The Junior Circuit won 2015's Midsummer Classic in Cincinnati on Tuesday, winning 6-3 over the NL. Mike Trout won his second straight All-Star MVP Award; he led off the game with a home run and scored a second run in the fifth. Andrew McCutchen homered for the NL. Atlanta's lone representative, Shelby Miller, did not appear in the game.
I suppose it's only appropriate that a Reds player wins a Home Run Derby in his home ballpark one year after coming up short. Frazier lost out in the Finals of the 2014 Derby to Yoenis Cespedes, but put on a show this year and beat out Joc Pederson to take home the crown.
As someone with graphic design knowledge, I have to say…at least it's not monochromatic. The Padres unveiled their All-Star Game logo on Friday, and the reception has been mixed. Many at Gaslamp Ball, however, do not like it. What do you think?
More than once this year a fan has been struck by a foul ball, and one fan in Oakland wants MLB to do something about it. The fan in question hasn't been hit, but says she's come close to getting hit by foul balls and broken bats. The lawsuit asks MLB to extend safety netting all the way to both foul poles. The suit even cites the Braves game in Milwaukee as an example.
Atlanta's pitching staff of the '90s was awesome; everyone knows that. So when John Smoltz, who was part of that group, says that the current crop of young Mets pitchers is "way better" than that, what does that tell you?
Despite the praise, Smoltz divulged what could keep them from that level of greatness.
There's no doubt that the dynamic arms are way better than we've ever seen. And the issue is how long can we keep them healthy and how long can they stick together financially? What we did in the era that we did, we take a lot of pride in it. We worked really hard and we didn't miss a lot of starts.