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Trevor Story is having a pretty decent start to his big-league career. The Rockies' shortstop made the team in part because the team traded away longtime shortstop Troy Tulowitzki last July, but also because Jose Reyes isn't around to play for them. Reyes was acquired in the Tulo deal with the intention being that the Rockies would then trade him later. Instead, Reyes was arrested for domestic violence and given paid leave from the Rockies until his trial in Hawaii came to a conclusion. That trial is now over thanks to an uncooperative witness, but Reyes could still be suspended by MLB before he returns to Colorado. Aroldis Chapman wasn't even arrested and he was suspended for 30 games by Rob Manfred, so Reyes could be out for some time.
To get back to Story, though: Reyes very well might have been traded this offseason if he weren't arrested, which means this was probably Story's job regardless of Reyes' own actions. And you can understand why the Rockies were in such a rush to give him the job, too, since he already has a record seven homers through his first six games -- that's the same number Reyes managed over his 116 games in 2015.
Now, you don't want to get too excited, as he's also struck out even more often than he's gone yard and previously topped out at 20 homers in a season in the minors. He wasn't considered a top prospect -- Story hasn't made a top-100 list since 2013 -- and the Rockies began the season with him at short instead of keeping him down long enough to lock in an extra year of service time despite it being a rebuilding year for them. He has the potential to be something new and promising, though, and after the disappointment of the Tulowitzki trade and the arrest of Reyes, "new and promising" is welcome. He won't keep this pace up, but that's a bit beside the point.
- A Blue Jays fan brought a large belt to the stadium on Sunday, as Pablo Sandoval swung so hard on Saturday that his came undone or broke or whatever it is happened in this Vine.
- Via autographed baseball, Pete Rose apologized for shooting President John F. Kennedy, which makes you wonder if he's trying to say that he feels as if the level of punishment he's endured for betting on baseball is equivalent to that of what someone who assassinated a President would face. Technically, you're right, Pete: they wouldn't let the assassin of a United States President into Cooperstown, either. Not without a ticket, anyway.
- Here is video of Adrian Beltre staging an impromptu dance off on the basepaths.
- The A's had to fly home in a plane with a Giants' logo on it, hopefully not because the bathrooms on their plane are backing up, too.
- The first Giants-Dodgers series of 2016 is at an end, and San Francisco is your winner.
- The Braves might already have a messy situation in their infield. The best part of a rebuild certainly doesn't come during the actual rebuilding part.
- The seasons of Nathan Eovaldi and Joe Kelly will go a long way toward determining how the Yankees and Red Sox do in the AL East. For that reason, it's not surprising to see an evaluation of the first starts of both already.
- It was a good weekend for pitcher homers, with Madison Bumgarner taking Clayton Kershaw deep but also Jake Arrieta's 440-foot blast on Sunday.