There is a special kind of excitement that surrounds the Major League debut of a hyped prospect, an event that has happened often this past week and will continue for another month. Some debuts go better than others — a first at-bat home run or a walk-off hit have both happened this season. Hanging above everything is the uncertainty surrounding a player’s future.
You may recall the story I wrote in June about the lawsuit involving the Midland College softball program. A lot has happened since, and I have an update for Excelle Sports.
Sunday is baseball’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Go to Cooperstown if you want to see the new class. If you want to see future members in action, you’ve got options too. My latest MLB column looks at the locks (and other potential candidates) to one day get the call from the Hall.
Can the Cubs turn it around? Acquiring Jose Quintana, a move made after my story published, should help. Can Mike Trout win MVP? His missed time doesn’t rule him out. Those are half of the questions I examine as baseball’s second half is set to begin.
The All Star Game, which will be played next Wednesday in Miami, has undergone some changes over the years—for a brief stretch there were two games a season—but there are still potential improvements.
Baseball’s unwritten rules are ridiculous. (Natasha Bedingfield’s debut album its lead single, Unwritten, however, is great.) From home run trots to bunting during a no-hitter, it’s time for everyone to stop getting offended by joy and honest competition.