OAKLAND — Bruce Maxwell’s decision to kneel for the national anthem before A’s games has become a national story, and the reaction on social media has ranged from sincere appreciation to ugly rancor over his actions. One person watching from afar in Alabama wasn’t surprised when Maxwell became the first major league baseball player to take a knee, in an effort to raise awareness of what the A’s catcher views as long-standing racial discrimination that remains in this country. Bruce Maxwell Jr., said he raised his son to make a difference in matters such as these. “You don’t have to be brave to do it. You have to care about society,” Maxwell Jr. said in a phone interview. “If I’m trying to raise
Corey Kluber strikes out 10 over seven innings en route to his 18th victory as Cleveland doubles up Seattle 4-2.
Never mind the fact the Marlins haven’t had a sniff of the postseason since 2003 when they won the World Series. That’s the second-longest postseason drought in the Majors. Only the Seattle Mariners have suffered longer -- by one year. No, the Marlins would be happy simply to enjoy a winning season, something they haven’t done since 2009. With their 3-2 loss to Arizona on Sunday, the Marlins (73-82) clinched their eighth straight losing season. It’s the longest current drought in the Majors. Their fortunes might not be improving anytime soon, either. With the new ownership group of Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter expected to take over from Jeffrey Loria within the next month, a rebuild could begin