The Upper Deck
Welcome to The Upper Deck, Baseball America’s daily look at the biggest stories around the game and some lighter fare.
The Cano Show
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano hit a solo shot in the top of the 10th inning to give the AL a 2-1 win and take home the MVP in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. The only other Mariners to win the All-Star Game MVP are Ichiro and Ken Griffey Jr., pretty good company to keep.
Harper Honors Fernandez
In memory of late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper wore these custom made cleats in Tuesday’s game.
Do it for the ‘Gram
If you make an all-star team, why not put it on your Instagram. When Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz came to the plate in the sixth inning, he had Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina take a picture of Cruz and umpire Joe West. West recently umpired his 5,000th career MLB game.
All Gold Everything
Speaking of Molina, he brought out some fancy catcher’s equipment to the All-Star Game, wearing a gold mask and chest protector. On Twitter, he was compared to a Roman gladiator, C-3PO and a Power Ranger. The gold paired with the red shin guards bared a slight resemblance to Iron Man's suit. Whatever it was, it worked. Molina hit a solo home run to score the NL’s only run.
Bryce Hair, Dude
The legend of Bryce Harper’s hair grows by the day. On Tuesday, Harper followed a diving catch with an even more impressive hair flip after his hat flew off chasing down the ball.
Happenings at Baseball America
Podcast: How The Cubs Scouted Cory Abbott
Cubs area scout Tom Myers joins the podcast to discuss scouting and signing Cory Abbott.
Kyle Glaser was in attendance at Tuesday’s All-Star Game and recapped the event. Still not over Aaron Judge’s Home Run Derby performance? Justin Perline had some fun Tuesday data visualizing Judge’s bombs. If you’re already looking for some names to keep an eye on for the 2018 draft, check out features on U.S. Collegiate National Team outfielder Steele Walker and 2018 high school utility man Brandon Dieter.