Metrodome

Picture of the Day: The Metrodome deflated

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The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was the home of the Twins from 1982 though 2009, after which the team moved into Target Field, so it only makes sense that we check in on their old stadium as it enters its final days.

Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings’ Twitter account, below is a look at the Metrodome before and after its trademark roof was deflated this morning. The demolition process will soon begin in order to make room for the Vikings’ new stadium, which is set to open in 2016. They’ll play at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium until it’s ready.

The Metrodome hosted the World Series in 1987 and 1991 and the All-Star Game in 1985. Our resident Minnesotan, Aaron Gleeman, is surely toasting the stadium’s memory with a mimosa right now.

The Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 25:  Marc Rzepczynski #35 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Texas Rangers in the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.

Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.

On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.

 

Video: Minor leaguer dives over the wall to rob a home run

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Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.

Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: