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A look at what’s going on around the majors today:
Derek Jeter, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and the late Marvin Miller will be inducted into the Hall of Fame a year after induction ceremonies were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All four were chosen last year – no new members have been chosen since then.
“Strange as it sounds, I try not to think about it,” Jeter, 47, former Yankees star and now owner and CEO of the Miami Marlins said last week. “I just want to go there and experience it.”
In 2007, the inductions of Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn drew a record crowd estimated at 82,000 to the expansive grassy grounds of the Clark Sports Center on the outskirts of this unique village in upstate New York. When the hugely popular Jeter was voted in in January 2020, that brand was under threat because its fans in New York and beyond had booked reservations well in advance.
With a midweek ceremony instead of the traditional Sunday afternoon, back to school and the threat of inclement weather, the Hall of Fame did not offer an attendance prediction.
The deaths of eight Hall of Fame members over the past year and a half, including Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, and Whitey Ford, and the lingering pandemic have limited Hall of Fame members to 31. There are two years, a record of 58 presented itself.
The Yankees will see how Gerrit Cole feels a day after the ace was pulled from a game due to strain in his left hamstring.
Cole came out with two strikeouts in the fourth inning and New York trailed 3-1 against Toronto. He struck out two, equaling Philadelphia right-hander Zack Wheeler for the major league lead at 217.
Cole was 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA in four starts since missing time following a positive test for COVID-19, and fanned 15 in seven innings last week against the Angels.
Dallas Keuchel (8-8, 5.22 ERA) tries to get back on track against a playoff contender when the Chicago White Sox, leader of AL Central, visit Oakland.
The 2015 AL Cy Young award winner Keuchel has a 7.26 ERA in his last 11 starts after being touched down last Friday night in a 7-2 loss to Kansas City. The veteran left-hander only played one inning and allowed five earned runs in his previous outing, then admitted to being “the weakest starter in the rotation for much of the year.” He may have to change that soon if he wants to start the playoffs for Chicago.
Frankie Montas (11-9, 3.68) recovers the ball for Athletics, who is chasing an AL wild card.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is resting comfortably after undergoing toe surgery, his second operation since retiring from the season in July.
Francona, who underwent hip replacement surgery in August, underwent the procedure Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. The operation consisted of repairing his left big toe, which became infected during the offseason.
Francona, 62, limped in a walking boot for months before deciding to quit the team to deal with her medical issues. Francona will need months to recover from the toe surgery.
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who replaces Francona, is sure his good friend feels a sense of relief now that the surgeries are behind him.
“It’s a big step today and he will come out of it and he’s kind of in rehab and I think it’s going to work out well,” Hale said. I pray and hope, that’s for sure.
New York Mets president Sandy Alderson has said pitcher Jacob deGrom’s elbow is healthy, but the team is unsure if his ace will return this season.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner played wrestling on flat ground but hasn’t pitched since July 7 due to a sprained elbow. The 32-year-old right-hander was 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA and 146 strikeouts before being sidelined.
“At this point, the sprain resolved on its own,” Alderson said. “The elbow is perfectly intact according to the MRI scans and the clinical evaluations of our doctors. We have to start to see if this is more of a chronic problem with mechanics in one way or another. “
Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard, slowed down in his rehabilitation since Tommy John surgery in March 2020 by a recent positive test for COVID-19, is on the verge of coming out of quarantine. He’ll start ramping up again in New York this week, but it’s unclear whether Syndergaard will return in time to pitch for the Mets this season – even as a reliever.
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