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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 6/18

Riley Greene, Peyton Manning, Gems & Homers on a Friday!

Happy Saturday! Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Riley Greene Gets The Call

The day has finally come for Motor City Kitty fans. A.J. Hinch made it official on Friday that the Tigers will select the contract of Riley Greene & have him join the big league club.

He will make his Major League debut Saturday afternoon against the Rangers at Comerica Park at the ripe young age of 21 years old.

Riley was selected as the fifth overall pick back in the 2019 Draft, and he certainly projects to be one of the most anticipated debuts in not only the Tigers’ recent history but in baseball.

If not for a bizarre injury where he fouled off a pitch from Gerrit Cole and fractured a bone in his foot, Riley Greene would’ve undoubtedly been in the Tigers’ outfield on Opening Day.

 

Rendon’s Season Over

 

The Angels released a statement on Friday that Anthony Rendon will have to have surgery to fix the subluxation of a tendon in his right wrist, which will necessitate four to six months of rehab to get back on the field.

This is becoming an unfortunate trend as it was only last year that Rendon underwent hip surgery in August that sidelined him for the final few months of the season.

This is a horrible blow to a season that has already been the dregs for the Angels. Anthony Rendon is in the third year of a seven-year, $235-million mega deal.

For some perspective on how badly this has gone for both sides in terms of return on investment, Rendon has played only 155 games throughout his first three seasons in Anaheim.

 

Brewers Unveil City Jerseys

 

Another City Connect jersey has been unveiled. This time it was the Milwaukee Brewers debuting their version of these uniforms Friday.

As noted, this is a collaboration that has been done with Nike and has been wildly successful with many fans. It has created speculation, and most of the releases since the 2021 season have been hard to keep on the shelves.

The Brewers’ Connect uniform has its classic look honored with a powder-blue jersey but with their “Brew Crew” moniker across the front. The color scheme is also familiar to that of the official flag of the city of  Milwaukee, which is known as The People’s Flag.

The hat left some confusion. If someone does not live in the Milwaukee area, the “MKE” with the city’s area code (414), which is hidden between the letters on the hat, would have to be explained.

Despite the shortened abbreviation typically being ‘MIL’ on score scrolls and scoreboards all over sports for seemingly our entire lives, the city acronym locally is abbreviated ‘MKE.’ Who knew?

A nice nod to Milwaukee’s famous tailgating experience across all entertainment platforms is the baseball-themed grill patch sewn on the right sleeve.

You know they had to pay tribute to beer in some capacity.

The Brewers and Nike did just that with the yellow and white sleeve piping representing the foam head at the top of ice-cold beer.

 

Yankees Win 8 in a Row

 

The Yankees keep on winning, and they seem to be a train that cannot be stopped.

They were as unstoppable as ever Friday night when the Yankees completed a 12-3 romp over Toronto.

The Bronx Bombers are now winners of eight games in a row and have swelled their record to an impressive 32 games over .500 at 48-16.

New York has had this week circled on their calendar for a while, as it presented a challenge to have division rivals chip away at their growing lead. But if they keep playing this well, it’ll be the complete opposite.

This team may go away and hide with this lead until October.

The more it unfolds, the more it looks like this could be a very special season in the Bronx reminiscent of 1998.

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Making Grandpa Proud

 

These are the moments we live for. Buddy Kennedy will forever have this moment etched in history to share with his grandfather. Buddy Kennedy’s first hit in the big league came just hours after getting the call of his life from Triple-A to the MLB.

Baseball is a hereditary trait among their family, as his grandfather is Don Money, who played 16 seasons in the MLB and was a former All-Star in his own right.

The Diamondbacks broadcast set up a spot where he was getting interviewed on live television, and wouldn’t you know it?

Buddy Kennedy managed to get his first major-league hit while his grandfather could share his thoughts with the world.

 

‘Stros Hang 10

 

The Houston Astros‘ bats were alive and well on Friday night to kick off the weekend. The team exploded for their largest offensive output in an inning in more than five years.

Their production was something special to watch as they pounded the White Sox into submission.

The Minute Maid Park faithful were whipped into a frenzy as they saw their beloved Astros send 14 batters to bat while scoring ten runs.

That offensive production included three homers in the run of four batters.

Houston could not be stopped. Not a fun day at the office if you’re a member of the White Sox.

 

Peyton Loves Baseball

 

Peyton Manning was spotted in Omaha on Friday at the College World Series, where he took in the Notre Dame-Texas opening round in a tournament to determine a National Champion.

This is the 2nd year in a row he was taking in baseball at this stage. Just last year, he was spotted watching his alma mater, Tennessee make their first appearance since 2005 in the College World Series.

Look what happens when you get exposed to the game. It’s like a gateway drug, and now he’s just watching other teams seemingly without rooting interest.

Baseball is fun, and even Peyton knows it.

Peep the Omaha hat. Peyton is in on the joke.

 

Robbie Flirts with No-No

 

Robbie Ray was dominant for the Mariners on Friday night and looked every bit of the pitcher who won the American Cy Young Award in 2021.

He matched a season-high mark of 10 strikeouts. Most impressively, he retired 18 in a row at one point & flirted with making history.

Ray allowed just two more hits, and both happened to be in the eighth inning as the Seattle crowd started to believe they would witness history on this night.

It was not to be, but it was still a nice outing for Ray and something for the Mariners to build on.

Robbie is the centerpiece of what the Mariners’ wanted to build around in a pitching sense.

This moment—Ray being led off of the mound to a chorus of deafening cheers—felt like a validation of what the front office had to believe would be a much more frequent occurrence when they signed him on the long term in the offseason.

Ryan Zimmerman on a Shirt

 

The Ryan Zimmerman fan club has been started, and it’s safe to assume that the founding father was on TV last night.

This shirt is straight out of the 90s and needs to be appreciated. It is hard not to appreciate fandom at this level.

 

Lindor Makes Mom Proud

 

Francisco Lindor was met with a great surprise before Friday’s game.

His wife had organized getting everything for Lindor’s mother to get to New York in time to watch her son play for the first in a Mets uniform live at Citi Field.

Knowing mama was in the building, Francisco Lindor did what everyone would dream of doing and sent a three-run home run into orbit in his first at-bat of the game. This was special for everyone involved!

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