Whereas once it was expected that all sports teams would be named after ferocious animals, notable historic figures or events or something else otherwise inspiring, there has been a trend in the minor leagues over the past few years to give teams somewhat silly names. Not that those things are mutually exclusive. Gwinnett Braves general manager North Johnson announced a contest to rename the Triple-A team for the 2018 season and beyond.
In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball's National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond. The principles the document laid out, largely the work of Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert, would provide the basic model for every major team sports league in the world that followed. The constitution is getting a public airing for the first time in more than a century when it's put up for sale by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel, California, starting Wednesday. "The idea that grown men would pick up a bat and ball and put on costumes was suspicious," said John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball.
As Mad Dog says, How good is your bad game? In Washingtons 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves last night in SunTrust Park, Max Scherzer threw just 37 of 61 fastballs for strikes, 60.7% strike percentage, down from 70.2% and 73.2% in his previous two outings. Scherzer and Nationals manager Dusty Baker both pointed to the right-handers lack of fastball command as the cause for his struggles in the less-than-stellar outing.