Bubba Starling promoted to the major leagues
On Thursday the Royals announced that outfielder and Kansas City native Bubba Starling will be promoted to the major leagues prior to Friday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. Bubba just played in the Triple-A All-Star game. He’s having his best season in the minors. A move will need to be made to make room for him on the 40-man roster. The Royals said that move will be made on Friday. Starling was drafted fifth overall in 2011 ahead of Francisco Lindor, Java Baez, George Springer and Anthony Rendon. Dayton Moore said that Bubba is joining the major league club to play and not sit on the bench.
Royals’ Witt enters Keith Law rankings
The Royals’ top pick in the 2019 draft and the number two overall pick, Bobby Witt Jr, was inserted into Keith Law’s prospect rankings as the #21 prospect in minor league baseball after Law’s mid-season update. Here’s what Law said about Witt:
The schedule for the 2019 Maui Invitational basketball tournament was released on Thursday. Kansas will play host Chaminade in the first round on November 25. A win would put them against the winner of BYU and UCLA. Kansas could meet Michigan State in the championship game.
Electronic strike zone calls first game
The Atlantic League used an electronic strike zone for calling balls and strikes in its All-Star game Wednesday. The Atlantic League is an independent baseball league that is testing out rule changes at the request of Major League Baseball. The two leagues announced a partnership in February in which the Atlantic League will use experimental rules as decided by MLB in exchange for additional technology and scouting coverage. I wrote about the partnership back in March.
There were very few issues during the game. The home plate umpire wore an AirPod in one ear and received the ball or strike call in his ear from an app on his phone. The app received the call from a computer in the press box. There was one controversial call that was a strike but rarely called. There was also a brief period of time in which the AirPod lost communication with the iPhone in the umpire’s pocket. During that time the umpire called pitches the old fashioned way.
Charger’s Gordon wants a new contract
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will not report to training camp and will demand a trade without a new contract. Gordon is in the fifth and final year of a $5.6 million contract. Gordon’s agent said that his client wouldn’t be doing this if he had been given a respectable offer but now he feels disrespected.
David Ortiz has a third surgery
David Ortiz had a third surgery for complications from his gunshot wound. The surgery was performed at Massachusetts General Hospital where Ortiz is being treated.
FC Bayern releases U.S. tour roster
FC Bayern released its roster today for its tour of the United States. One of the stops is July 23 at Children’s Mercy Park when they will face AC Milan. The game was initially supposed to be played at Arrowhead but was moved due to the Chiefs being behind replacing seats because of all the rain we received this spring.
NFL and AT&T at odds over Sunday Ticket
The NFL and AT&T are reportedly at odds over an extension to the Sunday Ticket package on DirecTV. The Sunday Ticket package has been on DirecTV for 25 years. However, AT&T paid $67.1 billion for DirecTV in 2015. The NFL would likely prefer to distribute the package not only through DirecTV but also online in some way. The current contract expires after the 2020-21 season.
Astros’ Marisnick suspended 2 games
On Sunday, Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros ran over Los Angeles Angels’ catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy got a concussion and a fractured nose on the play. Marisnick changed his path and lowered his shoulder to hit Lucroy. Marisnick was ruled out on replay because of his actions. On Thursday Marisnick was suspended two games. He will appeal the suspension.
Thunder trade Westbrook to Rockets
he Oklahoma City Thunder agrees to a trade to send Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul, first round picks in 2024 and 2026 and pick swaps in 2021 and 2025.
Soren Petro changes time slot
SportsRadio 810 host Soren Petro is moving to the 2-6pm time slot opened up recently when Kevin Kietzman parted ways with the station. Soren is considered the best in the market and one of our favorites anywhere.