BETTS REPLACES INJURED TROUT
ARLINGTON, TEXAS» After finishing second to Mike Trout in the MVP balloting last year, Mookie Betts will replace him in the American League’s starting lineup for this season’s All-Star Game.
Betts was named Monday as Trout’s replacement by virtue of receiving the most player votes among nonstarters in the outfield, Major League Baseball confirmed. The Red Sox right fielder finished second in player voting among AL outfielders, behind Yankees sensation Aaron Judge.
Judge and teammate Gary Sanchez announced Monday they will participate in the Home Run Derby next week in Miami.
Betts will start the AllStar Game for the second straight year. He will be joined in the AL outfield by Judge and George Springer of the Astros.
Betts, who had been selected to the AL team as a reserve, was also named AL player of the week. He punctuated the week with eight RBIs on Sunday.
Umpire sues MLB.
Angel Hernandez, a majorleague umpire for nearly a quarter century, sued Major League Baseball on Monday alleging race discrimination.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, the 55-year-old Hernandez, who was born in Cuba and lives in Florida, alleges MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre “has a history of animosity towards Hernandez stemming from Torre’s time as manager of the New York Yankees.”
As evidence of the alleged discrimination, the suit cites Hernandez’s lack of World Series assignments in the past decade and baseball not promoting Hernandez to crew chief.
MLB declined comment, a spokesman said.
Hernandez cites criticism by Torre in 2001 that Hernandez “seems to see something nobody else does” and “I think he just wanted to be noticed over there.”
The complaint alleges Hernandez received positive evaluations for most of his major-league career, which began in 1993, but says “following Torre’s arrival in Major League Baseball’s front office in 2011, the notion that Hernandez ‘just wanted to be noticed’ permeated Hernandez’s yearly evaluations, as did Torre’s general negative attitude towards Hernandez.”
Grilli joins Rangers.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS» Jason Grilli joined the Rangers, giving them a veteran presence in a struggling bullpen.
Grilli was added the roster Monday, a day after Texas acquired him in a trade from the Blue Jays.
Carew returns to Minn.
MINNEAPOLIS» Three hours before he was scheduled to throw a ceremonial first pitch Monday, Rod Carew fidgeted with a baseball.
The Hall of Famer’s presence at Target Field was the first time since having a heart and kidney transplant on Dec. 16, 2016.
Minnesota celebrated the 40th anniversary of Carew’s 1977 MVP season when the seven-time AL batting champion almost became the first player to hit .400 since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Carew’s batting average reached a season-high .411 on June 29; he finished at .388.
Carew suffered a heart attack on Sept. 20, 2015.
Nationals’ Vincent dies.
WASHINGTON» David Vincent, a Nationals official scorer and respected baseball historian who compiled home run statistics for the Society for American Baseball Research, died after a long battle with stomach cancer. He was 67.