Sports LEADING OFF: Indians changing team name to Guardians
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With slot values from 2019 once again locked in for 2021, there are more changes coming than just the amount of rounds in the 2021 MLB Draft.The 2021 MLB Draft is, once again, a bit different from what we've seen in the past. While the 2020 draft was cut to just five rounds, this year, the draft is a bit more normal, with 20 rounds and 612 total selections for MLB teams to fill out their rosters with this weekend.
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
GUARDIANS OF THE GAME
After more than 100 years, the Cleveland Indians are getting a new name — the team will be called the Guardians next season.
The name change, which has its supporters and critics among Cleveland’s fan base, ends months of internal discussions triggered by a national reckoning for institutions and teams to drop logos and names considered racist.
“We do feel like we’re doing the right thing and that’s what’s driving this,” club owner Paul Dolan said Friday. “I know some people disagree, but if anything I’ve gotten more and more comfortable that we’re headed in the right direction.”
MLB Draft tracker 2021: Live results, complete picks list for Rounds 1-20 in baseball draft
Sporting News is tracking live results from the 2021 MLB Draft, including a full list of picks from Rounds 1-20.The COVID-19 pandemic reduced the 2020 draft to just five rounds from the standard 40. This year, the draft will move up to 20 rounds, plus compensation picks and two competitive balance rounds, allowing 612 amateur baseball players to be drafted by MLB clubs.
The organization spent most of the past year whittling down a list of potential names that was at nearly 1,200.
Cleveland’s new name was inspired by the large landmark stone edifices — referred to as traffic guardians — that flank both ends of the Hope Memorial Bridge, which connects downtown to Ohio City.
ADDING AN ARM
The pitching-depleted Mets have boosted their rotation by getting left-hander Rich Hill from Tampa Bay.
The NL East leaders sent veteran righty Tommy Hunter and minor league catcher Matt Dyer to the Rays.
The 41-year-old Hill is 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 19 starts for the contending Rays.
“I think a lot of people in the game know the name — guy that’s been around, pitching good baseball, pitching playoff baseball,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “It’s a great fit, great acquisition. Our front office is being diligent. One of the needs we’ve talked about is our starting pitching need and this is a guy that fits right in.”
Reyes' long homer highlights Indians' 3-2 win over A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Franmil Reyes hit his 15th home run into a luxury suite in center field, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Saturday. Cal Quantrill threw five effective innings to win his second consecutive start. Cesar Hernandez had an RBI double and Austin Hedges added two hits as the Indians won their fourth in five games. James Karinchak retired Elvis Andrus with two on to save it. Reyes crushed an 0-1 pitchCal Quantrill threw five effective innings to win his second consecutive start. Cesar Hernandez had an RBI double and Austin Hedges added two hits as the Indians won their fourth in five games.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom and starter David Peterson are on the injured list. Starters Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Carrasco haven’t pitched this year while recovering from injuries.
Rojas said he didn’t know yet when Hill could slot into the Mets’ rotation. New York does not have scheduled starters yet for Sunday’s series finale against Toronto or Monday’s doubleheader against Atlanta.
LOOKING FOR A REBOUND
San Francisco righty Kevin Gausman (9-3, 1.84 ERA), one of the reasons the Giants are this season’s surprise team, starts against Pittsburgh looking to bounce back from his worst outing this season. He lasted only three innings in the Giants’ 7-2 win against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. He allowed two runs and three hits — including two home runs — while walking three and striking out five.
Gausman will start at home against righty Wil Crowe (1-5, 6.12).
Trump Calls Cleveland Indians' Name Change a 'Disgrace'
Former President Donald Trump is not happy with the Cleveland Indians' name change, as he expressed his disapproval of the situation Friday. "Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace, and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country," he said in a statement. This"Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians? Such a disgrace, and I guarantee that the people who are most angry about it are the many Indians of our Country," he
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg won’t be back on the mound in the near future.
The 2019 World Series MVP hasn’t pitched since June 1 and has had some neck discomfort recently.
“We backed him down again,” manager Dave Martinez said Friday. “I know they’re going to look at some different options, probably see if we can find another specialist for him to go see.”
The 33-year-old righty is 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in five starts this year. He was 0-1 in two starts and slowed by health problems during the pandemic-shortened season last year.
The age-old practice of stealing signs put down by catchers might become history if testing of an experimental electronic device is successful.
Major League Baseball is giving catchers in the Low A West league the option starting Aug. 3 to use a 12-button transmitter that can be strapped around their wristband with Velcro. Receivers fit inside the sweatband of a pitcher’s cap and the padding of the catcher’s helmet. A tiny speaker is included, with the volume designed so only the player, and not nearby opponents, can hear.
Developed by a company called PitchCom, the device is programmed for signals in English and Spanish. Clubs can add languages on their own, such as Japanese and Korean. MLB hopes the devices will cut down on time spent by pitchers stepping off the rubber and changing signals.
In a major scandal in 2017, the Houston Astros were found to have stolen catchers’ signs using a video camera in the outfield and relayed those signals to batters by banging on a trash can during their run to the World Series title.
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White Sox rookie Zavala hits 3 HRs; Indians rally, win 12-11 .
CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox rookie Seby Zavala hit the first three home runs of his career, including a grand slam, but the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat Chicago 12-11 on Saturday night. Austin Hedges, Owen Miller and Amed Rosario homered to help Cleveland overcome a five-run deficit. Zavala became the first player in big league history to hit his first three career home runs in the same game, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The 27-year-old catcher played his 18th game in the majors — he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on July 6 to replace the injured Yasmani Grandal. Batting ninth, Zavala hit a solo homer in the third off Triston McKenzie.