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Kershaw to start All-Star Game for NL, McClanahan for AL
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will start for the National League tonight in the first All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium since 1980, and Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan will be on the mound for the American League.
Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani will lead off for the AL as the designated hitter. Last year, he was the starting pitcher and led off as the DH in the AL’s 5-2 win at Denver.
The 34-year-old Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, is 7-2 with a 2.14 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. Two years ago, he helped Los Angeles win its first World Series title since 1988.
Kershaw, who passed Don Sutton in April for the team career strikeouts lead, will become the third Dodgers pitcher to start in the last seven All-Star Games, following Zack Greinke in 2015 at Cincinnati and Hyun Jin Ryu in 2019 at Cleveland. He will be the 13th pitcher to start in his home ballpark, the first since former teammate Max Scherzer in 2018 at Washington.
In a matchup of left-handers, McClanahan becomes the second Rays pitcher to start an All-Star game after David Price in 2010 at Anaheim. McClanahan, a first-time All-Star, is 10-3 with a major league-leading 1.71 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 110 2/3 innings.
Ohtani is followed in the AL batting order by New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge, Boston third baseman Rafael Devers, Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton, Minnesota center fielder Byron Buxton, Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, Cleveland second baseman Andres Gimenez and Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk.
Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. will lead off for the NL and be followed by Dodgers center fielder Mookie Betts, San Diego third baseman Manny Machado, St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner, Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, Atlanta designated hitter William Contreras, San Francisco left fielder Joc Pederson and New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil.
Willson and William Contreras are the first set of brothers to make the All-Star rosters in the same year since Aaron and Bret Boone in 2003. The Contreras siblings are the fifth pair of brothers to start together in the All-Star Game, joining Mort and Walker Cooper in 1942 and ’43, Dixie and Harry Walker in 1947, Joe and Dom DiMaggio in 1949 and Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1992.
Juan Soto overcomes JRod, contract talk to win HR Derby
LOS ANGELES (AP) Juan Soto bet heavily on his own talent and health by turning down a massive, long-term contract extension from the Washington Nationals.
Soto then went to the Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium and showed why he almost certainly can’t lose.
Soto won the Derby for the first time Monday night, holding off Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez 19-18 in the final.
The 23-year-old Soto hit 53 total homers, beating each of his three opponents by one homer while hitting second each time in the midseason power showcase. Soto was locked in at the plate even after spending an hour earlier at Chavez Ravine answering repeated questions about his possible departure from the Nats after turning down a $440 million offer.
“It feels amazing. It feels tiring,” said Soto, a reserve on the NL All-Star team for Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic. “I just tried to concentrate to square off the balls, because I know I have the power.”
With a big celebratory bat flip after the final homer dropped into the stands, Soto became the second-youngest Home Run Derby winner in baseball history – by a single day. At 23 years and 266 days old, Soto is only one day older than Juan Gonzalez was when he won in 1993.
Soto hit a 482-foot blast to right-center while beating Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez 18-17 in the first round, and he got past 42-year-old Albert Pujols 16-15 to reach the final.
Rodriguez was even more impressive in the first two rounds while signaling his arrival on baseball’s biggest stages, particularly when he knocked off two-time defending champion Pete Alonso of the Mets 31-23 in the second round. Only four players had managed to hit 30 homers in a single Derby round before the Mariners’ 21-year-old phenom did it twice, and he finished the night with 81 of them.
“What did I show the fans? Who I am,” said Rodriguez, who made his big league debut on April 8 and hit his first career homer on May 1. “A little bit of my style, of who I am. I think they know a little bit now.”
In the final-round matchup between Dominican-born friends who sometimes play “Call of Duty” together, Soto started slowly while batting second, failing to hit his first homer until his 10th swing. He eventually caught fire to win a lively Derby that began with an on-field pyrotechnic flame display that spooked the competitors.
Soto hit the winning 415-foot homer with 20 seconds of bonus time to spare, then whipped his bat in the air before being swarmed by other Dominican All-Stars. His homers traveled a total of 5.41 miles.
Soto earns a $1 million prize – a whole lot more than his $700,000 salary this season – and another highlight on his resume as his time with Washington possibly nears an end. Soto started his day at Dodger Stadium answering rapid-fire questions in two languages about his future, with agent Scott Boras standing right next to him throughout the grilling.
“I’m a lone survivor,” Soto said with a laugh. “I’ve been going through all this stuff, and I’m still here standing up and with my chin up, all the time. And that shows you I can go through anything.”
Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year contract to stay with the Nationals in a decision first reported by The Athletic last weekend, and he could be traded by the end of the month. That contract would have been the biggest in total value and the 19th-largest by average salary in baseball history.
“Right now, I’m not even thinking about it,” Soto said while hoisting the trophy over his head. “I’m a champion, and I will be a champion for the Nationals.”
Potential suitors for Soto are chasing a former World Series champion still reaching his prime, one whose power is just one aspect of his overall ability – but as he showed in Los Angeles, the long ball is a key component of his skills. Soto will turn 26 years old around the time when he is eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.
But until the final, the Derby’s best stories were the oldest and the youngest competitors.
Pujols beat top-seeded Kyle Schwarber in a heartwarming first-round upset before Soto finished his night in a victory that probably didn’t much bother Pujols, an idol to fellow Dominican stars such as Soto and Rodriguez.
“In (the Dominican Republic), I know all the people are really proud,” Soto said. “Since we all three were in the finals, three Dominicans, it just shows you, it’s a win for the DR, so we feel pretty proud about it.”
Pujols, a special commissioner’s invitee for Tuesday’s game, was embraced by both his fellow All-Stars and the Southern California fans who cheered for him for nine seasons in Anaheim and again last year with the Dodgers.
Rodriguez became the third-youngest Derby finalist at 21 years, 201 days old, with only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bryce Harper getting there quicker. Rodriguez will have another chance to become the youngest Derby winner next year at home in Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, since he’ll still be younger than Gonzalez was in 1993 or Soto is today.
Rodriguez’s 32 dingers against Texas’ Corey Seager in the first round were the second-most ever in that round, and the rookie was nearly as sharp in the second round while finishing off Alonso, whose mid-competition meditation sessions didn’t do the trick.
Pujols was seemingly everybody’s sentimental favorite competitor heading into his fifth and final Home Run Derby, this time as a platoon player with just six homers this season for the Cardinals. Pujols is fifth on baseball’s career list with 685 homers, but he hadn’t tried the Derby since 2015 while with the Angels.
He hit just one homer in the first minute at Dodger Stadium before taking his timeout and choosing a lighter bat, which allowed him to finish strong with 13 homers in regular time in the opening round – including a break for a 30-second ovation from the other All-Stars, who gathered around him and cheered before his bonus time.
Pujols’ total was the lowest so far in the Derby, and he thought he was done – he even gave away his batting gloves to Joe Musgrove’s cousin. He had to retrieve the gloves for overtime after Schwarber managed only 13 himself, and Pujols held off Schwarber to advance.
Shohei Ohtani is ‘Made In Japan’ with American adaptations
TOKYO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is doing things no other player has ever done, a point of pride for Japanese like Fumihiro Fujisawa.
Fujisawa is the president of the Association of American Baseball Research — similar in Japan to SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. So he knows the numbers. But he has trouble recognizing Ohtani, who is built like a tight end in American football.
“In the last five years his body has become bigger and stronger. We see that he’s become an American — not a Japanese,” Fujisawa said.
There have been physical changes, added maturity and cultural adaptations. But make no mistake, Ohtani is “Made In Japan” — 100% — with roots deep in the Japanese countryside.
American Robert Whiting, who has written bestsellers about baseball in Japan, views Ohtani as the result of 150 years of baseball evolution. An American professor in Tokyo in 1872 introduced the game, which is known in Japanese as “yakyu,” or “field ball.”
Ohtani follows two other milestone players — pitcher Hideo Nomo, who joined the Dodgers in 1995, and Ichiro Suzuki, who has more than 3,000 hits and is likely headed to Cooperstown when he becomes eligible in 2025.
But there were always qualifiers with those two, and with others. When Nomo excelled, some dismissed him as only a pitcher. Japanese could pitch — they were technically proficient — but couldn’t make it as position players. Then Ichiro came along. Well, he could hit but not for power.
Now comes Ohtani. He pitches, he has power and he’s one player, not two. No asterisks or footnotes needed.
“Ohtani can defeat Americans on their own terms, or the Latin Americans for that matter,” Whiting told the AP. “I mean, he’s bigger than most of them. He’s stronger than most of them, plus he’s pitching every five days and he’s hitting at the top of the order every day. You can make the argument that Ohtani is the best baseball player in the history of the game just because of what he did last year and this year. You could argue that he deserves to be MVP every year as a top-10 hitter and top-10 pitcher.”
No argument from Astros manager and AL All-Star manager Dusty Baker, for whom Ohtani will lead off as the designated hitter in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.
“He’s not just an All-Star, he’s a megastar,” Baker said.
Whiting is the author of the bestselling book “You Gotta Have Wa,” which looks at Japanese culture through the prism of sports. Another book, “The Samurai Way of Baseball,” follows the career of Ichiro, who was Japan’s most famous player until he retired in 2019. It was also titled “The Meaning of Ichiro.”
Ohtani came up in Japan’s highly regimented baseball system at Hanamaki Higashi High School in largely rural Iwate prefecture in northeastern Japan. Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi attended the same high school a bit earlier.
As a teenager, Ohtani constructed an 81-box development chart detailing his goals. The step-by-step process is well known in Japan, and so is Ohtani’s own chart. He lists baseball areas for improvement, but also the mental and personal side.
He specifies, among other things, that to improve he needs to read books, clean the room, improve the slider, get the fastball up in the 100 mph range — and be trustworthy.
“Ohtani was raised in this Japanese, martial arts-inspired training system where you join a baseball team and you play year-round. It’s not a seasonal thing like the States,” said Whiting, who has lived on and off for 60 years in Japan.
“Ichiro in his first year in high school was probably the best player on the team, but he couldn’t play. He had to do the laundry and cook the meals. He’d get up in the middle of night and practice his swing. The same thing with Ohtani. He was cleaning toilets in high school during his first year.”
This is not that unusual. Public schools in Japan have limited cleaning staffs, so students do it to learn discipline and humility.
Ichiro had an edge, often defying the conventions of Japanese culture. The Japanese phrase “deru kugi wa utareru’” captures him: “The nail that sticks up gets hammered down.”
Ohtani appears to be the opposite — polite, soft-spoken and discreet, a player whose only focus seems to be baseball. There are few reports about any social life.
“The guy is totally committed,” Whiting said. “It’s not too much to call him a modern-day warrior monk.”
“In high school there are countless, endless practices and development of spirit and teamwork and self-sacrifice,” Whiting added. “That’s the essence of the martial arts. It’s the essence of Japanese life. You see it in the corporations, in the school systems. He grew up in a culture where there was a lot of discipline.”
A game in 1896 in Yokohama between Japanese and Americans stands out in local history. Japan won 29-4, and many of the players were from Samurai families. The result was front-page news in Japan.
Whiting quotes Japanese historian Kyushi Yamato: “Foreigners could not hope to understand the emotional impact of this victory, but it helped Japan, struggling toward modernization, after centuries of isolation, overcome a tremendous inferiority complex it felt toward the more industrially advanced West.”
Ema Ryan Yamazaki, in collaboration with Japan’s NHK television, directed a 90-minute film several years ago about Japan’s annual high school baseball championship, which is known as Koshien. The film is titled “Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams.” ESPN aired it in 2020, and Yamazaki included a brief interview with Ohtani.
“Koshien is like our World Series,” Ohtani said. “Except that it’s a single-elimination, so one loss and it’s over.”
The film features long interviews with Hiroshi Sasaki, Ohtani’s high school coach who gets some credit for nurturing Ohtani, as does Hideki Kuriyama, who coached him at the Japanese professional team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
His parents were both athletes in their own right: Toru, a semi-pro baseball player, and Kayoko, accomplished at badminton.
Sasaki is fond of Bonsai, the Japanese practice of growing miniature trees in pots. In the film, Sasaki talks about the difficulty of raising Bonsai, the need to remove wires that guide the branches and the duty to eventually put the plants in larger pots. He seems to be talking about Ohtani.
“I didn’t create Ohtani, he was incredible from the beginning,” Sasaki said in the film. “But I do think about how many pitchers I may have killed before him by my poor coaching. There are so many plants I killed by forcing them into my own small pots. So it’s scary for me to speak of having raised Ohtani.”
Yamazaki said it was her understanding pitchers at Ohtani’s high school were singled out for the “grunt work” of cleaning toilets since they received the most attention on the field.
“He (Ohtani) has dedicated himself to being the best baseball player he can be, every moment of his life,” she said. “He eats whatever, not necessarily because it’s tasty, but because it’s good for his body. He spends the offseason struggling around his training schedule rather than hanging out like a lot of baseball players do.”
When the Angels signed Ohtani, they promised to let him follow his own agenda for physical conditioning and recovery work. They deferred to his expertise and kept their word, although much of the front-office staff has been fired since Ohtani signed.
“There’s nobody I trust more, who knows his body,” said manager Phil Nevin, Ohtani’s fourth manager since joining the Angels.
Japan-born Yamazaki, who divides her time between Japan and New York, found out what most reporters know after interviewing Ohtani: His answers tend to be basic without much elaboration.
“It’s not like he’s a man of many words or is full of illuminating quotes,” she said. “I know some journalists wish he would be more colorful. Even when I was asking him about those nostalgic years of high school, it didn’t seem to be emotional for him in any way. He is charismatic in person, but he shows what he can do on the field rather than with his words.”
Like Fujisawa, the American baseball researcher, Yamazaki was struck by Ohtani’s “Americanness,” or at least his ability to adapt. Not all Japanese players have been able to, surrounding themselves with a Japanese entourage and other artifacts from home.
“He is monk-like in his craft, but I wonder if that adaption to American culture is also a part of what’s gone so well for him,” she said. “He’s very emotional on the field. He doesn’t hesitate to be happy when he gets a strikeout or when he’s hanging out with teammates or interacting with fans in an American way. He’s not stone-faced and never cracking a smile, which is pretty much how Ichiro was.”
Exploring Juan Soto trades – no matter how far-fetched
The trade deadline became a bit more suspenseful over the weekend when The Athletic reported that Washington outfielder Juan Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year offer to stay with the Nationals.
Suddenly, social media was ablaze with talk of Soto possibly being traded, and what kind of incredible offer it might take to acquire him.
A deal involving the 23-year-old star would be seismic because of his talent, his youth and the fact that he’s not due to be a free agent until after the 2024 season. Any team considering acquiring Soto would have to weigh how likely he’d be to stay there, but even 2 1/2 years of him could be worth quite a bit.
It’s moments like these that online trade simulators were meant for, and baseballtradevalues.com was probably getting a lot of hits Saturday. That site tries to put a figure on a player’s value, while accounting for his contract status. For example, Soto’s trade value (his projected on-field worth minus his salary) is listed on the site as $193.7 million, trailing only Wander Franco ($286 million), Ronald Acuña Jr. ($221.2 million) and José Ramírez ($209 million) in all of baseball.
So when using the site’s trade simulator, the goal is to line up a deal in which the Nationals get around $193.7 million in value in exchange for Soto. Let’s have some fun with this.
For the purposes of this exercise, we’ll assume all no-trade clauses will be waived as needed. All prospect rankings are from MLB Pipeline, and trade value figures in parentheses are in millions:
Deal No. 1: Soto ($193.7) to the Red Sox for SS Marcelo Mayer ($55.4), 1B Trison Casas ($39.7), RHP Brayan Bello ($28.8), RHP Tanner Houck ($27.1), 2B Nick Yorke ($25.2) and SS Xander Bogaerts ($22).
If a player like Soto comes available, you immediately start thinking about wealthy teams already in contention – the franchises that can benefit right away from adding him and have the wherewithal to keep him long term. The Dodgers and Yankees fit that description, but they have only one top-25 prospect each.
In this deal, Boston would be giving up the No. 10, 14, 44 and 64 prospects — and Bogaerts, a four-time All-Star who can become a free agent after this season. If Washington feels it can extend him, would a trade like this make sense?
Deal No. 2: Soto ($193.7) to the Cardinals for OF Dylan Carlson ($72.8), 3B Jordan Walker ($61.6), 2B Nolan Gorman ($32.4) and OF Tyler O’Neill ($28.3).
Walker is the game’s ninth-ranked prospect, and Carlson and Gorman are high draft picks who have reached the big leagues but haven’t turned 24 yet. O’Neill hit 34 homers last year.
Deal No. 3: Soto ($193.7) to the Tigers for OF Riley Greene ($72), 1B Spencer Torkelson ($64.1) and LHP Tarik Skubal ($55).
Washington would receive baseball’s No. 1 prospect (Greene), the top pick in the 2020 draft (Torkelson) and a 25-year-old (Skubal) who has shown promise in the majors. Detroit made a deal like this when it acquired Miguel Cabrera, but that worked out only because the Tigers were able to keep him long term. It makes little sense for them to bring in Soto unless they’re prepared to spend what it takes to hold on to him.
Deal No. 4: Soto ($193.7) to the Giants for RHP Logan Webb ($79), SS Marco Luciano ($54.3), LHP Kyle Harrison ($39.2) and OF Luis Matos ($19.3).
San Francisco has come back to earth after its 107-win campaign a year ago, so perhaps the Giants would want to pursue a reboot with Soto. In this deal, they’d have to trade two top-25 prospects and an impressive young pitcher in Webb, but if they could keep Soto, they’d have a lengthy window to build a good roster around him.
Deal No. 5: Soto ($193.7) to the Padres for 2B Jake Cronenworth ($54.5), SS C.J. Abrams ($52.1), LHP MacKenzie Gore ($42.4) and OF Robert Hassell III ($38.7).
Even if San Diego had Soto for only a couple of years, teaming him up with Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado is an enticing idea. And the Padres can afford to move Abrams because of Tatis’ presence. Whether this package is enough to move the needle for Washington is another matter.
Deal No. 6: Soto ($193.7) to the Marlins for RHP Eury Pérez ($68.8), LHP Trevor Rogers ($61.6), OF Jesús Sánchez ($31.5) and RHP Max Meyer ($29).
This seems far-fetched, in part because Miami is in Washington’s division, but if the Marlins want to shed their reputation as a franchise that lets stars go, there’s no time like the present. The value numbers line up for this trade, and Miami could pull it off while still having a nucleus of Sandy Alcantara, Jazz Chisholm and Pablo López waiting to play with Soto. The Nationals get two top-25 prospects in Pérez and Meyer, plus two 24-year-old big leaguers in Rogers and Sánchez.
Deal No. 7: Soto ($193.7) to the Angels for OF Mike Trout ($115.7), OF Taylor Ward ($59.3) and LHP Reid Detmers ($21).
Now we’re into fantasyland — or are we? Having largely wasted a decade of Trout’s greatness, would the the Angels hit the reset button by dealing him for another star outfielder seven years younger? Trout has a huge contract of his own, but if the Nationals were prepared to give one to Soto, perhaps they’d be willing to pay Trout and hope he can keep playing at an MVP level well into his 30s.
And last but not least, a bonus deal for those of you who just like to watch the world burn:
Soto ($193.7) to the Phillies for OF Bryce Harper ($70), RHP Mick Abel ($28.2), SS Bryson Stott ($26.7), RHP Andrew Painter ($25.8), 3B Alec Bohm ($23.1) and LHP Ranger Suárez ($20.4).
LINE OF THE WEEK
Clayton Kershaw retired the first 21 batters and threw eight innings of one-hit ball as the Dodgers beat the Angels 9-1 on Friday night.
COMEBACK OF THE WEEK
The Dodgers had a tougher time in their win Wednesday. They trailed 6-0 in the seventh before rallying for a 7-6 victory. Their win probability was at 0.7% with two outs and nobody on in the top of the seventh, according to Baseball Savant.
Will Smith hit a two-run homer that inning. In the eighth, Mookie Betts hit an RBI double and Trea Turner added a two-run single. Max Muncy hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth, and Hanser Alberto finally put Los Angeles ahead with an RBI single.
Pitch clocks, shift limits, larger bases in MLB’s future
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and the rest of major league pitchers are likely to be looking over their shoulders next season — at a pitch clock.
Clocks have cut the length of minor league games by about a half-hour this year, and baseball officials appear certain to promote the timers to the majors.
“I think it needs it, obviously. And I think it’s coming regardless of opposition of the players. It’s kind of our fault,” the Yankees’ Cole said ahead of Tuesday’s All-Star Game. “We’ve known it’s been an issue and its importance and we don’t seem to clean it up.”
Major League Baseball also is considering shift limits, larger bases, restrictions on pickoff attempts and — perhaps in 2024 — limited use of robot umpires to call balls and strikes. The new collective bargaining agreement includes an 11-person competition committee with six management representatives, four players and one umpire, and it is empowered to make changes by majority vote with 45 days’ notice.
Average time of nine-inning games increased from 2 hours, 43 minutes in 2003 to 3:13 in 2020 before dropping to 3:02 so far this season through July 12, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. A clock experiment in the minor leagues cut the average this year to 2:37 from 3:04 at a similar point for non-clock games last year.
“At first, I wasn’t buying into it. But then we started the season, I was, ‘Oh, this is pretty good.’ I like it. I think it’s more efficient,” Brooklyn Cyclones manager Luis Rivera said before a 9-0 win over Greensboro on July 12 that breezed along in 2:27.
Time between pitches with no runners on base ranges from 12.6 seconds for Milwaukee’s Brent Suter and San Francisco’s Sam Long to 26.6 for St. Louis’ Giovanny Gallegos and 26.0 for Atlanta’s Kenley Jansen. With runners on, San Diego’s Tim Hill leads at 18.1 and Gallegos (32.1) and Jansen (31.1) are the slowest.
MLB’s average through Thursday was 20.5 seconds with no runners and 27.3 second with runners. Boston manager Alex Cora notices call-ups are working more quickly than veterans.
“Little by little, everything they’re doing in the minor leagues is going to affect their big league game, which is great,” he said.
Long the most traditional of U.S. major pro sports, baseball adopted video review for home runs in 2009 and for a broad array of umpire decisions in 2014. All 30 teams are using the electronic pitching signaling device introduced this spring.
A clock is being used this year throughout the minors: 14 seconds with the bases empty and 19 with runners on at Triple-A, and 14/18 at lower levels. The clock starts “when the pitcher has possession of the ball and the catcher is in the dirt circle surrounding home plate.” In addition, “the batter must be in the box and alert to the pitcher with at least nine seconds remaining.”
“I’m not opposed to a pitch clock, but I think it needs to be a reasonable amount of time to not feel rushed,” said Houston’s Verlander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner. “Fourteen is quick. I was kind of like on the fence about it, maybe pro pitch clock, but then talking to a couple of the Triple-A guys we’ve had, they feel in certain situations that they don’t even have enough time to shake off pitches. Granted, they don’t have PitchCom down there.”
Yankees pitcher Ryan Weber, who spent the first two months this season in the minors, favors a clock but with four additional seconds. He pointed to a 3-2 fastball he threw to Norwich’s Patrick Dorrian on April 17 that ended a nine-pitch at-bat with a flyout. He feared a violation that would cause ball four.
“If I throw a pitch, catch the ball and then go around to the rosin bag, and then when I get on the mound and I’m looking for the sign, it’s running low and I got to say yes to that pitch,” Weber recalled. “I just grooved it. I felt that I was forced to throw.”
Violations dropped from 1.73 per game during the opening week to 0.52 in Week 11.
MLB’s goal is to eliminate dead time, such time-consuming tics such as Nomar Garciaparra tapping toes and adjusting batting gloves between pitches.
“It’s something that takes a while to get used to, but I think overall the impact it had on the pace of the game was good,” said the Yankees’ Matt Carpenter, who spent April at Triple-A with Round Rock.
Minor league pitchers also have been limited to what the regulations call “two disengagements per plate appearance” with runners on — pickoff attempts or stepping off the runner. A third attempt that is unsuccessful results in an automatic balk.
Bases have been increased to 18-inch squares from 15, promoting safety — first basemen are less likely to get stepped on — but also boosting stolen bases and offense with a slightly decreased distance.
Shifts have been limited all season at Double-A and Class A, where teams are required to have four players on the infield, including two on each side of second base. The Florida State League adds an additional restriction starting July 22 by drawing chalk lines in a pie shape from second base to the outfield grass, prohibiting infielders from the marked area pre-pitch.
Use of shifts has exploded in the past decade, from 2,357 times on balls hit in play in 2011 to 28,130 in 2016 and 59,063 last year, according to Sports Info Solutions. Shifts are on pace for 71,000 this year.
There has been a corresponding drop in the big league batting average from .269 in 2006 to .255 in 2011 to .242 this season, on track to be the lowest since 1967 — before the mound height was cut.
“I like organic primarily,” said former Rays, Cubs and Angels manager Joe Maddon. “If we have to legislate our game to become better, I would put the all the infielders on the dirt, but I’d still permit three on the one side.”
Shift ban tests are hard to interpret, given there is far less shifting and defensive data in the minors.
MLB also is piloting an Automated Ball-Strike System in the minors, which could reach the majors as soon as 2024. Defining the computer strike zone is still being worked on.
Big league umps are much criticized in an age of high-speed video cameras analyzing every pitch. Jeremie Rehak and Pat Hoberg have been the most accurate plate umpires this season at 95.6% correct, according to UmpireScorecards.com. Among umps who have worked more than one game calling balls and strikes, Andy Fletcher (91.4%) and CB Bucknor (91.7%) have been the least accurate.
A test in the Class A Florida State League uses the robot umps in the first two games of each series, then has a human call ball and strikes in the remaining game with a challenge system. Each team gets three challenges and keeps its challenge if successful. Only the pitcher, catcher or batter may appeal, unlike the MLB replay challenge system, in which a manager generally has 20 seconds to challenge a call — leaving time for the team’s video room staff to make a recommendation.
“I love that,” Verlander said of the ball/strike challenge system. “These guys get a lot of flak, but they have one of the hardest jobs in the world. We’re throwing 100 mph, nicking corners. If I were an umpire, I like that: ‘Oh, you think you’re better than me? Appeal it and find out.’ I think it’s a fun back and forth.”
Decisions fall to the technical committee, which includes players Jack Flaherty, Tyler Glasnow, Whit Merrifield and Austin Slater, umpire Bill Miller and six team officials.
MLB hopes quicker games will be more appealing to fans as it tries to rebuild attendance following the pandemic. Cyclones general manager Kevin Mahoney said minor league teams haven’t experienced a drop in concessions sales.
“We used to notice that at 9:30, fans would get up in like blocks of 10, 12, 14 at a time from different sections and leave. And I used to think, why is everybody leaving in the seventh inning?” Mahoney said. “Now on most nights we’re in the ninth inning at 9:30 and they don’t leave because the game is almost over.”
Trout placed on injured list; will captain Team USA in WBC
LOS ANGELES (AP) Mike Trout will not play in the All-Star Game, but the Los Angeles Angels slugger is hoping to be healthy enough not only for the second half of the season but also next year’s World Baseball Classic.
Trout said Monday he will play in the WBC for the first time and he will serve as captain of Team USA.
“It means a lot. I missed an opportunity the first time and I knew this was one I couldn’t miss,” Trout said. “I’ll be able to ramp it up a little bit quicker. I’m looking forward to playing for our country.”
Trout was also placed on the Angels’ 10-day injured list with left ribcage inflammation. He missed the Angels’ final four games before the break due to upper back spasms. With the move being retroactive to July 12, he will be eligible to come off the IL on Saturday during the Angels’ series in Atlanta.
The 10-time All-Star selection dropped out of Tuesday’s All-Star Game to rest his injury but was at Dodger Stadium on Monday to take in the festivities.
“It’s just one of the things that’s got to get right before I start swinging,” Trout said. “It is frustrating for sure. I can’t really pinpoint what caused it. It just started to bother me.”
Trout is batting .270 with 24 homers and 51 RBIs in 79 games this season, although the three-time AL MVP has just one multi-hit game and six RBIs in the past three-plus weeks.
Healthy James Harden vows return to ‘top of my game’
LOS ANGELES (AP) James Harden is vowing a return to his high-scoring form after battling a lingering hamstring injury that created rare doubt for the three-time NBA scoring champion over the last two seasons.
He expects similar big things from the Philadelphia 76ers after taking less salary in his contract this season to help the team improve and chase the championship he still seeks.
Harden injured the hamstring playing for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2020-21 season. The first serious injury of his 13-year career was “a wake-up call” that had Harden thinking about life outside of basketball.
Finally healthy again, he’s spending the summer in his hometown of Los Angeles. Relaxing barefoot in a fully furnished, nine-bedroom, 14-bathroom rented mansion perched on a hillside above Beverly Hills with panoramic views stretching to downtown LA, Harden is eager to put the past behind.
“I’m looking to have an unbelievable season,” he said Sunday. “I don’t want to just go out there and be running around and not being efficient and looking old out there. I still want to be really, really, really good.”
Harden declined his $47.4 million player option with the 76ers for next season and instead agreed to a new two-year deal that will pay him $32 million in 2022-23. It includes a player option for the second season. The deal isn’t yet finalized and Harden didn’t address the negotiations.
However, the 10-time All-Star confirmed to The Associated Press that he made the decision to allow the 76ers the flexibility they needed to go after other players. If he hadn’t declined the option, the team would have been hard-pressed to bolster its roster led by NBA scoring champion Joel Embiid.
“Taking less money this year to sign as many players as we needed to help us contend and be the last team standing was very, very important to me,” Harden said. “I wanted to show the organization, the Sixers fans and everybody else who supports what we’re trying to accomplish, what I’m trying to accomplish individually, that this is what I’m about.”
The Sixers signed free agents P.J. Tucker and Danuel House. Harden previously played with both in Houston.
“We got some really good pieces this summer, so now it’s time for us to go do the hard work,” Harden said.
Harden averaged 22 points this season for Brooklyn and Philadelphia, lowest since he became a starter in the 2012-13 season. He turns 33 in August.
“For any other players, that’s a max contract,” he said of his lower numbers, “but it’s like, for me, I was not the same James Harden.”
He relied more on 3-pointers and free throws than driving to the basket. His usual speed was replaced by sluggishness and his mind was preoccupied with the injury.
“I wasn’t able to get in my spots and get to where I needed to get to without thinking about it, so that right there slowed my confidence down,” he said. “It was craziness, but I’m finally back. I’ll be a lot more aggressive scoring-wise just because my body allows me to.”
The 76ers lost to top-seeded Miami in the second round of the playoffs. Harden had four turnovers, four baskets and did not score in the second half in the decisive Game 6 loss. They haven’t advanced past the second round since 2001. Their last NBA championship came in 1983.
“Coming back and being the aggressor, the scorer first and then the playmaker, is something that I need for myself,” he said.
Sitting in front of an unlit fireplace with the mansion’s air conditioning on the fritz, Harden raps his knuckles on a wooden table.
“It feels like I had a perfect career,” he said. “I didn’t have any serious injuries, but that (hamstring) right there slowed me down to where all right, you got to start thinking about other things than basketball.”
Harden already owns restaurants, gyms and has a stake in a tequila company among his varied business interests. With a curiosity for just about everything, he got into wine a few years ago.
Harden spoke to the AP to discuss his upcoming J. Harden x J Shed wine collaboration that debuts in September. The label features bold colors and his likeness in sunglasses and his trademark beard. Prices range from $14 to $18 a bottle.
“We came to disrupt the wine business, that was our mindset,” he said. “I don’t feel like any other wine is doing that.”
Report: Nets won’t trade Durant to Raptors without Barnes inclusion
The Brooklyn Nets wouldn’t consider trading superstar Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors unless the deal included wing Scottie Barnes, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday on ESPN’s “Get Up.”
Toronto has no intention of parting with the reigning Rookie of the Year, according to Wojnarowski.
Brooklyn has been fielding offers for Durant since the former MVP requested a trade in June. He reportedly listed the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat as ideal destinations.
Since then, however, the Suns were forced to match the Indiana Pacers’ offer sheet for big man Deandre Ayton, making him untradeable for at least six months.
A deal with the Heat would also prove difficult. Potential trade chip Bam Adebayo is unable to be dealt to Brooklyn due to the designated rookie extension rule, which came into effect after the Nets traded for point guard Ben Simmons.
Due to these complications and Brooklyn’s rumored affinity for Barnes, the Raptors were seen as ideal candidates. In addition to the 2021 No. 4 pick, Toronto would need to include at least one more core player to match Durant’s $44-million salary.
With the Nets’ options continuing to dwindle, it is becoming increasingly likely that Durant remains in Brooklyn to begin the season, Wojnarowski adds.
Bucks sign Pat Connaughton to multiyear contract extension
MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton has signed a multiyear contract extension after scoring a career-high 9.9 points per game this past season.
“Pat is a key contributor to our success with his energy, toughness, teamwork and 3-point shooting,” general manager Jon Horst said Monday in a statement. “Pat has continued to embrace our fans and the city of Milwaukee, and we’re glad to have agreed to an extension with him.”
The 29-year-old Connaughton played 26 minutes per game and made 2.2 3-pointers per game this past season to set career highs in both categories. He made 39.5% of his 3-point attempts.
He also had 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Connaughton has been with the Bucks for four seasons after three with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has career averages of 5.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 417 regular-season games.
Staley upset Gamecocks’ Aliyah Boston not invited to ESPYs
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina’s Dawn Staley has called out ESPN and its ESPY awards show for not inviting national player of the year Aliyah Boston to its ceremonies on Wednesday night.
Staley mused publicly on social media how the people who planning the ceremonies decided “it was a great idea not to invite” the woman who won several national awards as one of the best players in women’s college basketball last season.
“Not one person was able to see the uproar this would cause? There’s definitely something wrong with the make up of the room,” she said on Twitter.
Boston, a 6-foot-5 rising senior, captured the Wooden Award and AP honors as player of the year. She was also named Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four after the Gamecocks defeated Louisville and UConn on the way to the title.
Boston is nominated for “Best College Athlete, Women’s Sports,” with Florida State soccer player Jaelin Howell, Oklahoma softball player Jocelyn Alo and Boston College lacrosse star Charlotte North. The award is being given out on the ESPY’s Preview Show before the main broadcast.
ESPN and the ESPYs have “the utmost respect” for Boston, Staley, and the Gamecocks, according to a statement provided by ESPN Senior Director of Communications Jay Jay Nesheim. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions and a new venue with less seating capacity, organizers “prioritized athlete invitations to focus on specific awards that will be handed out during the broadcast.”
South Carolina women’s basketball spokeswoman Diana Koval said that as of Monday, Boston had not been invited. Staley had not planned to attend the ceremonies.
Clemson’s top scorer PJ Hall to have right knee surgery
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson’s top scorer PJ Hall will need right knee surgery and there’s no timetable yet for when he might return to the court, the school said Monday.
Hall is a 6-foot-10 rising junior who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, and led Clemson with 38 blocks – nearly half of the team’s 77.
He had an MRI on Friday that revealed a subluxation of the patella, meaning his right kneecap had slid out of place.
Hall had surgery on one of his feet in the offseason to correct a problem that had lingered much of last year.
“It’s unfortunate, but you can’t change it,” Hall said in a statement. “Not every road is paved perfectly.”
Hall was expected to take another big step forward for the Tigers next season. Coach Brad Brownell said Hall will stay engaged throughout his latest rehab and help the team will his leadership.
“I know he will attack this latest obstacle with the same grit and determination that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him,” Brownell said.
SEC commish content with realignment: ‘We are a super league’
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey addressed his conference’s expansion and college sports’ realignment Monday at SEC media days.
Sankey said he’s happy with where the SEC stands right now and the Big Ten’s growth doesn’t change his plans for the future.
“This keeps the SEC in contiguous states, which reflects a reasonable geography and like-minded universities,” Sankey said, according to The Athletic. “There’s no sense of urgency in our league. No panic in reaction to others’ actions. We know who we are.”
Sankey added that the SEC’s additions of Texas and Oklahoma trumps the Big Ten’s additions of USC and UCLA, according to Scott Rabalais of The Advocate.
“We are a super league,” Sankey said when asked whether the SEC should remain proactive as other conferences try to expand, according to Bud Elliott of 247Sports.
Texas and Oklahoma agreed in July 2021 to leave the Big 12 for the SEC by 2025. The move sparked several significant changes in college sports, and the Big Ten recently added USC and UCLA from the Pac-12 in a stunning move. The Trojans and Bruins will join their new conference in 2024. The SEC and Big Ten will field 16 teams each once the moves officially take place.
But Sankey is still open to expanding beyond 16.
“We’re attentive, we’re engaged in conversation,” he said, per The Athletic. “The great news for the Southeastern Conference is people call and say, ‘Hey you’re doing something special.’ They kind of hint around the edges. We’ll watch what happens around us. And be thoughtful, but be nimble.”
A home run: US turns in record-setting medal day at worlds
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Except for a single, barely perceptible flinch, this would’ve been a Perfect 10 for the U.S. track and field team.
As it ended up, the Americans still won nine medals on home turf Sunday at world championships in what will go down as one of the most memorable days for the red, white and blue in its long, successful history. It was the best single medal day for a nation at worlds, according to meet organizers.
Hurdler Devon Allen’s false start kept the U.S. from a possible sweep in the 110-meter final and what could’ve been the 10th medal of the day. The speedster-slash-receiver will now take his talents to the football field, where he’ll attempt to make the roster for the Philadelphia Eagles. It was hardly the way he wanted to finish at worlds.
“Track and field is so difficult because you train the whole year for one competition that lasts 12, 13 seconds and that’s that,” said Allen, whose training camp with the Eagles starts July 26. “I’ll learn from it and I’ll make sure I just react not as fast next time.”
Allen’s disappointment hardly spoiled a day in which the recording of the “Star-Spangled Banner” got worn out.
It began with the hammer throw, where Brooke Andersen took gold and Janee’ Kassanavoid won bronze.
That was a warmup act for the night session, where seven medals piled up in a span of about 10 minutes.
The women’s pole vaulters led the run with Katie Nageotte and Sandi Morris finishing 1-2. Moments later — and following a delay as Allen unsuccessfully pleaded his case to officials to remain the race — Grant Holloway defended his hurdles title, with Trey Cunningham close behind in second.
Around the same time, the shot putters wrapped up a podium sweep with two-time Olympic champion Ryan Crouser taking gold, Joe Kovacs earning silver and Josh Awotunde finishing with bronze.
All this came an evening after Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell swept the 100. It got Crouser thinking of what was possible in his event.
“My heart rate was probably like at 120, 130,” he said of watching the men’s 100. “I probably shouldn’t have watched it because I had trouble calming back down. I had to make a mental note to take a few deep breaths and be like, ‘I don’t have to compete right now.’ Awesome to see Team USA sweep.”
With their big-medal haul Sunday, the Americans now have six golds and 14 total medals. The next most is three medals each by Ethiopia, Poland, China and Jamaica, which swept the women’s 100 to close out the night.
“It says how amazing it is being on home soil and at Hayward Field,” Nageotte said of the show turned in by the Americans. “‘Hayward Magic’ is real. … Just seeing how many people were qualifying for semis, and then for finals, and then medaling, you watch it and it’s inspiring.”
Nageotte tried to keep track of it all even as she competed. It wasn’t easy.
“Everything has been so much fun,” she said. “It’s really fun especially when you know the people in (the events).”
Allen seemed like a lock to add to the medal run. But he left too fast according to the sensors. His reaction time was 0.099 in the final, which earned him the red card. It was only a fraction less than his reaction time in the semifinal round, which was 0.101. But rules are rules and a reaction time – measured by sensors in the starting pistol and on the blocks – of less than 0.1 is considered a false start.
“It’s track and field — anything can happen,” Holloway said. “My hat goes off to Devon. Didn’t want to send him out like that but it is what it is.”
Allen said this will make him more “hungry” for success on the football field and the track.
“My goal is to be the best hurdler ever and I still have a chance to do that,” said Allen, who was a track standout and football player at the University of Oregon. “My goal is to play in the NFL and help the Eagles win a Super Bowl.”
Column: Palou contract fight is business, not personal
It couldn’t have been more than a decade ago that Chip Ganassi hosted a dinner at his usual window table in his favorite Indianapolis steakhouse. The movers and shakers of the local IndyCar scene were present, including Zak Brown, and the group played credit card roulette to determine who would cover the bill.
There’s been some sort of falling out between Ganassi and Brown since that dinner — a business agreement gone bad? Brown’s failed attempt to lure away Ganassi star driver Scott Dixon? — and the acrimony between the two team owners is common knowledge in the IndyCar paddock.
Now, they legitimately have a beef.
Chip Ganassi Racing and McLaren Racing both believe they have reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou signed for next season in a messy contract dispute that likely will be resolved by lawyers.
Rumors swirled at the Indianapolis 500 that Brown was attempting to poach Palou, but the Spaniard last month insisted he was happy in the No. 10 car with Ganassi and not looking to leave.
Palou’s denials shifted speculation toward another run at Dixon, but the six-time IndyCar champion and Ganassi’s longest-tenured driver said he’d had no conversations about moving to Arrow McLaren SP. Ganassi heard the same gossip, rolled his eyes, huffed and puffed and insisted his four-driver lineup next year would be status quo.
Brown, meanwhile, continued signing drivers to McLaren’s expanding roster.
It all erupted last week when Ganassi called The Associated Press and said he’d picked up the option year on Palou’s contract. A few hours later, the team made it official with a news release announcing Palou would be back for a third season.
Palou hit back in a series of tweets that claimed he’d not authorized any news release, the quote attributed to him in the news release was fake and that he’d informed CGR he was not returning in 2023. Minutes later, McLaren said it had signed Palou, an announcement made after midnight in England.
So what happens next? Grab some popcorn for what looks to be an extracted battle for the 25-year-old in one of the juiciest IndyCar dramas in years.
Ganassi remained fairly silent on the issue all weekend in Toronto, where Dixon earned his 52nd career victory to tie Mario Andretti for second on the all-time wins list. He maintains he exclusively held an option on Palou, exercised it for 2023 and the contract he holds is valid.
Brown has never seen Palou’s contract and has operated under the assumption that Palou was a free agent. And as personal as it may appear to lure the reigning series champion away from his rival, Brown insisted all his driver signings are only business moves.
“Our mission is to try and build the most competitive and exciting racing team in the world for our fans, sponsors and employees,” Brown told the AP, “and you need the best talent in order to achieve that.”
Brown’s recent moves back up his claim. Arrow McLaren, the IndyCar branch of the larger McLaren Racing organization, signed 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi for next season and Colton Herta has a testing contract with the F1 team. Both drivers currently are under contract to Michael Andretti, and Brown and Andretti are actual friends.
Brown stopped Pato O’Ward from slipping away from his IndyCar team when the Mexican expressed early season disappointment with his contract by giving O’Ward an extension from Arrow McLaren. And McLaren Racing extended Felix Rosenqvist’s contract with the caveat he could be used in either IndyCar or the new Formula E team that McLaren plans to launch next year.
That’s five current IndyCar drivers — counting Palou — with contracts to drive for Brown. And he signed Lando Norris to an F1 extension at the start of the year in what’s been a head-spinning flurry of roster padding.
Notably, Brown is undecided on who will drive what next season. He knows Rossi will be in IndyCar and Norris in F1, but everything else depends on resolving the Palou saga and the F1 future of Daniel Ricciardo.
Brown has said there are “mechanisms” in which Ricciardo and McLaren can split at the end of this season, but it is believed Ricciardo is the one who holds the option and the Australian has insisted he’ll be back in 2023. In fact, after the Palou debacle, Ricciardo took to social media to reiterate his future.
“I am committed to McLaren until the end of next year and am not walking away from the sport,” the 33-year-old wrote.
In reality, he has until September and after F1′s summer break to formally inform McLaren he’s returning — something Ricciardo has not done yet. Should he return to F1, then Brown is likely looking at a three-car IndyCar lineup of Rossi, O’Ward and Palou if he’s actually available.
Rosenqvist would shift to Formula E, even as the Swede publicly lobbied Sunday to keep his IndyCar seat following his third-place finish.
“I want to be where I’m at right now. It’s up to Zak; he’s the man who is making the moves,” Rosenqvist said. He added it could take weeks to unravel Palou’s situation and speculated Palou could even be benched for all of 2023.
“At the moment it doesn’t sound like he’s going to race at all. It’s up to lawyers and stuff,” Rosenqvist said. “This whole deal went down months ago. I think if Zak was sure I was going to FE, he would have already said it. I’m going to take that chance.”
All bets are off if Ricciardo does indeed leave McLaren.
Then Brown has an open F1 seat — the carrot that likely wooed Palou away from Ganassi — and unlike Herta and O’Ward, Palou holds the FIA super license required to compete in the series.
Herta had an outstanding test in Portugal but remains under contract with Andretti until the end of the 2023 season. Andretti has said he would let the American move to F1 if he has the opportunity, but Andretti wants Herta in his own long-term plans and is hoping to land his own F1 team by 2024.
Herta and O’Ward both still need super licenses to compete in F1, a hurdle Brown will address once he knows if he actually has Palou and what Ricciardo has planned. He’s determined for McLaren to become a consistent winner in F1 again and for its IndyCar team to challenge heavyweights Ganassi, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport.
It’s all just business to Brown. Making his nemesis Ganassi squirm is simply the cherry on top of his ambitious plans.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
Perkins Picked By Oakland on Day Two of MLB Draft
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana baseball program heard its first name called in the 2022 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, as right-handed pitcher Jack Perkins came off the board in the sixth-round pick of the Oakland Athletics.
Indiana has seen nine pitchers drafted under head coach Jeff Mercer, with seven of those being picked in the top 10 rounds. Perkins is the 101st Hoosier drafted all-time for a total of 112 total draft picks. He is the 30th right-handed pitcher picked (34 overall selections) and the fifth Hoosier picked by the Oakland Athletics organization. The last IU pitcher selected by the A’s was Don Lohse with the first overall pick in the January Phase of the 1966 draft.
Perkins began the season as the No. 2 starter in the rotation, but when the calendar turned to Big Ten play, he had pushed himself into the top spot in the rotation. The right-hander led the team with 83 innings of work and became the 11th pitcher in Indiana history to reach the 90-strikeout mark, which finished No. 10 on the IU single season charts with 91 strikeouts. He led qualifying IU pitchers in ERA (5.10), batting average against (.240), innings pitched (83.0), strikeouts (91) and games started (15).
After making his IU debut in the second game of the 2022 season, Perkins appeared in 16 games with 15 starts on the mound. Perkins picked up his first of three wins – and first as a Hoosier – versus Louisiana-Lafayette (2/26) at the Round Rock Classic and owned six quality starts. He held opponents to three-or-fewer earned runs in 10 of 15 starts and struck out seven-plus batters in seven outings.
Aidan O’Connell Named to Maxwell Award Watch List
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List ahead of the 2022 season, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday morning (July 18).
The Maxwell Award has been presented to the College Player of the Year since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell who was a former standout at the Swarthmore College and a renowned sports writer and football official.
O’Connell earned a spot on the watch list after putting together a memorable 2021 campaign. The Purdue signal caller was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree by the conference coaches and media, the first Purdue quarterback to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton in 2004. Despite splitting time at the start of the season, O’Connell threw for 3,712 yards (11th nationally) and 28 touchdowns (17th nationally). He completed 71.8 percent of his passes, setting a new school record for completion percentage and ranking fourth in the country. O’Connell also completed 26.3 passes per game to rank sixth nationally. The gunslinger produced six 300-yard games, the third-most in a single season and the first Purdue quarterback to accomplish the feat since Curtis Painter in 2007.
In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell threw for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell had a 9-0 TD-INT ratio. He passed for a career-high 536 yards in the win over No. 3 Michigan State before ending the season with 534 yards against Tennessee in a TransPerfect Music City Bowl victory. The Long Grove, Illinois, native joined Drew Brees as the only Purdue quarterbacks to record multiple 500-yard games over a career, while becoming the only one to reach the 500-yard total twice in a single season.
Entering his final season as quarterback for the Boilermakers, O’Connell looks to maintain the top marks in program history for career completion percentage (.685) and career passing efficiency (148.2). He also ranks in the Top 10 of Purdue’s career charts for 300-yard games (fifth – 8), touchdown passes (seventh – 43), completions (eighth – 506) and passing yards (eighth – 5,729).
O’Connell and the Boilermakers kick off the 2022 season at home, hosting Penn State in a Thursday night matchup (Sept. 1). The Big Ten battle is slated to begin under the Ross-Ade Stadium lights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
Boilermakers Wrap Up NBA Summer League Play
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Five former Purdue Boilermakers wrapped up their time in Las Vegas over the weekend as the NBA Summer League schedule came to a close.
Vince Edwards, who was playing with the New York Knicks, finished play yesterday, falling to the Portland Trailblazers in the Summer League title game. He was the only Boilermaker in action on Sunday.
Jaden Ivey, the fifth overall pick for the Detroit Pistons, had an excellent Summer League going before injuring his ankle early in the Pistons’ second game. In the opener against the Trailblazers, Ivey recorded 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in 32 minutes. Then in the second game against the Wizards, Ivey had 11 points and two assists in just five minutes before going down with an injury. Ivey was kept out of the remaining games as a precautionary measure.
Ivey totaled 31 points, eight assists, six rebounds in just 37 total minutes, going 8-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 from long distance and 12-of-12 from the free throw line. He was plus-8 in the 37 minutes played.
Trevion Williams, a free-agent acquisition of the Boston Celtics, appeared in five games totaling 70 minutes. He averaged 7.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, shooting 16-of-35 from the field, 1-of-4 from long distance and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Williams’ best performance came on Thursday against the Grizzlies, when he tallied 11 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in just 17:20 of action.
Dakota Mathias appeared in six total games for the Grizzlies for the summer, averaging 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 14.7 minutes per contest. He was 10-of-23 from the field. His top performance came in the Salt Lake Summer League on July 6, when he had 11 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist against Oklahoma City.
Sasha Stefanovic appeared in one game for the Spurs on Saturday against Memphis, tallying three points, four assists and one rebound in 16 minutes.
Edwards played in one game for the Knicks, grabbing one rebound and one steal in four minutes of action.
All-Star Doorn Named GLSCL Pitcher of the Week
LIMA, Ohio – Fresh off a 1-2-3 inning in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League All-Star Game, Purdue baseball’s Carter Doorn earned GLSCL Pitcher of the Week honors for an 11-strikeout performance for the Lima Locos.
Doorn was recognized for the gem he pitched Friday, July 15 – with his six innings of one-run ball lowering his league-leading ERA to 0.77. The rising sophomore has surrendered only three runs on 14 hits over 35 innings, posting a .120 batting average against and 0.86 WHIP in the process. Including his efficient 1-2-3 second inning in the July 12 GLSCL All-Star Game, Doorn has posted zeros in 33 of the 36 innings he’s pitched this summer.
Fellow Boilermaker (and Northwest Indiana native) Ty Gill is also enjoying a strong summer for the Lima Locos. Gill is riding a 10-game hit streak as of July 17 and stole his 20th base of the summer Friday. He has reached base safely at least twice in all 10 games of his hit streak. The middle infielder ranks third in the league in steals and is batting .333 with 25 walks and a .495 OBP for the summer.
Purdue’s returning starter in center field, Curtis Washington Jr., as well as incoming Boilermakers Corbin Malott (New Castle) and Brody Chrisman (Zionsville) were all selected as all-stars in the Collegiate Summer League at Grand Park.
Incoming transfers Jonathan Blackwell (LHP from Coastal Carolina) and Jackson Dannelley (RHP from the University of Houston) have pitched well since the calendar flipped to July. Blackwell has struck out seven while not surrendering an earned run over five innings in each of his last two starts for the Waynesboro Generals of the Valley League, claiming his team’s last two pitcher of the week honors. Dannelley has 22 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings in his last three outings for the Lafayette Aviators, headlined by seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball in a July 14 victory.
Khal Stephen enjoyed an impressive month of June for the Danville Dans in the Prospect League before opting to take the rest of the summer off. The rising sophomore racked up 36 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings while compiling a 2.02 ERA and 0.86 WHIP. Griffin Lohman (32 Ks vs. 28 hits, 3.48 ERA in 33 2/3 IP) has also enjoyed a strong summer in the Prospect League while pitching for the Cape Catfish.
Relay Wins, Top-5 Finishes Highlight Senior State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A pair of relay victories and five Boilermakers that finished top-10 in at least three events highlighted the four-day Indiana Senior State Long Course Championships, hosted by Indiana University the weekend of July 14 to 17.
Many of Purdue’s returning student-athletes competed for Boilermaker Aquatics, helping the club finish fifth in the combined (men and women) team scoring with 1,268 points.
Aaron Frollo, Andrew Swenson and Jude Wenker teamed up with Purdue graduate student Bebe Wang to give Boilermaker Aquatics a sweep of the men’s 200-meter freestyle and 200m medley relays on the opening day of the meet. Wang swam collegiately at Dennison University, an NCAA Division III institution in Ohio. The Naperville, Illinois, native was a five-time NCAA champion and the 2020 Academic All-America of the Year for Division III.
Maggie Love’s runner-up showing and silver in the 100m breaststroke was Purdue’s top individual finish of the meet. She also placed fourth in the 200m individual medley and won the B final of the 50m free. Teammate Abby Jahns produced a trio of top-five finishes – including a pair of bronzes – as the lone Boilermaker to accomplish the feat.
Frollo, Swenson and Wenker also enjoyed a trio of top-10 finishes in their individual events. Frollo was once again one of the busiest swimmers at the meet, competing in four individual events – all at least 400 meters in length – while also swimming in all five relays. He demonstrated his versatility, fitness and stamina while logging 4,400 meters of live racing action over the four days. That’s equivalent to swimming 2.73 miles. He claimed bronze in the 800m and 1500m free.
Swenson won bronze in the 200m backstroke, matching Abby Harter’s finish in the event. They both finished fifth in their second events of the meet.
Earlier this month, Masy Folcik was victorious in the 100m breast (1:11.01) at Club Wolverine’s Eric Namesnik Memorial Open the weekend of July 1 to 3 in Ann Arbor.
Folcik is among the Boilermakers scheduled to race at USA Swimming’s Phillips 66 National Championships from July 26 to 30 in Irvine, California. She’ll be joined in Southern California by alumna Kaersten Meitz and six members of the men’s program – Andrew Alders, Coleman Modglin, Brady Samuels, Nick Sherman, Andrew Witty and Skyler Younkin.
PURDUE AT THE 2022 INDIANA SENIOR STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
July 14-17 – All Events are Long Course Meters
• 200 Free Relay – Bebe Wang (Boilermaker Aquatics), Jude Wenker, Andrew Swenson, Aaron Frollo, 1:33.97
• 200 Medley Relay – Andrew Swenson, Aaron Frollo, Bebe Wang (Boilermaker Aquatics), Jude Wenker, 1:45.25
MORE TOP 5s FINISHES
• 400 Free Relay (2nd) – Jude Wenker, Bebe Wang (Boilermaker Aquatics), Michael Juengel, Jack Smith, 3:32.27
• 400 Medley Relay (2nd) – Jack Smith, Jude Wenker, Griffin Seaver, Bebe Wang (Boilermaker Aquatics), 3:57.63
• Aaron Frollo – 3rd in 800 Free, 8:31.14; 3rd in 1500 Free, 16:23.20
• Andrew Swenson – 3rd in 200 Back, 2:06.88; 5th in 200 IM, 2:10.21
• Jude Wenker – 4th in 200 Free, 1:55.79
• 400 Medley Relay (4th) – Andrew Swenson, Aaron Frollo, Elliot Cooper, Michael Juengel, 3:58.01
• Maggie Love – 2nd in 100 Breast, 1:11.70; 4th in 200 IM, 2:22.68
• Abby Harter – 3rd in 200 Back, 2:18.85; 5th in 100 Back, 1:04.22
• Abby Jahns – 3rd in 200 Fly, 2:22.16; 3rd in 800 Free, 9:12.39; 5th in 400 Free, 4:30.66
• Reagan Mattice (Incoming Boilermaker) – 5th in 1500 Free, 17:59.67
MORE INDIVIDUAL A FINALISTS
• Jude Wenker – 6th in 50 Free, 23.60; 6th in 100 Free, 51.84
• Aaron Frollo – 6th in 400 IM, 4:34.60
• Michael Juengel – 6th in 100 Fly, 55.64
• Elliot Cooper – 7th in 200 Fly, 2:09.54
• Andrew Swenson – 7th in 100 Back, 58.08
• Reagan Mattice (Incoming Boilermaker) – 8th in 400 Free, 433.49
• Angelina Rossi – 8th in 100 Breast, 1:14.80
• Griffin Seaver – 8th in 200 Fly, 2:10.20
• Evie Sierra – 8th in 200 Fly, 2:28.20
• Jack Smith – 8th in 100 Back, 59.77
WON B FINALS
• Maggie Love – 50 Free, 26.54
• Aaron Frollo – 400 Free, 4:05.32
• Jack Smith – 100 Fly, 56.75
AARON FROLLO’S BUSY MEET (AGAIN)
• 3rd in 800 Free, 8:31.14
• 3rd in 1500 Free, 16:23.20
• 6th in 400 IM, 4:43.60
• 9th in 400 Free, 4:05.32
• Also swam all 5 relays
3+ TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL FINISHES
• Aaron Frollo – 3rd in 800 Free, 3rd in 1500 Free, 6th in 400 IM, 9th in 400 Free
• Maggie Love – 2nd in 100 Breast, 4th in 200 IM, 9th in 50 Free
• Abby Jahns – 3rd in 200 Fly, 3rd in 800 Free, 5th in 400 Free
• Andrew Swenson – 3rd in 200 Back, 5th in 200 IM, 7th in 100 Back
• Jude Wenker – 4th in 200 Free, 6th in 50 Free, 6th in 100 Free
MICHAEL MAYER NAMED TO 2022 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST
The Maxwell Football Club today announced its watch list for the 86th Maxwell Award presented annually to the outstanding player in college football. The list included University of Notre Dame junior tight end Michael Mayer.
The Maxwell Award has been presented to the College Player of the Year since 1937 and is named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell who was a former standout at the Swarthmore College and a renowned sports writer and football official.
Michael Mayer Information:
As a sophomore in 2021, led the Irish with 71 catches, a school record for tight end receptions in a season.
Also set school single-season records for tight end receiving yards (840) and touchdown receptions (seven) in 2021.
His 840 receiving yards were the fourth-highest for any FBS tight end in 2021.
Averaged a team-high 70.0 receiving yards per game in 2021.
Matched the Notre Dame record for tight end receptions in a game with nine (for 120 yards) in the 2021 season opener at Florida State.
Notre Dame career ranks – 18th in total receptions (113), third in tight end receptions (113, record is 140), 10th in receiving yards per game (53.8), third in tight end receiving yards (1,290, record is 1,840), third in tight end touchdown receptions (nine, record is 15)
2022 Walter Camp and The Sporting News Preseason All-American
2022 Maxwell Award Watch List
2021 Associated Press Third Team All-American
2021 Mackey Award Semifinalist
2021 Biletnikoff a preseason Watch List
2020 The Athletic Freshman First Team All-American
2020 All-ACC Third Team
ROEDER TO TAKE OVER THE MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY AND TRACK AND FIELD PROGRAMS
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and Dr. Roderick Perry have announced the hiring of Justin Roeder as the next head coach of the men’s cross country and track and field programs. Roeder took over as interim head coach of the men’s track and field programs prior to the 2022 season and will be elevated to the head spot in both cross country and track and field while having the interim tag removed.
Roeder takes over for longtime head coach Chuck Koeppen, who guided the program to five league titles and three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals in cross country alone. In addition, Koeppen built the men’s track and field program from scratch as the Jaguars have become a regional power in the distance events, ultimately sending an athlete to nationals during his tenure.
“I’d like to thank the search committee and others involved in the process for their work during the search,” Perry said. “Justin is undoubtedly the right individual for the job. He’s really good at forming relationships with his student-athletes and is incredibly connected in the running community. He’s experienced success as a runner at all levels and has shown as a coach that he can take student-athletes to new levels as well. We know that he’ll work incredibly hard to continue, and build upon, the success that we’ve had in both cross country and track and field.”
Roeder rejoined the IUPUI program in 2019 as Koeppen’s top assistant and was elevated to interim head coach in December 2021. He previously served as a volunteer with the IUPUI program in 2011 and 2012. This past year, the Jaguars racked up a third consecutive Horizon League Cross Country title while individuals broke school records in both the 6,000 and 8,000m distances. At the league championships, the Jaguars put up a dominant effort with three Jags earning top-7 finishes and three others being named second team all-league, finishing among the second seven. The momentum carried over to the track and field season as IUPUI’s indoor and outdoor 5,000m times were reset.
“I would like to express my appreciation for Dr. Perry, Ed Holdaway and the search committee for their time throughout the hiring process and for this tremendous opportunity. This young program has a rich history of success at the conference level and it is with great anticipation that we begin creating an environment that cultivates excellence at the regional and national levels,” Roeder said. “I am forever grateful to all current and former members of the coaching staff, student-athletes and family members who have set a high standard for our program and have supported my previous tenure as interim head coach. I’m looking forward to continuing to build on my relationships within the IUPUI community as we work towards enhancing the student-athlete experience throughout all facets of their academic, athletic and personal journey.
“I also want to thank Coach Koeppen for giving me a chance to be his top assistant back in 2019 and for all the insight he has provided throughout the years. His support and wisdom is something I will always be thankful for and remember.”
As a student-athlete, Roeder was a five-time Horizon League individual champion in the 3K, 5K and 10K. He also qualified for nationals in cross country two different times and was part of a Butler program that had a historic run in the Horizon League as the Bulldogs won 14 straight league titles and earned a perfect score of 15 points in three of his four years.
He later ran professionally from 2012 through 2015, training with the USA Triathlon Collegiate and Olympic Development Programs in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Chula Vista, Calif. Roeder, a native of Fishers, Ind., was also the 2004 IHSAA State Champion in cross country while at Hamilton Southeastern.
Roeder graduated from Butler in 2011 and later founded Roeder Multisport, training athletes of various ages and backgrounds in running, swimming, triathlon and cycling.
Jake Miller Selected by Detroit Tigers in MLB Draft
The 2022 breakthrough story of Valparaiso University baseball left-handed pitcher Jake Miller (Chester, N.Y. / Don Bosco Prep) featured its best chapter yet on Monday afternoon.
Miller received the news that every child who grows up playing America’s pastime dreams of hearing as he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the eighth round with the 237th overall pick in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft.
“At first, I was at a loss for words,” Miller said. “I got thinking about how far I’ve come since I was a little kid and how much I’ve loved this sport. I’ve dealt with adversity and learned how that makes you better and tougher. I had a lot of confidence that I would make it here, and now I’m finally here. Right before the pick, I got the news that I was going to be a Tiger. My whole family is here with me in New York. It’s exciting stuff.”
The adversity Miller alluded to came first in the form of an injury that cost him the 2020 season, then in the form of logging just 10 2/3 innings in 2021. The 2022 campaign was a special one for Miller, who earned a job in head coach Brian Schmack’s weekend rotation. A conversation between Schmack and Miller at the end of the 2021 campaign was the beginning of Miller’s turnaround.
“The exit meeting that I had with Coach Schmack is something that will stick with me forever,” Miller said. “He had confidence in me. He sent me off to summer ball with expectations that I need to start believing in myself. During the summer, I was able to get more innings and figure things out. I came back into school ball with confidence and had that determination to earn everything that came to me. I put a lot of work into becoming a starter and holding that starting role the entire year. Coach Schmack believed in me, and that made me believe in myself.”
Miller became Valpo’s first draft choice since catcher Scott Kapers was selected in the 17th round of the 2018 draft by the Texas Rangers. Miller is Valpo’s highest draft choice since 2010, when Kyle Gaedele went to the San Diego Padres in the sixth round. The New York native was the first Missouri Valley Conference pitcher taken in this year’s draft.
“I’m happy for Jake; this is something he’s always wanted,” Schmack said. “We always like to see players realize their dreams. He’s worked for it. This shows that you can accomplish your goals here at Valpo. Good things will happen if you’re good enough and you put in the time. He’s made improvements in terms of strength as well as tightening up his breaking ball. He’s worked to get to this point, and it’s led to this moment.”
Miller posted a 6-2 record in 2022, his first year as a weekend starter for the Beacons. He became the first Valpo pitcher to win six games in a season since Dalton Lundeen in 2016. He logged 61 1/3 innings and struck out 75 while issuing just 17 walks. He ranked 15th in the MVC in innings pitched, eighth in strikeouts and tied for fifth in walks. In addition, he ranked fourth in the league in strikeout-to-walk ratio at 4.41 and fourth in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.01. Miller notched a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven innings of two-run ball on April 3 at UIC. The southpaw made 11 relief appearances in 2021 before 11 of his 12 outings came in a starting role this season.
In the hours after Monday’s draft selection came across the wire, Miller’s phone was hit with a flood of text messages and phone calls.
“It goes to show my support system,” Miller said. “Pretty much everyone on our team reached out. I also heard from players who I’ve played summer ball with and friends from back home. It puts a smile on my face that so many people care about me and want to see me do well in my career. I’m very thankful for them.”
On Wednesday, Miller will fly to the Tigers’ Spring Training complex in Lakeland, Fla., where he is expected to receive his contract, get a physical and receive a tour of the facilities.
Schmack pitched in the Tigers organization, reaching the big leagues in 2003. Miller becomes the third Valpo player selected by the Tigers in the last 12 years, joining Dalton Lundeen (2016, 30th) and Bo McClendon (2010, 39th).
“Over the past few days, I’ve been reflecting on my time at Valpo,” Miller said. “For some, college is a pit stop in their career before they make it to the major leagues. For me, Valpo is a second home. I care about that place so much. I’ve met my best friends for life there. It will always have a place in my heart. I expect to continue to visit there and go back there. It’s a second home for me and I’m forever grateful that I chose Valpo. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.”
VALPO ALUMS SELECTED IN MLB DRAFT
Jake Miller – 2022, 8th Round, Detroit Tigers
Scott Kapers – 2018, 17th Round, Texas Rangers
Dalton Lundeen – 2016, 30th, Detroit Tigers
Drew Hasler – 2015, 34th, Chicago White Sox
Karch Kowalczyk – 2014, 37th, Los Angeles Dodgers
Tanner Vavra – 2013, 30th, Minnesota Twins
Kyle Gaedele – 2011, 6th, San Diego Padres
Bo McClendon – 2010, 39th, Detroit Tigers
Bryce Shafer – 2010, 49th, Chicago Cubs
Dallas Cazwiezell – 2007, 40th, Cleveland Indians
Brian Wolotka – 2001, 24th, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Brian O’Connor – 1999, 24th, Houston Astros
Bob Jenkins – 1998, 42nd, Cincinnati Reds
Jamie Sykes – 1997, 11th, Arizona Diamondbacks
Richard O’Connor – 1995, 34th, Philadelphia Phillies
Tim Holmes – 1987, 35th, Pittsburgh Pirates
Eric Milholland – 1985, 11th, Chicago White Sox
Lloyd McClendon – 1980, 8th, New York Mets
Anderson Announces Fall 2022 Men’s Golf Schedule
The Anderson University athletics department announced its Fall 2022 men’s golf schedule on Monday.
Anderson is set to compete in three meets during the fall. The Ravens compete in the Battle at Belterra for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Preview on Sept. 11-12 at Belterra Golf Club in Florence. Anderson then battles in the Forest Hills Fall Invitational on Sept. 17-18 at Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond. The Ravens close out the Fall season on Oct. 1-2 in the Yellow Jacket Fall Invitational at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio.
|Sunday, Sept. 11||at Battle at Belterra (HCAC Preview)||Florence, Ind. (Belterra Golf Club)|
|Monday, Sept. 12||at Battle at Belterra (HCAC Preview)||Florence, Ind. (Belterra Golf Club)|
|Saturday, Sept. 17||at Forest Hills Fall Invitational||Richmond, Ind. (Forest Hills Country Club)|
|Sunday, Sept. 18||at Forest Hills Fall Invitational||Richmond, Ind. (Forest Hills Country Club)|
|Saturday, Oct. 1||at Yellow Jacket Fall Invitational||Defiance, Ohio (Eagle Rock Golf Club)|
|Sunday, Oct. 2||at Yellow Jacket Fall Invitational||Defiance, Ohio (Eagle Rock Golf Club)|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1902 In front of a near-capacity crowd, John McGraw, the last-place team’s third skipper this season, begins his 30-year tenure as the Giants’ manager, playing shortstop in a 5-3 loss to the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. The fiery 29-year-old Mugsy left the fledgling American League Orioles midseason, bringing three key players from Baltimore, first baseman Dan McGann, catcher Roger Bresnahan, and right-hander Joe McGinnity, all who started in today’s game.
1909 In the Naps’ 6-1 win over Boston at Cleveland’s League Park, Neal Ball completes the major league’s first unassisted triple play and records nine putouts at shortstop, another big-league first. The diminutive infielder’s glove from that game will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
1909 During the top of the second inning of a 6-1 win over the Red Sox at Cleveland’s League Park, Neal Ball executes the first unassisted triple play in the post-1900 era of baseball. The Naps (Indians) shortstop catches an Ambrose McConnell line drive, steps on second to force out Heinie Wagner, and then tags Jake Stahl for the third out as he comes from first base.
1910 Cy Young wins his 500th game when the Naps (Indians) beat the Senators in 11 innings at American League Park, 5-4. During his 22-year major league career, from 1890-1911 pitching for five different teams, the 43-year-old right-hander will compile 511 victories, 94 more than Walter Johnson, who is second on the all-time list.
1911 Former circus acrobat Walter Carlisle completes an unassisted triple-play for Vernon (LA) of the Pacific Coast League when he catches a ball in shallow center field, flips and touches second base, and beats the runner back to first base.
1912 Future Hall of Famer Rube Marquard wins his 20th game when the Giants beat St. Louis at the Polo Grounds, 6-3. The 25-year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 26-11 record, reaches the coveted milestone quicker than any other hurler in history.
1915 The Washington Senators steal eight tainted bases in one inning off catcher Steve O’Neil in the team’s 11-4 victory over Indians over at League Park. The first inning thievery includes a balk considered a stolen base by the rules of the time and a series of odd plays scored differently today.
1920 Babe Ruth, with the first of his two homers in the nightcap of a twin bill against Chicago at the Polo Grounds, becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season. The historic homer, a two-run, fourth-inning shot off Dickey Kerr, breaks his own season mark of 29, and the ‘Rajah of Rap’ will finish the season with a resounding 54 round-trippers.
1924 Cardinals hurler Hi Bell goes the distance in both games of a Sportsman’s Park doubleheader, beating the Braves, 6-1 and 2-1. The 27-year-old rookie right-hander from Kentucky will be the last National League pitcher to record two complete-game victories in one day.
1927 The Giants honor John McGraw, the team’s manager since 1902, with a Silver Jubilee celebration, showering ‘Mugsy’ with gifts that include a huge silver loving cup, a silver platter, and a silver cane for his 25 years of service to the club. During the pregame ceremony at the Polo Grounds, the rain doesn’t dampen the spirits of the enthusiastic crowd of 25,000 fans, which includes Mayor Jimmy Walker, many former players, Commissioner Landis, George M. Cohan, and Commander Richard E. Byrd.
1933 Red Sox catcher Rick Ferrell hits a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning off his brother after Wes had gone deep in the top of the frame in the Indians’ 9-8 victory at Fenway Park. The pair of round-trippers marks the third time brothers have homered in the same game, but the first time the feat has been accomplished by siblings on opposing teams.
1936 Seventeen-year-old Iowa farm boy Bob Feller makes his major league debut, pitching one inning of relief against the Senators in Washington, D.C. The hard-throwing ‘kid’ allows no hits and no runs, striking out none and walking two batters.
1946 During a contest between Chicago and the Red Sox, Red Jones ejects 14 members of the White Sox for their bench jockeying initiated when the ump warns Chisox hurler Joe Haynes after he knocks down Ted Williams with a pitch. Although reported for years that a ventriloquist sitting behind the visitors’ dugout raised the ire of the arbitrator, interviews with the participants more than sixty years later reveal many believe third-base coach Mule Haas precipitated the incident by making rude sounds and infuriating remarks.
1960 Pedro Ramos one-hits Detroit in the Senators’ 5-0 victory at Briggs Stadium. Rocky Colavito’s lead-off single to centerfield in the eighth inning spoils the Washington right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter.
1960 In his major league debut, Giants’ rookie righty Juan Marichal one-hits the Phillies at Candlestick Park, 2-0. Philadelphia’s lone hit is a two-out eighth-inning single by pinch-hitter Clay Dalrymple.
1964 In his major league debut, 23-year-old Indian rookie Luis Tiant throws a complete game, a four-hit shutout, to beat Whitey Ford and the Yankees in New York, 3-0. The popular Cuban right-hander will compile a 229-172 record (.571) pitching for six teams during his 19 years in the big leagues.
1966 In the first major league game to be played entirely on artificial turf, dubbed Astroturf, Houston beats the Phillies at the Astrodome, 8-2. Due to a limited supply of the material, only the resurfaced infield was ready before the Astros’ April home opener, with the installation of the outfield, covering painted dirt, occurring during an extended road trip and first used after the All-Star Break.
1966 In his final at-bat in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Tracy Stallard grounds out to short in the Redbirds’ 10-9 victory over Atlanta. During his seven-year tenure, the right-hander, best known for giving up Roger Maris’s 61st home run, sets a major league record by failing to get a base-on-balls in his 247 appearances at the plate.
1967 Tom Matchick’s two-run home run gives Detroit a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Baltimore at Tiger Stadium. The rookie shortstop’s round-tripper, the first of only four he will hit in his six-year major league career, comes with two outs off Moe Drabowsky.
1969 Washington starter Joe Coleman throws his third consecutive shutout when he blanks the Bronx Bombers, 4-0. The 22-year-old right-hander, the Senators’ first-round pick (third overall) of the amateur draft in 1965, faces only 29 batters in his two-hit masterpiece in New York.
1972 At Three Rivers Stadium, Luke Walker singles off Cecil Upshaw to break an 0-for-39 drought at the plate. The Pirates’ southpaw pitches three innings of one-hit shutout baseball to pick up a save in the 8-3 victory over the Braves.
1973 To quell a controversy over deserving players not being selected for the All-Star Game, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn grants permission to both leagues to increase their roster size to 29 players for next week’s contest in Kansas City’s Royals Stadium. The National League selects fading superstar Willie Mays, and the Junior Circuit adds Nolan Ryan, not originally picked by American League manager Dick Williams, although the Angel right-hander was the first pitcher since Johnny Vander Meer, the starter in the 1938 Midsummer Classic, to have two no-hitters before the break.
1974 Dick Bosman no-hits the A’s at Cleveland Stadium. The 30-year-old right-hander misses a perfect game because of his fourth-inning throwing error, which gives Oakland their lone baserunner in the Indians’ 4-0 victory.
1975 At Candlestick Park, Doug Rader, batting eighth, plays the entire game without getting an official at-bat. The Cardinals walk the Giants catcher four times, three intentionally, to get to John Montefusco, San Francisco’s starter, who goes 0-for-4 at the plate but tosses a complete game to get the win in San Francisco’s 5-2 victory.
1977 With a four-run first inning, the National League coasts to a 7-5 All-Star win over the AL. The victory of the Mid-Summer Classic at the renovated Yankee Stadium marks the Senior Circuit’s sixth straight victory and their 14th in the last 15 games.
1980 Roy Lee Jackson retires the last 19 batters he faces en route to a complete-game victory in the Mets’ 13-3 rout of the Reds at Riverfront Stadium. The 26-year-old right-hander benefits from his teammates’ 20-hit barrage in the Cincinnati contest.
1982 In front of 29,000 enthusiastic fans at Washington’s RFK Stadium, the American League beats the NL in the first-ever Old-timer’s All-Star Classic, 7-2. Warren Spahn gives up a leadoff homer, over the shortened left-field fence, to 75-year-old Luke Appling, a Hall of Fame infielder who played his entire career with the White Sox.
1982 Tony Gwynn doubles off of southpaw Sid Monge for his first major league hit. The 22-year-old rookie outfielder, who will end his Hall of Fame career with 3,141 hits, goes 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly in the Padres’ 7-6 loss to Philadelphia at Jack Murphy Stadium.
1989 Joe Carter blasts a trio of homers in the Indians’ 10-1 rout of Minnesota, marking the second time he has gone deep three times in a game this season. The Cleveland outfielder’s fourth three-home run career contest ties Lou Gehrig for the American League record.
1995 The Devil Rays name Chuck LaMar as the franchise’s first general manager. Under the leadership of the former Braves assistant GM, the expansion team will compile a 518-777 (.400) record during the first eight years of its existence.
1998 Contributing to the Blue Jays’ 9-3 victory over the Yankees, Carlos Delgado becomes the first player to reach the SkyDome’s fifth deck with his Ruthian home run to right field. The massive blast, the Toronto’s first baseman’s 19th round-tripper of the season, snaps a 0-for-29 slump.
1999 In a 7-6 interleague victory over Cincinnati, Jeff Weaver becomes the first Tigers pitcher to hit a double in 27 years. The last Detroit hurler to accomplish the feat was Chuck Seelbach. who banged a two-bagger off Lloyd Allen of the Angels on August 20, 1972.
2000 The Blue Jays, hoping to strengthen their rotation during the pennant race with the first-place Yankees, trade minor league infielder Michael Young to Texas for Esteban Loaiza, who will post a disappointing 5-7 record down the stretch for the short-term contenders. The Rangers’ newest prospect will develop into a perennial All-Star shortstop, batting .301 during his 13 seasons with the Texan team.
2001 Arizona southpaw Randy Johnson sets a major league record for strikeouts by a reliever when he fans 16 batters, completing last night’s suspended game stopped in the top of the third inning. The ‘Big Unit’ gets the victory when the Diamondbacks beat the Padres, 3-0, in the Qualcomm Stadium contest.
2004 In Pacific Coast League action at Portland’s PGE Park, minor leaguer Tagg Bozied hits a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Tacoma Rainiers, 8-5. Upon his arrival at home plate, the Beavers’ first baseman, jumping for joy, ruptures the patella tendon to his left knee and needs to be taken to Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital by ambulance.
2005 Winning its second consecutive 1-0 contest, the Red Sox limit the Kansas City offense to four hits. The last time two straight 1-0 games occurred in Fenway Park was in 1916, when Babe Ruth and Ernie Shore blanked the Yankees and A’s, respectively, on June 22 and 23 for the eventual World Champs.
2009 Ian Kinsler becomes the fifth major league baseball player to hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run for his team in the same game. The Rangers’ second baseman led off the bottom of the first inning with a round-tripper off Francisco Liriano, ending the contest in the bottom of the 12th with a game-ending two-run blast off R.A. Dickey to give Texas a 6-4 victory over Minnesota.
2013 A surprise sixth contender participates in the Presidents Race when Sharknado, a character from the SyFy original movie about sharks being brought on land by a waterspout, ambushes George, Tom, Teddy, and Bill in the Nationals Park dash. Although Sharknado successfully blows past four of his competitors but does not pass Abe, who, thanks to the wind to his back, secures a first-place finish.
2013 Houston’s Brandon Barnes, who goes 5-for-5, scores three times and drives in two runs in the Astros’ 10-7 loss to Seattle at Minute Maid Park, and collects the eighth cycle in franchise history. The Astros center fielder joins Cesar Cedeno (1972, 1976), Bob Watson (1977), Andujar Cedeno (1992), Jeff Bagwell (2001), Craig Biggio (2002), and Luke Scott (2006) when his eighth-inning double completes the historic accomplishment.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1928
New York Yankees (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (0)
After coming off of a magical season, the defending champion Yankees managed to hold off the Athletics to win their third consecutive pennant by 2½games, but at a serious cost as injuries depleted their line-up. Pitcher Herb Pennock (17-6) was on the sidelines for the Series with a sore arm. Centerfielder Earle Combs was available only as a pinch-hitter because of a broken finger. Second baseman Tony Lazzeri suffered a lame-throwing arm, and Babe Ruth was playing on a bad ankle. The St. Louis Cardinals, however, were all in good shape and ready for a repeat of the 1926 contest when they had dethroned New York four games to three.
For Game 1, Waite Hoyt went up against Bill Sherdel in a classic rematch of David vs. Goliath. The Babe managed to play, despite his inability to run and he and his young protégé both put on quite a show. Ruth had a single and two doubles, Gehrig went two-for-four with two RBIs and Bob Meusel knocked a two-run home run on the way to a 4-1 opening victory.
Grover Alexander (who had embarrassed the Yankees and their pitching staff in the ’26 Series) returned for Game 2, but lacked the dominating presence of two years ago. Lou Gehrig started things off with a three-run homer in the first inning and the Yankees continued to score without resistance on the way to a 9-3 victory.
As expected, Ruth and Gehrig continued to abuse the Cardinals’ pitching staff with reckless abandon. The Iron Horse launched two blasts in Game 3 for a 7-3 win and The Babe knocked three into the seats in Game 4 (with Gehrig contributing one) for another 7-3 triumph and a second sweep for the World Championship.
Both sluggers had combined to go sixteen-for-twenty-seven at the plate, with a .593 average, seven homers and thirteen RBIs. Ruth set one of many Series records hitting an unbelievable .625 with ten hits in four games. Gehrig hit .545 and set his own record with nine RBIs in four games.
It truly was a two-man show as the rest of the Yankees batted .196, but were supported by solid pitching by Hoyt, George Pipgras and Tom Zachary. The perennial World Champions had managed to save-face after a difficult season and once again proved that they were the best-of-the-best.
1939 ALL-STAR GAME
The All-Star game reached new levels when it came to “The House That Ruth Built” in 1939. As expected American League manager Joe McCarthy started six of his hometown Yankees and let his “position” starters go the distance. He started Red Ruffing for three innings, then brought in Tommy Bridges and closed out with rookie, twenty-year-old Bob Feller. It was a powerful combination as each pitcher competed for the greatest curveball.
Feller only gave up one hit in his 3 2/3 innings. Years later, he was asked if facing the best bats of the National League in his first All-Star Game made him nervous. He replied “I was never nervous on a pitching mound.” Although it was a low scoring game, it represented one of the best “pitching clinics” ever put on at an All-Star event. Heavy hitters had dominated previous All-Star games, but this one proved that a quality bullpen could shut down even the most potent offense.
THIS DAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY JULY 19
Many Changes are Made in the 1924 Gridiron Code
Walter Camp released the article for the press July 19, 1924 and in his presser he told of how abuses in the game were forcing rules revisions in areas such as the use of tees and eleiminating some loopholes in the football code. Offset goal posts were in question by many and adressed in the new rules as well as the prohibition of wearing stiff hard leather shoulder pads with out padded coverings and rules on sharp metal spikes of the players’ cleats. A real odd one for us to read today is that substitute players were not permitted to talk or even call out the word “signal” without being penalized. A big one added in 1924 that we still use today is that players shifting in the offense before the snap had to come to a complete stop for a moment to establish position. This was not in effect for the man in motion rule adopted back in 1895 but only for offensive shifts. The officials were given power that day as well to instruct time keepers to keep the clock rolling if they felt a team was trying to gain an advantage by delaying the game during substitution time outs etc… Other changes were that a player couldn’t exit out of bounds and legally return to the field during a play and that the penalty for an illegal forward pass was switched from 10 to 15 yards of enforcement. The officials were limited to only the referee having a whistle and the time keeper having the signal pistol to notify the ref when time expired for each period. The most noticable change Camp says though was to eleiminate kicking tees altogether from the game. Balls were to be kicked from the ground, without mounds of earth but a fellow player may hold the ball in place for the kicker.
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July 19, 1989 – NFL owners tally a unanimous vote to start the World League of American Football in European cities. The League was later renamed NFL Europe. The newly formed league operated from 1991 through 2007 and developed many players that went on to play in the NFL.
July 19, 1999 – The San Francisco 49ers re-signed star wideout Terrell Owens to a 7-year, $35 million contract extension per the NFL.com. Unfortunately after the 2003 season Owens became so disgruntled with the franchise he wanted to lave. After a botched effort to trade Terrel to the Baltimore Ravens and a missed dealine by his agent to void the contract eventually the parties came to a mutual understanding that Owens became a free agent and signed with the Philadelphia Eagels and later became a Dallas Cowboy.
FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 19
3 – 9 – 14 – 32 – 24 – 6 – 27 – 4 – 21 – 30 – 19 -16 – 8
July 19, 1909 – Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completed the first modern unassisted triple play in Major League Baseball history as the Cleveland Indians posted a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox
July 19, 1910 – Cleveland Naps stud pitcher, Cy Young won the 500th game of his Baseball HOF career as Cleveland knocked off the Washington Senators, 5 – 2, in 11 innings. Young is in fact the only pitcher in MLB history to reach the 500 win milestone plateau. Walter Johnson is the next closest with a a distant 417 victories on the mound.
July 19, 1920 – Babe Ruth, Number 3 of the New York Yankees hit his 30th home run of the 1920 baseball season, breaking his own single-season record. He would attain 54 throughout the season, before breaking that record the next year.
July 19, 1933 – For the first time in MLB history, there were two brothers on opposite teams that each hit homerruns in same game – Rick Ferrell (Red Sox Number 9) and Wes Ferrell (Number 14 for the Cleveland Indians)
July 19, 1936 – A great prospect in unveiled! 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Bob Feller, wearing Number 9 that season, made his MLB debut in relief in a 9-5 loss to the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium, Washington DC.
July 19, 1950 – The New York Yankees inked their first Black players, Number 32, Elston Howard, and Frank Baines. Howard remained a Yankee fixture in the line up for 13 seasons
July 19, 1973 – New York Mets outfielder and future Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Number 24 was named to the National League All Star team for 24th time (he tied Stan Musial a very famous Number 6 of the Cardinals)
July 19, 1974 – Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman, Number 27 tossed a hitter no-no against the Oakland A’s, 4-0
July 19, 1982 – At the first annual Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic , a 75-year-old Luke Appling (who wore Number 4 for much of his career with the White Sox) hit a 250-foot rocket shot off of Warren Spahn (who wore Number 21 for many seasons with the Braves). The retired players of the AL beat those of the NL 7-2.
July 19, 1989 – Cleveland Indians cleanup hitter Joe Carter, wearing Number 30 on his jersey, had hit his 4th game with having registered 3 homeruns.
July 19, 1990 – Pinstriped clad Number 19, Dave Righetti pitched in his 499th game as a roster member of the New York Yankee organization. In so doing he passed legend Whitey Ford (who wore Number 16 for the majority of his Yankee career) with having the most appearances as a Yankee
July 19, 1991 – Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., wearing Number 8 proved what a true iron man he was as he played in his 1,500th consecutive game
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1877 1st Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
1884 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Maud Watson becomes inaugural female champion by beating her sister Lillian Watson 6–8, 6–3, 6–3
1900 Luxembourg born Michel Théato representing France wins Paris Olympics marathon in 2:59:45 ahead of another French athlete Émile Champion
1903 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event
1908 Dutch football club Feyenoord is established in Rotterdam as Wilhelmina; reverts to SC Feijenoord 1912; updated to SC Feyenoord 1974 and to Feyenoord Rotterdam 1978
1909 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completes the first modern MLB unassisted triple play in the Indians’ 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox
1910 Cy Young wins the 500th game of his Baseball HOF career as the Cleveland Naps beat Washington Senators, 5 – 2, in 11 innings; only pitcher in MLB history to reach milestone
1914 Boston Braves begin drive from last to the NL pennant with a 3-2 win against the 2nd placed Cincinnati Reds
1918 Washington Senators catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for draft deferment; Secretary of War, Newton D Baker rules baseball players not draft exempt but later moves date to 1 September; both leagues end regular season 2 September
1920 Babe Ruth hits his 30th home run of the 1920 baseball season, breaking his own single-season record. He would attain 54 throughout the season, before breaking that record the next year.
1922 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller first to break 1 minute barrier for 100m freestyle; swims 58.6s at Alameda, CA
1925 19th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy
1930 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Acacia CC: Lucia Mida beats June Beebe 6 & 5 to win the inaugural event and first women’s major championship ever played
1933 1st time in MLB 2 brothers on opposite teams hit homers in same game – Rick Ferrell (Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (Cleveland Indians)
1936 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Bob Feller makes his MLB debut in relief in 9-5 loss to Senators at Griffith Stadium, Washington
1942 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and The Hague
1950 NY Yankees sign their 1st Black players, Elston Howard and Frank Baines
1952 XV Summer Olympic Games open in Helsinki, Finland
1952 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
1958 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
1964 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Columbus CC: Bobby Nichols wins his only major title by 3 strokes from ‘Big-2’ Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer; leads wire-to-wire
1970 57th Tour de France: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories
1973 NY Mets future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays is named to NL All Star team for 24th time (ties Stan Musial)
1974 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A’s, 4-0
1975 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson’s 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18″ limit; Minnesota Twins win, 2-1
1977 48th MLB All Star Game, Yankee Stadium, NYC, NY: NL wins, 7-5; MVP: Don Sutton, LA Dodgers, P
1978 New York Yankees start historic 14 game comeback with 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN
1980 XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war
1981 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: American Bill Rogers wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany
1982 1st annual Cracker Jack Oldtimers Classic 75-year-old Luke Appling hits a 250-foot HR off Warren Spahn, AL beats NL 7-2
1986 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
1987 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Briton Nick Faldo wins his first major title, by 1 shot from Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis
1989 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football – operated 1991-2007
1989 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game
1990 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is sentence to 5 months for tax evasion
1990 Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee
1991 Cal Ripken plays in his 1,500th consecutive game
1991 With NY Yankee victory, 10 of 14 AL teams are at .500 or better
1992 30th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats Spain in Frankfurt Germany (2-1)
1992 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Englishman Nick Faldo wins his 3rd Open title, by 1 stroke from American John Cook
1992 Federation Cup Women’s Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Germany wins 2nd title with 2-1 win over Spain; Steffi Graf clinches final 6-4, 6-2 against Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1996 XXVI Summer Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia
1998 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Mark O’Meara wins his 2nd major championship of the year (Masters) and first Open title by 2 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff with fellow American Brian Watts
2009 British Open Men’s Golf, Turnberry: American Stewart Cink wins his only major championship by 6 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with 5-time champion Tom Watson
2020 World Formula 1 drivers champion Lewis Hamilton wins a record 8th Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of wins at a single circuit (French GP)
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X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot