Miguel Cabrera knocks in 100th run, joins exclusive club

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Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Phil Hughes on Tuesday to reach 100 RBI for the seventh straight season. He’s one of just six players to drive in 100 runs seven times through age 27:
Mel Ott – 8 (1929-1936)
Miguel Cabrera – 7 (2004-2010)
Joe DiMaggio – 7 (1936-1942)
Jimmie Foxx – 7 (1929-1935)
Albert Pujols – 7 (2001-2007)
Alex Rodriguez – 7 (1996-2003)
Ott, Foxx, DiMaggio, Pujols and now Cabrera are also the only players to drive in 100 runs in every season from ages 21-27. Ott also had 151 RBI in his age 20 season.
A-Rod had 123 RBI at age 20, but he followed that with his worst year to date, finishing with 84 RBI at age 21.
Since he got started so young, Cabrera could well establish several RBI records over the course of his career. Unfortunately for him, Rodriguez figures to beat him to some or most of them.
With 97 RBI so far this year, A-Rod is about to turn in his 14th 100-RBI season. He’s currently tied with Foxx, Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth for the most all-time at 13.

The Phillies have shut down Jake Thompson

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 03:  Jake Thompson #75 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field on March 3, 2016 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year. Not that there’s much of the year left, but he will not make what would’ve been his last start.

Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings in the Phillies’ 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets. That leaves him with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings for the season. Which, while that’s kind of ugly, it was a function of some bad starts mixed in with good starts as opposed to overall badness.

Everything about his 2016 should be viewed as “get yourself used to the big leagues, because you’re going to be part of this rotation in 2017 and beyond,” and from that perspective, you can call 2016 a success.

Congressional candidate uses Jose Fernandez’s death to score political points

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As a horrible Sunday unfolded yesterday there was at least one thing buoying the public mood: the overwhelming outpouring of emotion and love for Jose Fernandez and warm remembrances of his all-too-brief time on Earth.

But it wasn’t a unanimous sentiment. Some people, like this Florida state representative who is currently running for Congress, thought it was a great time to make a political point:

Setting aside the tastelessness of Gaetz’s timing and intent, one wonders if he appreciates that the reason Fernandez risked his life on multiple occasions was specifically so he could live in a country where protesting and not exhibiting a reflexive loyalty and patriotism is a fundamental right and does not get you thrown in jail.

But really, it’s the tastelessness which most galls here.