The Cubs as an organization are Trump-friendly

Maddon is doing this because the Ricketts, who own the Cubs, finagled an invite from the White House that once tried to recruit Todd Ricketts as the commerce secretary, likely as a thank you for the Ricketts family’s contributions to the Trump campaign. That donation was a political statement. Making a second visit to the White House after the Cubs have already made one is a political statement. And Maddon trying to deflect by dismissing concerns that this is a political statement is such a political move that it’s a surprise he doesn’t already have a seat in congress.

When you think of the Tigers and second base, though, who do you think of? Ian Kinsler recently, sure. Hall-of-Famer Charlie Gehringer and Should-Be-Hall-of-Famer-I-Will-Fight-You Lou Whitaker from the past, of course. But it’s not like they had someone you instantly identify with the franchise.

They usually had someone, though. Of all the teams in baseball, the Tigers have been the most consistent team at finding second basemen, doing it in 17 seasons out of the last 20. It’s even more impressive when you consider how awful they were in the early ’00s. It’s a varied list, too:

Just own the trip. The Cubs as an organization are Trump-friendly, and they’re visiting specifically because Trump is here. Maddon, for all his talk about this not being political and him going out of respect for the office and an old building, is also speaking to young Republicans at a luncheon while he’s in town. Teams do not have a responsibility to visit the White House we’ve recently had this come up with the NBA champs, the Golden State Warriors. Maddon and the Cubs should stop pretending otherwise.

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Adrian Beltre hugs former teammate Carlos Beltran to tag him out

Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran have played in the MLB for a long, long time, and the former teammates decided to hug it out on a forceout play in the Astros-Rangers game on Saturday:

Beltre could have stepped on the bag to retire Beltran, but instead opted to trot toward Beltran. It ended in a delightful embrace between old friends who debuted in the league in 1998:

He was trying to tag me, and I had nowhere to go, Beltran told MLB.com’s Sam Butler. So I just ended up giving him a hug for the great career that he had in baseball … just a fun moment.

This should be the standard across all major sports.

If you have the opportunity, hug out the GOATs of your league to let them know your appreciation.

Sometimes sports can be so pure.

In previous iterations of the draft, this might be a spot where a small-market team like the Rays would have worked out a pre-draft deal to save money. While the primary goal of the bonus pools was to shift money from young players to owners, it’s at least a side benefit that the Rays generally get to pick the top player on their board now.

Was this the best player available, though? Depends on which scout you talk to. There are some who question if the tools will ever turn into wins, with others thinking this is as safe of a bet as you can find in the draft. Injuries are always a risk, too, but the potential ceiling is spectacular.

The starting pitcher for the game, for example, was Masato Yoshii. His 5.86 ERA for the season was good for an ERA+ of 99. Completely average once you accounted for park effects.

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