Tuesday’s Battery

A few news items and notes from around Major League Baseball today…

On a tragic note, baseball has lost one of it’s greats. Harmon Killebrew lost his battle with esophageal cancer on Tuesday at the age of 74. “Killer” had fought the cancer for years, and had just recently put himself in hospice care, effectively ending his fight. He was the AL MVP in 1969, and an 11-time All-Star with the Minnesota Twins. Arguably the face of the Minnesota Twins, Killebrew was also said to be the inspiration for the modern MLB logo. He will be sorely missed in the baseball world.

Bruce Bochy and Ron Washington named their assistant coaches for the 81st All-Star Game on Tuesday. Among the winners are Kirk Gibson of the Diamondbacks, Jim Riggleman of the Nationals, Manny Acta of the Indians, and John Farrell of the Blue Jays. The All-Star Game is on July 12th at Chase Field in Arizona, and will be televised on Fox.

Oakland A’s pitcher Dallas Braden, who threw a perfect game on May 9th of last year, had surgery on his left shoulder, and will miss the rest of the 2011 season.

Finally, this from the “bizzare” desk… Royals pitcher Vin Mazzaro was lit up for 14 runs on 11 hits in only 2 1/3 innings. He was the first pitcher in the modern MLB era to be tagged for that much damage. Suffice it to say, he was sent down to the Royals’ Triple-A squad immediately after the game.

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  • Kurt

    Hey Ben. I wanted to point out a few typos and grammatical errors in this post. I know this is a blog, but it’s also good practice to hone your AP writing style. There is an its/it’s error in the first sentence. You also mention that Killebrew “was also said to be the inspiration for the modern MLB logo.” Do you have a hyperlink to back this up, or at least a source?

    You classify the all star game’s assistant coaches as “winners” which indicates to me there was a contest or race that they won. (I’m getting nit-picky here, but I think you understand.)

    And, finally, you misspelled bizarre, and put it in quote marks. Did someone say this word, and if they did, you need to source it.

    Regardless, it’s a good blog that just needs editing before it’s posted. You could write it in Word before you post it and it will at least indicate the misspellings for you.