The week of the Baseball season we deplore: a familiar complaint to attentive fans. The non-waiver trade deadline arrives Sunday; with it, this message to supporters of mid-market teams: Be afraid, be very afraid. The Dodgers can add White Sox ace Chris Sale, the Cubs have already dealt for Yankees star closer Aroldis Chapman, etc. By next Monday, several seemingly playoff-bound teams could be far from secure. The modestly financed Orioles, Royals and Pirates are three vulnerable clubs. And won’t it be a shame if the White Sox concede their promise by becoming sellers?
It’s still too early to know which of the wealthier teams, besides the sure-bet Dodgers, will enrich their rosters, turning pleasant surprises into false springs for a few deserving clubs. Love or hate this week, we’ll all be watching as the unfair deal-making proceeds. A similar focus – and fear – attends the Dem team’s political campaign kickoff series in Philadelphia this week. Despite conciliatory speeches by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, a steely segment of Bernie supporters resist joining the Clinton bandwagon, and do it in noisy fashion. Meanwhile, Hillary’s people – abetted by the media – work to distract public attention from the WiKi Leaks disclosure of the Dem team’s efforts to sabotage the Sanders campaign during the primary. Meddling by the Russians is the unconfirmed story they are peddling.
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On Cut-Up Chris Sale and His Uniform-Scissoring Caper: “Sale (will likely) apologize before Thursday’s scheduled start against the Cubs and move on, preferably with the Sox, where the best bargain in baseball hopefully remains the rest of his career. Keep in perspective that Sale broke no laws and (beyond damaging vintage uniforms) did no harm to anything but his reputation, which hardly affects how hard he throws a baseball. Forgiveness will come quickly with the next quality start. Forgetting will be easy, too, once Sale channels all that rage into a 97-mph fastball. – Chicago Tribune columnist David Haugh
Late Monday Scores: Reds 7, Giants 5; Rangers 7, A’s 6; Angels 6, Royals 2; Yankees 2, Astros 1
Streakers: Orioles +5, Braves – 5
(More of The Nub, a team effort skippered by Dick Starkey, can be found at perfectpitcher.org)