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Video: Giancarlo Stanton bloops a single for 1,000th career hit

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Yankees OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton collected the 1,000th hit of his career, blooping a single to shallow right field in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Nationals.

Stanton, 28, has had difficulty staying healthy during most of his nine-year career, otherwise he would’ve had that achievement much earlier. Across those nine seasons, Stanton has hit .268/.359/.553 with 277 home runs and 698 RBI in 4,297 trips to the plate. Entering Tuesday’s action, he was hitting .252/.339/.516 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI in 177 PA on the season.

Major League Baseball to launch an elite league for high schoolers

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This morning Major League Baseball announced a new elite league for high school baseball players who are likely to be drafted. It’s called the Prospect Development Pipeline League. It’ll start next summer and it’ll invite 80 of the best current high school juniors to play in a league in Florida from June through early July, culminating in an All-Star Game during MLB’s All-Star week.

The idea behind the league: to combat the current system in which a couple of pay-to-play, for-profit showcase leagues dominate the pre-draft season. Major League Baseball, schools and a lot of players’ parents have criticized this system because it favors rich kids who can afford to play in them. Major League Baseball is also likely quite keen on having greater control over the training, health and physical monitoring of prospects.

As Jeff Passan notes in his report about this, there will be a component of the program which involves live data-tracking of players during games and drills. Major League Baseball has become increasingly interested in such things but is limited in how much it can do in this regard due to labor agreements. There is no such impediment with high schoolers. Your mileage will vary when it comes to how you feel about that, I presume.