Miguel Elias Gonzalez, who had pitched three seasons for the Orioles in the Dominican Summer League, died in a car accident over the weekend in the Domincian Republic.
The Boston Red Sox will be the first of five Boston pro sports teams to air an anti-racism PSA before its games starting Sept. 28. The PSA is titled “Take the Lead” and it comes after a season of high-profile racially charged incidents involving the Red Sox. The Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins and the New England Revolution have all agreed to play the PSA too.
J.J. Hardy has spent seven seasons in Baltimore. He has been a huge part of the core that returned the Orioles to winning ways. And at his peak, he may have been the best shortstop in baseball, winning three Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award. But the 35-year-old has struggled to stay healthy and be productive in recent years. With his contract expiring this fall and the emergence of Tim Beckham at his position, we may soon see the end of Hardy donning the orange and black. Last week, The Baltimore Sun did a nice piece on Hardy and his current role as a “bench player”. He seems to be taking it in stride. The addition of Beckham made sense and Hardy feels no ill will towards the organization.