Orioles, Tommy Hunter avoid arbitration with $4.65 million deal

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and reliever Tommy Hunter have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.65 million contract.

Hunter earned $3 million last season while posting a 2.97 ERA, 11 saves, and a 45/12 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander began the year as Buck Showalter’s choice for closer, but he struggled miserably before going on the disabled list with a groin injury in May. Zach Britton ran away with the closer role from there, but Hunter was much better in a set-up role upon his return, putting up a 1.83 ERA over his final 41 appearances.

This was Hunter’s third go-around with the arbitration process and he’ll be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

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Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy took to Twitter last night and talked about his son, who was injured while taking part in a protest in Denver.

Murphy said his son nearly lost his eye after he was hit in the face by a rubber bullet while peacefully marching. He later shared a photo (see below). “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that drove him to the ER,” Murphy said.

Murphy had far more to say about the protests, however, than how it related to his son:

“As terrible as this experience has been, we know that it’s practically nothing compared to the systemic racism and violence against Black life that he was protesting in the first place. Black communities across America have been terrorized for centuries by excessive police force . . . If you’re a beneficiary of systemic racism, then you will not be able to dismantle it at no cost to yourself. You will have to put yourself at risk. It might not always result in being physically attacked, but it will require you to make yourself vulnerable.”