Matt Carpenter pledges $10,000 for each home run to Houston relief efforts

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The water is still rising in some places in Houston and rescue efforts still continue after the historic amounts of rainfall dropped by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Soon efforts will more fully turn to relief and recovery. Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals has turned his attention to that already:

Expect other players, as well as clubs, join in such efforts, following on Carpenter’s example. UPDATE: MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that the parties will jointly donate $1 million to various relief efforts for the damage throughout the state of Texas created by Hurricane Harvey, including to the American Red Cross.

Such efforts are small in the grand scheme — this is an epic level disaster — but every bit helps. If you’d like to do a little bit, you can you can text “Harvey” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross’ relief efforts. Or, if you’d like to look at some other charities in need of assistance as they address the aftermath of Harvey, here’s a good starting point:

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.