MLB Expansion

MLB LogoNashville was among the list of cities Commissioner Rob Manfred mention as possible expansion cities for Major League Baseball. The list includeed Nashville, Portland, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Montreal and Vancouver. He also said MLB was exploring sites in Mexico.

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AL All-Stars Win Again

2018 ASG LogoThe American League won its sixth straight Major League All-Star Game with an 8-6, 10-inning win over the National League at the 89th MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

The teams combined for All-Star Game record 10 home runs in the game. Houston Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back home runs off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Striplin in the 10th inning.

10 Homers Set All-Star Game Record

Bregman was named the 2018 Ted Williams Most Valuable Player following the game. Bregman finished 1-for-3 with one home run and one RBI as the backup third baseman.

Bregman Leads AL Past NL in All-Star Game

A former LSU All-American shortstop, Bregman became the fifth SEC player to hit an All-Star Game home run, joining Auburn’s Bo Jackson (1989), Miss. State’s Will Clark (1992), Auburn’s Frank Thomas (1995) and Tennessee’s Todd Helton (2003).

Bregman and Jackson are the only two former SEC players to earn All-Star Game MVP honors.

Bregman Earns MVP Honors

The American League has won the last six All-Star games and 13 of 14 overall. The AL now leads the all-time series 44-43-2. This marks the first time since 1963 the AL has held the series lead in the All-Star Game.

On a personal note, I have attended 12 different All-Star events across all levels of baseball, including the 1993 All-Star Game (Baltimore), 1995 All-Star Game (Arlington), 1996 All-Star Game (Philadelphia) and 1999 All-Star Game (Boston).

Other events include 1991 Southern League All-Star Game (Chattanooga), 1993 MLB Home Run Derby (Baltimore), 1994 Triple-A All-Star Game (Nashville), 1995 Double-A All Star Game (Shreveport), 1996 Double-A All-Star Game (Trenton, NJ), 1999 Futures Game (Boston), 1999 MLB Home Run Derby (Boston), 2003 Southern League All-Star Game (Knoxville) and 2009 Southern League All-Star Game (Birmingham).