MLB Home Run Derby
The home run derby took place Monday in Cleveland. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr set a first round record with 29 home runs. Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr hit 25. Vladimir Guerrero Jr followed up his record-breaking round one with another round of 29 in the second round only to be forced to a tiebreaker when Joc Pederson also hit 29 home runs. Both Guerrero and Pederson then hit eight home runs in the tie breaker sending it to a three swing tie breaker. Both hit one home run to send it to yet another three swing tie breaker! Finally Guerrero won with two home runs to one for Pederson. Pete Alonso defeated Ronald Acuna Jr in the other semifinal. Alonso defeated Guerrero in the finals 23-22.
MLB All-Star Game
The lineups and starting pitchers for Tuesday’s All-Star game were announced on Monday. The Astros’ Justin Verlander will start on the mound for the American League. The National League will start with Hyun-Jim Ryu of the Dodgers.
Jeff Passan reported that All-Star starting pitcher Justin Verlander told ESPN that the baseballs are a joke this season.
It’s a f—ing joke. Major League Baseball’s turning this game into a joke. They own Rawlings, and you’ve got Manfred up here saying it might be the way they center the pill. They own the f—ing company. If any other $40 billion company bought out a $400 million company and the product changed dramatically, it’s not a guess as to what happened. We all know what happened. Manfred the first time he came in, what’d he say? He said we want more offense. All of a sudden he comes in, the balls are juiced? It’s not coincidence. We’re not idiots.Justin Verlander
Former New England Patriots defensive player Tedy Bruschi had a stroke on July 4. On Monday he shared the signs to look for to know if you need immediate help.
The University of Kansas announced on Monday that running back Pooka Williams will rejoin the team this week but will be suspended for the first game because of his off-field problems. He has been suspended from team activities since December.