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You may recall from the beginning of the season that Carhartt, the workwear apparel company, and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner were partnered up with Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit that helps military service members find civilian jobs. Bumgarner and Carhartt are donating $500 for every strikeout he gets this year to the effort.
Lately a lot of folks have been talking about Madison Bumgarner, baseball’s best power hitting pitcher, entering the Home Run Derby. Including Madison Bumgarner. I suspect Major League Baseball is lukewarm at best with respect to that and that it won’t happen, but today Carhartt sweetened the pot: they just announced that they have offered to donate $1,000 per Bumgarner home run in the Derby to Helmets to Hardhats.
But first he’d have to be let into the Home Run Debry. The ball is in your court, Major League Baseball.
Not gonna say it’s a slow day in baseball, but literally the biggest news of the morning was that the finger of a dude with a 7.09 ERA feels better.
The Diamondbacks have activated pitcher Shelby Miller from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll start against the Phillies in, oh, about five minutes from now. Miller has been out since May 24 because of a sprained index finger. To make room for him the Dbacks have placed outfielder David Peralta on the disabled list with a lower back sprain.
Miller is 1-6 with a 7.09 ERA over his first 10 starts. His strikeout to walk ratio is an unsightly 30/29 in 45 and two-thirds innings pitched. He was acquired from the Braves this past offseason at a hefty price with top prospect Dansby Swanson and outfielder Ender Inciarte heading to Atlanta.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times passes along word that the Rays are considering bringing Carl Crawford back.
Crawford was just released by the Dodgers, who are on the hook for the $35 million he’s still owed. He’d cost Tampa Bay, or anyone else interested in him, the major league minimum. Tampa Bay’s interest wouldn’t be mere Devil Rays nostalgia, however. They currently have three outfielders — Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza and Brandon Guyer— on the disabled list and could use someone. Crawford is someone, even if that someone is a shell of his former self. He hit a mediocre .278/.320/.400 with declining defense and waning speed in his four injury-riddled years with the Dodgers. In 2016 he’s only played 30 games, hitting .185/.230/.235.
Oh, and if you click through to that article, check out the stuff at the top Topkin writes about what players the Rays could’ve had if they had drafted better or if they hadn’t let players who used to be in their system go. Such things are not unique to the Rays, of course, as nearly every team could come up with a championship caliber club based on such might-have-beens, but it’s always a fun exercise to look back and wonder.