MLB Franchise Notes: Astros To Honor Apollo 11 With Special Caps
In Houston, Matt Young reported the Astros for Monday's home game against the A's "will wear Apollo 11 caps" to "celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon." The Astros logo on the front of the caps "will be replaced by the official emblem of Apollo 11." The Astros logo is "on the side of the special caps." The team will "celebrate the moon landing that entire night," with fans being "able to take a picture with a statue of Neil Armstrong's space suit" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/16).
UNDER THE RADAR: THE ATHLETIC's Matt Gelb cites sources as saying that Phillies VP & GM Matt Klentak late in Spring Training "received a three-year extension" through '22. A source said that the "original deal was for three years plus an option year." Then, this spring, that option year -- which covered the '19 season -- was "renegotiated, and three years were added to it." That "dovetailed with a similarly undisclosed arrangement" made with Phillies President Andy MacPhail "more than a year earlier." Sources said that the Phillies "extended his contract by three years" late in '17. MacPhail had "signed a three-year deal" that took him through '18, and the extension carries him through '21 (THEATHLETIC.com, 7/17).
TOO FAR GONE: In DC, Thom Loverro writes the Orioles are "trying to sell a bill of goods to dispirited fans about a baseball revival underway" with new Exec VP & GM Mike Elias, but the "damage in Baltimore runs deep." The Angelos family has "buried this once-proud franchise too completely for fans to believe the Orioles can rise again with them in charge" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 7/17).