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Brewers Christian Yelich recent NL Player of the Week



Christian Yelich

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 29th.

2018 T-Mobile Home Run Derby semifinalist Rhys Hoskins (.345, 7 R, 5 HR, 9 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies also posted a strong week. The 25-year-old logged an eight-game hitting streak from July 22nd-28th, tallying seven homers and 13 RBI during the impressive stretch. Hoskins also matched his career high with an extra-base hit in six consecutive games from July 22nd-26th (also: August 23-28, 2017). Other noteworthy performances last week included Rhys’ teammate Maikel Franco (.345, 5 R, 6 XBH, 5 RBI); outfielder Gregory Polanco (.370, 5 R, 4 XBH, 3 SB) and starting pitcher Trevor Williams (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG, 1 SHO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Christian’s teammate Jhoulys Chacín (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 15 SO); and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon, who pitched seven no-hit innings in his Major League debut on July 23rd after coming back from a career-threatening injury. Daniel required brain surgery after being struck in the head by a line drive at Triple-A last May.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Christian Yelich will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Yelich batted .517 (15-for-29) with eight runs scored, three doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBI across seven games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Week Award. Among his NL counterparts, Christian finished his strong week at the plate first in batting average, on-base percentage (.548), slugging percentage (1.000), runs scored, RBI and total bases (29); tied for first in extra-base hits (7) and triples; tied for fifth in home runs; and tied for eighth in doubles. This is Milwaukee’s first weekly award of the 2018 season, and the first since All-Star third baseman Aramis Ramirez for the period ending July 5, 2015.

Yelich, who was an All-Star in his first year with Milwaukee, enters play today in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak dating back to July 14th, the longest by a Brewers player since Gerardo Parra’s 14-game streak from July 11-30, 2015. The 26-year-old has hit safely in 18 of his previous 19 contests, posting a slash line of .451/.483/.756 to go along with 16 runs scored, 37 hits, nine doubles, two triples, four home runs and 22 RBI during the torrid stretch. Over the course of his impressive run, the 23rd overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft (by Miami) has logged 14 multi-hit efforts, including five three-hit games. In addition, Yelich has recorded at least two hits and a run scored in each of his previous six contests. The California native became the sixth player in franchise history to post such a streak, joining Parra (July 1-6, 2015), Hall of Famer Paul Molitor (August 6-12, 1991), Rob Deer (April 9-14, 1987), Ben Oglivie (June 22-29, 1979) and Tommy Harper (May 13-25, 1970). Enjoying his best month of the season thus far, the 2016 NL Silver Slugger Award winner has batted .406 (39-for-96) with 18 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 23 RBI over 24 games. The left-handed-hitting Yelich is on pace to become just the second player in team history to post a batting average of .400-or-better with at least 16 extra-base hits in a single calendar month, joining Hall of Famer Robin Yount (July 1982).



Giants to retire Barry Bonds’ #25 jersey today



Barry Bonds at plate 2006 photo By flickr user druchoy - flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Barry Bonds #25 jersey ceremony today. Barry is running in from centerfield (photo from Dick Johnson)

#25: Today, the Giants will retire number 25 in honor of Barry Bonds’ historic career with the San Francisco Giants from 1993-2007.

RETIRED UNIFORM NUMBERS: For only the 10th time in the Giants’ 136-year history, the Giants will retire a uniform number…the Giants will join the Yankees (21), Cardinals (12), White Sox (11), Braves (10), Red Sox (10) and Reds (10) as one of seven Major League teams with 10-or-more retired uniform numbers.

Most Retired Uniform Numbers in the Majors Yankees 21 Cardinals 12 White Sox 11 Giants 10 Braves 10 Red Sox 10 Reds 10

BARRY BONDS: Won seven NL MVP awards, eight Gold Glove awards and received 14 All-Star selections during his storied 22-year Major League career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1986-92) and San Francisco Giants (1993-2007)…he was a two-time winner of the National League batting title and the lone member of MLB’s 500 homer-500 steal club…he holds Major League Baseball’s all-time records for home runs (762) and walks (2,558).

This Date in Giants History: August 11, 2001 At Wrigley Field, Barry Bonds inched his way closer to the history books with his 50th homer of the year giving the Giants a 9-4 win.

Today’s game is Pittsburgh Pirates (60-57) at San Francisco Giants (58-59) RHP Trevor Williams (9-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Ty Blach (6-6, 4.28) Game 118/Home Game 59 • Saturday, August 11, 2018 • AT&T Park • 6:20 p.m. (PT) • NBC Sports Bay Area • KNBR 680 • KXZM 93.7

Indians acquire young, speedy Oscar Mercado from St. Louis Cardinals



Oscar Mercado (courtesy Columbus Clippers)

At the trade deadline, the Indians acquired OF Oscar Mercado from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for OF Conner Capel and OF Jhon Torres. Assigned to the AAA Columbus roster.

Designated OF Johnny Field for assignment.

Mercado, 23, has spent the entire 2018 season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, batting .285 (109-for-382) with 21 doubles, 1 triple, 8 home runs and 42 RBI in 100 games (.351/.408/.759). He currently leads the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases (31-for-39), 2nd in runs (73) and T4th in hits (109). He is leading the Cardinals system in steals and runs currently and his .351 on-base pct. is a professional career-high. Oscar is currently rated the 10th overall prospect in the Cardinals system according to Mercado has appeared in 89 games in center field, 7 games in left and 2 games in right in Memphis.

The Tampa, FL native was St. Louis’ second round selection (57th overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and owns a six-year professional career average of .252 (550-2181) with 190 steals in 564 games. He played for Team Colombia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The converted shortstop has led his respective league in steals three times over his career and was a midseason all-star in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Said Indians President of Baseball Operations CHRIS ANTONETTI of Mercado: “We are excited to acquire Oscar. He can impact the game in multiple ways with his hit-ability and above-average speed, which plays both on defense and on the bases. He’s a player we liked in the draft and have followed closely throughout his professional career with the Cardinals. He bolsters our organizational outfield depth in the short-term and we’re optimistic about his continued development.”

Capel has spent the 2018 season a Class-A Lynchburg and Torres has played for the Arizona Rookie League Club (2) this summer.

Read more: Cleveland Indians




Looking for outfield depth, Indians get Leonys Martin from Detroit



The Cleveland Indians announced at the trade deadline the following transactions relative to the Major League roster:

Acquired OF Leonys Martin and RHP Kyle Dowdy from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for INF Willi Castro.

Martίn has batted .251 (76-303) with 15 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 29 RBI and 45 runs scored in 78 games for Detroit this season, his first with the Tigers. His nine home runs are his second-most in a single season, after hitting a career-high 15 longballs in 2016. He missed time, July 2-20, on the 10-day Disabled List with a left hamstring strain. His nine outfield assists this year for tops in the American League and his 228 outfield putouts are 2nd-most despite missing 14 games due to injury. Since the start of 2013, Martin’s 59 outfield assists are tied with Colorado’s Gerardo Parra for the 2nd-most in MLB.

Leonys Martin warming up for Texas 2015 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

The Villa Clara, Cuba native owns a career Major League batting average of .248 (565-for-2281) with 87 doubles, 22 triples, 47 home runs and 205 RBI in 699 games with Texas, Seattle, Chicago-NL and the Tigers. He has also stolen 122 bases in 161 attempts after defecting from Cuba and signing with the Rangers in 2011. He has finished in the top 10 in the American League in stolen bases and defensive Wins Above Replacement (WAR) three times over the course of his 8-year career.

Dowdy, 25, has been a member of the Tigers organization since is 12th-round selection out of the University of Houston in 2015. The 6-1 right-hander has posted an 8-8 record with a 4.74 ERA (50ER/95.0IP) in 24 appearances (14 starts) between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo in 2018, fanning 92 batters in 95.0 innings this season (T5th among Detroit organizational pitchers). Dowdy was named a Midwest League (A) Mid-Season All-Star in 2016 and a Florida State League (High-A) Mid-Season All-Star in 2017. In 72 career appearances (52 starts) at the Minor League level, he owns a 3.77 ERA (141ER/336.2IP) with 299 strikeouts and 84 walks.

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Reds Hall of Fame featuring Tom Browning Bobblehead in Month of August



Tom Browning pitching for Reds vs. Giants 1991 photo By Rick Dikeman - Own work, CC0, https

Celebrates Wrigley Field Rooftop Visit


The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore continues its 2018 bobblehead program in August, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tom Browning’s infamous rooftop visit in Chicago.

A World Series Champion, Major League All-Star, and the only Reds player to pitch a perfect game, Browning pieced together an illustrious major league career including induction into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.

In addition to his stardom in Cincinnati, Browning made a name for himself in Chicago earning the name “Rooftop Tommy” when he took a mid-game stroll in 1993 to a rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field. Browning’s stunt was captured on camera as he tipped his cap to the players and fans below, creating an unforgettable moment in Reds history.

The bobbleheads are free with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum (or a Great American Ball Park tour) beginning Friday, August 3 and will be available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the month of August, while supplies last.

Only 6,000 bobbleheads have been produced and there is a limit of one bobblehead per visitor per day.

The bobblehead series continues through September with a different Reds Hall of Famer available each month:
• April: Chris Sabo (now available only with museum membership)
• May: Ernie Lombardi (now available only with museum membership)
• June: Johnny Vander Meer (now available only with museum membership)
• July: Adam Dunn (now available only with museum membership)
• August: Tom Browning
• September: Johnny Bench

Admission to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, and $6 for active military/veterans. Children four and younger are free.

The best way to ensure a bobblehead is to join the museum as a member. To become a member, please visit for more information or call (513) 765-7926.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore
Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. The Museum features 16,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Since its inception, 89 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. Plan your visit at

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