It was a longer-than-expected road trip, preceded by a game in an empty ballpark, all spurred by unrest and violence that has shaken Baltimore to its core.
Upon their return to their city last night, the Orioles donned some special jerseys for the occasion:
Normally they say “Orioles,” of course.
Indeed, the Orioles are one of the few teams which went years and years without having their city name on their uniforms, opting to go with their nickname, even on the road. From 1956 through 1972 they had “Baltimore” on roadies, but from 1973 through 2008 home and road both said “Orioles.” They’ve never worn “Baltimore” on home jerseys.
This was a nice touch.
Kyle Schwarber broke into the bigs in 2015 with a big bat. After missing almost all of the last season with an injury, he reemerged as a postseason hero, posting a .971 OPS in the World Series. As 2017 began he was supposed to be one of the key parts of a potent Cubs offense.
Then the baseball games actually started and he has hit a mere .171/.295/.378. Indeed, he has the lowest batting average among qualified MLB hitters in 2017. Given that he has very little if any defensive value, he has been a significant drag on the Cubs, who are just a single game over .500.
The Cubs are also putting Jason Heyward on the disabled list, so the outfield is a bit of a mess these days. Lucky for them, they’re only trailing the Brewers by a game and a half.
A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment.
Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old former All-Star. That said, Vogt is considered to be a leader in the Oakland clubhouse and is one of the last players remaining from the A’s 2013-14 playoff teams.
Catcher Bruce Maxwell has been recalled from Triple-A to take Vogt’s place on the roster. Main catching duties will belong to Josh Phegley.