Bob Forsch, a former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, throws out ceremonial first pitch before the Cardinals met the Texas Rangers in Game 7 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

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Sad news: Longtime Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch died unexpectedly last night at the age of 61.  According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Forsch suffered an aneurysm in his upper chest.

Forsch pitched 16 seasons in the bigs, pitching all but 37 of his 498 career games with the Cardinals, the others with the Astros at the end of his career. He went 168-136 with a 3.76 ERA.  He pitched in all three of the Cardinals’ Whitey Herzog-era World Series, getting the ring in 1982.

Damn. We just saw Forsch a week ago when he threw out the first pitch before Game 7 of the World Series.  You never know what’s gonna happen in this world.  Apologies for the cliches, but do make sure you make every day matter, don’t let the frustrations you have with the world consume you and let everyone you care about know it as often as possible.

 

Report: Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 06: Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 6, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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The Astros remain in contact with the Athletics on starting pitcher Sonny Gray, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The Astros have added Charlie Morton this offseason, but the club has been trying to add a big-name starting pitcher to put at the top of the rotation behind Dallas Keuchel.

Gray, 27, was limited to 22 starts in the 2016 season due to a forearm issue. His stats left a lot to be desired, as he finished with a 5-11 record, a 5.69 ERA, and a 94/42 K/BB ratio over 117 innings. Considering how Gray pitched in the previous three years, he’s a good bet to bounce back.

Gray is under team control through 2019, which is a big draw for the Astros. Needless to say, the Athletics would want a haul in terms of prospects. Gray will earn $3.575 million in 2017, having avoided arbitration in his first year of eligibility.

President Obama Welcomes the Cubs to the White House

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As we noted last week, The Chicago Cubs took the unusual step of not waiting until the summer after winning the World Series to make their customary White House visit to meet the president. They did it today, seeing President Obama a few short days before he leaves office.

Despite the fact that Obama is a White Sox fan, he met the Cubs with diplomacy and grace. It’s almost as if he’s been in that business for the past eight years. In return, he was given some gifts by the Cubs: Theo Epstein presented Obama with a No. 44 Cubs jersey, a tile from the center field scoreboard at Wrigley Field, and a lifetime pass to Wrigley as well.

Obama is staying in D.C. after he leaves office this week, hanging around so his daughter can finish high school in the same place she started. Even so, he’s likely going to be back to Chicago a good bit over the rest of his life, so he’ll likely be able to put the free pass to work. Assuming it comes with, like, six companion passes for his Secret Service detail.