A day after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Mike Trout would be an even bigger star if he spent more time marketing himself, the Angels came to his defense. Trout, for his part, said in a statement he would "encourage everyone to just move forward."
The trade of shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers on Wednesday night started the inevitable rebuilding process for an Orioles team that has bottomed out in 2018. Thus, Baltimore approaches the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in full selling mode.
Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to take sensitivity training and participate in the league's diversity and inclusion initiatives after tweets from his past emerged during Tuesday's All-Star Game.