*Reds right-hander Homer Bailey had given up 30 hits and 15 earned runs in his last six starts. Tonight, against reigning World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, he threw 2013’s first no-hitter. Coincidentally, Bailey threw MLB’s last no-hitter, September 28, 2012 in Pittsburgh. This time, Homer had the benefit of being in front of over 27,000 at home in Cincinnati. The Texas native walked just one while facing the minimum 27 batters. The Reds needed the boost as they’re locked in one of MLB’s most compelling division races. The win brought them within 4 of NL Central leading Pittsburgh and 2 1/2 of 2nd place St.Louis. The outing was by far Bailey’s best of 2013. He lowered his ERA to 3.57, upping his record to 5-6.
*Phillies reliever Johnathan Papelbon is notorious for running his mouth. On the possibility of LA Dodgers rookie phenom Yasiel Puig making the All Star Game, Papelbon was quoted as saying it would be “an absolute joke.” One look at Puig’s contributions in just 26 games and it’s obvious that Papelbon’s comment is a joke. Sure, the sampling size has been small, but here’s what the Cuban has done thus far:
101 At Bats, 44 hits, 19 runs, 7 homers, 5 doubles and 1 triple. He’s batting .436 with .467 on base %, .713 slugging % and 1.180 OPS.
Add the fact that Puig has played good defense and flashed a Bo Jackson-Like canon of an arm, it equals “extenuating circumstances.” Typically a player with so little experience isn’t in the All-Star Game conversation, yet Puig is not your typical player. In my eyes Puig deserves a spot. He’s been the talk of baseball for just over one month. In my opinion, the fans need to see this guy in the mid-summer’s classic.
*The University of Pittsburgh announced that they’ll be retiring former WR Larry Fitzgerald’s #1 jersey. Fitting, for one of the best players in school history. He’s continued to be a monster of an NFL player and an even greater humanitarian off the field. A big 703 salute to “Fitz.”
*The Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of still-dangerous Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier scored 383 goals (franchise best) and won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
*The Indiana Pacers re-signed veteran power forward David West. West’s veteran leadership and physical play is invaluable to Indiana. The Pacers should be near the top of the Eastern Conference again in 2013-14.
More Blasts To Come Soon.