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Elephant Rumblings: A’s vs. Cubs moved to 5:10 PST (potential rain)

Atlanta Braves v Chicago Cubs
MLB practicing a new Mike Fiers protective shielding drill?
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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1885 - Boston Beaneaters P Charlie Buffinton invents a baseball “roller skate” that gives pitchers greater impetus and swing in their delivery while still allowing them to keep both feet on the ground.
  • 2005 - Tom Umberg, a California state assemblyman, introduces legislation which would require pro franchises to use disclaimers if they do not play the majority of home games in the location used in their name. With his “Truth in Sports Advertising Act”, the Anaheim Democrat is trying prevent the local team from changing its name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
  • 2017 - Major League Baseball adopts a significant rule change, as part of a strategy to speed up the game: a pitcher will no longer need to throw four pitches deliberately outside the strike zone in order to issue an intentional walk,

Best of YouTube:

It’s CPL prospect season on AN, so here’s some AZL footage of Greg Deichmann to get you in the mood...

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