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Hall Of Fame Umpire Doug “God” Harvey Dies At Age 87

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Former Major League umpire Doug Harvey died on Saturday due to natural causes in Visalia, California while in hospice care; he was 87 years old.

Harvey is one of 10 umpires in the MLB Hall of Fame and the second most recent to be inducted (2010).

According to MLB.com’s Ben Weinrib, Harvey’s 4,673 total games worked during his 31 years as a National League umpire ranks fifth most of all-time; it was also the third most at the time of his retirement in 1992.

Harvey was a crew chief for 18 of his 31 seasons umpired.

Known as “God” by players and managers throughout his career, Harvey was named the second greatest umpire of all-time in 1999 by the Society for American Baseball Research.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the following in a statement:

“Hall of Famer Doug Harvey was one of the most accomplished umpires of all-time. Known for his strong presence and communication skills, he umpired some of the most memorable moments ever, including from behind the plate for Kirk Gibson’s walk-off home run to open the 1988 World Series. A generation of umpires learned as a result of Doug’s example, his eagerness to teach the game and his excellent timing behind the plate.

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to Doug’s family, his friends and the umpiring community.”

Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson issued a statement of his own:

“Doug Harvey set the bar for future umpires. He was revered for his calm demeanor, ability to control the game, knowledge of the strike zone and comprehension of the rules, leading many players to refer to him as ‘god.’ He umpired with integrity, heart and common sense for 31 seasons, including 18 as a crew chief, resulting in his richly deserved 2010 election into the Hall of Fame.”

Harvey was the home plate umpire in Game 1 of 1988’s World Series, best known as the Kirk Gibson game. That series marked one of five Fall Classics that Harvey umpired; he also took part in six All-Star games.

Another fun fact about Harvey is that the first player he ever ejected in a game was Joe Torre in 1962.

Rest in peace, Doug!

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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Martin Maldonado

The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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Astros’ Brad Peacock Begins Rehab Assignment

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Houston Astros righty Brad Peacock has begun a rehab assignment in Double-A, according to Fox 26’s Mark Berman.

If all things go well, Peacock could rejoin the Astros rotation by July 15th, according to The Athletic’s Jake Kaplan.

Peacock has been out since June 28th when he sustained shoulder inflammation, and has posted a 4.13 ERA this season for the Astros.

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Astros’ Gerrit Cole Discusses Pending Free Agency

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As the season wears on, so does the 2019 offseason and the 2019 free agency market as well.

Houston Astros’ pitches Gerrit Cole is one player who could potential hit free agency, and he knows how important it is.

I’m looking forward to it,” Cole said, according to Fox 26’s Mark Berman. “I know what my right is as a player. Once I get six years of service time, my right is to be able to say yes or no to a place I want to play. So I’m excited to be able to exercise that right.”

Cole isn’t ruling out a return to the Astros who he says “checks a lot of the boxes. I expect them to be there when push comes to shove. I wouldn’t mind playing there for a lot longer.”

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