Week 10 of the MLB season is in the books, and it left behind some notable events. Here are some of the top headlines from this past week:
Notable Free Agents Signing Soon?
Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel both turned down a one-year, $17.9 million dollar deal prior to this season. Kimbrel received this offer from the Red Sox, and Keuchel’s came from Houston. The two pitchers are under draft-pick compensation because they declined those offers, which is a big reason why they haven’t signed yet. Many teams are eyeing up the All-sSar pitchers, and they will likely be signing with contending clubs. The Twins, Yankees and Phillies have been some of the teams interested in these guys. Look for Kimbrel and Keuchel to be back on a roster in the near future.
MLB Home Run Record Broken
In May of 2019, the MLB hit 1,135 home runs. This broke the previous record of 1,119 in August of 2017. The record-breaking 1,120 home run was hit on May 31 by none other than Vlad Guerrero Jr. against the Rockies. The Twins led the way with 56 home runs, the Cubs and Red Sox finishing with 51 each. Three players tied for most home runs this month with 12: Josh Bell, Alex Bregman and Derek Dietrich. This record can be broken soon if the “home run or strikeout” trend continues.
Odubel Herrera Arrested
Odubel Herrera was arrested on Monday, May 27 as a result of alleged domestic violence towards his girlfriend. The women is a 20-year-old from Philadelphia. She appears to have injuries on her arms and neck. Herrera is on administrative leave until June 17. Because of this, the Phillies have traded minor league infielder Jake Scheiner to the Mariners for veteran outfielder Jay Bruce.
Domestic violence is an unfortunate epidemic in professional sports, and there are absolutely no excuses for this. These athletes are usually well-known in not only the city they play for, but the entire country. They have children watching them who want to play professional sports, and the children seeing incidents like this has to stop.
When will MLB Netting be Required?
Cubs’ outfielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a line-drive into stands on Wednesday’s game in Houston, striking a four-year-old girl. This is not Almora’s fault, and now he has to deal with the guilt that could have easily been prevented if the MLB required netting from foul pole to foul pole. This is not the first person, let alone child, to be struck by a ball at an MLB game. How many will it take for the MLB to have strict mandatory netting rules?
Howard J. Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, PA hosts the Little League World Series, and it has netting throughout all of the bleachers, preventing many accidents. Netting can also make fans feel safer, helping them to enjoy the game more.
The Rockies are Rollin’
The Rockies are 8-0 since May 26. They played seven games this week, and won all of them, sweeping the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays at home. They are averaging seven runs per game on their winning streak, while only giving up a little over four runs per game. Rockies’ shortstop Trevor Story is this week’s National League Player of the Week. Story hit with a line of .524/.583/1.048 this week. The 26-year-old hit two home runs while driving in seven runs on Friday, May 31. The Rockies are looking to stay hot against the Cubs and the Mets week eleven.
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