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- The baseball world got sad news yesterday as Tom Seaver, who had been battling Lyme Disease, dementia, and COVID-19, passed away at the age of 75. The tributes to Seaver, who was one of the best pitchers to ever play the game and is best known for his time with the Mets, came fast and thick yesterday with MLB luminaries of the past and present honored Seaver’s life and career. He will be missed.
- Everyone thought that Aroldis Chapman was going to be punished after he seemingly threw a 101 mph fastball at Rays utilityman Mike Brosseau’s head the other night...and those people were right although the severity of the punishment left something to be desired in the eyes of some. Chapman received a three game suspension while Yankees manager Aaron Boone and Rays manager Kevin Cash each received one game timeouts. All three men also received undisclosed fines.
- If there was one theme to Tuesday night’s MLB action, it was offense. Five teams scored 10 or more runs, with the Cardinals scoring 16 and the Giants tying a San Francisco-era record with 23 runs. Two hitters made history while hitting three homers on Tuesday night: Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson went deep three times and doubled twice at Coors Field, tying Willie Mays for the most total bases (16) in a single game in franchise history, while Braves DH Marcell Ozuna became the first National League player ever to hit three home runs in a game at Fenway Park.
- The trade deadline came and went Monday, and the biggest move of the day was without question the Padres’ trade for Mike Clevinger. San Diego has very clearly made a huge play for a deep playoff run this year as they sent six players, a mix of MLB talent and prospects, to Cleveland for the talented young starter’s services.
- The Athletics find themselves in a strong position of their own in the race for the playoffs. In a move that seems like a peak Billy Beane move, they pulled the trigger on a buy-low opportunity when they added starter Mike Minor from the Rangers.
- Not many people would have pegged the Marlins as buyers at the trade deadline when the season started, but 2020 is a weird year and that is exactly what happened. They went and snagged Starling Marte from the Diamondbacks for a trio of prospects.
- The Mariners and Padres swapped breakout star Austin Nola and prospect Taylor Trammell as a part of a massive seven-player deal.
- The Cubs have acquired José Martínez from the Rays for two players to be named later, which is significantly more interesting and elusive than just one PTBNL. We love a good risk.
- San Diego did not come to play for this year’s trade deadline. The Padres have acquired Mitch Moreland from Red Sox for two of their higher level prospects.
- The Blue Jays acquired Taijuan Walker from the Mariners to kick off some of that sweet, sweet Trade Deadline excitement.
- There are some very real and serious discussions happening in this country right now, and one of those conversations is in regards to police conduct towards people of color. The recent shooting of Jacob Blake has brought this discussion back to the forefront and players across multiple sports took action last week, with multiple MLB teams postponing their games.
- Aaron Judge finally returned to the Yankees lineup against the Braves after dealing with a calf injury, but he quickly headed back. While running the bases, Judge aggravated his calf injury and was sent right back to the injured list.
- With pitchers getting ramped up during the shortened 60-game 2020 season and teams being more cautious than ever with their starters, the odds seemed long that we’d see a no-hitter of the solo variety this year. However, White Sox ace Lucas Giolito proved those odds wrong last Tuesday night, holding the lowly Pirates hitless while walking one and striking out 13.
- In some refreshing baseball news that doesn’t involve test results, the Blue Jays have acquired Daniel Vogelbach from the Mariners in exchange for cash considerations. Seattle has designated the young DH for assignment earlier last week. Once a highly regarded prospect, Vogelbach struggled with the Mariners this abridged season, slashing an anemic .094/.250/.225 over his first 64 plate appearances. It’s hard to imagine that this same player was selected for last year’s All-Star Game. Let’s hope a change of scenery can set him up for an underdog comeback that we all desperately need this season. Please, something, anything that’s good news.