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Why Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, more MLB stars are all tweeting the same thing: 'Tell us when and where'

Why Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, more MLB stars are all tweeting the same thing: 'Tell us when and where'

Baseball's biggest names would all like to play games sooner rather than later.

But even with such an obvious common goal, it's rare to see the kind of cross-team uniformity that Major League Baseball's superstars are displaying this week.

With Rob Manfred suddenly wavering on his confidence that baseball would "100 percent" be played this year, players are voicing their displeasure at the prolonged stalemate.

And a players' rallying cry is forming: "Tell us when and where."

The phrase suggests that players will indeed show up and play if the league decides to impose a season. (Whether MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is willing to impose a season remains to be seen.)

The phrase had been murmured by players for a while, but this week it's picked up steam on social media from the game's biggest names.

It began with Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on Monday night:

Scherzer was supported by Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins and his Nationals teammate Patrick Corbin:

Then, on Tuesday, the biggest names in the game started chiming in.

Mike Trout tweeted the phrase:

So did Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper: 

So did Yankees prize free agent Gerrit Cole:

So did Harper pal Blake Snell:

Harper's teammate Nick Pivetta also got in on the action:

It's clear the players are trying to position themselves on the side of the fans, and fans' desire to simply watch some baseball — even if financial desires from both sides are what's actually getting in the way of (what's left of) the 2020 season.

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Mike Trout speaks to Eagles, shares advice at virtual team meeting

Mike Trout speaks to Eagles, shares advice at virtual team meeting

I’m told Mike Trout spoke to the Eagles Thursday in a virtual team meeting. 

He talked about how special it is to play in Philadelphia and his experience growing up in Milville, New Jersey, as a huge fan of the team. Trout did a Q&A session with head coach Doug Pederson.

He spoke to the Birds about the important things that it takes to win games, and how having a tight-knit locker room is the key to that. He gave some tips to the rookies, as well. 

Trout also said he could take his buddy Zach Ertz across the middle! I’m sure that got a big response from the team. 

It's been quite an offseason of speakers for the Eagles, with Trout, Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr and CC Sabathia. This virtual offseason has provided them that opportunity.

I’m told the Eagles are very impressed with how engaged all of their players are and the level of participation this offseason has been close to 100 percent.

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Mike Trout rookie card goes for astronomical record-setting auction price

Mike Trout rookie card goes for astronomical record-setting auction price

Even though South Jersey native and extremely good baseball player Mike Trout can't play right now, he's still setting records. Classic Trout.

A signed rookie Mike Trout card sold for a completely nuts $900,000 on Wednesday, the highest-selling item in an auction that included a Michael Jordan 1986-87 rookie card and Kobe Bryant's shoes from the final game of the Lakers-Sixers 2001 NBA Finals.

According to the Action Network's Darren Rovell, the card set the record for the highest-priced modern-day baseball card, and tied the record for the most expensive modern-day card.

Here's a look at the card:

Yeah, Trout's a big deal.

The card was apparently a "signed rookie chrome refractor" (don't ask) version of the Mike Trout rookie card from 2009, which was his draft year. Trout was drafted two years before he made his major league debut, and three years before he won 2012 AL Rookie of the Year, which is an interesting and fun wrinkle to the "rookie card" idea.

It's crazy to think that, just months after Trout graduated from Millville Senior High School, he was photographed for a card that eventually sold for nearly $1 million.

And this auction price might  have a trickle-down effect, according to sports trading card expert Chris Steuber, who believes all Trout cards should see a boost in sale price:

https://twitter.com/ChrisSteuber/status/1263481750019346433

Trout is of course widely regarded as the best player of his generation, with 285 home runs, 752 RBI, and a career OPS of 1.000 through nine seasons with the Angels, and he's shown no signs of slowing down. We're talking about a guaranteed Hall-of-Famer who could go down as one of the greatest baseball players in history. The cards are just going to get pricier from here.  

Trout signed a 12-year extension with the Angels for an eye-watering $430 million last spring, choosing to stay out West instead of returning home to join the Phillies in the future.

But Trout is still using his influence to do good in the region. Last month, he made a pair of really cool donations to South Jersey grocery store workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Because he's the man.

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