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Today the baseball world sets its eyes on Cooperstown, New York, with this year’s induction ceremony taking place later this afternoon. The class is led by Buck O’Neil whose legacy reaches far beyond baseball.
One of the preeminent first basemen of the 1950s and manager of the 1969 Miracle Mets, Gil Hodges will also finally be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame fifty years after his passing.
In his autobiography, Orlando Cepeda said, “Minnie Miñoso is to Latin ballplayers what Jackie Robinson is to black ballplayers.” As a rookie in 1951, Miñoso, who passed in 2015, was one of the first Latin American to ever play in the All-Star Game. The first African American to play for the Chicago White Sox, Minnie Miñoso, the “Cuban Comet,” will also be honored today at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Baseball Hall of Fame’s annual induction day has arrived and will be held this afternoon at Cooperstown, New York. This year’s class includes Baseball Writers’ Association electee, David Ortiz. The Golden Days Era Committee electees include Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, and Tony Oliva. Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil were elected by the Early Baseball Committee. You can watch the broadcast live exclusively on MLB Network and there will be a live simulcast on MLB.com.
Good morning from Cooperstown!
Buck O’Neil, Bud Fowler, Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Minnie Miñoso, Tony Oliva, and David Ortiz enter the @baseballhall today.
I cannot wait.
Join us for live coverage on @MLBNetwork beginning at 11 am ET. @MLB @NLBMuseumKC @Twins @nlbmprez
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 24, 2022
These seven icons become immortalized in Cooperstown today. pic.twitter.com/bzIOQi9XWR
— MLB (@MLB) July 24, 2022
To the outside world, icon, trailblazer and legend are a few words to describe Minnie Miñoso.
On the South Side, he’s Mr. White Sox. pic.twitter.com/7fUBgMYeft
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 23, 2022
Mookie Betts hits 200th career HR.
After hitting a single in his first at-bat, Betts turned on a 3-2 sinker from Alex Wood and drilled it 379 feet to left for his 200th. Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman also hit home runs for the Dodgers in a 4-2 win over the Giants. They lead the NL with 63 wins and are 10.5 games ahead of the Padres for first place in the NL West.
That was home run No. 200 for Mookie Betts
His 61st with the Dodgers
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) July 24, 2022
Brady Singer has a big night.
On a hot night in Kansas City, Singer had a no-hit bid going until it was broken up in the sixth on a bunt single from Rays’ outfielder Roman Quinn; KC manager Mike Matheny challenged the call but it was upheld. While his slider returned 12 whiffs on 21 swings for a 57% whiff rate, Singer credits his revamped changeup as being key to his success.
Brady Singer stuck out a career-high 12 batters tonight vs. the Rays.
He’s the second Royals pitcher to strike out +10 this season, following Daniel Lynch on 6/17 at Oakland (10 Ks), and the first Royal to strike out a dozen since Mike Montgomery at Detroit on 8/10/19 (12 Ks). pic.twitter.com/zB8KR42u3A
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) July 24, 2022
J.J. Bleday gets the call.
The Marlins placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 10-day IL with back spasms and in the corresponding move, called up J.J. Bleday. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter, who was drafted by the Marlins fourth overall back in 2019, was hitting .238 with a .835 OPS in 85 games with Triple-A Jacksonville. Pinch hitting for Brian Anderson in the ninth, he drew a walk off Pirates closer David Bednar in his first PA.
Best Moments From Yesterday
The future is bright in Arizona.
Druw Jones, the 2nd overall pick of the 2022 draft, threw the first pitch out to Alek Thomas, who finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI in a 7-2 win over the Nationals. Not pictured: Corbin Carroll’s 1.087 OPS in the minors.
Druw Jones, two-way player? 🧐 pic.twitter.com/SVJ25suR0j
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) July 24, 2022
The best there ever was.
Matt Carpenter’s pregame ritual was captured before last night’s game at Camden Yards. The Yankees lost but he continued his Roy Hobbs impression by launching his 14th home run of the year. In 110 PA.
Matt Carpenter credits his unique pregame routine for his success in 2022.
Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. pic.twitter.com/BDX2XJhitg
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 23, 2022
Carpenter is the 2nd player in MLB history to have 14+ HR, 5+ Doubles and 35+ RBI in their first 34 games with any franchise.
The other is Jim Thome (White Sox) in 2006.
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) July 23, 2022
What a Catch!
Oakland’s ball boy, Johnny Thalbum, made a great catch on a rocket foul ball off the bat of Adolis García. They should probably sign him.
A’s ball boy Jonny Thalblum just made another nice grab in foul territory and got “MVP” chants from the crowd. pic.twitter.com/ZnipkDBmqw
— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 24, 2022
Buck O’Neil was one of the most storied players in Negro League history and one of the game’s renowned ambassadors; he helped discover future stars including Ernie Banks, Elston Howard, Andre Dawson, and many others. He was the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. He served two years in the U.S. Navy and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December of 2006.
Less than three months before his passing, he delivered a speech at Cooperstown to commemorate 17 other Negro League inductees and said, “I’ve done a lot of things I really liked doing. But I’d rather be right here, right now, representing the people who helped build a bridge across the chasm of prejudice.” In 2006 he missed being inducted by one vote. Sixteen years later, we’re left to wonder what took so long?
Andre Dawson: “There was someone that saw me as a Raw college player and had interest in me and wanted to see me go further.”
O’Neil wanted Dawson with the Cubs. The Expos drafted him, then he wound up with the Cubs. Dawson is in the Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/ql5HeKcWcw
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) July 23, 2022
LaTroy Hawkins (@LaTroyHawkins32) – who’s also the Godfather of Patrick Mahomes – on his feelings about Buck O’Neil entering the Hall of Fame. “He helped create that bridge that helped myself and many others cross over to live out a dream.” pic.twitter.com/Km4DQtPl15
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) July 23, 2022
The Marlins were bit by the injury bug again and placed Jorge Soler on the 10-day IL with lower back spasms. The more concerning injury news may have been Brian Anderson, who was forced to leave after injuring his left shoulder, the same one that caused him to miss time in 2021.
The bad news for the Marlins continues with Garrett Cooper getting plunked on the right wrist, the same one that he had surgery on in 2018. He left the game in pain as the Marlins await the results of CT scans.
And then there’s more for Miami; Max Meyer exited his start early with right elbow discomfort and is awaiting MRI results.
Evan Longoria tweaked his hamstring and should be headed back to the IL.
Articles You Should Read
- David Ortiz is a worthy Hall of Famer from baseball’s ’steroids era’. There should be more. – Dan Good, NBC News
- Jim Kaat finally belongs; poised for Hall of Fame induction: ‘I know how special it is.’ – Dan D’Addona, The Holland Sentinel.
- ‘I’m here.’: Marlins No. 4 prospect Bleday debuts in home state. – Jake Crouse, MLB.com
- Who is Buck O’Neil? Meet the KC baseball icon being inducted into the Hall of Fame. – Joseph Hernandez, The Kansas City Star
- For Buck O’Neil, Hall call confirms legacy he always carried. – Jon Paul Morosi, NBC Sports
- 50 years after father’s death, Gil Hodges Jr. will finally see him immortalized in Baseball Hall of Fame. – Rick Robb, The Palm Beach Post
- Comedian Richard Lewis Reminisces about Gil Hodges. – Bill Francis, Baseballhall.org
- Everything to know about today’s HOF induction ceremony. – Brian Murphy, MLB.com
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