Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. joins Mariners ownership group
Mariners Griffey Baseball FILE - Former Seattle Mariners outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. waves to fans after being introduced before a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Seattle, in this Friday, April 14, 2017, file photo. Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is investing in the Seattle Mariners in a way he never has before. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) (Elaine Thompson)SEATTLE — (AP) — Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. is investing in the Seattle Mariners in a way he never has before. “On behalf of all of the partners, I want to welcome Ken,” Mariners Chairman John Stanton said in a statement. “As I said in my Hall of Fame speech, I’m very proud to be a Seattle Mariner,” Griffey said.wftv.com
Alonso bests Mancini, Ohtani for 2nd straight HR Derby title
All Star Home Run Derby Baseball National League's Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, reacts during the second round of the MLB All Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Denver. Batting second, Alonso trailed 22-17 after the first two minutes of the final round, then hit six homers on six swings over the first 28 seconds of his final minute. Alonso hit a first-round record 35 dingers, seven more than Josh Hamilton in 2008 at the original Yankee Stadium, and topped Kansas City’s Salvador Pérez with 27. Alonso, batting second, beat Soto 16-15 in the second round. Mancini knocked out Story 13-12 in the second round, hitting second and advancing with a drive to center.wftv.com
The Latest: Mets' Alonso to HR Derby final, to face Mancini
All Star Home Run Derby Baseball National League's Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, cheers during the first round of the MLB All Star baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 12, 2021, in Denver. Wielding his blue-and-orange bat, Alonso hit 14 homers and with 63 seconds left called timeout. 6 seed Trey Mancini earned a spot in the final of the Home Run Derby by knocking off hometown favorite Trevor Story. He’s trying to join Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14) as the only back-to-back Home Run Derby champions. This is the second Home Run Derby held at Coors Field, with Ken Griffey Jr. winning in 1998.wftv.com
A look back at big hits, bad calls as MLB eyes new draft era
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)NEW YORK Baseballs amateur draft is about to enter the next phase of its ongoing development same as all those young prospects picked every year. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 version was ticketed for a move to Omaha, Nebraska, to coincide with the College World Series there. But with the top pick in the second June amateur draft in 1966, the New York Mets swung and missed. All that hype came to full fruition a decade later, when he was the World Series MVP as the Nationals won the franchises first championship last year. Prior to Appel, the only top overall picks who failed to reach the majors were Chilcott and left-hander Brien Taylor (Yankees, 1991).