Speak of the Angel.
Major League Baseball announced that Angel Hernandez will be one of the All-Star Game umpires. He’ll cover first base and will be reunited with his former crew chief, Joe West, who will work home plate. Mark Carlson will cover second, Chris Conroy has third, Manny Gonzalez left field and Mike Estabrook will be in right. The replay umpire will be Doug Eddings.
The official scorers will be Miami-based scorer Ron Jernick, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. If they disagree on a call, they fight. I guess. I don’t know.
Anyway, I doubt Hernandez’s assignment has anything to do with his lawsuit. To be honest, I wonder if most umpires even like getting assigned to the All-Star Game given that it’s one of the few breaks they otherwise get all season. Remember: when you’re an ump, every game is on the road.
Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.
As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.
Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.
After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.