MLB Notebook: Blue Jays bid adieu to Buffalo
We’re back in action after last week’s MLB All-Star break. Teams have resumed the process of jockeying for position ahead of playoff pushes, and many division races are still wide-open. Here’s the latest news and notes from around the baseball world!
Blue Jays Bid Adieu to Buffalo
The Toronto Blue Jays are returning home for the first time since 2019. After playing in Buffalo, New York, for the 2020 season and the first part of 2021, the AL East club will cross the border and play the remainder of its home games at the Rogers Centre beginning on July 30.
The Blue Jays are 48-44 as of this writing and sit eight games behind the Boston Red Sox, who currently lead the division.
MLB Trade Deadline is Fast Approaching
July 30 is the last day for teams to buy or sell by way of conventional trades, and some of baseball’s bigger names are rumored to be available. The Chicago Cubs may move third baseman Kris Bryant and/or closer Craig Kimbrel, for instance, and some teams are already getting involved. For example, the New York Mets dealt outfielder Billy McKinney to the L.A. Dodgers Wednesday.
What’s Happening With Oakland’s Stadium Plans?
I’m a Bay Area resident, and this makes my head hurt. Here’s what we know: Oakland City Council members voted to approve a ballpark and surrounding development Tuesday, and all of that carries a price tag that could be as high as $12 billion.
Update: The Oakland City Council approved the non-binding financial term sheet for the A's new stadium agreement, 6-1 with one abstention.— Front Office Sports (@FOS) July 20, 2021
The vote does not mean the ballpark will be built, but rather allows negotiations to continue on A’s terms. pic.twitter.com/ldvJEiJIbi
The A’s, however, recoiled at this news, as the term sheet for this deal differed from one the team had proposed months earlier. As a result, higher-ups from the team are still considering a plan to relocate to Las Vegas, which has long been considered a potential landing spot for a team on the move. This is nowhere near over, so stay tuned for further updates.
Pettitte’s Son Signs with Jeter’s Team
We’ll finish things up with a pretty cool story. Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter spent plenty of time together with the New York Yankees, and their paths are crossing once again. Andy’s son, Jared, inked a deal with the Miami Marlins as an undrafted free agent.
Jeter, of course, acts as Miami’s CEO. The younger Pettitte is a left-handed pitcher who pitched for Dallas Baptist University this past spring.