MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

MAJOR LEAGUE ALL STAR GAME DOESN’T DISAPPOINT AL WINS, BREGMAN MVP

The 89th annual MLB All-Star Game turned into a Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Tuesday.

An All-Star Game record 10 home runs — 10 home runs! — were hit Tuesday night, and, when it was all said and done, the American League outlasted the National League in 10 innings (AL 8, NL 6). Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was named All-Star Game MVP after hitting the go-ahead homer in the 10th inning.

Here are 11 things to know about the homer-happy 2018 MLB All-Star Game. Continue Reading by 

 

Major League Baseball hosted its 2018 All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, located in Washington, D.C. Based on the style of play, you would’ve thought it was the Home Run Derby again.

The American League won by an 8-6 final. The two sides combined for 10 home runs and scored all but one of those 14 runs on a dinger.

Yes, you read that correctly: 10 combined home runs.

Those 10 homers shattered the old record for most in a Midsummer Classic. Previously, the 1951, 1954, and 1971 games had enjoyed a three-way tie with six apiece.

This year’s game looked like it would finish tied with those three for the record, but a dramatic shot in the bottom of the ninth sent us to extra innings, where the All-Stars combined to obliterate the old record. Continue Reading, by 

 

Welcome to the unofficial Night 2 of the Home Run Derby. The American League won the All-Star game 8–6 in extras, but it was a complete slugfest with every run but one coming off a homer.

There were a record 10 home runs total in the game. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge started off the scoring for the American League with a solo homer in the second inning. Continue Reading, by CHARLOTTE CARROLL

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Brewers reliever Josh Hader didn’t have a good night. He gave up four hits and a three-run homer to put the National League in a big hole in the All-Star Game. That’s the kind of thing that has to stick with you.

Oh, and he was also revealed to be a SUPER BIG racist, misogynist and homophobe. That’s gonna stick with him too, and may land him in trouble with Major League Baseball.

Someone decided to dig through Hader’s Twitter history this evening and when they did they found some ugly, ugly stuff in there from back in 2011-12.* Hader was found to have used the n-word, liberally. He said “I hate gay people.” He said some super misogynistic stuff about wanting a woman who will cook and clean for him, among other pretty damn vile things. There were multiple references to cocaine. He said “I’ll murder your family” to one person and made some total non-sequitur tweet simply saying “KKK.” You name a social media etiquette line that one can cross and Hader not only crossed it, but he totally and gleefully trampled over. If you want to see that vile stuff you can see it over at The Big Lead, which screen-capped it. I presume Hader has deleted them by now.

The news of Hader’s old, unearthed tweets bubbled out as the All-Star Game was going on, and reporters met Hader in the locker room right afterward for comment. Hader owned up to them — there was no “I was hacked” excuses offered here — saying that the tweets were a sign of immaturity when he was 17 years-old. He said he plans to apologize to his teammates, saying they don’t reflect on him as a person now. His quote: “No excuses. I was dumb and stupid.” Which, well, yes, obviously.

That may not be the end of it, however:

These tweets are old, Hader may be a different person now and people can do a lot of growing up between 17 and 24. But Major League Baseball is not happy tonight, I can assure you, that an ugly social media incident blew up during its biggest showcase of the regular season.

Will Hader be disciplined? Hard to say, given that Hader wasn’t even drafted yet when those tweets were made and given that MLB’s social media policy was not even in place then. But it would not shock me at all if more comes of this than Hader merely apologizing to his teammates. Stay tuned.

*There are several putative Hader tweets floating around Twitter right now of a more recent vintage. Hader has locked his account, however, and they cannot be confirmed, and many people who were able to access his account before it was locked said those tweets were not there before, with the suggestion that they were Photoshopped. We are neither in the position to — nor do we have the inclination to — verify which of Hader’s tweets are legitimate and which are fabricated. We know, however, that there is more than ample, awful stuff that he has owned up to and we’ll leave it at that for now.

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We entered the bottom of the ninth with the American League poised to win this thing. Edwin Diaz of the Mariners was on the hill, three outs away from a save. He didn’t save it.

After striking out Trevor Story Diaz walked J.T. Realmuto and then gave up a homer to Scooter Gennett of the Reds. This one went out to right field for a change. The home run broke a record: it was the seventh in the All-Star Game, breaking the record set back in 1971. Diaz retired Euenio Suarez and Jesus Aguilar after that, and on we go to extra innings.

Jean Segura has to be mad at his teammate for taking away his All-Star Game MVP, right? Everyone else has to be mad that they’re playing extra innings in an exhibition game. But this is the life they have chosen, so on we go into the night. By Craig Calcaterra

 

 

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