Prof: Hi, I’m back. Did you miss me? I’m writing this on Sunday, and today was the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Chipper, Trevor, and Thome – three of my all time favorites – got the plaque, along with Alan Trammell, Vlad Guerrero, and Jack Morris. The Hall of Fame ceremony is an emotional time for me, because I love baseball so much. I think it’s fitting that we honor the greats of our game and cherish what they did to grow the sport and inspire so many people to play, to watch, and to appreciate this beautiful game that we all love. I know there are a lot of people who believe in a Small Hall, and those who believe in a Big Hall (I’m a Big Hall person). But I think we can all agree that, for the most part, people who get inducted into that little museum in Cooperstown all have made an indelible mark upon the game and, for better or for worse, changed it in some way.
Today’s music…. what else? Hall of Fame quality tuneage! Obviously, Hell’s Bells is for Trevor Hoffman, and Crazy Train is for Chipper, but can you identify the other three I’ve used? Not from this class…
Rays 5, Orioles 11 – Prof: The Orioles? Won? A SERIES? We’ve fallen through the looking glass, folks. Adam Jones had three hits and an RBI. He might very well be traded, although to be honest it’s not looking like he will be. But if he is next on the block, he sure made his last home stand a special one. Dylan Bundy pitched well and for once his team helped him with offense, especially the arctic bat of Chris Davis (who had two homers today).
Twins 0, Red Sox 3 – Prof: Nathan Eovaldi was traded to Boston while I was on my hiatus, and he didn’t waste any time making himself comfortable. Eovaldi went seven scoreless innings and made it easy for the BoSox offense to make good, which they did. J.D. Martinez continues to be the gas in the engine, driving in all three runs. Craig Kimbrel gets the save, his 33rd of the season.
Royals 3, Yankees 6 – Scouts: J.A. Happ provided immediate returns for the Yankees, allowing just a single run over 6 strong innings. It sure didn’t hurt that he faced the Royals.
Spiders 8, Tigers 1 – Prof: The Klubot didn’t need to pitch a gem to win this game, but he didn’t suck, either. Edwin Encarnacion hit a homer, Yonder Alonso did, too, and the Spiders gets a W on the same day that Jim Thome goes into Cooperstown repping the Magical Land of Cleve.
Phillies 0, Reds 4 – Prof: My tiny son, Scooter Gennett, will never make it into the Hall of Fame. But he’s the Reds MVP this season, full stop, and he was again on Sunday as he hit a towering two run dinger against the Phillies.
Nationals 0, Marlins 5 – Prof: Under .500, the Nats are surprising us all, but not in a good way. The Marlins shut them out and caused Daniel Murphy to commit an error that led to a JT Realmuto run. Martin Prado – former Braves great – drove Brian Anderson in twice. Wow. What’s going to happen in DC now?
Dodgers 1, Braves 4 – Prof: I’m going to address the elephant in the room. Yes, Sean Newcomb got Hader’d. Yes, what he said was gross. And yes, this came after Joe Simpson and Chip Caray showed their collective asses on the Saturday broadcast saying that the Dodgers’ batting practice attire was disgraceful because Chase Utley had THE NERVE to wear a “K Cancer” shirt. Other than Chipper getting into the Hall, this win, and Newcomb’s one strike away from a no-hit bid performance, it was a bad weekend for Atlanta.
Mets 1, Pirates 0 – Scouts: So, apparently Zack Wheeler was the only player on either team to show up to the game on Sunday. Wheeler struck out 7 over 6 shutout innings and drove in the only RBI of the day with a two out double in the 5th.
Blue Jays 7, White Sox 4 – Scouts: Chicago was up 3-2 but as they say the game isn’t over until it’s all the way over, and the Blue Jays rallied for 5 runs in the 9th to stun the White Sox.
Rangers 4, Astros 3 – Prof: This Rangers team is tough. They become the first team to sweep the reigning champs this season, beat a strong Lance McCullers Junior and his eleven strikeouts, all while Jurickson Profar got SPIKED IN THE FACE on accident and still stayed in the game.
Athletics 2, Rockies 3 – Scouts: Colorado comes up big, shutting down the red-hot Athletics on a three game sweep. Ryan McMahon smacked a pair of doubles and Tom Murphy smoked a two run homer for the Rockies.
Mariners 8, Angels 5 – Scouts: Seattle busted out for 7 in the first, and held strong from there, bending but not breaking against the Angels. The much needed win stopped a recent skid and prevented a series sweep for the Mariners.
Brewers 5, Giants 8 – Scouts: The Brewers got homers from Ryan Braun, Travis Shaw, and Hernan Perez, but it wasn’t enough to stop Buster Posey’s 4 hit, 3 RBI performance.
Diamondbacks 5, Padres 4 – Prof: The Gritty Snakes were all homers, all the time. Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed both had two run bombs, and A.J. Pollock had a humdinger of a dinger, a solo shot to center at Petco. That’s legit. San Diego sure did try, bless them, but it was not to be. At least Padres fans had Trevor Hoffman to celebrate!
Cubs 5, Cardinals 2 – Scouts: Anthony Rizzo hit his 3rd homer in the last 4 games as well as scored the winning run on an error, while Kyle Hendricks struck out 8 over 7 innings.