Here is every single active Canadian baseball player in Major League Baseball – MLB.com

When the Yankees traded for James Paxton on Monday, they not only acquired a top-of-the-rotation starter, they also acquired one of the few Canadians currently playing in Major League Baseball. Between the Expos and Blue Jays, there has been an MLB team in Canada since 1969. Yet, only 11 Canadian-born players played in Major League games in 2018. 

In honor of the Big Maple’s blockbuster move to the Big Apple, let’s take a moment to appreciate each and every Canadian in the Majors.

OF Jim Adduci

Adduci got his longest taste of the Majors in 2018, playing first base for the Tigers in the wake of Miguel Cabrera’s biceps injury. In 176 at-bats, he hit .267 with three home runs.

P John Axford

Axford spent most of his 2018 season in his native country, pitching out of the Blue Jays bullpen. The 2011 National League saves leader showed off his patriotism by making a Canada Day playlist and had a 4.41 ERA in 51 innings of relief. Perhaps most importantly, he got to ride in a bullpen cart:

C Russell Martin

In 2018, Martin completed his fourth season with the Blue Jays. While the 35-year-old catcher has slowed down some from his days as an All-Star, the season did mark a significant milestone of Martin’s career: He managed the Blue Jays in the final game of the season.

OF Tyler O’Neill

The strongest man in baseball had a strong rookie campaign for the Cardinals in 2018, hitting nine home runs and slugging .500 in just 142 plate appearances. Perhaps no home run was more impressive than his last when he walked it off against the Giants and his teammates greeted him at home plate and ripped his shirt off:

Tyler O’Unit with the #walkoff.

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Beltre announces retirement – MLB.com

ARLINGTON — Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who appears to be a lock for future induction into the Hall of Fame, has announced he is retiring from baseball.

Beltre made the announcement in a statement released by the Rangers on Tuesday morning.

“After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” Beltre said.

Beltre just finished his 21st season in the Major Leagues and his eighth with the Rangers. He finished the season undecided about his future, but he was clearly leaning toward retirement. He wanted to consult with his family before making a final decision.

“I have thought about it a lot, and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it’s time to call it a career,” Beltre said. “I have enjoyed the privilege of playing professional baseball since I was 15 years old. I have been blessed to have played 21 seasons at the highest level in Major League Baseball.”

Video: Beltre earns his place in history with 3,000th hit

Beltre finished his career having played in 2,933 games, the 14th most in Major League history. That is just one of many categories in which he ranks among the all-time greats. He is also 16th with 3,166 career hits, 24th with 1,707 RBIs and 30th with 477 home runs.

• MLB legends comprise exclusive 3,000-hit club

Among third basemen, Beltre has few peers. In addition to being the only player at his position with both 3,000 career hits and 400 homers, he leads all third basemen in career hits and RBIs, and ranks third in home runs behind only Mike Schmidt (548) and Eddie Mathews (512).

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Monday Night Football featured a quarterback matchup between two MLB offspring – MLB.com

The Monday Night Football matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams featured two of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Pat Mahomes and Jared Goff. They lived up to that billing as both offenses combined for more than 900 passing yards in a 54-51 barn burner. 

But, the Mahomes-Goff matchup was also notable as a matchup between two sons of former Major Leaguers in pitcher Pat Mahomes and catcher Jerry Goff. It’s probably no coincidence that both of their dads played positions that require strong arms.

The elder Goff played 52 of his 90 MLB games with the 1990 Expos and recorded his first career hit in a stylish, powder-blue uniform:

For his career, Goff had a .656 OPS in 250 plate appearances. Defensively, he threw out 23 percent of attempted basestealers in 75 attempts.

Mahomes’ father easily had the more notable MLB career if for nothing else than his role in the classic 1999 NLCS between the Mets and Braves. In the seventh inning of Game 5, Mahomes helped the Mets escape a bases-loaded jam in a game that eventually went all the way to the 15th inning.

Eric Chesterton is writer for Cut4. He particularly enjoys bunts against the shift, stolen bases and celebrating his birthday with mascots at the ballpark.

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AL MVP winner Mookie Betts hung out with His Airness Michael Jordan to watch the Hornets – MLB.com

Does winning an MVP Award give the winner access to a special underground cabal of all-time greats? Judging from this photo, that’s a maybe. On Monday night, Red Sox star Mookie Betts headed to Charlotte to take in the Celtics – Hornets game. While there, he hung out with Michael Jordan in — get this — a gorgeous velvet blazer and a Miss Piggy hat: 

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– Mookie Betts (@mookiebetts) November 20, 2018

Speed, power, style and grace — is there anything Mookie can’t do? 

Of course, Mookie is a Jordan athlete, so we can only hope that this is just the first of many hang sessions between the two athletes. 

Michael Clair writes about baseball for Cut4. He believes stirrup socks are an integral part of every formal outfit and Adam Dunn’s pitching performance was baseball’s greatest moment.

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MLB Allowing More Freedom For Players' Footwear Is Marketing Gold – Forbes

Major League Baseball relaxing its rules on the colors players can wear on their cleats is a great marketing avenue and way for players to express themselves, and it’s long past due. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

If you’ve watched an NBA game this season, you might notice something new. The footwear is a bit more colorful, a touch more noticeable and a bunch more fun.

The neon greens, pinks, reds and whatever other colors you can think of are squeaking up and down the hardwood now that the NBA has given players full freedom to wear whatever color shoes they desire. This rule change took effect this season, and it was long overdue. The NBA is already a marketing machine, but this new tweak will help it market itself in new ways.

Now, Major League Baseball is down to let the colors fly.

After years and years of warnings, fines and upset players, MLB is finally going to allow its players some wiggle room on the kind of cleats they wear. They aren’t going full NBA and letting guys run completely wild with their colorways, but it’s a start – the rule, announced last week, eliminates the 51-percent rule that stated a player’s shoes must feature at least 51 percent of the team’s primary color.

The rule is now relaxed, because, you know, MLB still doesn’t want us to have too much fun. The new rule says cleats can have black, white and gray in any proportion, feature any color on the uniform and any other colors designated by the team. So there might be ways to skirt the rules a bit, and that would be wonderful.

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