Cubs starter Jon Lester became the 82nd pitcher in baseball history to record 2,000 career strikeouts, punching out Jack Reinheimer to end the top of the fourth inning during Tuesday’s game at Wrigley Field. Lester is the 25th left-hander to accomplish the feat.
Lester also joined Max Scherzer as pitchers who hit their first career home runs on Tuesday night. Lester’s shot came with a runner on base on a 2-2 count facing Patrick Corbin.
Lester entered the start 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA and a 130/39 K/BB ratio over 130 innings. At the plate, Lester had taken 234 plate appearances entering Tuesday night without a home run.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.
[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.
None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, and supplied by Nike that, last I checked, were not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:
If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves, I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters do not impress the powers that be nearly as much.