Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky proved she’s more than a one-sport star on Wednesday night at Nationals Park. Ledecky, who won four gold medals and one silver at the Rio Olympics, fired a perfect strike for the ceremonial first pitch before Washington’s game against the rival Baltimore Orioles. Removes all her medals 1st and hands them 1 at a time to Bryce Harper.
A weird month for the Oakland A’s got even weirder last Friday in Chicago when Billy Butler and Danny Valencia were involved in a clubhouse scuffle over the latter’s cleat endorsement deal. The physical altercation resulted in Billy Butler sustaining a concussion, which landed him on MLB’s seven-day concussion list earlier this week. Speaking for the first time since the incident on Wednesday, Butler said he’s progressing well and hopes to return as soon as he possibly can. “First off, I want to say to my teammates, I want to apologize for putting them through this because they didn’t deserve this,” Butler said.
OF Yoenis Cespedes plans to honor all three years of his current $75 million contract with the Mets, he told the Bergen Record's Matt Ehalt. According to multiple reports, Cespedes can opt out his current deal after this season, pocket $27.5 million from 2016 and again become a free agent. Or, he can continue to play for the Mets through 2018, earning $25 million each of his three seasons. In the event he opts out, unlike last offseason, Cespedes will be eligible for a qualifying offer, which would give the Mets a compensation pick if he signs with a new team for 2017. In 155 games since joining the Mets last summer, Cespedes is batting .292 with 42 HR and 108 RBI, while playing left and center