Good morning. I’m happy for Shin-Soo Choo. He deserves to be an All-Star. Also, he’s an infinitely better story than Nick Markakis, Yahoo! Sports.
Tyler Fenwick of MLB dot com writes that Choo’s on base streak reached 47 games with an infield single with two out in the top of the ninth which puts him atop the franchise record books for longest in a single season.
Jay Jaffe writes about the historical context of Choo’s streak as every game Choo reaches, he moves further up an unlikely leaderboard.
T.R. Sullivan notes that Choo is indeed officially a first time All-Star after being selected as the first ever Korean position player to make the squad and the Rangers’ lone rep in 2018.
Stefan Stevenson reacts to Choo’s self-described best day where Roger Pavlik no longer has one over on him.
The Rangers also played a baseball game yesterday and Fenwick writes that Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Isiah Kiner-Falefa teamed up once again to take down an AL Central team.
Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers’ the 3-0 win over the Tigers where Choo makes the headlines for his on base mastery but the Hyphen Battery did the heavy lifting.
Fenwick notes that the Rangers pulled off a trade yesterday to take on the salary of Austin Jackson and acquire veteran reliever Cory Gearrin from the luxury tax-capped San Francisco Giants to basically buy pitching prospect Jason Bahr who MLB Pipeline already ranks at No. 20 on Texas’ top 30 list.
Weaver aimed to make sense of the deal which at first glance appeared quite strange seeing as the Rangers shouldn’t be the team adding veteran players.
Jamey Newberg writes about surviving a season where the losses come more frequently than the wins.
And, lastly, David Laurila at Fangraphs writes about C.D. Pelham’s seemingly sentient fastball among his notes from yesterday.
Have a nice day!