Jon Morosi reports that that the Detroit Tigers will make all veterans available via trade if they’re still under .500 by the end of June. With the exception of the Indians, the AL Central is mostly down, or at least appeared to be over the winter, with the Royals in decline and the Twins and White Sox seemingly a few years away from contention. The Twins, however, have been fantastic and the Tigers have mostly underachieved.
For Memorial Day this year, I decided to finally learn more about my grandfather, and accidentally discovered an entire generation of would-be pro baseball players who sacrificed their shot at the big leagues to fight for America. Harry Alvin would have been 93 this year and all of his close family and everybody he mentioned serving or playing ball with has died. Before he went to Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar, N.Y., and lettered in baseball, football, basketball, bowling, golf and track, Grandpa played little league ball.
It’s been a really long time since LeBron James wasn’t playing in the Finals. It was 2010, and we were all so young, and LeBron had just flamed out against the Celtics in the conference semifinals. • Barack Obama was the president, and democrats controlled both houses of congress.