Major League Baseball is preparing to honor Lou Gehrig on the 75th anniversary of his famed “luckiest man” speech.
MLB will donate $300,000 to organizations that fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Hall of Famer was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he spoke at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. The first baseman died two years later from ALS at age 37.
MLB players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear a commemorative patch on July Fourth. The tribute will include a video shown at all ballparks featuring a first baseman from each team reciting a line from Gehrig’s speech. MLB made the announcement on Thursday, the 111th anniversary of Gehrig’s birth.
DEVELOPMENT EFFORT — Major League Baseball and the players’ union said they are teaming to launch a new summer league in Puerto Rico to give island teenagers more chances to stay on the field during the school break. The Puerto Rico Summer League is the latest move in efforts to support youth baseball on the island that has produced a long line of greats, including Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda. But the numbers of local players making it to the big leagues has steadily diminished in recent years.
TIGERS APOLOGY — Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologized again Thursday, a day after he sarcastically told reporters that he beats his wife when his team isn’t playing well. Ausmus says he realized his words were insensitive and in poor taste as soon as they left his mouth. The Tigers have dropped 20 out of 29.
AROUND THE BASES — Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper showed plenty of pop in his first on-field batting practice since undergoing ligament surgery on his left thumb last month. Manager Matt Williams said Harper will begin a minor league rehab assignment after the Nationals begin a road trip next week. … The Toronto Blue Jays placed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin and recalled right-hander Steve Delabar from Triple-A Buffalo. Delabar, just sent down Tuesday, and Cecil were both All-Stars last season. … The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder David DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left hand. The Rays also activated outfielder Brandon Guyer, who had been sidelined by a broken left thumb, from the 15-day DL … Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms. … The San Diego Padres placed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Tuesday, because of tendinitis in his right wrist. … The Minnesota Twins placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list. … The Arizona Diamondbacks selected right-handed pitcher Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno, optioned outfielder Tony Campana and transferred right-hander Daniel Hudson to the 60-day disabled list.