If you were wondering if Brandon Phillips left the ballpark during a rain delay to get doughnuts, he absolutely, 100%, totally did not leave during the rain delay to get delicious, amazing, value-added, synergistic, youth-oriented KrispyKreme doughnuts.
All Star Game voting: The time is now. Now is the time. All-Star voting ends tonight at 11:59 PM. That means you have 779 minutes as of this posting to generate email addresses and vote for Todd Frazier as MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE. As has been noted before, the last count put Todd Frazier within a measly 63,000 votes of that huge jerk, and all around awful person Matt Carpenter*. Does it matter? No, not really. But do you want to spend the rest of the day before the day before the Fourth of July on something useful or meaningful? NO. That's Not The American Way. So prove you ain't a commie, and vote for Todd Frazier. (Also, if you are a commie, you should still vote for Todd Frazier).
In other All-Star Game news, I am really enjoying all the public art going up around the city - from feral, free-ranging mustaches, to enormous futuristic skyscaper Mr. Redlegs. In addition, they've just lit up Carew Tower with a projected image of an 1869 Red Stockings player - twenty stories tall. According to the story, the two projectors were borrowed from Disneyland, and use enough electricity to power four homes. Well, who's counting? (Please ignore the carbon footprint assessor behind the curtain). The Roebling Suspension Bridge is also getting gussied up, with new lights and paint, which is why, in fact, it is closed at this very moment.
On the other hand, if you have a favorite cart outside the ballpark to buy slightly overpriced, but less overpriced than in the ballpark bottles of water, you are out of luck, come All-Star season. MLB gets to stick their own vendors in there.
Mini Injury Report: Mesoraco's surgery went well. And Hey, remember Sean Marshall? (As a sidenote, in addition to Sean Marshall and Juan Marichal, I also recently learned that there was a 1930s-40s French cyclist named Jean Maréchal. If you have any additional submissions to this athlete name family, please send them to me, here.)
Speaking of dudes we sort of remember, Pete Mackanin has been named interim manager for the Phillies. There has to be a record of number of times being an interim manager - for different teams, no less. Surely at this point, Mackanin has run into some kind of 'always a bridesmaid, never a bride' kind of thing.
Things people say about Reds players: Mike Leake is "a Bronson-Arroyo type" and "knows how to pitch", fangraphs looks at Billy Hamilton in terms of other players who are amazing at baserunning and defense, and terrible at hitting. BtBS looks at how Todd Frazier isn't whiffing or swinging as much on offspeed pitches this season.
* This may or may not be true, but here it is only being said for comic effect.