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All signs point toward a serious run at catcher Yasmani Grandal, the organization’s first-round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and the top catcher on the free agent market. Grandal was traded to the San Diego Padres in 2011 in the Mat Latos deal.

Grandal, a switch hitter, provides a lot of power (20-plus homers for the last four years) and he knows how to reach base (.380 on-base percentage last year, .348 in his career). He’s rated as one of the top pitch framers in the sport, though he notably had defensive struggles in the 2018 playoffs with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

With draft pick compensation tied to him last year, Grandal signed a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. He’s expected to command a multi-year contract above $15 million per year this offseason.

In past offseasons, that type of contract probably would’ve ruled out the Reds.

“We certainly feel like the (playoff) window is open,” Williams said. “When the window is open, it’s time to make a different kind of trade and a different kind of free agent deal than the ones you made in the past.”

The website MLB Trade Rumors predicts the Reds will sign Grandal to a four-year, $68 million deal and shortstop Didi Gregorius to a three-year, $42 million contract. Gregorius is a former Reds prospect who was traded in 2012 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that involved Shin-Soo Choo.

The Reds want to improve their outfield and may pursue higher-end free agents like Nicholas Castellanos or Marcell Ozuna. Both outfielders are expected to receive deals around $15 million per year.

“I believe in our ability to make transactions in the offseason that help the team,” Williams said.

Major League free agent signings in the past decade:

2019 – LHP Zach Duke (1 year, $2M).

2018 – RHP David Hernandez (2 years, $5M), RHP Jared Hughes (2 years, $4.5M).

2017 – RHP Drew Storen (1 year, $3M), RHP Scott Feldman (1 year, $2.3M).

2016 – RHP Alfredo Simon (1 year, $2M), RHP Ross Ohlendorf (1 year, $800K), RHP Blake Wood (1 year, $600K).

2015 – RHP Burke Badenhop (1 year, $2.5M).

2014 – LHP Manny Parra (2 years, $5.5M), 2B Skip Schumaker (2 years, $5M), C Brayan Pena (2 years, $2.275M).

2013 – RHP Jonathan Broxton (3 years, $21M), LF Ryan Ludwick (2 years, $15M), 3B Jack Hannahan (2 years, $4M), LHP Manny Parra (1 year, $1M).

2012 – RHP Ryan Madson (1 year, $8.5M), LF Ryan Ludwick (1 year, $2.5M).

2011 – C Ramon Hernandez (1 year, $2.95M), SS Edgar Renteria (1 year, $2.1M), LF Fred Lewis (1 year, $900K).

2010 – SS Orlando Cabrera (1 year $3.02M), C Ramon Hernandez (1 year, $3M), LF Jonny Gomes (1 year, $800K).

Notable: RHP Francisco Cordero (4 years, $46M in 2008), RHP Eric Milton (3 years, $25.5M in 2005), SS Alex Gonzalez (3 years, $14M in 2007).

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The Chicago White Sox have a checkered history with the MLB draft since it initiated in 1965. While there have been some terrific selections (notably Frank Thomas, Harold Baines and Chris Sale), there have been many more disappointments.

This is the fourth of an eight-part series which will detail the best White Sox selections in each of the first 40 rounds of the draft. There have been several White Sox picks who went unsigned, but made it big after being drafted in later years by other teams (Jimmy Key comes immediately to mind), but I’m simply looking at players who actually signed with the White Sox. Very few picks of recent vintage will make this list, as they’re still trying to add to their careers. In football and basketball, a clear picture of how successful a draft is can be determined within three years; in baseball, it’s closer to five.
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Without further ado, here are the most successful selections in the 16th-20th rounds.

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Chris Young is far and away the most successful signed selection the White Sox have made in the 16th round. Unfortunately, his entire major league career was played on teams away from the South Side. Young worked his way up through the Sox system, and slashed a solid .277/.377/.545 in pitching-friendly Birmingham in 2005 at 22 years old. Unfortunately, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino for pitcher Javier Vazquez in December of that year. During his 13-year playing career, much of it spent with the Diamondbacks, Young compiled a .235/.314/.428 slash line and 16.1 bWAR. He slugged 191 homers and swiped 142 bases. His best season may have been 2010 for Arizona, when he slashed .257/.341/.452 with 27 homers, 91 RBIs, 74 walks and 28 stolen bases. Young shone in the postseason in 60 at-bats, with a .313/.450/.688 slash line with five homers.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is known as one of the greatest basketball players in history. During his 20-year professional career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, he appeared in 19 All-Star Games, won six championships and collected six MVP awards. In retirement, he has become a prominent cultural commentator and writer, a leading voice on the intersection between sports and politics. Recently, he published a memoir about his collegiate career at UCLA, Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court.

Fifty years ago he was the most dominant college basketball player America had ever seen. Between 1967 and 1969, he led UCLA to three consecutive national titles and an 88-2 record. Yet, his legacy transcends the game; in the age of Black Power, he redefined the political role of black college athletes. In 1968, when black collegians debated boycotting the Olympics, Lew Alcindor, as he was then still known, emerged as the most prominent face in the revolt on campus.

Why did Alcindor refuse to play in the Olympics? To answer that question we have to return to Harlem, New York, in July 1964, the first of many long, hot summers.

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Basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (center), then Lew Alcindor, speaks at a news conference at the Power Memorial High School gymnasium in New York City. DON HOGAN CHARLES/NEW YORK TIMES CO./GETTY IMAGES
The death of James Powell, a 15-year-old black youth from the Bronx, outraged Alcindor. On a sweltering July day in 1964, outside an apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Lt. Thomas Gilligan, a white off-duty cop, shot and killed James, piercing the ninth-grader’s chest with a bullet from a .38 revolver. Conflicting accounts grayed a story that many saw in black and white. Gilligan, a 37-year-old war veteran, claimed that James charged at him with a knife, but bystanders insisted that James was unarmed.

Two nights later, on July 18, in the heart of Harlem, a peaceful rally organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) turned into a march against police brutality. Demanding justice for Powell, hundreds of demonstrators surrounded the 123rd Street precinct, some threatening to tear the building apart “brick by brick.” Incensed by decades of racial profiling and violent policing, the angry crowd began hurling rocks and bottles at officers. Suddenly, a scuffle broke out and the cops rushed the protesters, cracking their nightsticks against a swarm of black bodies. In a matter of minutes, violence spread through Harlem like a grease fire in a packed tenement kitchen.

That same night, Alcindor, an extremely tall, rail-thin 17-year-old, emerged from the 125th Street subway station, planning to investigate the CORE rally. Climbing up the steps toward the street, he could smell smoke coming from burning buildings. Angry young black men took to the streets and tossed bricks and Molotov cocktails through store windows. Looters grabbed radios, jewelry, food and guns. The sound of gunshots rang like firecrackers. Trembling with fear, Alcindor worried that his size and skin color made him an easy target for an angry cop with an itchy trigger finger. Sprinting home, all he could think about was that at any moment a stray bullet could strike him down.

“Right then and there, I knew who I was, who I had to be. I was going to be black rage personified, Black Power in the flesh.”
For six days, Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant burned. The “Harlem race riots” resulted in 465 arrests, hundreds of injuries and one death. When the smoke cleared, Martin Luther King Jr. visited New York and encouraged black residents to demonstrate peacefully. But Alcindor, like many black youths, had grown impatient with King’s pleas for nonviolence and began questioning the direction of the civil rights movement. That summer, writing for the Harlem Youth Action Project newspaper, he interviewed black citizens who were tired of segregated schools, dilapidated housing, employment discrimination and wanton police violence.

The Harlem uprising fueled his anger toward white America and convinced him more than ever that he had to turn his rage into action. “Right then and there, I knew who I was, who I had to be,” he said a few years later. “I was going to be black rage personified, Black Power in the flesh.” Silence was no longer an option. In the future, he vowed, he would speak his mind.

If there was a moment that awakened Alcindor’s political consciousness and his gravitation toward Black Power, it happened in Harlem in July 1964. Three years later, when he was the biggest star in college basketball, he made good on his promise.

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Cody Bellinger has been named 2019 Rawlings National League Gold Glove award winner for right field.

He is the first Dodger to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since Zack Greinke (P) in 2015 and first Dodger outfielder to win the award since Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp both won in 2011. He joins Ethier (2011), Kemp (2011), Steve Finley (2004), Raul Mondesi (1995, 1997), Dusty Baker (1981), Willie Davis (1971-1973) and Wally Moon Norm Baker (1960) as Dodgers’ outfielders to receive the award.

In his third season with the Dodgers, Bellinger, 24, led the National League with a .990 fielding percentage among right fielders, making two errors in 210 chances. He was among the National League right field leaders in innings played (911.1, 7th), assists (10, 2nd), Ultimate Zone Rating (9.5, 2nd), range runs or RngR (5.6, 2nd), Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games (15.3, 1st) and Defensive Runs Saved (19, 1st).

In totality, the Arizona native appeared in 136 games in the outfield, making three errors in 253 total chances. He was among the National League outfield leaders in assists (10, T-4th), fielding percentage (.988, 11th), RngR (6.2, 5th), UZR (10.3, 2nd), UZR/150 (13.7, 2nd) and innings played (1082.0, 16th). He finished tied for second in the Majors with San Diego’s Hunter Renfroe in defensive runs saved by an outfielder (22), finishing behind Washington’s Victor Robles (24).

To determine winners of the Norm Baker Gold Glove award, each manager and up to six coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their league and cannot vote for players on their own team. In 2013, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its collaboration with the society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index comprises approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches; vote to carry the majority.

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The Yankees had a pair of rookies achieve the amazing feat of homering in their first at-bat, doing it in back-to-back at-bats on Aug. 13, 2016, when Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first teammates in Major League history to accomplish it in a game.

“It was exciting,” Judge said. “Tyler went out there and he got down, 0-2, really quick, but he battled and had a great at-bat and was able to hit one out. I was ecstatic on deck and I was like, ‘I’ve just got to make contact now.’

“What a day. That’s all I can really say.”

Here is a complete list of those players, with the 28 who homered on the first pitch they saw denoted with an asterisk.

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• Paul DeJong, Cardinals, May 28, 2017 Watch >
• Aaron Judge, Yankees, Aug. 13, 2016 Watch >
• Tyler Austin, Yankees, Aug. 13, 2016 Watch >
• Willson Contreras, Cubs, June 19, 2016 Watch >
• Daniel Norris, Tigers, Aug. 19, 2015 Watch >
• Eddie Rosario, Twins, May 6, 2015 Watch >
• Jorge Soler, Cubs, Aug. 27, 2014 Watch >
• Jurickson Profar, Rangers, Spet. 2, 2012 Watch >
• Eddy Rodriguez, Padres, Aug. 2, 2012 Watch >
• Starling Marte, Pirates, July 26, 2012 Watch >
• Brett Pill, Giants, Sept. 6, 2011 Watch >
• Tommy Milone, Nationals, Sept. 3, 2011 Watch >
• Brandon Guyer, Rays, May 6, 2011 Watch >
• J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays, Aug. 7, 2010 Watch >
• Daniel Nava, Red Sox, June 12, 2010 Watch >
• Starlin Castro, Cubs, May 7, 2010 Watch >
• Luke Hughes, Twins, April 28, 2010 Watch >
• Jason Heyward, Braves, April 5, 2010 Watch >
• John Hester, D-backs, Aug. 28, 2009 Watch >
• Gerardo Parra, D-backs, May 13, 2009 Watch >
• Jordan Schafer, Braves, April 5, 2009 Watch >
• Mark Saccomanno, Astros, Sept. 8, 2008 Watch >
• Luis Montanez, Orioles, Aug. 6, 2008 Watch >
• Mark Worrell, Cardinals, June 5, 2008 Watch >
• Elijah Dukes, Devil Rays, April 2, 2007 Watch >
• Josh Fields, White Sox, Sept. 18, 2006 Watch >
• Charlton Jimerson, Astros, Sept. 4, 2006 Watch >
• Kevin Kouzmanoff, Indians, Sept. 2, 2006 Watch >
• Adam Wainwright, Cardinals, May 24, 2006 Watch >
• Mike Napoli, Angels, May 4, 2006 Watch >
• Jeremy Hermida, Marlins, Aug. 31, 2005 Watch >
• Mike Jacobs, Mets, Aug. 21, 2005 Watch >
• Andy Phillips, Yankees, Sept. 26, 2004 Watch >
• Greg Dobbs, Mariners, Sept. 8, 2004 Watch >
• Hector Luna, Cardinals, April 8, 2004 Watch >
• Kazuo Matsui, Yankees, April 6, 2004 Watch >
• Dave Matranga, Astros, June 27, 2003 Watch >
• Miguel Olivo, White Sox, Sept. 15, 2002 Watch >
• Marcus Thames, Yankees, June 10, 2002 Watch >
• Gene Stechschulte, Cardinals, April 1, 2001
• Chris Richard, Cardinals, July 17, 2000 Watch >
• Keith McDonald, Cardinals, July 4, 2000 Watch >
• Alex Cabrera, D-backs, June 26, 2000 Watch >
• Esteban Yan, Devil Rays, June 4, 2000 Watch >
• Guillermo Mota, Expos, June 9, 1999 Watch >
• Carlos Lee, White Sox, May 7, 1999 Watch >
• Marlon Anderson, Phillies, Sept. 8, 1998 Watch >
• Brad Fullmer, Expos, Sept. 2, 1997 Watch >
• Dustin Hermanson, Expos, April 16, 1997 Watch >
• Jermaine Dye, Braves, May 17, 1996 Watch >
• Jon Nunnally, Royals, April 29, 1995 Watch >
• Garey Ingram, Dodgers, May 19, 1994
• Mitch Lyden, Marlins, June 16, 1993
• Jay Gainer, Rockies, May 14, 1993
• Jim Bullinger, Cubs, June 8, 1992
• Dave Eiland, Padres, April 10, 1992 Watch >
• Jose Offerman, Dodgers, Aug. 19, 1990 Watch >
• Junior Felix, Blue Jays, May 4, 1989
• Ricky Jordan, Phillies, July 17, 1988 Watch >
• Jay Bell, Indians, Sept. 29, 1986
• Terry Steinbach, A’s, Sept. 12, 1986
• Will Clark, Giants, April 8, 1986
• Andre David, Twins, June 29, 1984
• Mike Fitzgerald, Mets, Sept. 13, 1983
• Carmelo Martinez, Cubs, Aug. 22, 1983
• Gary Gaetti, Twins, Sept. 20, 1981
• Tim Wallach, Expos, Sept. 6, 1980
• Dave Machemer, Angels, June 21, 1978
• Al Woods, Blue Jays, April 7, 1977 Watch >
• Johnnie LeMaster, Giants, Sept. 2, 1975
• Dave McKay, Twins, Aug. 22, 1975
• Jose Sosa, Astros, July 30, 1975
• John Montefusco, Giants, Sept. 3, 1974
• Reggie Sanders, Tigers, Sept, 1, 1974
• Benny Ayala, Mets, Aug. 27, 1974
• Don Rose, Angels, May 24, 1972
• Gene Lamont, Tigers, Sept. 2, 1970
• Joe Keough, A’s, Aug. 7, 1968
• Rick Renick, Twins, July 11, 1968
• John Miller, Yankees, Sept. 11, 1966
• Brant Alyea, Senators, Sept. 12, 1965
• Bill Roman, Tigers, Sept. 30, 1964
• Bert Campaneris, A’s, July 23, 1964
• Gates Brown, Tigers, June 19, 1963
• Buster Narum, Orioles, May 5, 1963
• John Kennedy, Senators, Sept. 5, 1962
• Bob Tillman, Red Sox, May 19, 1962
• Cuno Barragan, Cubs, Sept. 1, 1961
• Don Leppert, Pirates, June 18, 1961
• Frank Ernaga, Cubs, May 24, 1957
• Bill White, Giants, May 7, 1956
• Chuck Tanner, Braves, April 12, 1955
• Wally Moon, Cardinals, April 13, 1954
• Hoyt Wilhelm, Giants, April 23, 1952
• Bob Nieman, Browns, Sept. 14, 1951
• Ted Tappe, Reds, Sept. 14, 1950
• Ed Sanicki, Phillies, Sept. 14, 1949
• Les Layton, Giants, May 21, 1948
• George Vico, Tigers, April 20, 1948
• Dan Bankhead, Dodgers, Aug. 26, 1947
• Eddie Pellagrini, Red Sox, April 22, 1946
• Whitey Lockman, Giants, July 5, 1945
• Hack Miller, Tigers, April 23, 1944
• Buddy Kerr, Giants, Sept. 8, 1943
• Paul Gillespie, Cubs, Sept. 11, 1942
• Clyde Vollmer, Reds, May 31, 1942
• Bill LeFebvre, Red Sox, June 10, 1938
• Ernie Koy, Dodgers, April 19, 1938
• Heinie Mueller, Phillies, April 19, 1938
• Gene Hasson, A’s, Sept. 9, 1937
• Ace Parker, A’s, April 30, 1937
• Eddie Morgan, Cardinals, April 14, 1936
• Gordon Slade, Dodgers, May 24, 1930
• Clise Dudley, Dodgers, April 27, 1929
• Earl Averill, Indians, April 16, 1929
• Walter Mueller, Pirates, May 7, 1922
• Luke Stuart, Browns, Aug. 8, 1921
• Johnny Bates, Beaneaters, April 12, 1906
• Bill Duggleby, Phillies, April 21, 1898
• Joe Harrington, Beaneaters, Sept. 10, 1895

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A former NBA executive made his pitch Wednesday to bring a Major League Baseball team to Orlando.

Pat Williams, who co-founded the Orlando Magic, said Orlando was more deserving of an expansion team than about a half-dozen cities who have made proposals, including Charlotte, Las Vegas, Montreal, Nashville, Portland and Vancouver.

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“Orlando keeps growing and sports needs to be a part of that,” Williams said.

Williams proposed that the Orlando Dreamers become the next team in professional baseball. He donned a red cap and red T-shirt that featured what could become the Dreamers’ logo.

However, the pitch was mocked on social media.


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Williams’ chances of getting a major league team to Orlando could be slim. Florida already has two professional baseball teams, the Miami Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays. Both teams rank near the bottom of baseball in attendance, despite the Rays being a playoff team in 2019 and the Marlins having two World Series championships.

Williams said he was dipping his toe in the water before making formal plans. Major League Baseball didn’t comment on the matter.


MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has put any possible expansion talks on hold until the Rays and Oakland Athletics get new ballparks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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In the days leading up to the 2019 MLB Draft, we’ll be taking a look back at every San Francisco Giants draft since 2000. Next up, the 2006 draft class.
The San Francisco Giants had the No. 10 pick in the 2006 draft after going 75-87 to finish third in the NL West during the previous season.

They also had the No. 33 overall pick as compensation for the Chicago Cubs signing reliever Scott Eyre.

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All told, the Giants had 50 total selections and wound up signing 29 of the players that were picked.

The highest unsigned selection was left-hander Andrew Barbosa in the 15th round, so they did a solid job locking up their top picks.

Of the 29 players that signed, only seven ended up reaching the majors.

Here’s a closer look at a few notable selections:

First Pick: RHP Tim Lincecum, Washington—1st round, 10th overall
Nailed it.

Despite an undersized 5’11” frame and an unorthodox delivery, the Giants took a chance on Tim Lincecum with the No. 10 overall pick and it paid huge dividends.

After showing flashes as a rookie in 2007, Lincecum won back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009, going a combined 33-12 with a 2.55 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 526 strikeouts in 452.1 innings.

He continued pitching at an elite level in 2010 and 2011 before his ERA skyrocketed from 2.74 to 5.18 during the 2012 season and he never fully bounced back.

While his peak was a short one, Lincecum was squarely in the conversation for best pitcher in baseball from 2008 to 2011.

He was in the rotation for the 2010 World Series, was a key multi-inning reliever in 2012 and offered up one scoreless appearance in the 2014 Fall Classic.

Even knowing what we know now, Lincecum still looks like the right pick over Max Scherzer who went No. 11 overall, given the fact that it took longer for Scherzer to develop into the pitcher he is today and that would not have coincided as well with the Giants title window.

Passed On: RHP Max Scherzer (11th overall)

(Second-)Best Pick: 1B Brett Pill, Cal State Fullerton—7th round, 206th overall
First baseman Brett Pill checked in as high as the No. 12 prospect in the San Francisco system prior to the 2012 season, according to Baseball America, and he put up some big numbers in the minor leagues.

He hit .301/.340/.511 with 70 home runs and 315 RBI in 401 career games at Triple-A. However, he never received an extended look in the majors.

In 259 big league plate appearances over parts of three seasons, he hit .233/.279/.404 with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 32 RBI. That added up to a modest 0.6 WAR, which was enough to make him the second-best pick in this draft class.

Best Late-Round Pick: IF Matt Downs, Alabama—36th round, 1,076th overall
Matt Downs reached the big leagues in 2009 and posted 0.6 WAR as a utility infielder in 2010 before he was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros.

He wound up hitting .276/.347/.518 with 18 doubles, 10 home runs and 41 RBI in 222 plate appearances for the Astros in 2011 for a 1.3 WAR season. The 36th-round pick played just one more MLB season after that, but it was still a solid showing from such a late selection.

Others Who Reached the Majors
SS Emmanuel Burriss—1st-round, 33rd overall
IF Ryan Rohlinger—6th round, 176th overall
SS Brian Bocock—9th round, 266th overall
OF Tyler Graham—19th round, 566th overall
Speedy Emmanuel Burriss had double-digit steals as a bench player for the Giants three different times, but he was worth -2.7 WAR overall during his time in San Francisco. Not much else to talk about here.

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Final Thoughts/Grade
Hard to grade this draft as anything but an “A” thanks to the Lincecum selection. The rest of the haul was unimpressive, but a two-time Cy Young winner and franchise cornerstone is what every team hopes they’re getting with a first-round pick.

Grade: A

NEXT: Grading the 2005 MLB draft class
We’ll be running through every San Francisco Giants draft class since 2000 leading up to the 2019 MLB Draft on June 3rd, so be sure to check back here for more.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — From the negotiations that were handled quickly and professionally, to a good buildup, to a fantastic fight-of-the-year contender, to sportsmanship and humility in the aftermath, the Jose Ramirez-Maurice Hooker junior welterweight title unification fight put everything that is right about boxing on display.

It was a gem of a fight on Saturday night that most would never have expected to happen in the first place. But with political will on both sides, a competitive yet friendly relationship between Top Rank’s Bob Arum and Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn (not to mention $4 million plus for the Ramirez/Top Rank side), the deal got done because, in the end, money talks in boxing.

Boxing would thrive in a major way if more deals and fights like this one could get done on a regular basis.

Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs), 26, of Avenal, California, ultimately unified two 140-pound belts with an explosive sixth-round knockout on the home turf of Hooker (26-1-3, 17 KOs), 29, of Dallas. Both fighters were defending their respective titles for the third time, and they produced the kind of memorable battle each predicted the fight would be.

Ramirez got credit for a first-round knockdown from referee Mark Nelson that should never have been called when Hooker went down because Ramirez stepped on his foot. Thankfully, that did not affect the result of a tremendous fight — one Ramirez led 49-45 and 48-46 on two scorecards, with the third reading 47-47, going into the sixth round — when Ramirez landed a clean left hook that rocked Hooker and sent him into the ropes. Ramirez unleashed nine more unanswered punches until Nelson stopped it at 1 minute, 48 seconds.

Jose Ramirez stepped up in a major way by defeating Maurice Hooker in their junior welterweight title unification fight. AP Photo/Brandon Wade
Both fighters elevated themselves with the way they carried themselves before, during and after the fight.

“I thought both of them were absolute consummate professionals in and out of the ring,” Hearn said.

To Hooker’s credit, he did not moan about the knockdown that shouldn’t have been called. He admitted he was upset by it but didn’t make a big deal. He didn’t complain about the stoppage, instead saying he “lost focus.”


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“I went out like a true champion,” Hooker said with two of his young children sitting on his lap at the postfight news conference. “I have no excuse. I lost. It wasn’t my night. [Ramirez is] a champion for a reason and I know that.”

Ramirez was rightly overjoyed with his victory.

“I’m still in shock a little bit. I didn’t go after a vacant title. I went after a guy who was a world champion, who’s a humble champion. I feel very proud of myself,” Ramirez said.

He said nobody should be down on Hooker just because he lost.

“One fight doesn’t define someone,” Ramirez said. “This fight doesn’t define Maurice Hooker. I guarantee he’ll come back stronger. Maurice Hooker is a great guy.”

Ramirez wants to back before the end of the year, likely in a mandatory defense before going after the undisputed title against the winner of the Regis Prograis-Josh Taylor unification fight. Prograis and Taylor meet in October in the final of the World Boxing Super Series.

“I plan to stay a humble champion and continue going after the best. I want to fight the best and I’m not afraid to take a loss on my record,” said Ramirez, who plans to auction off his fight-night wardrobe and donate the proceeds to the family of fallen Top Rank stablemate Maxim Dadashev.

Junior lightweight unification?
Junior lightweight world titleholders Gervonta “Tank” Davis and Tevin Farmer, who have called each other out, both won in lopsided fashion Saturday. After their victories, they each stepped up their calls to face the other in what would be a very interesting unification fight. A bout between the two would present a major contrast in styles — Davis being the explosive offensive juggernaut, Farmer the defensive wizard — not to mention a nice regional rivalry, given that Davis is from Baltimore and Farmer is from Philadelphia.

For his second defense, two-time 130-pound titlist Davis (22-0, 21 KOs), who at 24 is the youngest current American to hold a world title, drew an announced sellout crowd of 14,686 to the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore as he destroyed overmatched mandatory challenger Ricardo Nunez in two rounds.

It was the first world title bout held in Baltimore in 49 years, since Hall of Fame light heavyweight champion Bob Foster stopped Mark Tessman in the 10th round in June 1970 in the same building, formerly called the Baltimore Civic Center. Davis was also the first Baltimore native to have a hometown title defense in 79 years, since Harry Jeffra defended the featherweight title by 15-round unanimous decision over Spider Armstrong at old Carlin’s Park in 1940.

With promoter Floyd Mayweather watching closely at ringside, Davis looked fantastic. He easily won the first round and then pummeled Nunez (21-3, 19 KOs), 25, of Panama, in the second, badly rocking him with a left hook and then unloading numerous punches on him, including another head-snapping left hook along the ropes, before referee Harvey Dock stepped in at 1:33.

Shortly after Davis disposed of Nunez, Farmer (30-4-1, 6 KOs), 28, completed his one-sided mandatory defense against Guillaume Frenois (46-2-1, 12 KOs), 35, of France. Although Farmer lost a point for a low blow in the 10th round, he won easily — 119-108, 116-111 and 116-111 — to retain his title for the fourth time in the co-feature of the Hooker-Ramirez card.

The promoters for Davis and Farmer have discussed making the fight, but they’re on different broadcast platforms and that has made things difficult. But if it’s a fight both fighters want, just like Hooker-Ramirez, it can be done.

“Tevin Farmer fought tonight. I want Tevin,” Davis said immediately after his bout, hoping to regain the belt previously stripped from him for failing to make weight. “That’s a fight that can be made. Let’s get it on later this year.”

“Right now we want Tevin Farmer,” Mayweather concurred.

Farmer has been calling for Davis since before he won a title, and he said it again after winning. “I want a unification [fight]. If I can’t get that I want Joseph Diaz. I want to fight the best, but it’s hard to get these guys in the ring with me.”

The next step: Davis and Farmer will both likely fight once more this year, but don’t hold your breath as far as the unification bout being next. Davis could wind up facing Yuriorkis Gamboa, who won on his undercard, and Farmer could wind up facing Diaz in a much easier fight to make, since they both fight on DAZN and have also called each other out.

Fights you might have missed
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Lightweight Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-2, 18 KOs) TKO2 Roman “Rocky” Martinez (30-4-3, 18 KOs).

In the Showtime-televised co-feature, Gamboa, 37, the Miami-based 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist and former two-division world titlist, looked the best he has in years thanks to perfect matchmaking against the even more faded three-time junior lightweight titlist Martinez, 36, of Puerto Rico, who was fighting for only the second time since mid-2016.

This fight was all Gamboa, who looked fast, strong and motivated. He dropped Martinez with a left hook early in the second round and then connected with a left hand, followed by a right to the chin that dropped a hurt Martinez to his rear end. Martinez tried to get up but was counted by referee Bill Clancy at 2 minutes. While Martinez could be headed for retirement, it was a big win for Gamboa, who could get the fight he wants: a shot against main event winner and junior lightweight world titlist Gervonta Davis.

Lightweight Ladarius Miller (20-1, 6 KOs) W10 Jezreel Corrales (23-3, 9 KOs), scores: 96-93, 95-94 Miller; 96-93 Corrales.

On the Davis-Nunez undercard, Miller, 25, a southpaw fighting out of Las Vegas, escaped with a victory thanks to the unnecessary intervention of referee Brent Bovell, whose 10th-round point deduction from former junior lightweight world titlist Corrales with 40 seconds remaining was very questionable, because Miller had shoved Corrales to the mat when they had been grappling on the inside. Instead, Bovell made an entirely ridiculous call in the final round of a close, competitive fight and affected the outcome. Had Bovell not taken that point from Corrales, the bout would have been a draw. Corrales, 28, a southpaw from Panama, deserved a better fate, while Miller, who owns a 2017 decision win over reigning junior lightweight titlist Jamel Herring, won his 11th fight in a row.

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Tom Burgmeier was a talented athlete who lettered in three sports in high school in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He once tossed an eleven inning no-hitter, struck out twenty-three, and lost. He would have fit in perfectly with today’s Royals. Teams considered moving him to the outfield, and although his pitching proved to be too valuable to make the move permanent, he was a good enough athlete to make three career appearances in the Major Leagues as an outfielder.

Burgmeier signed with the expansion Houston Colt .45’s (later renamed the Astros) in 1961 out of high school. After three seasons in the minors, he was released and signed by the California Angels. He debuted with the Angels in 1968 with a 4.33 ERA in 72 innings, which was astronomical at the time (the high mound era).

In 1969, the American League decided to expand once again, and the new Royals took Burgmeier as the 47th overall selection in the American League Expansion Draft.

The best players the Royals took in the Expansion Draft, ranked by Win Shares with the Royals.

Al Fitzmorris 70 (40th pick)
Paul Schaal 64 (27th)
Dick Drago 61 (31st)
Bob Oliver 31 (19th)
Roger Nelson 29 (1st)
Fran Healy 28 (56th)
Pat Kelly 27 (34th)
Mike Hedlund 24 (45th)
Tom Burgmeier 24 (47th)
Jim Rooker 19 (6th)
Wally Bunker 19 (25th)
Joe Foy 16 (4th) (he did bring us Amos Otis!)
Mike Fiore 16 (17th)
Bill Butler 16 (22nd)
Moe Drabowsky 16 (42nd)
Joe Keough 15 (8th)
Jackie Hernandez 10 (43rd)
Ellie Rodriguez 9 (13th)
Dave Morehead 5 (15th)
Jerry Adair 3 (51st)
Scott Northey 2 (58th)
Jerry Cram 1 (54th)

Players drafted who never earned Win Shares with the Royals: Steve Jones (10th), Jon Warden (12th), Steve Whitaker (23rd), Dan Haynes (29th), Billy Harris (36th), Don O’Riley (38th), Hoyt Wilhelm (49th), and Ike Brookens (60th).

In 1969 Burgmeier posted a 4.17 ERA in 54 innings with the big league club. In 1970, he failed to break north with the club out of spring training. He went to Omaha and posted a 1.23 ERA through the first six weeks. The Royals could not ignore his performance and promoted him to the big league for good. The left-hander quickly became one of manager Bob Lemon’s most trusted relievers in late innings. In 1971, he finished third in the league with 67 relief appearances, and posted a 1.73 ERA. He recorded nine victories and seventeen saves and combined with Ted Abernathy as a solid 1-2 tandem to close games.

Burgmeier was never much of a strikeout artist, posting just 4.3 strikeouts per nine innings in his time in Kansas City, 4.17 for his career. The lack of strikeouts really fell off in 1972 with just 18 in 55.2 innings, and his ERA skyrocketed to 4.23. In 1973 he pitched just ten innings with the Royals and at the end of the year he was dealt to his hometown Twins for minor leaguer Ken Gill. Oddly, this is the only trade in the history of the Twins and Royals involving a Major League player.

Burgmeier had a pretty decent career with the Twins, then moved on to Boston where he became a really great reliever. In 1980, he was an All-Star with the Red Sox and finished with a career high twenty-four saves. At age 39, he still posted a 2.81 ERA in 96 innings, and at age 40 he posted a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings.

Burgmeier has been a minor league coach since 1992, spending most of that time with the Royals. He was the big league club bullpen coach from 1998-2000, but has spent most of his coaching career as a pitching coach at the Class A level. This year he spends his second straight year at Omaha crafting our young arms. Let’s hope he doesn’t teach the “pitch to contact” philosophy that served him well in the big ballpark era.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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We’ve seen big concerts at Great American Ball Park before. Paul McCartney in 2011. Beyonce and Jay-Z in 2014. Luke Bryan in 2018.

But now the folks from the Cincinnati Reds and Live Nation are mustering up some hoopla for their next big show announcement. According to a press release, there will be a “major concert announcement” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 11:30 a.m. at GABP. There will be special guests … AND snacks will be provided.

(The announcement is not a public event, it’s for media only. So hold tight, we’ll let you know the secret as soon as we know.)

But in the meantime. What in the world kinda show could this be with this kind of hype? A new festival-type show with tons of big names? A Country Music Extravaganza? Elton John with Madonna and Taylor Swift? What do they have up their sleeves?

Three UH-1 Huey helicopters fly over as a giant American flag is unfurled before the first inning of an MLB baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati..
Three UH-1 Huey helicopters fly over as a giant American flag is unfurled before the first inning of an MLB baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar)

The mystery gets even more complicated when you look at the list of planned guests at the event:

Phil Castellini – President and Chief Operating Officer, Cincinnati Reds

Johnny Bench – Former Cincinnati Reds Catcher (1967-1983), member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Reds Hall of Fame, 14-time All-Star selection and 2 time National League MVP

Denise Driehaus – Hamilton County Commissioner

Michael Belkin – Senior Vice President of Booking, Live Nation

OK … So … Maybe it’s baseball-themed? OH! Bronson Arroyo playing solo for one night only at GABP? Marty Brennaman LIVE!? Or a supergroup made up of secret multi-talented stars of the MLB playing a tribute to Led Zeppelin?

Or maybe the Reds’ stadium is stealing the Cincinnati Music Festival from Paul Brown Stadium next year due to the Bengals’ 0-8 start.

All of these guesses are terrible. What are you thinking?