The Red Sox get another gentle reminder of one of their worst blunders in franchise history this week when the contract sending Babe Ruth from Boston to the Yankees goes up for auction.
The priceless artifact, one of the most scared in baseball, is being sold by auctioneer Lelands.com. The copy once owned by Red Sox owner Harry Frazee last sold for $996,000 in 2005.
Mariners shortstop Jean Segura already spent part of this season on the disabled list and it appears the reigning NL hits leader could be headed back after suffering a right ankle injury Thursday.
Segura was thrown out at second base on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth against the Rockies and injured his ankle on the feet-first slide. He had to be helped off the field by trainers.
Taylor Motter replaced Segura in the lineup while Boog Powell took over from Nelson Cruz in the DH spot after the slugger got hit in the left hand by 89-mph cutter from Kyle Freeland in the third inning. Cruz initially stayed in the game, but
The Mariners have not yet announced the extent of either injury.
The 24-year-old Nationals right fielder looks on his way to his second National League MVP award, hitting .349 with a 194 OPS+ entering Tuesday while putting himself on pace for 49 home runs and 139 RBIs. His Nationals have been similarly effective, jumping out to a 26-17 record. They might be the team to beat in the senior circuit.
Quietly, Mike Trout has been almost as good or slightly better than Harper, depending on one’s view of sabermetrics. Trout’s raw numbers are slightly worse than Harper’s — .343 batting average and three fewer RBIs entering Tuesday — and his Angels have struggled, though Trout bests Harper in OPS+ and WAR. In fact, Trout’s topped Harper for OPS+ and WAR every season except 2015.