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Major League Baseball reveals their special event uniforms for 2017

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As has long been the case, Major League Baseball will celebrate various holidays and special occasions with special uniforms this season. Special caps for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Pink accents for Mother’s Day and blue ones for Father’s Day. New looks for the All-Star events in Miami. As as also long been the case, Major League Baseball will do nothing for Labor Day, much to my annual annoyance.

New this year: the All-Star uniforms — which are normal regular season uniforms for the most part — will have little patches on the sleeve with a varying number of stars on them depending on how many All-Star games the wearer has been selected for. That’s pretty spiffy. Also new: coordinating socks for the various special uniforms, giving the color motifs a bit more cohesion. Memorial Day still has camo, but with a bit more olive drab to it. The Fourth of July is still red, white and blue. The All-Sar Game workout stuff will be Marlins-inspired, just as last year’s stuff was Padres-inspired.

Oh, and this year, unlike in seasons past, the special uniforms will be worn for the entire weekend of the event in question, not just the day. Makes some sense to get more use out of them I suppose.

Below are some examples of this year’s special livery. As always, you can buy this stuff yourself. As always, proceeds from the sale of the special merch will benefit various charities.

Mother’s Day:

 

 

Memorial Day:

Father’s Day:

Fourth of July:

All-Star Game Workout Day/Home Run Derby Uniform:

All-Star Game Caps:

Have fun, everyone.

 

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.

Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.

Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.

It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.

Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.