We entered the bottom of the ninth with the American League poised to win this thing. Edwin Diaz of the Mariners was on the hill, three outs away from a save. He didn’t save it.
After striking out Trevor Story Diaz walked J.T. Realmuto and then gave up a homer to Scooter Gennett of the Reds. This one went out to right field for a change. The home run broke a record: it was the seventh in the All-Star Game, breaking the record set back in 1971. Diaz retired Euenio Suarez and Jesus Aguilar after that, and on we go to extra innings.
Jean Segura has to be mad at his teammate for taking away his All-Star Game MVP, right? Everyone else has to be mad that they’re playing extra innings in an exhibition game. But this is the life they have chosen, so on we go into the night.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.