7/15 Morning Mighty: Mission Valley stadium project moves along

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San Diego approves Chargers stadium money – San Diego Union-Tribune
The City Council kept San Diego’s pursuit of a new Chargers stadium on track Tuesday by approving $2.1 million for accelerated environmental studies required for a public stadium vote in January. Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the council’s approval, which came in a 6-3 vote, was crucial to convincing NFL officials that San Diego is serious about building a stadium that would prevent the Chargers from moving to Los Angeles.

Upton produces in late All-Star Game at-bat – Padres.com
Facing Wade Davis of the Royals, Upton lined a single into left field on a 2-1 fastball. Upton then stole second base. He became the first Padres player to have a hit and a stolen base in an All-Star Game since the late Tony Gwynn did so in 1989. Upton’s hit was the first for a Padre in the All-Star Game since Adrian Gonzalez got one in the 2008 game. It was also Upton’s first All-Star Game hit in five career at-bats.

All-Star MVP Mike Trout proves he’s already living legend – USA Today
Mike Trout, at the age of 23, is a walking, living legend himself, becoming the first player in baseball history to win back-to-back All-Star MVP awards. Trout, in the first at-bat of each of his four All-Star Games, he has singled, doubled, tripled, and now homered. Yes, that’s what you call an All-Star Game career cycle.

American Pharoah Brightens Up Del Mar Racing Season – Mighty 1090
American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, has set up shop at the Del Mar Race Track. While it’s not likely American Pharoah competes in this summer’s $1 million Pacific Classic, having the 3-year-old colt training at the seaside oval is a big deal.

Will MLB revert back to a 154-game schedule? – USA Today
For the first time since 1960, Major League Baseball could be going old school on us, reverting to a 154-game schedule from the current 162 games. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, each said Tuesday that the topic would be heavily discussed in negotiations for their next collective bargaining agreement, which expires in December 2016.

Trading Places: MLB Needs a Player Loan System – Grantland
The White Sox either trade Sale and have to find their next ace on a team-friendly contract in the years to come, or they keep him and he spends the rest of the year toiling away in uncompetitive situations. What if there were an alternative where Sale could pitch in meaningful spots for a playoff team in 2015 without the White Sox losing a valuable asset for good?

MLB honors the ‘Greatest Living Players’ except the greatest living player – For The Win
Celebrating the “Greatest Living Players” sounds a lot better than celebrating “the greatest living beloved ballplayers that your dad will never shut up about.” And again: That’s nothing against the group. Or your dad. Just maybe don’t mention to your pops that there was another player absent on Tuesday with a legit claim to being one of the greatest living players.

The Power of Hope – Padres Public
The Padres, meanwhile, continue to insist that they are “committed to winning.” It’s a wonderful sentiment that folks love to hear, and throwing money at name-brand players is a nice touch, but what does this actually mean? Because right now the Padres are “committed to paying” $71 million to six players who, depending on which flavor you prefer, have combined for 0 to 2 WAR through the season’s first half.

For Frédéric Weis, Knicks’ Infamous Pick, Boos Began a Greater Struggle – New York Times
The incredible story of Frédéric Weis shows just how difficult it is for some European basketball players to make the transition to the NBA, especially when they’re hated by their own fans and coach.

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