LaTroy Hawkins took a comebacker to the — oh, my, oh … that’s awful

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You think you had a bad day at work? Check out what happened to LaTroy Hawkins, via Chad Moriyama at MLBgifs.com:

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Yes, it hit him exactly where you think it hit him.  And to make matters worse:

 

After the game Hawkins said it was a “Direct hit. Direct hit. Di-rect hit.” He added that “I feel like I got kicked by a mule.”

Kids: wear your cup. Don’t even try to argue with me. Just wear your friggin’ cup.

Cody Bellinger continues to lead all All-Star vote-getters

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As you’ll recall, we have a new All-Star voting system in place this year. It’s a two-tiered system.

The “the Primary,” is underway and runs through June 21. That’s just the regular “vote for whoever you want stuff.” After it’s over, the top three vote-getters at each position will then be placed on a new ballot — “The Starter’s Election” — from which fans will then vote again during a single 28-hour period to decide who starts the All-Star Game. The results of that will be announced on June 27. The bench guys and pitchers and stuff will be chosen as usual, with full rosters announced a couple of days later.

Major League Baseball just gave us an update of who’s leading the primary. The overall leaders at each position break down thusly:

Here are the more extensive leaderboards, with the shaded names belonging to players who, if voting stopped now, would make the second round. First, the American League:

And now the National League:

Vote early, vote often.