Welcome to the Wednesday Boil!
Here we are, slap in the middle of sports fan no man’s land. Not only is there no MLB baseball today or tomorrow, there’s no NBA, NHL, NFL, or NASCAR either. Think you can turn to the minor leagues for your fix? Think again. They’re all on break as well. I guess for now, check out Baseball Doesn’t Exist on YouTube. Also, check out this video about a guy who walked from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh if you haven’t seen it before, from our very own Secret Base. Don’t worry, it isn’t a Rick Roll.
Houston Astros News
Let’s be honest: there’s a lot more to Derek Jeter’s comments about Houston Astros (houston.sportsmap.com)
Astros’ Kyle Tucker quite content as inconspicuous All-Star (houstonchronicle.com)
Astros mascot Orbit brings box of Kleenex for Seattle fans booing at All-Star Game (houstonchronicle.com)
AL West News
Rounding up Day 3 of the MLB Draft for the Oakland Athletics (athleticsnation.com)
Rangers’ Adolis García robs Ronald Acuña of HR in MLB All-Star Game (dallasnews.com)
Jonah Heim adds name to Rangers history book at MLB All-Star Game (dallasnews.com)
Mariners draft tracker: Seattle selects 12 position players, 10 pitchers in 2023 (union-bulletin.com)
MLB: Rob Manfred reveals two key roadblocks to league expansion (clutchpoints.com)
MLB Comissioner Rob Manfred, MLBPA head Tony Clark discuss pitch clock in postseason (washingtonpost.com)
MLB Commissioner On Various Big-Picture Topics (mlbtraderumors.com)
Houston Astros Birthdays
LHP Tony Sipp (40) played five seasons for Houston from 2014 through 2018. He was 11-11 with a 3.49 ERA and a 3.86 FIP, along with a 1.171 WHIP and 246 K’s in 224 2⁄3 innings.
RHP Scipio Spinks (76) pitched in 11 games over three seasons with the Astros, from 1969 through 1971. He struck out 36 in 45 frames, logging a 1.400 WHIP and a 4.53 FIP.
RHP Ron Willis (1943-1977) pitched in three contests for Houston in 1969, striking out two in 2 1⁄3 innings.