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Astros’ Evan Gattis a recent AL Player of the Week

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Evan Gattis on deck 2015 photo By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Designated hitter/catcher Evan Gattis of the sizzling Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending June 17th.

Six-time All-Star Mike Trout (.684, 8 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) also posted a strong week for the Los Angeles Angels. Following a pair of multi-homer outings on Monday and Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners, Trout became the sixth player in team history to record back-to-back multi-homer games, and the first since his All-Star teammate Albert Pujols (July 31-August 1, 2012). Additionally, with 23 round-trippers on the season, the two-time AL MVP is the first player in Club history to log at least 20 homers in seven consecutive seasons. He joins Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle as the only players in AL history to accomplish the feat prior to their age-27 season. Other noteworthy performances last week included Evan’s All-Star teammate Carlos Correa (.360, 8 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI); closer Edwin Díaz (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 8 SO), first baseman Ryon Healy (.400, 5 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) and starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 SO) of the Mariners; shortstop Didi Gregorius (.471, 4 R, 4 XBH, 1.118 SLG) of the New York Yankees; and infielder Eduardo Escobar (.435, 10 H, 4 2B, 6 RBI) of the Minnesota Twins.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Evan Gattis will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Gattis hit .417 (10-for-24) with six runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI across six games played to earn his first career Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Evan finished the period first in RBI; tied for first in home runs and extra-base hits (6); second in total bases (24); third in slugging percentage (1.000); tied for third in hits; and tied for seventh in batting average and runs scored. This is Houston’s second weekly award of the 2018 season, following his All-Star teammate Justin Verlander, who took home weekly honors for the week ending April 15th.

Gattis began his award-winning week in grand fashion on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics, batting 2-for-4 with a double, one home run and five RBI to propel Houston to a 6-3 victory. In the following contest on Wednesday, the six-year veteran recorded his second multi-homer game of the season (also May 27th) while plating five runs for the second consecutive game. The slugging backstop became the first player in franchise history to deliver five RBI in consecutive outings, and the first in the Majors since Maikel Franco of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015 (June 22nd-23rd). In addition, Gattis, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in 2015, matched the Club record for RBI in consecutive games, joining Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell (July 7-8, 2001) and J.R. Towles (September 20-21, 2007) in Astros lore. On Friday night against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Gattis clubbed his second career grand slam in the sixth inning to lead Houston to a 7-3 win. The outing was Evan’s third game during his productive week in which he registered at least four RBI. Led in large part by the Dallas, Texas native, the 2017 World Series Champion Astros enter play today in the midst of a 2018 Major League-best 11-game winning streak.

 

 

National League 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star ballot update

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Race at catcher between Posey, Contreras, Suzuki

 

Voting available online until Thursday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. (ET)

 

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey remains ahead of all National League catchers in the latest fan balloting update for the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The National League balloting update was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The next update in the American League will be announced tomorrow. The 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, which is available exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, will be accessible until the voting period ends on Thursday, July 5th at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 89th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Posey, a five-time All-Star (2012-13; 2015-17), has received 686,253 votes to outpace Chicago Cubs backstop Willson Contreras (596,111) and Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki (557,692) in the NL’s closest race. The 31-year-old Posey, who was the 2010 NL Rookie of the Year and 2012 NL Most Valuable Player, is bidding for his fourth consecutive fan-elected start and would become the first NL catcher to earn four consecutive fan elections since Hall of Famer Mike Piazza (nine straight, 1994-2002). In addition, Posey would become just the third Giants player to garner four straight starting assignments since balloting was returned to the fans in 1970, joining first baseman Will Clark (four straight, 1988-91) and outfielder Barry Bonds (five straight, 2000-04). Through 58 games this season, Buster is batting .286 with four home runs, 24 RBI, 14 doubles and 30 runs scored. The 26-year-old Contreras, in his third Major League season, is vying for his first All-Star selection. The native of Venezuela, who would join Geovany Soto (2008) as the only Cubs catchers to win a fan election, is hitting .276 with four home runs, 23 RBI, 15 doubles and 23 runs scored. Suzuki, an American League All-Star with the Minnesota Twins in 2014, is batting .272 with seven home runs, 24 RBI, 10 doubles and 23 runs scored.

In the outfield, Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves (1,173,653) has surpassed Bryce Harper of the hometown Washington Nationals (1,002,696). The pair is joined among the outfield leaders by Matt Kempof the Los Angeles Dodgers (925,697), while Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies (678,831) and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. (617,151) follow. Markakis, who is seeking his first career All-Star nod in his 13th big league season, would become the first Braves outfielder to draw a starting assignment since Jason Heyward in 2010. The 34-year-old veteran, who has 2,144 career hits, is tied for the NL lead with 21 doubles while hitting .327 on the season with eight home runs and 44 RBI.

The remaining NL leaders include: first baseman and overall NL leader Freddie Freeman of the Braves (1,433,140), and his teammate, second baseman Ozzie Albies (915,736); Nolan Arenado of the Rockies (1,124,563); and Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (1,120,031). Freeman is trailed by Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo (566,382); Albies is leading a crowded second base position ahead of Javier Báez of the Cubs (767,417) and Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds (743,979); Arenado continues to be followed by Kris Bryant of the Cubs (677,185); and Crawford remains ahead of Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson (568,400).

For the fourth consecutive season, MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is being conducted exclusively online and via mobile devices at MLB.com, all 30 Club web sites and the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps. Fans around the world can cast their votes for starters a total of 35 times with the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, including a maximum of five valid ballots cast in any 24-hour period. Additionally, when fans vote they have a chance to win a 2019 Freedom Elite Motorhome, valued at over $85,000. During the voting period, the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot will be available in English, Spanish and Japanese, and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually impaired fans. Banco BHD León will once again sponsor online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language web site of Major League Baseball.

Details regarding the unveiling of the 2018 All-Star Teams will be available in the coming weeks. The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both squads — totaling 23 for the NL and 22 for the AL — will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the Commissioner’s Office. The AL squad will be managed by AJ Hinch of the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros, while the NL team will be led by Dave Roberts of the defending NL Champion Dodgers.

Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 32-man roster via the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Final Vote. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period. Now in its 17th season with over 760 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, the Club sites and on their mobile devices.

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites — online or via their mobile devices — with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

 

 

MLB announces list of legends to appear at 2018 All-Star Game FanFest activities

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Special Appearances to be made by Softball Olympic gold medalists

 

Major League Baseball today announced a lineup of current and former players from around the Majors, including the All-Star host Washington Nationals, who will make appearances, sign autographs and pose for photos with fans at GEICO All-Star FanFest from July 13th-17th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Fans have the opportunity to receive free autographs and participate in question-and-answer sessions and clinics led by former players, all included with the price of admission. For a limited time, fans can purchase $10 tickets at allstargame/fanfest with the code FFMM.

FanFest will feature appearances by Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, as well as 2018 All-Stars and Hall of Famers such as Johnny Bench, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Fergie Jenkins, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry and Tim Raines. FanFest will also welcome Olympic Gold medalists Lisa Fernandez, Jennie Finch and Natasha Watley. Additionally, the first-ever All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Maury Wills, is scheduled to attend FanFest. Wills, a five-time All-Star, won that first-ever MVP award in 1962 at D.C. Stadium.

Below is a list of current and former players scheduled to make appearances during FanFest#.

Fri., July 13, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Carlos Baerga
Jamey Carroll
Ryan Church
Lisa Fernandez
Rollie Fingers (HOF)
Alex Gonzalez
Livan Hernandez
Juan Marichal
Justin Maxwell
Manny Sangiullen

Sat., July 14, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Rick Ankiel
Chad Cordero
Lisa Fernandez
Jennie Finch
Steve Finley
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Ferguson Jenkins (HOF)
Gaylord Perry (HOF)
Jim Robinson
Pedro Sierra

Sun., July 15, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sean Burnett
Bert Campaneris
Matt Capps
Andre Dawson (HOF)
Lisa Fernandez
Ferguson Jenkins (HOF)
Davey Johnson
Nick Johnson
Fred Lynn
Gaylord Perry (HOF)
Preston Wilson
Dmitri Young

Mon., July 16, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Johnny Bench
Lisa Fernandez
Rollie Fingers (HOF)
Kevin Frandsen
Lenny Harris
Ferguson Jenkins (HOF)
Austin Kearns
John Lannan
Jason Marquis
John Patterson
Tim Raines (HOF)
Sharon Robinson
Maury Wills
Dave Winfield (HOF)

Tues., July 17, 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Carlos Baerga
Johnny Bench
Lisa Fernandez
Rollie Fingers (HOF)
Livan Hernandez
Jose Vidro
Natasha Watley
Brad Wilkerson
Ryan Zimmerman

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In addition to the 35+ former MLB players attending FanFest and the 50+attractions sprawled throughout the Convention Center, fans can win exclusive prizes by using the GEICO All-Star FanFest Experience Pass every day they visit. The Experience Pass is a digital component that allows fans to track their journey through the many FanFest activities. By scanning a personalized QR code, fans can build interactive baseball cards that show their statistics from the games they participate in. Each time they scan their code, fans are also entered to win special prizes including tickets to the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, tickets to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, tickets to All-Star Sunday, autographed memorabilia, merchandise discounts and more!
Each day of GEICO All-Star FanFest also carries its own theme.

Friday, July 13: Kids Day
The first 3,000 fans to arrive at FanFest on its opening day will receive a special edition Ryan Zimmerman bobblehead. At the opening ceremonies to jump-start the five-day event, youth from a local Color Guard and local Boys & Girls Clubs will sing the National Anthem. Throughout the day, kids can participate in baseball and softball clinics targeted to their younger ages, skills contests and games, a kids home run derby and a kids press conference with an MLB Legend, amongst many other activities.

Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15: Military Appreciation Weekend
To begin the weekend, Junior ROTC members will make a presentation of the colors for the National Anthem. Also on Saturday, the first 3,000 fans inside the convention center will receive an All-Star Game performance headband. Then on Sunday, the first 3,000 arrivals will receive a limited edition All-Star Game commemorative coin. MLB also will be accepting supply donations and thank you cards for troops throughout the weekend, while additionally offering a military ticket discount for all active and retired military.

Monday, July 16: Social Media Monday
On the day of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, the first 3,000 fans to enter FanFest will receive a limited edition Bryce Harper bobblehead. In addition to the Experience Pass, any fans who share their FanFest experiences on Instagram or Twitter will be entered to win unique All-Star prizes.

Tuesday, July 17: Youth Leagues Day
To close out All-Star Week, on the day of the 89th Midsummer Classic, GEICO All-Star FanFest will host Youth Leagues Day. The first 1,000 youth players, ages 12 and under, to enter FanFest wearing their youth team jerseys will receive a special edition All-Star Game jersey patch. And the first 3,000 eligible fans overall who arrive at FanFest will receive a limited edition Max Scherzer bobblehead.

GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which opens on Friday, July 13th and runs through Tuesday, July 17th, is the world’s premiere interactive baseball theme park with more than 50 attractions for fans of all ages. Throughout the show floor, fans will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of their favorite players across the League. FanFest will also feature clinics taught by current and former MLB players, free autograph sessions with Nationals alumni, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum exhibits and much more.

GEICO All-Star FanFest attractions are included in the price of admission, and the only additional costs are for concessions and memorabilia. From June 18-19, specially-priced $10 tickets for GEICO All-Star FanFest can be purchased online only at allstargame.com/fanfest, using the promo code “FFMM.” This code expires at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19.

MLB All-Star Week includes the 89th Midsummer Classic presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park (July 17th), All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 16th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (July 15th), GEICO All-Star FanFest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (July 13th-17th) and PLAY BALL Park at The Yards (July 13th-17th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @AllStarGame on social media.

 

MLB suspends two minor leagues for violating drug policies

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(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced recently that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Chicago White Sox Minor League pitcher Jorge Ferrer, who is currently on the Club’s Dominican Summer League roster, has received a 72-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Milwaukee Brewers Minor League pitcher Tyler Spurlin, who is currently on the roster of Double-A Biloxi of the Southern League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

 

MLB unveils Game & Practice Uniforms, Caps, Socks for 2018 All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball and its Authentic Collection partners Majestic, New Era and Stance today unveiled the 2018 All-Star uniforms elements.

This includes jerseys, caps and socks for Gatorade All-Star Workout Day, featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, on Monday, July 16, and caps and socks for the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 17. The Workout Day uniforms will also be worn by players in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and all participants in the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 15.

Images representing all 30 Clubs are available for viewing at the below links.

Workout Day Caps & Socks

Workout Day Jerseys

All-Star Game Caps & Socks