Six inducted to the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame

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Despite the best efforts of 19th century racists, the Irish took over baseball in the late 1800s and never really let it go. And because of that, appropriately enough, the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame is a thing. And, wonderfully, it’s housed in a great Irish pub/baseball bar.   Today it announced its 2012 honorees:

  • Jimmy Breslin, author of one of the most famous baseball books ever written, Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?, which chronicled the 1962 New York Mets inaugural season;
  • Tom Kelly, two-time World Series champion manager with the Minnesota Twins;
  • Gene Michael, scout and GM responsible for signing players including Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, among others;
  •  “Walpole Joe” Morgan, popular former player, scout and a manager of Boston Red Sox;
  • Jeff Nelson, longtime reliever, four-time World Series champion with the Yankees;
  • “Wee Willie” Keeler, a legend of the Dead Ball era when nearly a third of major league players were of Irish descent.

Induction ceremonies will take place a week from today at that great bar: Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant in New York.

Cubs to acquire Daniel Murphy from the Nationals

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The Chicago Cubs are going to acquire Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals. Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs will send back prospect Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later in exchange. Craig Mish of Sirius XM was the first to report that the Cubs were the team that claimed Murphy off of waivers.

Murphy got off to a slow start this year coming off of major surgery but is hitting .300/.341/.442 on the season and has been particularly hot of late. Murphy is primarily a second baseman, of course, but he has played some first base too. The Cubs, at any rate, have a pretty flexible roster so they’ll likely be able to find a good amount of playing time for him at either position and, when he doesn’t start, he’ll be a great option off the bench.

Between this trade and the trade of Matt Adams to the Cardinals, the Nats have officially thrown in the towel on 2018.