MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 8/25/23

The MLB news and moments you need to know this morning.

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Today’s Headlines

Strasburg To Retire

Former World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg plans to retire after 13 seasons. Throughout his career, the 35-year-old has been a three-time All-Star, owning a 3.24 ERA over 1, 470 innings and 247 regular season games.

A press conference is currently scheduled for September 9 when the Nationals host the Dodgers. Strasburg has been sidelined since June 9, 2022, with neck and shoulder injuries. The prior year he was out as he underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. While Strasburg has tried to return to baseball a few times, he was officially shut down from all physical activity back in April.

Ahead of the 2020 season, Strasburg was signed to a seven-year $245 million deal. He has only been able to pitch 31 1/3 innings and is still owed $105 million beyond this season.

Another Retirement Announced

The Mets announced yesterday that two new jersey numbers will be retired next year. Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry will be forever enshrined in Mets history.

Gooden played 16 seasons in the majors, 11 of those started with the Mets, where he won NL Rookie of the Year. By the next year, he claimed the NL Cy Young Award and the Triple Crown as he led the MLB with 24 wins, 1.53 ERA, and 268 strikeouts.

Strawberry is an eight-time All-Star, and won Rookie of Year in 1983, the year before Gooden. He played eight of 17 seasons with the Mets and hit a franchise-best 252 home runs. Both Strawberry and Gooden played key parts in the 1986 World Series Championship.

Fitted In Black

Fitted In Black, a new documentary was released yesterday. The short documentary highlights the rebrand the White Sox had in the 1990’s, and the intersection with hip-hop, pop culture, and fashion. The iconic fitted black Sox hat went mainstream after appearing in Ice Cube’s Steady Mobbin’ music video in 1991 and rose in popularity within the hip-hop community.

Angels Updates

Many baseball fans woke up yesterday morning to the news of Shohei Ohtani’s injury. Ohtani, who hadn’t pitched since August 9. skipping several starts due to hand cramping and arm fatigue. He was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his pitching elbow. It is still unknown if the injury will require surgery, but Ohtani has previously had Tommy John surgery on his pitching arm in 2018. Another surgery could impact any potential contracts he would receive after the 2023 season.

Best Moments From Yesterday


Out Of The Park

Joshua Palacios launched a home run ball into the Allegheny River surrounding PNC Park to tie the Cubs in the third. It was Palacios’ sixth home run of the season.

Tony Taters

Anthony Santander hit his third homer in two games, silencing the Blue Jays as the home crowd roared with delight.

Freeman On Freeman

Tyler Freeman had just about enough of the Dodgers, and the other player that shares his last name, Freddie Freeman. The Guardians shortstop made a nearly impossible catch for the out.

Home Run City

Between the Rangers and Twins, eight home runs had happened by the eighth inning, with a tie of 5-5. Ryan Jeffers however knew the ball was gone and the tie was no more.

Langeliers Is Cooking

Shea Langeliers goes deep twice on the White Sox pitching to pad the A’s lead.

La Pantera Does It All

Luis Robert Jr. not only steals a two-run home run ball with an epic leap but also drills a ball 444 feet to tie the game with Oakland.

Injuries and Other Moves

The Reds have placed Joey Votto on the 10-day IL due to shoulder discomfort.

There is a chance Ozzie Albies won’t be activated from the 10-day IL this weekend. Meanwhile, Kyle Wright threw three scoreless innings, only allowing one hit, and struck out four during a rehab start with High-A Rome.

Michael Brantley will remain on a rehab at least through the weekend.

Mike Trout has returned to the injured list with a wrist injury.

Willi Castro will begin a rehab assignment today with Triple-A St. Paul.

Luis Medina will throw a bullpen session with Triple-A Las Vegas today. Mason Miller started moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas as well.


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Chrystal OKeefe

Chrystal O'Keefe is a freelance writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She balances her time between Indianapolis and Chicago and tries to travel to at least one new ballpark every year. She primarily covers the Chicago White Sox but loves talking about baseball in general.

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