Former MLB player and manager Don Baylor — a strong clubhouse leader in the game, a pioneer outside it and gentleman in both — died early Monday morning after a long battle with multiple myeloma, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. He was 68.
Baylor, a native of Austin, was one of the first African Americans to attend Stephen F. Austin High School and the first to play baseball and football at the school. He could have become the first black player in University of Texas football history, the American-Statesman noted, had he not turned down legendary coach Darrell Royal’s scholarship offer to pursue a career in baseball.
Avila is enjoying a breakout season with the Tigers, slashing .274/.394/.475 despite a recent July slump. He’ll slide into a backup slot behind Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, a role once occupied by Miguel Montero before he was cut in June for criticizing Jake Arrieta.
Wilson will play a larger role for the Cubs, who may turn the left-hander into their closer if they fail to re-sign Wade Davis next season. Unlike Avila, Wilson is under control (arbitration eligible) for 2018 before turning into a free agent in 2019.
The Dodgers, Astros and Nationals were also in the mix for Wilson, who Hockey Jerseys Cheap owns a 2.68 ERA and 55:16 K:BB ratio with 13 saves and eight holds this season.
Candelario, the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com , is batting .266/.361/.507 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 81 games with Triple-A Iowa. Paredes, an 18-year-old shortstop and the club’s No. 10 ranked prospect, is batting .264/.343/.401 with Single-A South Bend.
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