Touch 'Em All: Reports: Szczur called up to Cubs

Posted: August 18, 2014

Baseball news from a somewhat unlikely source: Villanova football coach Andy Talley tweeted that former Wildcats star receiver Matt Szczur is being called up from triple-A Iowa to the Chicago Cubs.

Besides Talley's tweet, multiple reports Saturday confirmed that the 25-year-old Lower Cape May grad is on his way to the bigs. Szczur, now an outfielder with speed (30 stolen bases with Iowa) and a good glove but weakish bat (.261) could make his major-league debut Sunday against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Expect increased traffic from the Main Line and South Jersey to Queens.

Cabrera bobble tops NL. Seems while Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen, the last two National League MVPs, weren't looking, two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera was lifting their silverware - or at least his bobblehead was. Souvenirs given to fans at Detroit's Comerica Park on Friday depicting the Tigers slugger had him holding two trophies reading "Most Valuable Player, National League."

ESPN reports that the manufacturer of the bobblehead released a statement apologizing for the error. (No truth to the rumor that Ruben Amaro Jr. has inquired about the Cabrera bobblehead's availability for the Phillies.)

Great one down. White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, 88, is hospitalized in Chicago after falling from his boat Friday. But the team reported Saturday that the nine-time all-star was "feeling fine" and was expected to be released Sunday.

Minoso, an outfielder and third baseman, played in five decades in the majors, starting in 1949 and coming out of retirement in 1976 and 1980 for stints with the ChiSox.


mharrington@phillynews.com

This article contains information from the AP.

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