1. Baseball’s last remaining mud supplier may go extinct
And by “mud”, they mean mud — literally.
He's Baseball's Only Mud Supplier. It's a Job He May Soon Lose.
The Great Read Jim Bintliff collects the Delaware River mud that is smeared on Major League baseballs to make them less…
Here are the great opening lines to the piece:
2. The catch of the day: Ben Gamel
3. This is what happens when you pitch way too slowly
Every crowd in baseball should start doing countdowns — as almost every pitcher (outside of Nestor Cortes) takes twenty seconds too long, each pitch.
4. Mariano Rivera co-owns a baseball league in the Middle East
From the Khaleej Times:
Here he was this morning on The Dan Patrick Show:
5. More recent bits on baseball around the world
If you need some extra reads this week:
The bid to revive baseball in Wales
But its dramatic decline has seen the sport almost vanish, aside from the women's teams affiliated to the Welsh Ladies'…
Gabriel Rincones Jr: From Fife schoolboy to Major League Baseball
When Gabriel Rincones Jr moved from Venezuala to Scotland as a child, he took up swimming and judo - but he couldn't…
6. The first Yankees vs. Mets series of the year starts tonight
And maybe a preview of another subway series in October.
7. The Phillies made a much-needed comeback last night
It began with a bad start to the game, two runs scoring on an error:
And then, with two outs and a full count in the bottom of the eighth, Bryson Stott came through.
8. The unlikely triple of the day: Juan Soto
A cheeky, choppy little ground ball toward first base, somehow it gets through for a two-run triple that would end up winning the game.
9. Which prompted the stat of the day
10. And the very unlikely double of the day
A baseball is round, but it comes in a square case.
11. Suzyn Waldman and Chris Russo made the Radio Hall of Fame
Two of the most recognizable New York baseball voices ever.
12. And lastly, Zack Greinke hit a milestone last night
Here’s the list: