Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com reports that the Cleveland Indians are going to host the 2019 All-Star Game at Progressive Field. A press conference will be held to announce it tomorrow.
The last time Cleveland hosted the Midsummer Classic was in 1997. At the time Progressive Field was in its fourth season and the Indians were on their way to a second American League pennant in three years. The Indians are back in contention again and Progressive Field is fresh off of substantial renovations in the past couple of offseasons. Cleveland hosted the All-Star Game at Municipal Stadium in 1935, 1954, 1963 and 1981. No single team has hosted as many All-Star Games, though New York and Chicago, as cities, have hosted more among their multiple clubs.
2019 will mark the first year since 2014 that an American League team will host the All-Star Game. It was in Minnesota in 2014, followed by Cincinnati, San Diego and, this year, in Miami. Next year it will be in Washington, D.C.
The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.
That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.
Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the Nationals could pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm issue lingers. Strasburg left Sunday’s start early due to forearm tightness, saying he was unable to get loose. Sometimes that’s a sign of a major injury. Sometimes it’s just a thing that happens and then goes away.
The Nationals will have to make a determination as to how big a deal this all is pretty soon, though, as a lot of other teams, including the Yankees, Brewers and Astros have all been linked to Gray. It seems inevitable at this point that the A’s will move their ace before Monday’s trade deadline.
Gray is set to start tonight. It may very well be his last in an A’s uniform.