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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 7/16

MLB settles, Seattle hangs 12, Derby Bracket Revealed, & Sandy's Strong

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

 

MLB Settles Class Action Suit with Minor League Players

 

The underlying drama is coming to an end: Major League Baseball has been confirmed to send payments of $185M to minor league baseball players effectively putting the almost decade-long class action lawsuit to rest. Significant ramifications from these rulings will trickle down over time. The precedent being set by this ruling will benefit minor league baseball players in all ways going forward.

Most issues in the lawsuit had to do with minor league compensation or lack thereof in all ways. The other significant issue that needed sorting out was unpaid spring training, which has been a long winding road for everyone involved.

All of this has to be viewed as a significant step in the right direction for those advocating for better pay for minor leaguers and bridging the financial gap before being called up to the show. The work is not done, but this is a monumental win for minor league baseball players both present and future.

 

To the Max!

 

Cue the Michael Scott gifs. IT’S HAPPENING!

The Miami Marlins made it official with the announcement of the promotion of their top-tier prospect, Max Meyer. He will jump right into the Miami starting rotation with his first start today against Philadelphia

Social media has been hounding every Marlins post with pleas to call up Meyer all season, so this announcement was met with much praise.

He is as ready as any pitcher sitting down in the minors, and you’d have to believe that if it wasn’t for the ulnar nerve irritation he battled in mid-May, he would already be tearing it up in South Beach.

All eyes are on the Marlins tomorrow to see the emergence of promising young talent.

M’s Nab 12th in a Row

 

Seattle keeps rolling, and when it rains, it pours. The energy around this team is infectious right now, and they are becoming must-see television for baseball fans.

According to Elias: with the Mariners’ 12th win in a row, they join a not-so-elite club. Being that they have not made the playoffs since 2001, Seattle is the 3rd team in the last 75 seasons with a 12+ game win streak while on a 20+ season playoff drought. The 1951 White Sox and 1991 Rangers both have this honor to call their own as well.

What a weird stat.

 

Sandy’s a Throwback

 

Here’s a fact: Sandy Alcantara has more 8+ inning starts this year than any team aside from the Miami Marlins.

Sandy Alcantara was sharp again on Friday night, as he sat down 12 hitters via strikeout to put the finishing touches on an impressive first half. The Marlins, as they tend to do, squandered this amazing start from Sandy and lost despite his best efforts.

Loss aside, Alcantara’s first half has to be considered one of the best in Miami history. The numbers do not lie, as Sandy is an early favorite for the National League Cy Young.

Alcantara’s 138 1/3 innings in the first half of the season are good for the most in the MLB since 2014. It’s also the most in the first half from a Marlins pitcher in franchise history. This is significant because of how many of his pitching brethren have difficulty compiling the innings.

 

Clayton Flirts with History, AGAIN

 

With the All-Star Game being in Los Angeles on Tuesday, there have been talks about Kershaw being justified to be the starter. Being that Kershaw has never started an All-Star Game, it’s an honor he’d love to add to his Hall of Fame-worthy resume.

In front of an electric Angel Stadium, Kershaw teased completing a perfect game for the second time this season. Unfortunately, as the tension built, his perfect night fell short on a Luis Rengifo leadoff double in the eighth inning.

What a ride on Friday night. It would be shocking if National League manager, Brian Snitker,  does not pick Kershaw to start on Tuesday to pay homage to his amazing career.

Sometimes the story writes itself and this feels right.

 

 

Derby Bracket Announced

 

The 2022 Home Run Derby will be the appetizer for Tuesday’s All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The seedings were established and announced:

#1 seed: Kyle Schwarber, Phillies vs. #8 seed: Albert Pujols, Cardinals

#2 seed: Pete Alonso, New York Mets  vs. #7 seed: Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves

#3 seed: Corey Seager, Rangers vs. #6 seed: Julio Rodríguez, Mariners

#4 seed: Juan Soto, Nationals vs. #5 seed: José Ramírez, Guardians

Storyline-wise, Pete Alonso is seeking to become the second player to win the derby three times. Ken Griffey Jr is the only other player to achieve that feat, so Alonso would join some elite company.

If you need a reminder of the Derby rules, here they are: batters get three minutes to hit home runs each of the first two rounds and they get two minutes in the final round.

Nuanced in there is the 30 to 60 seconds of additional time given at the final buzzer, with batters receiving the complete 60 if they blast a tater that travels 440 feet or more. Each batter receives one timeout per round.

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Donnie Baseball’s Golden Glove

 

Nothing to see here, just Don Mattingly flashing the skills that made him one of the best defensive first basemen in baseball history.

 

Tim’s Got Hops

 

Tim Anderson’s catch left our jaws on the floor. He got up there and stayed there.

Watch this one on loop and get used to it.

 

Phils End BB Drought

 

The Philadelphia Phillies are the proud owners of the expansion era record for most plate appearances without a walk. This was mentioned on the Phillies’ broadcast, and if you comb through the box scores, you’ll see that the last walk was drawn in the 1st inning on July 10th vs St. Louis.

Since that moment, 148 batters have had plate appearances for the Phillies without drawing a walk.

This crazy string of anti- Juan Soto baseball ended when Rhys Hoskins was walked on four pitches in the 7th inning on Friday.

 

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Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

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