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All Star Game

Commentary read yesterday that Alex Bregman would be the first starter in the All Star game born in New Mexico since 1950. Care to guess who the native from New Mexico was who started in the MLB All Star game in 1950?

This is on the Harris County Commissioners Court Agenda for this morning:

Request for discussion and possible action regarding the Metro fund, related to reallocation of distribution percentages until completion of a County Engineering mobility assessment that takes into account all modes of transportation and future mobility needs.

To satisfy those who thought Commissioner Rodney Ellis pulled a fast one last month, there will be a revote. Of course, GOP Commissioner Jack Cagle is still not happy.

Fella, it’s July 9. When are you going to earn how to count? There are three Dems on the Court and two GOPers. The four GOPers to one Dem days are long gone.

Politico has a story today on the Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaign not using media consultants and pollsters and doing stuff in-house. Check the story here: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/09/elizabeth-warren-campaign-2020-1402253.

My problem with this is when was the last time Dems won the White House without using media consultants and pollsters? I don’t know if this is the right time to be experimenting.

It is downright cool that we have four starters in tonight’s MLB All Star Game.

For those interested in the game, here are some tidbits from MLB:

Are there any rule changes for 2019?

Yes. If the game goes to extra innings, the 10th inning — and any subsequent inning — will begin with a runner on second base each time, in order to expedite scoring.

Does the All-Star Game still decide home-field advantage in the World Series?

Nope. As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated before the 2017 season, that wrinkle was removed. The game is back to being a true exhibition, and home-field advantage in the Fall Classic is now given to the team with the superior regular-season record.

How many times has Cleveland hosted the All-Star Game?

A record six times. In addition to the 1997 game — back when Progressive Field was in its fourth year of existence and was still known as Jacobs Field — the Indians were All-Star hosts in 1935, 1954, 1963 and 1981 — all at Municipal Stadium. Progressive Field now becomes the first of the ballparks introduced in the 1990s to house the game twice.

• At 36 years, 130 days, (Justin) Verlander is the oldest All-Star on these rosters. At 21 years, 194 days, (Ronald) Acuna is the youngest.

• (Mike) Trout has the longest active All-Star Game streak, having been selected to eight straight (though he did not participate in 2017, due to injury). He’s the first All-Star to be voted in by the fans in seven straight seasons since Derek Jeter (2006-12) and is looking to become the first three-time winner of the game’s MVP Award.

• Trout, Verlander and (Clayton) Kershaw are in a three-way tie for most All-Star selections, with eight apiece.

• The Astros have the most All-Stars of any team in 2019, with six. Houston has had at least six All-Stars each of the last three years.

Hall of Fame great Ralph Kiner of course from the Pittsburg Pirates started in left field for the NL All Stars in the 1950 classic that went 14 innings after a Kiner dinger tied it in the top of the 9th. The NL won 4-3 and the game was played at Comiskey Park that year.

I watched last night’s Dinger Derby and I will watch the All Star Game this evening.

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