UPDATE: Clark Spencer snapped a picture of today’s remembrance ceremony for the Miami Herald. And here’s a recap of the day’s events.
12:02pm: ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson wrote a powerful piece this morning on Rockies president Keli McGregor, who died suddenly last week in a Salt Lake City hotel room. McGregor wasn’t often in the public eye as an executive of the Mountain Time Zone’s only baseball team, but he clearly had an impact on the lives of those that knew him.
Take a minute, or two, and learn a little about him and the way he affected the Rockies both on and off the field. He was a family man at heart, with four kids ranging from ages 11 to 19, but also gained the admiration of million-dollar athletes during his 17 years with the organization.
Veteran first baseman Todd Helton was asked to describe McGregor just 48 hours after the announcement of his untimely death. His response:
“That’s a tough one,” Helton said, quietly. “If you went around and asked
anybody in this room what kind of man you’d want to grow up and be, 99
percent would have said him. He’s the type of guy we all strive to be.”
The Rockies will honor McGregor this morning with a public service at Coors Field.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.