Yankees unveil monument for George Steinbrenner

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And honestly, is anybody surprised that it’s the biggest darn plaque you’ve ever seen?

The large tribute to the “The Boss” was uncovered beyond the center field fence in Monument Park by his widow Joan just a short while ago. Commissioner Bud Selig and a host of Yankees icons — including Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly and Joe Torre — were among those in attendance for the pre-game tribute.

Here’s the full text from the monument, via the Associated Press:

“A true visionary who changed the game of baseball forever,” the
monument reads. “He was considered the most influential owner in all of
sports. In 37 years as principal owner, the Yankees posted a major
league-best .566 winning percentage, while winning 11 American League
pennants and seven World Series titles, becoming the most recognizable
sports brand in the world.

“A
devoted sportsman, he was vice president of the United States Olympic
Committee, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors
and a member of the NCAA Foundation board of trustees. A great
philanthropist whose charitable efforts were mostly performed without
fanfare, he followed a personal motto of the greatest form of charity is
anonymity.”

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.

Braves release James Loney

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Just a few days after inking him to a minor league deal, the Braves have released first baseman James Loney, the team announced on Monday. Loney became expendable when the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Freddie Freeman.

Loney, 33, appeared in two games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He had one hit, a single, and one walk in eight plate appearances.

Loney will likely have to wait for another team to deal with an injured first baseman or DH before he can secure another contract.