Laura Corley of The Telegraph reports that former major leaguer Kevin Brown held two alleged mail thieves at gunpoint unitl police arrived on Wednesday afternoon. The suspects are a 15-year-old and an adult man.
There had been several reports of mail theft in Brown’s north Macon (Georgia) neighborhood. Brown decided to become a vigilante, hiding in his neighbor’s yard and waiting for the thieves to try stealing from his mailbox. They did and he used the threat of his gun to keep them from running until police arrived.
Brown, 53, pitched parts of 19 seasons from 1986 to 2005 with the Rangers, Dodgers, Yankees, Marlins, Padres, and Orioles. He retired in February 2006. The right-hander has, in this writer’s opinion, a strong case for the Hall of Fame but sadly fell off the ballot after receiving only 2.1 percent of the vote in 2011, his first year of eligibility. Any player who receives than fewer five percent of the vote drops off the ballot.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.