MLB News You Should Know – April 15

Catch up on the MLB news you should know.

Happy Friday, but more importantly, Happy Jackie Robinson Day! It’s time to catch up on MLB News You Should Know for April 15.

 

Jackie Robinson Day 

 

Today we honor one of the most important trailblazers in Major League Baseball. This year will be extra special, as it happens to be the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s MLB debut.

At 7:30 a.m. ET, in Times Square’s pedestrian plaza at 44th Street and Seventh Avenue, Ken Griffey Jr., Mariano Rivera, Joe Torre, CC Sabathia, Willie Randolph, and Butch Huskey were on hand to assist with up to 50 kids representing each of the five New York City boroughs who will participate in a special Play Ball baseball and softball event. New York will also temporarily name a portion of 42nd St. “Jackie Robinson Way” this afternoon before sending the street sign to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Players Alliance announced that several players will donate their salaries from today’s games to invest in struggling inner-city and rural baseball teams. Per Bob Nightengale, Lorenzo Cain, Jason Heyward, Aaron Hicks, Mike Moustakas, and David Price have committed to donating.

As per tradition, players will also don No. 42 on the back of their jerseys.

 

Bryan Reynolds avoids arbitration

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with their All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds. Both parties agreed to a two-year deal through 2023. A source told Bon Biertempfel of The Athletic that the two-year extension is reportedly worth $13.5 million. Reynolds will remain under team control through arbitration until the end of the 2025 campaign. 

 

Blue Jays news

 

Bo Bichette rejected a multi-year contract offer from the Blue Jays. Both parties are not close to reaching an agreement either. Bichette’s contract was renewed for the 2022 season at $717,000, but he will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next season.

The Blue Jays also placed outfielder Teoscar Hernández on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain. Infielder Gosuke Katoh was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo in response.

 

MacKenzie Gore to debut for Padres

 

Bob Melvin announced that left-handed pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore will make his MLB debut today against Atlanta. Gore will take the place of Blake Snell, who was recently placed on the injured list with a groin issue. 

During last night’s game, C.J. Abrams also had his first at-bat and first MLB home run.

 

Inside the Park Home Run

 

Cristian Pache hit the ball to the center-field wall for an in-the-park home run for the A’s. I think the video can speak for itself on this one.

 

Mike Trout is good at baseball

 

In a game against the Rangers, Mike Trout put the Angels on the board in the first inning with a 472-foot blast. Trout was the second batter up after Shohei Ohtani

 

Quick yet notable news

 

  • Seiya Suzuki recorded his 10th RBI of the season.
  • Tim Anderson has three multi-hit games in four starts.
  • Andrés Muñoz threw a 103 mph fastball, the fasted pitch recorded in Mariner’s history.
  • Manny Machado went 5-for-5 last night with a 110-mph home run.

Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Chrystal OKeefe

Chrystal O'Keefe is a freelance writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She balances her time between Indianapolis and Chicago and tries to travel to at least one new ballpark every year. She primarily covers the Chicago White Sox but loves talking about baseball in general.

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