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Ken Rosenthal tried to answer why White Sox vice president Ken Williams was the one to confront first-baseman Adam LaRoche.
"I oversee all of baseball operations here," Williams said. "I very rarely feel the need to step in, but it's my prerogative to do so when I feel the need.
"This had the potential to piss people off and I'm the best one to absorb the heat. Period. Rarely do I involve myself in clubhouse matters with the last being offensive music with lyrics that could offend the female reporters around. This would make the second time in maybe 12 years. That's not terribly intrusive."
Speaking of Adam LaRoche and the White Sox, SB Nation's Grant Brisbee looked at the unwritten rules of bringing a kid into the clubhouse.
In a bit of a scary scene yesterday, Brewers outfielder Rymer Liriano was carted off the field and hospitalized after getting hit in the face with a pitch.
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs explored the logical Rangers/Padres blockbuster trade.
So that’s my suggestion. Gallo and a second solid prospect to the Padres for Tyson Ross, Derek Norris, and the Padres cover the costs of both players in 2016. The Rangers add a potential four or five wins to their ledger this year, while the Padres get a guy whose power will definitely play in Petco, and could turn into a franchise cornerstone if he makes the necessary adjustments. And because Gallo could step right into San Diego’s starting line-up, this would be an easier sell to management and the fan base, especially if Gallo has a big rookie year.
The easier path is to just make a more minor trade for Norris, but the Rangers and Padres have things that can help each other, and there should be a larger deal here that makes sense for both sides.
Is Christian Yelich a successful faliure? Randy Holt of Beyond the Box Score explains.
ESPN's Dave Schoenfield believes that Robinson Cano is a future Hall of Famer, but might not be a superstar anymore.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1908, Ty Cobb signs with Detroit for $4,000 plus an $800 bonus if he can hit over .300. He ends up being the league-leader with a .324 average.