Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford have been selected for the National League All-Star team, while Brandon Belt was in the final vote. And the A’s are the best team in the Bay Area. While mulling over all of that, you can mull over these random thoughts for a Wednesday.
• Buster Posey was selected as an All-Star for the sixth time but he will miss the game with an injured right hip. He is scheduled for a cortisone shot Sunday to calm inflammation in the hip and will use the four-day All-Star break for rest. “It’s an honor to be selected to the All-Star Game,” Posey told the San Francisco Chronicle. “That’s not something you take for granted. It’s a decision I didn’t come to lightly. Making that decision with the training staff and medical staff, I felt that was going to be in my best interest and hopefully in the best interest for the team as well.” He will be replaced on the roster by the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina.
• Brandon Crawford, will be making his first All-Star appearance of his eight year career. That it is his first time as an All-Star is in itself is surprising for a three-time gold glove winner.
• Less surprising is that New York Yankee Aaron Judge, by way of Linden will be headed to his second consecutive all-star game. Judge is batting .281 with 25 home runs and 60 RBI (as this is being written). What is surprising is that he is the first Yankee since 2013 to start in two consecutive all-star games.
• You have untill 1 p.m. today to vote Brandon Belt onto the NL All-Star team. His teammates have his back, Hunter Pence and Derek Holland a.k.a. the “Ballot Brothers” made a wacky video urging fans to vote for Belt.
• The A’s are 11 games over .500. That’s a good start for a team that has not had a winning season since 2014.
• Good bye, Zaza, dahling. Center Zaza Pachulia, who played a part in the Warriors' last two NBA championships, has agreed to a one-year $2.4 million contract with Detroit. Pachulia’s departure is not a surprise, even before the DeMarcus Cousins signing. In his two seasons, he averaged 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.4 blocks. Yet his
• It’s moving season for a number of NBA players. Tony Parker, who was 19 years old when he joined the San Antonio Spurs in 2001 and helped the team win four NBA titles, is leaving for the Charlotte Hornets. And Stanford product Brook Lopez, the 10th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, has signed a one-year, $3.4 million contract with Milwaukee, the fourth team during his career. Lopez has made more than $100 million.
• France defeated Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday to advance to Sunday's FIFA World Cup final. Les Bleus will face the winner of today’s Croatia-England match. Thierry Henry, an assistant coach for the losing Belgium team, was also a player for the France team that last won the World Cup title in 1998. England last won in 1966. Croatia has never won the World Cup.
• Mike Madden, the son of John Madden, the former broadcaster, Oakland Raiders coach and video game icon, has purchased, renovated and is seeking to repurpose the Deer Lake Training Camp of Muhammad Ali. Madden envisions the six-acre property, located near Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia, as a “museum-educational center-corporate retreat-tourist attraction.” If successful, the place would be a knockout (rimshot).
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