium, and the first of its kind triple play.