The Hall of Fame will open a 9/11 exhibit later this month

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The baseball season was in its home stretch when the events of September 11, 2001 occurred. The season was put on hold temporarily and, when it resumed, several baseball moments, particularly in New York, were notably symbolic and inspirational. Now the Baseball Hall of Fame will open an exhibit devoted to those events.

The centerpiece of the exhibit will be the Mike Piazza jersey he wore on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first game played in New York after the attacks. Piazza hit a famous home run in that game. The jersey was in limbo for years and was recently the subject of an auction and some acrimony between the Mets and Piazza, but now it’ll be on display. Also: a baseball found in the rubble of the World Trade Center, the NYPD hat worn by Mets manager Bobby Valentine and the FDNY hat worn by Mets pitcher John Franco in September and October.

The exhibit opens on June 19 and will be there for the rest of the year.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.