Sonny Gray's days in the Yankees rotation could be numbered. In theory, the Yankees should only be focused on adding, not subtracting, a talented starting pitcher. But the days leading up to the MLB trade deadline rarely follow linear logic. Instead, discussions are fluid and snapshots of rumors can tell a different tale than originally spun. Why Yankees should trade for Chris Archer For the Yankees, that has led to speculation about trading away a starting pitcher possibly in conjunction with bringing one in to rescue a rotation in need. According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, opposing scouts are following Gray in the second half. There are a couple of teams sending scouts to watch Gray pitch as the second half opens. Are the Yankees trying to move Gray? That's the impression some teams are getting. The feeling seems to be he belongs in a smaller market. The Yankees could turn around and flip prospects for a front-line starter. value around the … [Read more...] about MLB trade rumors: Yankees ready to ship Sonny Gray to small market?
Travis Tobin turned to his 8-year-old son, Gus, as they sat in Section 106 of Target Field last week and asked: “Is this boring?” Gus, wearing a Twins hat and T-shirt, shook his head “no.” He chewed on his glove and followed the action attentively, even as minutes passed between balls in play. His mother, Erin, noted the interest he gained after watching the movie “Sandlot.” Gus’ sister, Anna, 4, had another opinion. She was draped across her dad’s leg, desperately needing something to distract her from the 90-degree heat. “She’ll probably fall asleep,” Erin said. This is the challenge baseball has in 2018: to get more kids like Anna – not to mention millennials – hooked into the game like Gus. A television screen isn’t the only screen in a household demanding attention. There are computer screens, smartphone screens, tablet screens. Then there are so many applications within those screens – … [Read more...] about State of baseball: MLB fans turning gray while millennials tuning out
By Tim Lacy, Special to the AFRO The MLB ALL STAR GAME was a source of fond memories for me. I have spent a lot of time at this keyboard regaling you with stories of my time with Sam Lacy. Very few youngsters have the opportunity to share the experiences and meet the people with whom I was exposed because my Pop was a sports columnist. However, in all of the tales I have entertained/bored you with, I discovered I have missed a few moments. This past weekend the MLB All Star game kicked open the door of another trip down memory lane. Readers of this space are well aware that in his late years, I was constant companion and chauffeur for Sam, and this opened a few doors I could step through to add to my memories. Sam was at his desk until he died in 2003 at age 99 1/2. After having a stroke at age 97, I became a full time chauffeur for any driving out of his immediate neighborhood. In 1993, the MLB All Star Game was played in Baltimore. Sam covered all sports, but baseball was … [Read more...] about The MLB All Star Game Always Brings Back Great Memories of Sam Lacy
Could the Philadelphia Phillies be looking to acquire a player from a division rival before the MLB trade deadline?That just might be the case. The Phillies along with the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland Indians are among the teams interested in trading for New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.After failing to win the Manny Machado sweepstakes earlier this week, Philadelphia is searching for ways to bolster their infield with some offensive firepower. Cabrera is just one of many infielders that are on the Phillies' radar.Earlier in the week, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported that the Phillies would be turning their attention to players such as Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Minnesota Twins shortstop Eduardo Escobar.This season, Cabrera along with starting pitcher Jacob deGrom has been the only bright spots for an underachieving Mets team. Cabrera is slashing .280/.332/.487 with 17 home runs and 53 RBIs. The 32-year-old … [Read more...] about MLB trade rumors: Asdrubal Cabrera Phillies Brewers Indians
By Martin Gallegos | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 21, 2018 at 10:17 pm | UPDATED: July 22, 2018 at 12:31 am OAKLAND — It was as if the Coliseum hopped into a time machine that was set to the early 2000s. The stadium was packed, even Mount Davis, and the A’s treated the raucous home crowd with a finish that sent them into a frenzy. On a night where Mount Davis was re-opened to the public for the first time in 13 years, 56,310 fans packed the house to set the record for the largest crowd ever at the Coliseum, as well as the largest attendance for a MLB game this season, to watch Jonathan Lucroy walk it off for a 4-3 victory over the Giants in 11 innings Saturday night. Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder got the two-out rally in the 11th started with back-to-back singles against Will Smith. Lucroy, who entered the game in the tenth as a defensive replacement, then flipped a single to the right field gap that drove home Chapman for the … [Read more...] about A’s set record for largest attendance in MLB this year, defeat Giants in extras