Indians great Bob Feller is being treated for acute myeloid leukemia, and the 91-year-old Hall of Famer spoke to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about his diagnosis:
My white blood cells weren’t doing their job. I got two quarts of blood right away. They pumped it in as fast as they could. The good news is, my heart is in very good shape. I’m just trying to be practical about it. It’s curable, but not always. Only time will tell. The prognosis is: So far, so good. Right now, I have plenty of energy. I’m not going to complain. I’m fortunate to be going to one of the best hospitals in the world.
Feller is the third-oldest living member of the Hall Fame and his name came up the other day when Felix Hernandez became the fourth-youngest pitcher to reach 1,000 career strikeouts. Feller is the youngest to 1,000 strikeouts in baseball history, getting there at 22 years and 179 days–or nearly two years ahead of King Felix.
Fans, and even some writers, tend to jump on umpires when they make bad calls, but rarely if ever point out when they make good calls on tough plays. Angel Hernandez is one of those umpires who gets a lot of flack — and I may suggest even deservedly so — but in the interest of giving credit where credit is due, he made a great call on a very tough play during Thursday afternoon’s game between the Phillies and Marlins.
With a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Phillies leading 2-1, first baseman Brock Stassi laced an Edison Volquez pitch down the first base line. Michael Saunders, who was on first base, came around third base and attempted to score. The relay throw from second baseman Dee Gordon beat Saunders, but Saunders slid expertly to the back of home plate, avoiding the tag from catcher J.T. Realmuto just long enough to slip his hand in and touch the plate. Hernandez ruled Stassi safe with no hesitation because he was in a great position to get a look at the play. In real time, it was a bang-bang play. The Marlins didn’t challenge the call.
The MLB.com video doesn’t have the best angle, but still shows what a close call it was in real time. This .gif from Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal provides the best angle:
Hernandez also made this nonchalant grab of Andrew Knapp‘s face mask when the catcher tossed it attempting to catch a foul pop-up:
The Mets and Braves are playing today and it’s not a great day for the Mets in the injury department.
First they scratched Noah Syndergaard with a “tired arm.” Now they’ve lost Yoenis Cespedes, who pulled up limping at second base following a double in the bottom of the fourth:
The team has announced that he has pulled his left hamstring.
Cespedes, of course, missed three games over the weekend due to hamstring issues. That was merely tightness, however, and following an off day and a rainout, Cespedes played last night without incident. But it now looks as though he’s going to miss some serious time.