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"The Stack" 8-1-16

Jimmy Walker survived a late charge by Jason Day to win his first career major at the PGA Championship in Springfield, New Jersey. Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports
Jimmy Walker survived a late charge by Jason Day to win his first career major at the PGA Championship in Springfield, New Jersey.
Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Miller, the hard throwing leftie out of the Yankees bullpen has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for four minor leaguers. The Indians appear poised to make a significant run at the World Series now.
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The Stack is back on this Monday and whether he wishes it or not, The Stack fully endorses everyone at some point in their lives go see Jim Gaffigan live.  He was tremendous Thursday night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  Great comedian!  Having gotten that out of the way, let’s see what is in “the stack” for today, Monday, August 1st:

 

Jimmy Walker wins first major

 

Jimmy Walker (the golfer, not the scotch) finally broke through for his first major title of his career Sunday shooting a total score of fourteen under (-14) to win the PGA Championship by one stroke over Jason Day in a pretty thrilling final round at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey.  Day made an eagle on the 18th hole to cut the lead to one.  Walker was just a hole behind him and made birdie on the 17th and then par on the 18th hole to secure the victory.  These are the types of finishes you love to see in major championships.  Day certainly put the pressure on Walker, but Walker kept cool and was able to deliver for his first major championship.  Jordan Spieth finished tied for 13th at six under (-6) which isn’t bad, but we need to start seeing him, Day and Rory McIlroy win some majors consistently.  Guess it speaks to more to the fact of how many really good golfers there are on tour right now.  It’s extremely tough to win a bunch of majors and this year we had four new first time winners (Danny Willett – Masters, Dustin Johnson – U.S. Open, Henrik Stenson – The Open Championship and now Jimmy Walker – PGA Championship).  We’ll see if any of the big guns come back and win some more majors next year.  One can only hope yes.

 

Andrew Miller headed to Cleveland

 

When I was going through and picking teams to win divisions or make the playoffs this year in baseball one of the reasons I thought the New York Yankees would make it back to the postseason was because of their bullpen with Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.  It sort of seemed like a blueprint of the Kansas City Royals and their bullpen.  When Chapman was traded to the Chicago Cubs last week we heard reports that the Yankees were going to keep Miller.  That no longer is true and we shouldn’t expect anything less as the trade deadline approaches.  Nor should we expect GMs to be true to their word when speaking with the media.  Case in point, the Yankees who have traded Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians for four prospects headlines by outfielder Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield.  The Indians are now loaded both in their starting rotation and their bullpen.  They have made a significant upgrade and are telling the rest of the AL that they expect to win this year.  The Cubs with the Chapman move made it pretty clear to the NL that they expect to win this year too.  Both the Indians and the Cubs have suffered for decades now though the Cubs have suffered significantly longer than the Indians.  It is looking very possible if not probable now that we could see an Indians-Cubs World Series.  Wouldn’t that make headlines?

 

The Indians though did strike out on a deal that would have landed them catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Milwaukee Brewers.  Lucroy vetoed the trade the Brewers were about to make with the Indians.  The Indians were one of eight teams on Lucroy’s no-trade clause and there apparently was an issue he had with them regarding Lucroy’s request to have the Indians remove the option year for 2017 which would have made Lucroy a free agent.  The Indians declined and at least for now Lucroy remains a member of the Brewers.  Considering he is one of the best young catchers in the game, we’ll see just how long he remains with the Brewers.

 

We’ll see if any other big trades go down today.  Some other minor trades Sunday included the Baltimore Orioles getting starting pitcher Wade Miley from the Seattle Mariners for a minor leaguer and the Yankees trading for some bullpen help after dealing Miller to the Indians.  They traded for Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Tyler Clippard for minor league pitcher Vicente Campos. 

 

Coming up later this week: NFL training camp storylines plus any Olympics headlines before the Opening Ceremony on Friday.


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