Here are the top stories from around the world of baseball from today:
- Cleveland takes commanding 3-0 lead in ALCS. Despite Trevor Bauer not being able to get out of the first inning due to his drone injury, the Indians were able to top the Blue Jays 4-2 in Toronto. The Land now eagerly awaits to see if the Tribe can close out this series and avoid being the second team ever to blow a three-games-to-none series lead. The potential close-out game is tomorrow afternoon at The Rogers Center in Canada.
- Mariners P Walker undergoes surgery. Per the Seattle Times, Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker had arthroscopic surgery on Monday to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle/foot. Walker went 8-11 with a 4.22 ERA in 2016 and is slated to be a part of the Mariners’ 5-man rotation next year.
- MLB will be wearing Under Armour in 2020. According to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, Under Armour has reached an agreement with Major League Baseball to be the exclusive uniform provider of the league beginning in 2020. While Under Armour has never held the exclusive contract of an entire professional league before, the apparel company has several high-profile clients in the sports world, including MLB stars Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper.
- New CBA may have international draft. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Major League Baseball is pushing for a new international draft to be a centerpiece in the upcoming CBA discussions. The current agreement expires in December. The new deal would allow MLB far more control over the process of procuring international players and their development, with potential new facilities in the Dominican Republic focused on giving players in the area more seasoning before becoming eligible for the draft.
- Possible Toronto beer-chucker leaves job. Ken Pagan, the man suspected of throwing a beer at Baltimore outfield Hyun Soo Kim, no longer works for the media company he was employed with when the Wild Card Game incident occurred. A Postmedia spokesperson would not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the departure, but did confirm that Pagan is now a former employee. This story was first reported by the Associated Press.