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The Cubbies and D-Backs lead MLB with 11 triples each. Name the only MLB team without a triple this season?

I was watching on my computer yesterday the Harris County Commissioners Court debate on when to hold the multibillion-dollar bond election for flood control when I heard County Judge Ed Emmett say the following:

“If it’s in November, then I don’t campaign for reelection, I campaign for a bond.”

Dude, you have been in office too long. This isn’t about you or your campaign for reelection. You have been reading way too many of your press clippings. It is definitely time for you to go.  He is kind of full of himself if you ask Commentary.

Here is from a local news story on yesterday at Commissioners Court:

Harris County voters could soon decide whether to spend up to $2.5 billion on flood control projects.

Tuesday morning, Harris County Commissioners unanimously agreed to ask Governor Greg Abbott for a special bond election on Aug. 25.

Judge Ed Emmett says one reason for the August date is it marks the one-year anniversary of Harvey’s landfall. But he also doesn’t want the issue to be overshadowed by November midterms and overlooked by straight-ticket voters.

The political translation, Emmett thinks November voters are not smart enough to help make this decision. Like Commentary said, dude has been in office for too long. He shows absolutely no respect for November voters. It is completely unacceptable in my book for an elected official to have and display this type of attitude.

The place to be last night was at Chron columnist Joe Holley’s book signing for his “Hurricane Season: The Unforgettable Story of the 2017 Houston Astros and the Resilience of a City” at Brazos Bookstore. Among the notables in attendance were County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Rusty Hardin, the Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg, Doug Miller and Evan Mintz, Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz, Laura Tolley, Kathryn McNiel, Sue Davis, Bill Sadler, Jackie Traywick and Erik Vidor among others. It was a nice and well attended event.

Here is the Channel 11 news story on the book signing:  https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/new-book-tells-personal-stories-behind-world-series-win-harvey-survivors/285-547849257.

Go by the book, please.

There you have it. The ‘Stros are being accused of cheating. On spin rates of all things. Here is from the Chron:

Trevor Bauer is tweeting and the Astros are unhappy.

A series of veiled tweets from the outspoken Indians pitcher on Tuesday morning seemed to accuse the Astros and their starting pitchers of doctoring baseballs to improve their spin rates.

His original tweet was in response to a fan mentioning the increased spin of three specific starters — Charlie Morton, Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, Bauer’s college teammate at UCLA.

“They probably using a substance or like chewing gum like morton did in the posteason,” a fan tweeted to Kyle Boddy, a pitching consultant who founded Driveline Baseball, the sabermetric-based system Bauer worked with in 2014.

Bauer replied first with a string of chin-scratching emojis, then with a facetious allusion to possible malfeasance.

“If only there was just a really quick way to increase spin rate,” Bauer wrote, “Like what if you could trade for a player knowing that you could bump his spin rate a couple hundred rpm overnight … Imagine the steals you could get on the trade market! If only that existed.”

Backlash from the Astros was swift. Manager A.J. Hinch called the entire premise “ridiculous” on an MLB Network radio interview conducted shortly after the tweets were sent.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/astros/article/Astros-respond-to-cryptic-accusatory-tweets-by-12879497.php?src=hp_totn.

Oh, well.

San Luis of course is the only MLB team without a triple this season.

Commentary doesn’t have much to say about closer Ken Giles. The box score says it all.

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