Video of the Day: Shapiro, Wedge discuss firing

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Here’s footage from the Indians’ press conference yesterday, in which general manager Mark Shapiro explains why he fired manager Eric Wedge after seven seasons on the job and Wedge shows a remarkable amount of class in discussing his firing:



Getting laughs from the assembled media at the press conference announcing his firing might be more impressive than anything Wedge did as manager.

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.