The Stadt Sheet: Deadline Deals and Hall Of Fame

Now that the trade deadline has passed, teams have decided if they’re contenders or if they’re the Braves. Mike Piazza was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He's largely regarded as Mets fans’ all-time favorite, barely edging out Bill Buckner’s legs. During his induction speech, Ken Griffey, Jr. said he was “humbled and overwhelmed.” That’s also what the Reds said about their place in the NL Central. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony hosted over 50,000 people, or as the Reds call it, a great month of attendance. Pete Rose is still ineligible for induction, but he's aiming to be part of the Hall's upcoming garden gnome exhibit. White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was suspended five games for slicing up 1976 throwback jerseys, proving that a team can suspend its players even for making good decisions. Sale was suspended from the White Sox but pitched simulated games for Lacoste and American Eagle. Clayton Kershaw was transferred to the 60-day DL and may need back surgery. This shouldn’t surprise anyone: He’s been carrying the Dodgers all year. Since his trade to the Cubs, Aroldis Chapman has been clocked at 103 mph. The only thing faster in Wrigley was the rush to blame Steve Bartman. Ichiro has gone 0-for-10 since reaching 2,998 career hits. The slump has earned him concern from Marlins fans and a contract offer from the Dolphins. *** Keith Alberstadt is a comedian who's coming to a city near you and other cities not near you. You should follow him on Twitter.

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