LEADING OFF: Big Papi takes center stage at Hall inductions

by | Jul 24, 2022 | Sports

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:———HALL OF A DAYDavid Ortiz will certainly hear loud chants of “Big Papi!” as he’s enshrined in the Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies at Cooperstown, New York.Ortiz hit 541 home runs in 20 big league seasons and helped the Boston Red Sox win three World Series championhips.Joining Ortiz on stage will be three-time batting champion Tony Oliva and 283-game winner Jim Kaat.Also getting their due on induction day are: Dodgers great Gil Hodges, who managed the New York Mets to their first World Series title in 1969; Minnie Miñoso, a star with the Chicago White Sox in the 1950s; Buck O’Neil, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues and was a tireless advocate for the game; and Bud Fowler, a pioneering Black player who grew up in Cooperstown in the 1860s and played in more than a dozen leagues.ALL-STAR SANDYMarlins ace Sandy Alcantara makes his first start since an impressive showing in the All-Star Game.The 26-year-old righty faces the Pirates at PNC Park. He is 9-4 and his 1.76 ERA is second in the majors to Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan at 1.71.On Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Alcantara pitched a perfect second inning. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton — in their next at- …

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