Matt Treanor announces his retirement

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The Indians announced this evening that catcher Matt Treanor has announced his retirement from baseball.

Treanor was out of professional ball last year, but he signed a minor league deal with Cleveland over the winter. The 38-year-old had been in extended spring training after suffering a hamstring injury during Cactus League play.

Treanor will walk away from the game with a .221/.313/.305 batting line over nine seasons between the Marlins, Rangers, Royals, Dodgers, and Tigers. He appeared in the World Series with Texas in 2010.

Bryce Harper will participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team

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Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.

Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.

Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.