Major League Baseball just announced the All-Star Game umpires. They are:
- Home plate: Gerry Davis;
- First Base: Jim Joyce;
- Second Base: Brian Runge;
- Third Base: Tony Randazzo;
- Left Field: Lance Barksdale; and
- Right Field: Brian Knight
Joyce obviously sticks out given the reason most of you know who he is was because of that botched call at first base to screw up the Armando Galarraga perfect game. But I think it’s OK, because Brian Runge has been on hand for two perfect games and a no-hitter this year. He’s the ying to Joyce’s yang, right?
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels will acquire second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Tigers. It is not known yet what the Tigers will receive in return. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to happen.
Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, 90 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 613 plate appearances for the Tigers this past season. He’s in the final year of his contract and will earn $10 million for the 2018 season.
The Angels were certainly looking to upgrade at second base and did so with Kinsler. They were also reportedly interested in Cesar Hernandez of the Phillies.