Bud Selig on St. Louis: “You are the best baseball city.”

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Commissioner Emeritus of Major League Baseball Bud Selig attended the 57th annual St. Louis BBWAA Dinner on Sunday night. Addressing a rather crowded audience, he spoke highly of St. Louis:

No word on whether Cardinals fans are the best fans in baseball, however.

During the event, many awards were handed out:

  • Hall of Famer and former manager Red Schoendienst was honored with the Schoendienst Medal, presented by Rick Hummel
  • Selig was the first recipient of the Schoendienst Medal
  • Ron Jacober and Dick Kaegel accepted the Hyland/Hummel award for journalistic contributions to baseball
  • Magneuris Sierra won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year Award
  • Marco Gonzales won the 2014 Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award
  • 2014 National League stolen base leader Dee Gordon was presented with the Lou Brock Award
  • Kolten Wong won the Cardinals Rookie of the Year Award
  • Adam Wainwright accepted the J.G. Taylor Spink “Man of the Year” Award, dedicating it to Oscar Taveras and Brian Burwell
  • Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter each received the Stockton/Broeg Award for Outstanding Achievement in Baseball

I think the informal “best fans” award is the one people are going to be talking about, however.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.