"It was recognized that he's one of the best pitchers in the big leagues for the last, what, 15 years", Cora said.
The American League beat the National League 4-3 to win their seventh consecutive MLB All-Star Game with Cleveland's Shane Bieber taking home the MVP trophy. He got a little encouragement with two outs - Yankees teammate CC Sabathia, honored this week for his contributions on and off the field, strolled to the mound to talk to the flamethrower.
McNeil is leading the majors with a.349 batting average, an impressive feat seeing how he made his major league debut less than a year ago. For the seventh straight year the American League won the game, 4-3.
McNeil, who saw his headshot swapped out for Jacob deGrom's when he came up to bat, was particularly unhappy with the situation.
"I wanted to see my picture up there". All these guys in here, I see these guys as more than my family. "He was at first base, and he kept whispering at me, 'Ver, Ver, Ver, throw 100.' OK, Prince, here we go".
Not on the field, anyway.
"I felt him out there with me", Trout said. "That can't happen", McNeil said.
Union head Tony Clark says his members want to have "getting players something closer to their value as they are producing it", a reference to the structure that has players getting close to the minimum until they have almost three years of major league service time, when they become eligible for salary arbitration.
USA Today reports the electronic board at Progressive Field misspelled names a couple of times, and included a wrong picture and a pair of wrong team logos.