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Nationals Promote 20-Year-Old Top Prospect Victor Robles

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With Bryce Harper still on the disabled list because of a bone bruise in his left knee, the Washington Nationals decided to bolster their outfield by promoting the top prospect in their organization.

On Thursday, the Nationals called up Victor Robles. A 20-year-old right-handed hitting outfielder originally from the Dominican Republic, he is considered to be the top prospect in the Nationals’ farm system. MLB.com has Robles ranked as the No. 4 prospect in all of baseball.

Robles started this season playing in High-A ball for the Potomac Nationals. In 77 games, he batted .289 with 7 home runs and 33 RBIs. Back in July, he was promoted to Double-A. He had a good run with the Harrisburg Senators, batting .324 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 37 games. Instead of having him go Triple-A, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo decided to promote Robles to the Major Leagues straight from Double-A.

Considering the fact that Harper is still injured and is not set to return anytime soon, promoting Robles was a smart idea. The Nationals need a spark in the outfield right now, and he might be just the guy to provide one.

Harper is not the only Nationals outfielder on the disabled list right now. Brian Goodwin is still recovering from a groin injury, and he just had a setback. Jayson WerthMichael Taylor and Howie Kendrick have mainly been the three starting outfielders for Washington lately. The Nationals depth is very thin beyond these players however.

It is unclear right now how many opportunities Robles will get during the remainder of the regular season to prove himself. Nationals manager Dusty Baker will most likely ease him into the lineup. What Baker does not want to do is put a lot of pressure on a very young player right away.

Whatever his role ends up being, it should be exciting to watch Robles play. With the Nationals closing in on their second consecutive NL East title, he is going to get the chance to experience postseason baseball. Maybe Robles will be the player that can help the Nationals finally get over their National League Division Series woes.

Aspring sports broadcaster/writer. Freshman Television-Radio major at Ithaca College. Die-hard Mets, Giants, Nets, and Devils fan.

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Cubs Investigating Fan Who Allegedly Made White Supremacy Gesture

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The Chicago Cubs are investigating an incident that occurred during the broadcast of a game against the Miami Marlins which showed a fan who flashed a hand sign that is sometimes associated with white power, an upside-down OK signal, behind commentator Doug Glanville.

The Cubs are trying to locate the fan and possibly ban him from games, according to an official team announcement on Wednesday.

“An individual seated behind Mr. Glanville used what appears to be an offensive hand gesture that is associated with racism,” Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney said in a statement.

“Such ignorant and repulsive behavior is not tolerated at Wrigley Field. We are reviewing the incident thoroughly because no one should be subjected to this type of offensive behavior.”

“Any derogatory conduct should be reported immediately to our ballpark staff. Any individual behaving in this manner will not only be removed from the ballpark, but will be permanently banned from Wrigley Field.”

 

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Phillies Chairman David Montgomery Dies at Age 72

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The Philadelphia Phillies have officially announced the death of chairman David Montgomery on Wednesday morning. Montgomery,who was diagnosed with cancer in his jaw bone in 2014, passed away at the age of 72.

Montgomery, a native of Philadelphia, joined the Phillies staff back in 1971 and late became a minority owner in 1981.

Montgomery served as Phillies’ chairman since 2015 when he returned from a leave of absence to undergo cancer treatment.

Montgomery also served as team president, among many other roles, during his nearly five-decade tenure with the Phillies organization, leaving an iconic and memorable impression on the entire organization.

During that time, the Phillies won five National League pennants and two World Series titles, the most recent coming back in 2008.

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Orioles’ Flagship Radio Station Apologizes for Publicizing Rumor that Team Might Move to Las Vegas

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The Baltimore Orioles have issued an apology for the on-air comments made during a broadcast of their flagship radio station 105.7 The Fan.

During a show this past Saturday on the station, Baltimore sports host Bruce Cunningham brought guest Benjamin Neil, a local lawyer, which turned into a discussion regarding Neil’s comments that an anonymous buyer had put a $3 billion bid on the table for the Orioles and that this mystery person planned on moving the team to Las Vegas, which you can listen to right here.

Naturally, this sent the fanbase into a panic and 105.7 The Fan Director of Sports Programming Chuck Sapienza issued the following apology, while dismissing the report as a baseless rumor, on Twitter.

The rumor was believable considering just how terrible the Orioles have been in recent years, and how their only marketable star during the past decade, Manny Machado, was eventually traded in yet another rebuild.

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