Lee Mazzilli sat on the bench at The Kingdome in Seattle for seven innings, watching the 1979 Major League Baseball All-Star unfold. Mazzilli, then the 24-year old New York Mets center fielder who was named to the team by National League manager Tommy Lasorda, was soaking it up like a sponge. It was Mazzilli’s first and, eventually, only All-Star appearance and from the beginning it must have...
On the eve of July 4, Major League Baseball umpire Angel Hernandez launched some fireworks of his own on Major League Baseball, when he filed a lawsuit against the league, claiming he is the victim of “racial discrimination.”
In a story first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, the overarching claims of the suit state that Hernandez believes:
Michael Conforto will never forget his first game at Marlins Park. Mets manager Terry Collins had his new rookie in the starting lineup. Batting seventh, Conforto stepped to the plate in the second inning with two men on base and he promptly deposited a 3-1 fastball deep in the right field bleachers.
“That ball was crushed,” Collins told the media after the game.