Francisco Lindor (C) represented Puerto Rico during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Now he’ll lead the Cleveland Indians to his home country in 2018. The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, next season.
Avisail Garcia credits better focus for his breakout season. “I’m older now and I have more experience,” the Chicago White Sox’s 26-year-old right fielder said. “I understand the hard work you have to put in every day to be a good player, the concentration you need to have. I feel like I have a good (pregame) routine now, and I’m ready to play every day.” Garcia’s statistics bear that out. He leads the American League in hitting with a .341 batting average is tied for fourth with 51 RBI despite playing on a team that was in last place in the AL Central with a 31-39 record and seven games behind the division-leading Cleveland Indians. MORE MLB COVERAGE Furthermore, Garcia had 11 home runs in 68 games
The Cubs have been nominated for several ESPY awards, including Kris Bryant's nod in the best male athlete and best MLB player categories. The Cuds are up for best team and their World Series Game 7 classic against the Cleveland Indians is a candidate for best game. The Cubs championship as well as the 2016 National League MVP award boosted Bryant's international profile. It's Bryant first nomination in the best male category. Voting for the 25th ESPYs is underway, and fans can votes up to the live broadcast at 7 p.m. July 12 on ABC. Peyton Manning hosts ESPN's awards show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The Cubs aren't the only ones who will be representing the Chicago area and Illinois.