July fourth is a time for celebration in the Unites States of America and many even have the national holiday off. Regardless of the date or time (and especially because the trade deadline is rapidly approaching), baseball rolls on. On this particular 4th, the Chicago Cubs designated righty pitcher Gonzalez Germen for assignment.
Germen, 27, had shown some promise as a reliever during the previous two season as a part of the New York Mets bullpen. He came into this season with 62 2/3 inning s pitched and owning a mediocre 4.31 ERA to go along with his 2/1 strikeout to walk ratio.
To make a long story short, they needed relief help and he was available. However, after a less than thrilling stay on Chicago’s North side – 7.50 ERA in only six outings – he was designated for assignment on the fourth and picked up on the seventh by the Colorado Rockies. He did better work for Chicago in Triple-A which is exactly where the Rockies will be placing him, with their Albuquerque affiliate.
For the first time the Cubs have two entires in the All-Star Home Run Derby. The last time a member of the Cubs was in the contest was Sammy Sosa in 2004 (who also won in 2000.) In 2015 it will be first baseman Anthony Rizzo and third baseman Kris Bryant.
For Rizzo, 25, this will be his second All-Star game and first Home Run Derby. In the case of rookie Kris Bryant, 23, it’ll be a first in both cases. Rizzo has 16 homers in 82 games this season as Bryant has tallied 12 in 74 games. They are tied for seventh and nineteenth, respectively, on the National League home run leaderboard.
The MLB Home Run Derby takes place on Monday July 13 at 8:00pm ET.