Angels slugger Mike Trout, who was making his sixth All-Star Game start and seventh straight appearance, homered off Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the third. Trout crushed a changeup down and away, roping a laser into the left-field seats to give the AL the lead.
The comments may not have been a demand to be traded, but they certainly represented a brushback pitch. DeGrom is giving the three-man committee, which is running the Mets now that GM Sandy Alderson stepped down, the perfect opportunity. While the fan base will likely be upset, the time for the Mets to trade deGrom is now.
Clark hinted that there could be an end to the labor peace that baseball has enjoyed since the last work stoppage in 1995. Asked whether he thought there could be a work stoppage at the end of the deal if players’ concerns are not addressed, Clark was vague, but said, “to the extent there are challenges to those rights, historically I would suggest those have manifested themselves in a particular way.”