MLB News of the Day: Yelich hits for third cycle, Guardians vs. White Sox postponed and more
Ricky Gray | May 12, 2022
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A lot happened in Major League Baseball yesterday, let's get you caught up.
Kicking off our news of the day is Yelich becoming the sixth player in Major League Baseball history to hit for three cycles in a career. Unfortunately, this monument to his ability was sullied by a 14-11 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Yelich's three career cycles have him tied with five other players for the MLB lead. The most recent player to accomplish this was Trae Turner who achieved this with the Washington Nationals last season.
Yelich stated: "I'd definitely rather win the game. Weird things happen in baseball. Anytime you can hit for a cycle, it's pretty cool. I will try to enjoy it as much as possible."
Moving on, the game between the Cleveland Guardians and Chicago White Sox was postponed after multiple positive COVID-19 tests. Announced on Wednesday, Guardians manager Terry Francona tested positive for COVID-19 and is sidelined indefinitely.
This marks the first game postponed due to COVID-19 this season, last year, nine of 2,429 games were postponed. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale was slated to fill in for Francona but also tested positive, according to team spokesman Bart Swain.
In more White Sox news, a former trainer is suing GM Rick Hahn and the team over his termination in 2020. The athletic trainer is stating that the team fired him because of his sexual orientation, age, and disability.
Brian Ball, the trainer we're referring to stated that the actions of the team and Hahn caused: "significant emotional and monetary damages, as well as damage to his reputation and name."
The team released a statement as well: "It is extremely disappointing that a former colleague, who was supported, developed, and promoted over two decades, chose to attack the club in this way."
The statement continued: "It is also surprising to many who know Brian, and supported him throughout his career, to read the allegations included in his lawsuit."
Ball was originally hired by the White Sox in 2000 to serve as an assistant trainer alongside head trainer Herm Schneider.