MLB News & Moments You Should Know – June 2

40 runs in Colorado, a 96 MPH changeup, and more.

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.


Today’s Headlines


Soto Staying Put

If you spend your afternoons daydreaming about your favorite team swinging a trade for Juan Soto anytime soon, you can officially put your dreams to rest. According to GM Mike Rizzo, Soto isn’t going anywhere.

This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as Soto is a generational talent and the return would have had to be astronomical. Still, it was fun to dream.

A Very Coors Field-y Doubleheader

Even knowing full well what a hitters’ haven Coors Field is, I still had to do a double-take when I saw just how many runs were scored by the Rockies and the Marlins at Coors on Wednesday.

Three more runs were scored in the tenth inning, making it a grand total of 40 runs scored in the two games.


Of the many impressive offensive performances in the two games, none was more impressive than Brendan Rodgers, who hit his third, fourth, and fifth home runs in the second game. And about that last homer…

I imagine everyone involved in both games will sleep very well.

The Slow Heat

I’m as surprised as you are that I’m reporting on a second piece of news from the Miami Marlins, but what can I say? When someone throws a 96 MPH changeup, you pay attention.

If a 96 MPH changeup seems extreme to you, you’re on to something: it was the fastest changeup ever recorded. And the pitch wasn’t just fast. It was effective.

Cabrera ended his day with one hit, four walks, and 9Ks over six innings. Plus, as mentioned above, he got all the run support he needed. Not a bad season debut.


Best Moments from Yesterday

Fatherly Love

The tweet below says it all, but Carlos Carrasco’s overcome a lot and probably has a better understanding of how meaningful playing this game can be than most.  So how cool is it that he finally got to have his dad in the crowd for one of his MLB starts?

And now that he was finally in the crowd, Luis Carrasco wasn’t going to hold back his enthusiasm for his son.

Carlos was all smiles (and almost a bit of tears) after the game when talking about seeing his dad’s reaction.


A Big Day for Jeter

30 years ago, the course of Yankees’ history changed forever when the team drafted Derek Jeter. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

And in slightly less momentous news, yesterday was also the one-day anniversary of Jeter finally joining the 21st century and getting on Twitter.

Seeing Jeter online with the blue checkmark next to his name might excite some fans, but some of his former teammates had to fight extra hard to get a follow.

Welcome to Twitter, Mr. Jeter. Please tweet responsibly.

Mike Trout, Commissioner

The Tommy Pham – Joc Pederson Fantasy Football Slap drama continued on Wednesday, as we finally heard from the commissioner: Mike Trout.

Disclaimer: I am the commissioner of my fantasy baseball league and have had to put up with all sorts of nonsense and dare-I-say bullying, all in the name of maintaining order and integrity. So for the first time in my life, I can accurately say, “I understand how you feel, Mike Trout.”

More on Trout’s dual life as the best player in baseball and worst commissioner in fantasy here:




Grayson Rodriguez left his minor league start in the sixth inning with lat discomfort.

Hyun Jin Ryu was pulled from his start with forearm discomfort.

Matt Barnes was placed on the 15 day IL with shoulder inflammation.

After breaking his finger on a bunt attempt, Jean Segura is expected to miss 10+ weeks. 



Articles You Should Read


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Featured image by Justin Paradis (@JustParaDesigns on Twitter)

Sam French

Brooklyn-based writer-- primarily of fiction, sometimes other stuff like baseball. Was once almost ejected from a rec softball game for employing too many infield shifts.

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