Ichiro Suzuki pinch hit in the fifth inning of this afternoon’s A’s-Marlins game. As he so often has in his career, he reached on an infield single. This one to the pitcher.
But this wasn’t just one of his ordinary infield singles. It was a record-breaker. It marked his 365th career hit in an interleague game. That surpasses Derek Jeter on the all-time list:
In other news, it was about a year ago that Ichiro passed Pete Rose in total number of hits, if you combine Ichiro’s Japan and U.S. stats. Merely mentioning that fact angered a lot of Pete Rose supporters — and Pete Rose himself —
as they felt that noting it somehow detracted from Rose’s greatness or something. Which is silly.
Whatever the case: Ichiro now has a whopping 365 more interleague hits than Rose ever had, which is so, so telling.
The Rockies announced a minor swap of relief pitchers on Monday evening. The Cubs sent lefty Zac Rosscup to the Rockies in exchange for right-hander Matt Carasiti.
Rosscup, 29, was designated for assignment by the Cubs last Thursday. He spent only two-thirds of an inning in the majors this year and has a 5.32 career ERA across 47 1/3 innings. Rosscup has spent most of the season with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.60 ERA in 27 2/3 innings.
Carasiti, 25, spent 15 2/3 innings in the majors last year, putting up an ugly 9.19 ERA. With Triple-A Albuquerque this season, he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 43/13 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings.
The Associated Press reported that on Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed a district court ruling which holds that the minor leagues are exempt from federal antitrust law, just like the major leagues.
In 2015, four minor leaguers sued Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB violated antitrust laws with its hiring and employment policies. They accused MLB of “restrain[ing] horizontal competition between and among” franchises and “artificially and illegally depressing” the salaries of minor league players.
The U.S. Court of Appeals said the players failed to state an antitrust claim, as the Curt Flood Act of 1998 exempted Minor League Baseball explicitly from antitrust laws.
This case is separate from the Aaron Senne case in which Major League Baseball is accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. That case was recertified as a class action lawsuit in March. In December, Major League Baseball established a political action committee (PAC), which came months after two members of Congress sought to change language in the FLSA so that minor league players could continue to be paid substandard wages.