Tuesday featured the Major League All-Star game from Cleveland, Ohio. The MLB All-Star game is viewed by most as the most entertaining All-Star game of the major sports. It is pretty close to a regular game but with most of the best players in the game. Kansas and Kansas State each learned that they have players on the All-Big 12 Preseason team.
MLB All-Star Game
Major League Baseball’s All-Star game was played Tuesday in Cleveland. Whit Merrifield was the only Royals player in the game. Cleveland Indians pitcher Shane Bieber pitched the fifth inning. He faced just three batters and struck out Wilson Contreras, Ketel Marte and Ronald Acuna in his home ballpark. Bieber was named the game’s MVP.
Whit Merrifield replaced Mike Trout in the sixth in centerfield. Whit led off the bottom of the sixth. He got ahead 3-0 and then flew out to left.
Patrick Mahomes was on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show late Monday night. He talked about how he loves Kansas City.
The Preseason All-Big 12 football team was released Tuesday. Kansas running back Pooka Williams and punter Kyle Thompson as well as Kansas State defensive lineman Reggie Walker were voted to the first team. Iowa State linebacker Marcel Spears Jr from Olathe was also named to the first team.
The Cleveland Cavaliers signed former Kansas State forward Dean Wade to a two-way contract Tuesday. NBA teams are allowed two two-way players on their roster in addition to the regular 15 players. As a two-way player Wade will be allowed to spend up to 45 days on the Cavaliers’ roster during the 2019-20 season.
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday that negotiations have started on changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the union and Major League Baseball. This is reportedly the first time in 53 years that negotiations started in the middle of an existing agreement. The union wants a return to true free agency, the elimination of service time manipulation, improved competitive balance and better marketing of players. Clark also said that the baseball has changed this season and the union hasn’t been told why.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Major League Baseball has given Rawlings no direction to alter the baseball. Major League Baseball purchased Rawlings in 2018. There is supposedly no desire by the owners to increase the number of home runs. Manfred said that baseball has the best free agency of the major sports. He mentioned that baseball does not have max salaries or contract lengths as well as no franchise tag. Manfred also said that MLB has no interest in expansion until the Oakland and Tampa Bay situations are resolved.